Monthly Archives: January 2019

Open Office Spaces: How to Be Productive and Effectively Collaborate

Most everyone has seen, or personally experienced the open layout plan which is de rigueur for many office environments. Ordinarily, for this no-frills approach, which is supposed to encourage collaborate effort and team spirit, there is a design of low, or high-placed partitions and a maze of cubicles. Recent study suggests that the actual effect of this standard design may be a far cry from the anticipated one. Rather than feeling a sense of increased interaction, 42,000 respondents indicated less satisfaction with their sense of communal interchange than those using more traditional offices with doors. Even with the negative data available for business owners to peruse, many continue to be enamored of the open plan. Since it does not appear to come down to money, contemplators of the design should take time to note both the legitimate downfalls of the design. Noise is a big minus, according to subjected employees, with conversation proving to be the most distracting. Depending on the situation, white noise machines can be useful. More to the point might be noise-mitigating headphones. A second big concern is lack of privacy, which can make workers feel overcrowded and under scrutiny, two things that can greatly impinge on worker’s ability to concentrate on tasks. Worker’s subjected to open space plans also tend to be out more and have more issues with mistakes and productivity overall.

Read more: https://www.hrbartender.com/2018/employee-engagement/open-office-productive/

How to Answer the 6 Most Common Job-Interview Questions

Some job interview questions are common enough to be worth planning ahead for. Perhaps the best example is the ubiquitous request to “tell me about yourself,” which is usually a request for a professional summary and not your biography. Questions about your interest in the job can lead to problems if you focus too much on things that make you sound like you’re not “really” interested in the main work you’ll be doing. Questions about why you are leaving your current job can also generate red flags if you aren’t careful.

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5 Must Have Tools For Working From Home

Working from home, or remote working, is a hot trend that seems to have achieved some legs. What will keep it going of course is productivity. Workers doing their job remotely need, even more than their office-bound brethren, to prove that being at home in no way lessens their ability to be collaborative, productive, managed, tracked and communicated with. Thanks to the miracles of the digital age, their are many tools for these home-workers to make all that happen. Even more than those employees under office scrutiny, homeworkers need to prove that going home to work is not going to cause them to slack off, even though a dip in productivity initially is the norm. Slack is a great tool that can help remote workers communicate with their co-workers, even sync up with remote devices. Asana is another great tool that makes it easy for managers to delegate tasks and for team members to know where everyone stands on a project. Time zone issues can be tracked too and dealt with by the tool, EveryTimeZone. Dropbox, which is integrated with Microsoft and Slack has great file storage. The iDoneThis tool collates the day’s accomplishments for team perusal the following day.

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Should An Employee Resign or Wait to Be Fired – Ask #HR Bartender

When it comes to making a decision over a job, one may ask if it is better to announce a two week notice or wait to be fired. Being asked to resign for breaking a company policy is not a decision for the employee to decide themselves. If policies are broken, proper investigations need to be held and suspension while this is going on. However, different scenarios may cause other problems to arise. Different situations will have very different results from person to person.

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How To Know If You’ll Be Successful

Motivation and passion are two personal factors over which we have control. By stimulating and moderating these two factors, we can essentially manifest a level of success which matches our personal desire. Some of the suggestions were entirely mental, like believing in ourselves, knowing that we will succeed, and sharing our passion with those around us. And then there were also more practical suggestions things we can do to insure our success, like always having a notepad handy, addressing errors immediately, and avoiding the grind of work by recasting it as a personal game. By accepting these suggestions and incorporating them into our lives we can ultimately control our own success.

Read more: https://medium.com/thrive-global/22-ways-to-know-if-youll-become-brilliant-and-successful-at-what-you-do-f72b333e436a