5 ways to get a promotion

Is a promotion one of your goals next year?

Would you like your hard work and talent to be recognized?

If you want to get promoted quickly, you’ll need to step up your innovation and problem-solving abilities.

Check out these five habits of employees that get promoted

 

  1. Be goal-oriented

Before the start of the year, sit down with your boss to set and discuss your professional career goals. Be open about where you see yourself 6-months or a year. A good boss will help you achieve these goals by giving you opportunities to grow and provide support to keep you on track.

 

  1. Make Your Boss Aware You Want the Promotion

Your boss can be one of your best advocates for a promotion. He or she can either promote you to your next position within the company, or can block you from any movement within the company. Use all opportunities to make your boss a key supporter of your promotion. Seek counsel from your manager and stress your interest in staying with the company.

Present your case professionally to your boss, even if it requires writing a cover letter. Put together a list of your responsibilities and accomplishments and include the skills and experience you’ve gained so far. Then, show the impact of your work on the operations of the company.

 

  1. Acquire New Knowledge and Skills

It goes without saying that one of the best ways to succeed in getting a promotion is to expand your knowledge and skills sets in areas that are critical to the organization. As technology and other environmental forces change rapidly, you need an ever-increasing skill set not only to perform your job, but to stay marketable.

Take lateral roles. Exposing yourself to a variety of company activities can increase your chances    of promotion.

 

  1. Display Commitment

When people are really committed, you can tell by the quality of their work, the effort they put in, and the relationships they develop. When employees show commitment, we notice and try to reward them with deserved promotions.

Volunteering to help out other departments or teams — or simply asking for more responsibilities — increases your value within the organization. Asking for more work shows your interest and desire to help your department and company to succeed. It also helps put a spotlight on your value to the organization.

 

  1. Network with the Right People

Take advantage of every networking opportunity you have, even if it’s a small get together with new co-workers at lunch.

Networking with others within your organization and otherwise will allow you to get to know the people who can provide support now and in the future. It’s also a chance to promote yourself and your skills as well.

 

By Ligia Gateau

Steps helping you tackle a new project

All people who are working would agree that tackling a new project is very messy and hard, especially if you’re the type of person like myself who would freak out and start panicking and if you’re in some sort line of work that haven’t experiences such a thing “you’re very lucky” *annoyed face*.

But the thing is, regardless of whether you freak out or not, its part of your job to make sure it gets done you won’t always be able to get formal company training, and often, your boss won’t be able to guide you through the task step-by-step; it’s up to you to figure out how to see it through.

So here’s some steps that you can follow that can help you:-

  • Get Rid of Your Negative attitude

When you’re tasked with something new and difficult, your first thought is likely, “I can’t do this.” I’ve been there, going through all the stages of a new difficult project, from confusion to denial  to all-out refusal, eventually, though, you realize that you do, have to do it—and the sooner you get started, the better. So, kick the negativity, and try to approach the project with the attitude that you’re going to use the task to gain skills, and prove to your boss that you’re up for anything.

  • Baby steps

I’ve learned that the best first step for tackling a seemingly impossible project is to tackle a small portion of the task  whether it’s creating spreadsheets you’ll use or looking up the phone number of a contact you need to get in touch with, just start.

  • Gather Information and Resources

it’s time to dig in and face the reality of the situation: You may not have all the tools or knowledge you need to actually complete the project. But that’s OK—you just have to track them down, sometimes it’s as easy as finding a knowledgeable colleague and asking if he can help you with the task, whatever or whoever it is, reach out and start asking for what you need. Once you take the initiative, you’ll typically find that people are willing to help and resources are available.

  • Just do it (pun intended)

You may still feel insecure about leaping into an unfamiliar task, but while the threat of failure is looming, there’s nothing you can do except to go for it, honestly, there are only two things that can happen: Either everything will go as planned and you’ll have an accomplishment, or you won’t quite get it on the first try and can move on to the last step.

  • Assess and Repeat

Once you’ve done something or anything your teammates and boss will be able to take a look at your progress so far and may be able to pinpoint where you went wrong or where you could approach the project or task differently.

Being tasked with an unfamiliar project can be incredibly scary, but when you approach it with a positive attitude and a well thought out strategy, it’s much more doable than you think. Take it from me.

 

By Eman Al Mansoor

Tips for Working Mothers

In these years, there are more working women than ever. However, many working mothers feel exhausted and stressed and guilty.

The lifestyle of a working mom can be overwhelming; it needs a lot of effort, time management techniques and patience.

The good news is that life can get easier with a bit of planning and family cooperation. Below are some tips to help you

 

  1. Let go of guilt

Whenever you feel guilty, think about how your work is benefiting you family. Perhaps, you are able to afford a good education.

  1. Prioritize sleeping:

Schedule sleeping like any other activity and go to bed on time, you can’t achieve much if you are under-rested

  1. Teach your children to cleanup

You don’t need to clean toys, put their clothes in laundry or hangout their coat. These things every +3 years old can do. You are actually helping your child to be more independent when you teach him/her these things

  1. Ask your kids/spouse to help you

At dinner time they can help setting up the table or they can do the dishes. You can give simple rewards at the end of the week to encourage kids to get involved in housework

  1. Plan your morning

Always get things organized the night before. You can pack your kids lunch, ask them to layout their clothes and pack their back bag, and get everyone to shower before bed. You can even plan when you will prepare for breakfast

  1. Stay connected during the day.

You can have a daily video call with your kids after school. This will help you and them to feel more connected.

  1. Stay away from the internet and social media

Internet can waste a lot of time without realizing. Always set a limit to your screen time.

  1. Create a special family activity

Plan an activity that your kids love to do on the weekend.

  1. Create a time for yourself

Even planning an hour 3 times a week can make you feel better and reenergized you. You can read a book, go the gym, catch up with friend or even spend some time with the nature.

 

By Zainab Sayed

What to Do Before Going Into An Interview?

I’m pretty sure everyone had their own share of going through the process of interviews wither it’s your first or 100th time, to some it’s a piece of cake however most would agree it’s a very stressful process but don’t fret my dear reader there are tips to help you get through this mayhem.

First things first:-  

Do your research on the company: We all know that when you go in the line of the battlefield you must be well armed with the knowledge about your enemy you can’t “go in blind” in this case it’s not an enemy however you should walk into your interview armed with as much knowledge as you can gather about the way the business is run. Educate yourself on their vision and mission statements (you can find these on most company websites in the ‘about us’ section) and find ways to arrange what you say during your interview with the company ideals.

Dress the part: There’s an old wise saying that goes, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” great Get a feel for the company culture and present yourself accordingly. If you’re stepping into the corporate world, suit yourself up and make sure you look smart. If you can’t afford new cloths borrow from your friends or family.

Ask questions: Show your interest in the job offered, ask your interviewers what they most enjoy about their job. This will give you tons of insight into what it’s really like to work for the company and how they treat their employees. Another great question to ask is what they are looking for in their potential employee, often; interviewers don’t give away very much about what they want their new staff member to be like.

Know how to sell yourself: Prepare examples based on frequently asked interview questions, such as times you have worked well on a team, shown initiative, solved a problem, and the most asked question you should keep on the lookout – your strengths and weaknesses, your interviewer wants to know you can think on the spot, so it is important to provide sound answers and not ramble off, make sure you read the job description carefully, and fit the responses you give in your interview so they are related to the job you’re going for.

Lastly:-

Don’t feel intimidated: I really think this is the most important tip. Remember, you are interviewing your potential future employers just as much as they are interviewing you. So hold your head high and be confident, inhale and exhale breath to keep the nerves at bay and remember that you are awesome, and your interviewer will see it, too.

Enjoy the hunt for your future job

 

By Eman Almansoor

How to deal with work overload

Employers nowadays require their employees to do a job a group of two to four people did in the past. As we are expected to increase our productivity, we often find ourselves confronted with accumulated work and too little time. Work overload is the root of stress in the workplace and leads to mental and physical exhaustion if it is not being managed effectively. Here are four steps by which you can eliminate your overloaded work and stay in control.

1. Strategize and plan:
The first step to take when you are faced with work overload is to set a plan. An action plan or a to-do-list containing all the tasks that you intend to do will show you exactly how much work you need to get done every day and how much time you need to reach a certain goal.

2. Prioritize and eliminate tasks:
Now that you have list, rate the tasks that you have to do where 0 is the least important and 10 is urgent. By prioritizing, you are able to focus and pay more attention to the work that contributes the most to you final goal and eliminate the unnecessary tasks, which will allow you more.

3. Delegate work:
Do not try to do it all alone, it is okay to ask your co-workers for help. One way is to delegate work that is time-consuming but easy to juniors or someone with less experience than you. You can also assign tasks to those who are more suitable. Delegating saves you more time and leads to an efficient and productive workplace.

4. Control your emotions:
The main key to beat work overload is to not let it overwhelm you. If you need a break to clear your mind, take it. Having a positive mindset is very important to keep you focused. It is time to avoid panicking and let go of the negative thinking regarding your work and.

How to know that you are a Workaholic?

 

Workaholism is not a new problem, however, the technology available today like Smartphones and laptops had accelerated the problem. People now can work anywhere anytime, and for some people this means working all day.

A study published by University of Bergen in Norway, linked workaholic tendencies to other psychiatric issues, like obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression.

But how to distinguish between working hard and becoming a workaholic? Here are some questions that can help you know if you are a workaholic

  1. It taking work home sounds like something normal for you?
  2. Do you spend more time at work that you initially intended?
  3. Do you think how you can free more time for work?
  4. What kind of conversation do you have with your family and friends? f you’re a workaholic, chances are your input will almost surely be work-related
  5. Do you have constant arguments with your family because they feel neglected?
  6. Do you keep on checking your work email?
  7. Are you always the first to arrive to the office and the last to leave?
  8. Does it frustrate you that your team members don’t work as hard as you do?
  9. Does holiday sounds like a waste of time to you?
  10. Do you go to work even when you are really sick?
  11. Do you think about what happened at work before you go to bed?

 

Sources:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20161017-how-to-tell-if-youre-a-workaholic

 

By Zainab Sayed

How to make your employees happy and productive?

The key to a successful business means not only focusing on the client’s needs but ensuring that their employees are well taken care of. When employees are loyal and engaged in the company, profits are higher. On the other hand, when people feel unmotivated or undervalued, the company suffers. Additionally, studies show that engaged employees miss less work, perform better, and are more supportive of changes and willing to make them happen. But let us not forget that keeping employees happy all the time in any economy is difficult and hard work. The reason is due to that happiness comes from within a person. However, family, friends, colleagues, and employment can add to or detract from someone’s happiness level. Consequently, if the workplace is stressful, employees’ production goes down. A recent survey by Partners in Leadership confirms that when employees are happier at work, 85% say they take more initiative; 73% say they are better collaborators; and 48% care more about their work. Effective leaders who understand the association between higher levels of engagement, happiness, and productivity facilitate movement in the right direction and have people feel good about it.

On this article, I will share some effective ways to keep employees productive and at the same time they are happy.

 

  • Recognize their progress:

Helping guide people into the right direction will give them feel that their work is matter and there is someone who aware about their performance and where they can possibly go to next. So, constructive criticism is very helpful and important to improve employees work and make them feel happy and comfortable.

  • Be receptive to employee preference:

Nowadays it is important that the business owner must care about his employees’ skills and try to join them into training courses that will improve their skills. Also, it is likely if the business owner ask his employees if they would like to learn something new that will help them to expand their work and benefit the company too.

  • Set clear goals:

Identify the company’s goals clearly to the employees will help them to work together towards. Also, if the company has a clear vision and future plan, this will let the employees understand more the company strategy and work hard without interrupting.  Moreover, it is great to share the new upcoming events and the new ideas with the employees and take their opinions, this will make the employees to stay in a comfort zone and feel happy about their situation.

  • Support innovation, whether or not it works out:

Letting your employees to participate in the industry content and allow them to innovate new things is something great and interesting. It helps them understand their challenges and encourages growth. Also, through this method they will add a remarkable business value.

Being a good team player

Have you ever wondered what are the benefits of being a good team player? Is it just a job requirement? Teamwork isn’t just good for the company’s morale; it also sets you up for greater success at your job. Teamwork brings together different points of view and allows for creativity and fresh ideas to flourish. Plus, you have trusted people, and have great support, which means there’s less stress and work solely resting on your shoulders.

Here are some tips that will help you become a great team player:

Meet your deadlines

To earn your co-workers’ support, you have to be reliable, reliability is especially important during group projects; after all, if you miss a deadline, your mistake can negatively affect the entire team.

Be open-minded

Part of being a team player is being open to other people’s ideas and perspectives, this means improving your listening skills and being receptive to feedback from co-workers. So, instead of getting defensive when you receive constructive criticism, see what you can learn from their advice.

Appreciate other people’s work styles

Figuring out how to work well with a variety of personalities can be challenging, particularly in today’s multinational workforce, however, understanding how each of your colleague’s works best can make you a better team player, altering your communication style to different personalities can help you avoid issues with co-workers and work together more efficiently.

Adapt quickly

Not everything you do as a team is going to result in success; there will be plenty of flops along the way. But getting hung up on mistakes only throws a wrench in the gears of progress. That’s why flexibility is one of the key traits of a team player.

Focus on the team’s goals

While you want to differentiate yourself as a “top performer” , it’s still important to focus on the bigger picture when working on a group project, you may have done a great job on the part of a presentation you were responsible for, but that matters very little if the overall project fails to achieve what you needed it to do.

 

By Eman Almansoor

How to choose the best agency recruiter ?

Research  tells us that candidates are taking, on average of more than 10 weeks to find a new job. So, not only is it proving a tough climate for job seekers looking to get ahead, the situation has been getting harder. This means that candidates need to be optimizing their use of all the job finding resources available to them, that is if they are to find the best opportunities and land their dream job in the shortest possible time.

 

One key resource that should not be overlooked is the agency recruiter. Recruiters are the fourth most influential source of hire with 9.1 percent of roles being filled using the services of any agency recruiter. This means that agency recruiters should form a core part of any candidate’s job seeking strategy.

However, all agency recruiters are not the same and some will be better equipped to help you find a job than others. And it is important that you properly assess the marketplace for recruiters before choosing the agent to represent you. This will help ensure that you are working with a top recruiter who is best placed to sell you to the marketplace and get you your dream job. Below, you will find several questions that you, as a job seeker, can ask potential recruiters in order to assess how well placed they are to help you with your job hunt.

  1. Do you specialize in my industry or professional area?

This is a crucial question. The best employers like to work with recruitment agents who specialize in their industry or profession area. So, if you want to access the best jobs/firms, choose a specialist agency. As well as the agency itself being a specialist, the agency’s recruiter should have at least two years of specialism in your niche too, and the longer the better. The best way to establish this information is by asking and by reviewing the agency team’s individual LinkedIn profiles.

  1. Can you tell me the number of placements you have made in the last six months and the titles of these roles?

Recruiters should be able to provide you with details of placements that they have made that are similar in nature to roles that you would be suited for. They may be reluctant to give you specific names of employers though.

You also want to see if they have a good pipeline of opportunities in your niche, e.g. if they place two or three people a month in your niche then this sounds like a well connected recruiter, but if he/she has only placed one in six months it could mean that they are outside the loop and opportunities may be thin on the ground, which suggests it could be worth looking elsewhere.

  1. What is their process, i.e. how will they market you to employers?

You need to establish things like whether they will be proactively marketing you to a range of employers. Or will they simply contact you when they have an opportunity that suits your skills and experience? If so, how many suitable opportunities do they expect to come in during a typical month? If they appear highly proactive and confident that they will provide a good volume of opportunities, you might consider working with them exclusively. If not, you should probably consider working with additional recruiters to ensure you get enough opportunities coming in to your inbox.

  1. How many people do they typically put forward for a role?

The best recruiters will be focused on quality and not quantity and will provide their clients with high-quality shortlists of around four-to-six people. This will not only increase your chances of being selected for interview (assuming you are shortlisted), but it can also indicate that the agent has a strong relationship with the employer, which means that their candidates may be given priority over other agency’s candidates.

  1. Can you tell me how I rank against my peers? There are other variations of this question that you can ask to get the same effect. For example:
  • Do you have a lot of job seekers on your books with similar skills to me?
  • What makes me stand out from the crowd?
  • Why would you shortlist me for a role over other candidates?
  • Are there any roles that my skill set/background makes me especially suited to?

This relates to question four. If they answer this well and can demonstrate that they believe you stand out from the crowd, then it is very likely you will make it to their shortlists, and this is a good agent to be working with. If you appear to just be one of a crowd, then you may fail to be noticed and your chances of being shortlisted may be slim. This means you might need to consider another agent who may potentially work harder for you.

  1. Do you have any exclusivity agreements with your clients? Roughly what percentage of your engagements are exclusive?

This is important. Where possible, work with agents who have exclusivity agreements with a client, as this means your resume will not be competing with resumes from other agents, increasing your chance of interview.

  1. How long do you estimate that someone with my skills and experience will take to get a job with your agency, based on your experience with candidates?

The best recruiters who are experienced in your sector should be able to provide you with an individualized estimated time to hire, even if it does have some caveats. If a recruiter is uncertain about when they can place you by, it means that they are not confident in your level of employability, which suggests they might not work that hard for you and means it could be worth looking elsewhere.

“quote”

“people are not your most important asset. the right people are.” – jim collins

 

By Malbert Rodrigues

How to find motivation at work

Studies shows that employee motivation and happiness are in line with the productivity level of that individual. The less happy an employee is, the less productive and motivated he/she will be. A study also showed that only 13% of the workforce are actively engaged in their job.

Work Motivation is the work-related behavior, It’s the internal set of forces that’s concerned with positive or negative incentives.

Moreover, it can be used to predict behavior as a helpful tool among individuals with the help of other environmental factors.

Structuring the work environment can aid in encouraging positive productive workplace behaviors and that’s an important issue that organizations need to understand.

How can an individual keep their motivation, happiness and satisfaction at its highest levels? Here’s some helpful tips.

  1. Feedback request.

Getting so focused can make you lose sight of the little details that can improve the big picture. Lack of motivation is a result of not knowing what ways and aspects to improve on and how to do so as well. A helpful solution is to ask your co-workers or leaders for feedback. This can help you to grow, learn more and improve your know-how knowledge.

  1. Start saying ‘No’.

Saying yes to everything can make you feel unmotivated and result in work burnout. While on the other hand science shows that saying no can improve your productivity and mental health. We have to put in mind that saying no to whomever who’s asking you is a form of saying yes to your inner self and to what you truly want to commit yourself to.

  1. Take your vacations.

The habit of not taking your vacation leave needs to stop. As it can make you feel more stressed out and unmotivated. Taking a break from time to time can get you back on track, more refreshed and rejuvenated. It also results in higher levels of energy and motivation.

 

 

  1. Start celebrating others.

Taking the focus off yourself and congratulating people on their achievements, projects and promotions will get you off the feeling of being uninspired and would lead to having more positive interactions and increased productivity. This positive act leads to stronger friendships and improved satisfaction.

 

References

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2018/08/31/4-ways-to-find-your-motivation-at-work/#12a839b33325

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_motivation

 

By Zahra Madan