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Find the perfect employee for you

Posted on August 12, 2019 by admin

Picking the wrong employee after a long interview process ultimately results in wasted time and lost money for a business. There are constantly new ideas emerging about how to best conduct interviews, many of which will be able to give you a much better idea of how a candidate will perform in the role. Consider graduates:Hiring recent university graduates is a great way to bring fresh ideas and energy to your business. Having learnt the newest technical skills and the best ways to implement them, graduates are eager to gain experience, giving you the potential to shape their work habits to suit your company. Demonstrating how experience with your organisation will look great on their future CV can also help appeal to graduates with more long term goals. Re-frame interview questions:Most interview candidates will have rehearsed their answers to traditional job interview questions, making it hard to get an accurate reading of their abilities. Try using; Fact-based questions: helps the interviewer confirm whether or not the potential candidate has the skills required for the job, as well as provide information that can be cross-checked against their resume to verify accuracy. Situational questions: provides any insight into how the candidate would […]

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Creating a positive work environment

Posted on July 29, 2019 by admin

The workplace can be where you spend the majority of your time. Maintaining a positive and healthy environment while at work is therefore critical to your happiness and mental wellbeing. One of the key ways to ensure your workplace is healthy is by having strong relationships with your colleagues. Here are some simple ways you can develop a team-oriented atmosphere and make your time at work more productive and enjoyable. Social events:While you may spend a lot of time with your team at work, it would further improve the morale of your workplace to incorporate social events outside of work. Great working teams are those that spend a lot of time together and enjoy each other’s company. When people are engaging together in an activity that isn’t work-related, it can create a more personal and friendly work environment. Team rituals:Similar to team social events, incorporating team rituals into the working day can help to create a sense of collaboration and comradery. Having daily or weekly rituals can help people to feel more deeply involved in their working experience. Rituals to celebrate success may include rewarding milestone achievements like the end of a project or a quota reached, or implementing an […]

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Hiring the ‘overqualified’

Posted on July 15, 2019 by admin

Motivating employees is a large part of keeping quality standards in the workplace. Managers may be missing out on the ideal hire by eliminating those who are overqualified from consideration. When potentially hiring someone who is overqualified, it pays to look at every aspect of what they could bring to the business. What makes a candidate overqualified?People with a higher education level that is required for the job they are applying for are generally what would be considered overqualified. There are also those individuals who have had a number of years experience in the industry that would make a starting position seem like a step down the career ladder. The Pros:The overqualified candidate will require less training than those who are inexperienced, saving you time and money not having to train new staff. They could be left unsupervised for longer periods as they will have more industry knowledge to get them through a task and can provide assistance and guidance to other new members of the team. The Cons:While overqualified candidates may save you money in regards to training, they may request a higher salary overall. If you advertise a job with a certain pay rate then it is assumed […]

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How to deal with loneliness at work

Posted on June 27, 2019 by admin

Feeling isolated while at work is something an increasing number of people experience in their lives. Studies suggest loneliness in the workplace can pose health risks as harmful as obesity or smoking. For both business owners and employees, here are some effective strategies that can help to make you feel less alone. Encourage face-to-face communication:Technology can often be to blame for an increased feeling of loneliness among workers. While it does enable greater workplace collaboration and digital connections, it can create the opposite effect when overused. Face-to-face and phone interactions create deeper and more meaningful connections with co-workers. Instead of sending an email or instant message, consider picking up the phone or walking over to your colleague’s desk to talk to them instead. Cultivate workplace friendships:Regularly organising social events outside of work can help staff to create more meaningful relationships with each other. This can also break down barriers between an employer and their employees, encouraging company loyalty and a sense of community. Activities you may consider include team lunches, after-work drinks, or group sporting activities. Employees who have more friends at work are more likely to be happier and consequently more productive.

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Defining your audience

Posted on June 18, 2019 by admin

Defining your target market is the key to shaping your entire marketing strategy. Knowing who you intend to assist can help to differentiate your business from the competition, tailor your marketing efforts to better meet customer needs and potentially boost sales. Demographics, such as age, gender, income and occupation, do not necessarily provide enough insight into the attributes of your target customer. Psychographics:Categorising your target market through psychographics uses personality and interests to define your target customer. Psychographics analyses variables such as lifestyle, attitude, values, personality traits, social class, activities and opinions. This explains the “why” element of why your customers want your product. Often closely related to demographics, combining the two forms of data collection can build a complete, sophisticated profile of consumers based on a more detailed picture of who they really are. Geographics:Segmenting your target customer through geographics involves considering what continent, country, city or town they may live in. It can also further studies by looking into specific neighbourhoods, the size of that area and even the climate. Geographics require far less personal data and can be performed simply with a map of the area in question. This form of analysis is quite generally so it […]

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How to hire the right staff

Posted on June 3, 2019 by admin

Finding capable, fitting staff is essential to any successful business. Hiring the right employee can help increase employee productivity, foster a successful employment relationship, and positively impact your business’s overall culture. Here are a few key points to focus on when looking for new workers: Look at skills over experience:People are more than just their resume. A candidate may have experience but this doesn’t necessarily mean they will be a good fit for your business. Instead, try to match an individual’s skill set with those you need in the role, this can help in determining the best fit. Ask the right questions in the interview:A solid interview process is a window for candidates to see how you approach daily work. Planning time for the company mission, questions you want to ask and questions they would like to ask reflects on your business style and gives an idea of what it would be like to work for you. With that in mind, thoughtful interview questions can help you separate the desirable from average. Always be on the lookout for new talent:Great companies are always on the lookout for new talent as they know and value the contributions of their staff to […]

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Improving your employees’ wellbeing

Posted on May 20, 2019 by admin

Providing a workplace that promotes positive wellbeing for its staff is a key responsibility of all employers. Workplace wellbeing refers to both the physical and mental state of employees. While physical wellbeing covers essential elements such as access to natural daylight and temperature control, mental wellbeing is equally as important. Smart work design:A pleasant work environment will lead to positive mental wellbeing for your staff. You may achieve this by establishing flexible working hours, addressing a workplace culture of when, where and how you work. Involve your employees in the decision-making process of how work is performed to ensure that it will work for them. Mental health awareness:Talk openly about mental health in your workplace, and provide access to information in the form of brochures or noticeboards. You could participate in initiatives like World Mental Health Day or R U OK? Day to further raise awareness among employees and encourage open discussions about these issues. Support staff:The more that your staff feel supported, the more likely they are to be motivated and productive. Create a workplace environment that allows employees to share how they are feeling and any problems that they may encounter through open lines of communication. Employees should […]

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Perks for your employees that you can afford

Posted on May 6, 2019 by admin

Supporting your employees doesn’t have to break the bank, as you can provide perks in the form of policies rather than material rewards. Creating a work environment with actionable benefits can increase productivity whilst attracting and retaining skilled employees. Flexible Work:An attractive perk that an increasing number of companies offer is flexible work. Small businesses are often in the best position to offer flexible work arrangements, as schedules tailored for the individual can still allow work to get done. This gives employees a healthy work/life balance. Support:Sometimes employees need time off with short notice or something in their personal lives affects their ability to work. Business owners can make a positive impact on employees that are experiencing problems or hardships. This could be through listening to them and talking them through their approach to work, or providing active support with altered work hours until things have settled down. Looking after an employee in a time of need helps to create a supportive environment that staff are more likely to enjoy working in.

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Business networking done the right way

Posted on April 12, 2019 by admin

The ability to network effectively can greatly increase the success of your business by getting your name out there in a positive way, building your credibility and assist in growing your customer base. Networking done poorly can seem pushy or overbearing but when done well it is a two-way street. Putting yourself out there can help you get to know someone better, find ways in which they might be able to assist you and how you can help them in return. Know what you have to offer:Networking can be especially hard if you aren’t aware of the unique skills you have to offer. Think about all of your accomplishments and assess what helped you to achieve them. These are all skills that other people may find valuable. Make it your goal to have an open and friendly approach when presenting yourself to new people and business opportunities. Be yourself:A big mistake people often make when networking is being inauthentic. If you are speaking with someone about a topic you don’t understand, avoid acting like you know everything just to keep up. Instead, ask questions and take the opportunity to learn from others. When the opportunity arises, talk about topics you […]

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How remote workers can improve your business

Posted on March 25, 2019 by admin

Remote work is becoming an increasingly popular choice for businesses. Thanks to the ease and accessibility of the internet, the traditional 9 to 5 workday is being replaced by flexible hours that can be completed anywhere and at any time. Making the choice to employ remote workers can enable your small business to grow successfully by allowing flexibility and enhancing productivity. Increased productivity:While it may sound counterintuitive, research has shown that remote workers are actually more productive than those who work in an office. Employees that working from home don’t have the distractions that occur in daily office life. They also have the ability to work longer hours at times that suit them, without being regimented to the typical 9 to 5 workday. This can lead to workers being more engaged with the work and can also increase happiness. Reduce business costs:Hiring remote workers can enable you to save money on office expenditure, such as real estate and utilities. You could even consider moving more of your business into cloud software, to allow the remote employees access to office files from home or wherever they may be working. Hiring from a wider talent pool:Finding the right person for the job […]

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