9 Ways To Develop Flexibility And Adaptability

Any job can become your dream job if you are happy at the workplace. Happiness mainly depends on two factors- your flexibility and adaptability with work culture and colleagues. Here are few ways that can help you develop these skills, helping you achieve work deadlines better, improved rapport with your colleagues, and promote happiness at work.

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  1. Curiosity:

Being curious in our conscious mind creates an interest in our sub-conscious mind. Asking questions not only help you resolve queries but also promotes communication with the colleagues. It can also help you tackle something which you may see as a challenge.

  1. Spot opportunities to adjust:

Instead of thinking ‘why should I?’, developing an attitude of ‘why not’ will help you not only enhance your knowledge, work skills, management skills, and keep you open to challenges and new projects, but also make you your colleagues’ and bosses’ favourite!

  1. Patience is the key:

Office bullying is the most common phenomenon that creates negative culture. This can be turned around with a little humour in response, instead of feeling bad, changing your attitude, or feeling hurt. Just give yourself some space and think. Always remember, “If you can’t fight them, join them!”

  1. Listen and learn:

Seeking out different views and exploring ideas diverse from yours can help you open up your mind, understand other better, create more relevant and efficient strategies and act better in difficult situations. Volunteering and working abroad will expose you to great opportunities, too.

  1. Alter your routine:

Putting in something new to your daily schedule, a task, a hobby, a way to learn something, a new project, or anything that motivates you or creates the lacking enthusiasm in you, can help you look towards the day with zeal. It will also create more productivity in your work.

  1. Make your own deadlines:

Set yourself an early deadline. This will help you challenge yourself, meet the deadlines on time, drive you towards better time management, leave space for sudden changes, and help you test your flexibility and adaptability. Plus it leads to your boss being impressed!

  1. Go small with goals:

Instead of burdening yourself with a heavy task at once, break it down in small do-able tasks that are easily achievable. This can help you complete your tasks better; at the same time helping you adjust to and/or tackle any issue raised at any step of the project.

  1. Appreciate your efforts:

Sticking to your goals, monotonous routines, daily schedules and weekly deadlines, and continuously trying to keep yourself motivated, is something you really need appreciation for. Give yourself due credit for the work and do something out of the ordinary to create a sense of achievement.

  1. See the future:

Adapting to the company goals can not only help you get appreciation from your seniors and respect from juniors, but also create a positive impact on your professional life, helping you bag a promotion in your early years of career and even helping you recognize your own potential.

These nine tips are great for assisting you develop flexibility and adaptability in your daily routine, helping you grow both personally and professionally, and making it easier for you to create a better rapport with people in and out of your work culture.

What Are Management Skills and why are they important?

Good management skills can help one to position him/her for a successful career. Even if one is at entry level, or have stuck at the same executive position for years, these skills can help you advance professionally, by creating an impressive image at the office. Firstly, it is important to understand what management skills mean. They are essentially those skills that keep you above and apart from the crowd with certain qualities that demand respect as they enable you to manage work and others effectively. While some of these skills may relate particularly to your industry of work, here are some you can develop now:

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 Professionalism

Good managers adhere to a moral code that can set the right example for other employees. Here are some qualities that will prepare you in this area:

  • Offering professional customer service requires an exceptional attitude too, and developing one will set you apart from other executives.
  • Workplace issues sometimes require diplomatic solutions and your ability to identify these solutions can earn you extra points.
  • ‘Strong moral values’ is a quality that only highly professional people exhibit.
  • Initiatives are the key to success at any job, and the best way to get up the ladder.
  • Not everyone attends professional development classes and seminars. They can help you gain information and learn skills which others may not have.

 Problem Solving

Problem solving skills can help one to identify and overcome work problems, as well as help others see you as the intellectual one, thus adding up to your reputation, self-esteem, and professional life. Here are some qualities that will prepare you in this area:

  • In the face of a work problem, one needs to demonstrate resourcefulness.
  • Being able to anticipate potential issues before they arise.
  • Identify factors which contribute to particular problems. This will also help combat it in the future.
  • Troubleshoot quickly and efficiently to avoid further issues that can add up to the problem.

 Motivation

A person who can motivate others as well as keep himself/herself motivated in the face of a hectic schedule can reflect leadership. This can help getting that promotion! Here are some qualities that will prepare you in this area:

  • Take ownership of your projects.
  • Create an energetic workplace.
  • Show appreciation to juniors on their accomplishments.
  • Support coworkers and help them combat work-stress.

Communication

Communicating effectively is very important. One can showcase this quality at internal meetings as well as client meetings. Here are some qualities that will prepare you in this area:

  • Draft concise materials for training.
  • Maintain communication with the co-workers.
  • Negotiate successfully in order to resolve disputes.
  • Encourage open lines of communication among employees.
  • Lead meetings in a productive and timely manner.

Innovation

Innovating ideas can help you set yourself apart from all the other employees by showcasing your worth to the company in an effective and efficient manner. Here are some qualities that will prepare you in this area:

  • Develop innovative solutions to the needs of your company’s customers.
  • Identify key shortcomings and solutions in order to help boost production.
  • Construct research models that can help test new ideas.
  • Help generate fresh ideas for marketing campaigns.
  • Redesign roles and department structure to increase productivity.

 

Apart from these qualities, your will to move forward, your enthusiasm to do something extraordinary and your professional dressing sense will also play a role in getting the Manager position at your next promotion.

HOW TO USE YOUR WEEKEND TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER

What do successful people do differently that help them get ahead of the crowd? This one question has led to massive research, surveys, and great debates. The truth has come to one point that all successful people use their time more efficiently. Now, it is a known fact that every one of us get the same 24 hours and 7 days of the week, whereas 5-6 days are spent at office, leaving us tired afterwards to engage in any professional or skill-enhancement related work.

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Weekend is the most important time of the week and can help you get ahead. Now, who would want to even think about working on the weekend, but considering that just a few hours can help you gain over other competitors will surely motivate you.

Here’s how you can use your weekend to advance your career…

 

Building your Personal Brand

It is important to have a clear image of where we stand professionally and what we represent. Weekend provides us an opportunity to enhance our personal brand through analysis of our strengths and weaknesses as well as areas of improvement. It gives us a chance to understand how to use and grow transferable skills which can help in energizing us and giving our portfolio its own identity in the professional world. This requires intensive planning and brainstorming which you usually don’t get time for in the week.

Advancing a Special Project

Everyone likes to be known for something amazing. Pay attention to your special project. Plan it, design it, and execute it o the weekend. Working insane hours in the same job can get monotonous but concentrating your energy on something exciting can break the monotony. A person could work for many years and still have no motivation, enthusiasm, or interest professionally, as office work leads to one working mechanically, but the mind can be triggered towards a new idea with a special project you may be willing to draw your attention to.

Learning New Things

Learning a new language, taking up a free online course, or learning a new skill can help your mind not only get diverted from the boring routine and offer you a productive weekend break, but also provide your brain new data to feed on and get going. Reading blog posts related to the profession you are in, engaging one in interactive talks with experts through twitter chats, and listening to podcast can help you gain momentum in your professional life as you impress your bosses in colleagues at the next meeting by referencing things from the outside world.

Getting Organized

Monday mornings are always a mess, mostly because we forget to get organized during the weekend. Once the week rolls in, it gets difficult to take out time for organizing our priorities. Result: daily tension and extra work every day. Weekend is not just a good time to get organized but also to plan, rethink, and prioritize your work, to give out the best output productivity wise. It also helps you remain stress free through-out the week, helping you be more creative, open to challenges, and excited.

So pull up yourself through the weekend and have a great week ahead!

Five Things To Know Before You Join The New Job

Joining a new office can be exciting, but taking the job without getting to know some of the important things can take a toll on that excitement. From agreeing to the work hours, negotiating salary, knowing what you are expected to work on, there are a number of things you must do before your new job starts to seem a place you are stuck at. You may have found the job that pays well, but if you’re thinking that nothing else matters, you are wrong. Let’s take a look at the most important things you must focus on before signing a contract with the company. Here we go…

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Job Responsibilities:

Your profile may be anything, but the type of work the company expects you to do may be different. If you’re thinking it can be that, the let us tell you that this happens more than you think, and become one of the main issues of a switch in jobs. It is better to understand the scope of work you can be asked to do, your daily duties, and the scope of load you may have to handle at office. A wider description of your work duties would help you understand that your role reflects your job description and the company is looking forward to impose responsibilities which you don’t want or cannot do. Also, it is important to know the job title you have been offered, if it’s an executive, senior, or managerial position, as promised on the vacancy ad or not.

Place of work:

Many companies require you to work in a wider geographical area. Many companies may schedule the interview at their back-end office, and not their main office, but would require you to work at the main office, which may be located farther then you would want. Second scenario can be that you are selected in one city, and you signed the agreement without paying attention to the clause that states that for work purposes you be expected to go, travel, or relocate to another place, thinking there’s hardly any chance of that! Remember the clause is there because it has a purpose there. It may cause a problem if you refuse to work at another location later on.

Hours of work:

Working hours are very important. As everyone’s stamina differs, it is important to take up a job that doesn’t leave you exhausted at the end of the month, making you realize that you are in the wrong job. An airhostess job may seem exciting, but it is not for someone who doesn’t have the stamina to work with flexible timings. It is not the matter of will. Even if you are willing to do whatever it takes, your body may not be your companion in this mission. Therefore, it is good to know both your strengths and weaknesses to opt for the best job and the working hours you are really able to work with. Also, check if you are expected to do overtime and the company pays for overtime or not. Besides that it is also important to know how many leaves and holidays the company offers. Besides that, you can check whether your company offers educational leave, adoption leave, and other benefits, according to your needs.

Salary, and Other Benefits:

Besides checking that your employment contract reflects the salary in the offer letter, it is also important to know what the salary structure is. This will help you understand what your in-hand salary is and how much is deducted. It is also good to know the allowances, perks and benefits such as provident fund, loan allowance, enhanced pension, private health cover, car or house, equity or share options, and commission payments, if any, are provide by the company. It is also important to understand if bonuses are guaranteed or based on your meeting the job targets.

Leaving the Job:

Check your notice period. Usually most employees are expected to give a 1-2 months’ notice before leaving the job, and the same goes for the company. There is also another thing which the employee should be aware of. Many companies prevent you from working for a competitor for a certain period of time. This may hinder your job prospects in the future. Also, there may also be a restriction on the clients introduced by you to your employer, and thus, they are covered under restrictive covenants once you leave the company.

Besides these important five things, you may want to consider many companies also discourage working part-time, freelancing, or enjoying a hobby that contradicts or can steal clients or ideas from the company, or spending your time in any other work apart from that of the company, even on holidays. So, read between the lines and don’t forget to negotiate well!

Seven Ways to Succeed In a Video or Phone Interview

Interviews are always nerve-racking, but a video or phone interview can be even more distressful than a face-to-face one. This is because, although you don’t have the pressure of meeting your employer in person, the idea of making an impression nevertheless persists. There are a lot of challenges must face and still amidst those challenges make a lasting impression. Here are seven things that can help you nail the phone and video round.

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  1. Dress and act for a face-to-face interview

The most common mistake people make is taking the phone or video interviews casually. Even if the interview is not in person, in every way you must be your professional best. For a video interview it is important to dress as a professional, like you would for a face to face interview. Your body language should reflect your confidence. For an interview over phone it is important to note that your pitch and tone delivers confidence and professionalism.

  1. Be prepared for signal problems

There a lot of reasons the signal may get disrupted during the phone or video interview. Background noise poor signal, and a camera or headphone which is not working properly can lead to problems during the interview and waste precious time. Remember, you may not get a second chance and therefore, being having a Plan B can come in handy. Look for places for good Wi-Fi connection, and good signals. If in any case the signal is disrupted, you may request the interviewee to repeat or reschedule the interview.

  1. Do a mock phone or video interview

It is important to prepare a pitch and develop the right skills to nail a phone and video interview. Learn about the video software that you may use. Do test runs. You can also do mock interviews with a family member or a friend. You may also record your mock video or phone call, to analyze it and improve accordingly. A smile can take you a long way, and even help you hide your nervousness.

  1. Be ahead of time to prepare

It is important to allow time to set up the phone or webcam. Video calls, especially, may take sometimes to set up, and therefore it is important to log in to your video account and set up the webcam and headphones before-hand. If it’s a phone interview, choose an area with the best signals, and make sure it is fully charged.

  1. Be yourself

It is important to prepare good answers to the potential questions but that may make your answers very spcripted. In order to brand yourself, you need to be yourself and for that you need to be spontaneous and present in the moment. Note down important points that you may want to talk about, but leave the sentences to come out instantly, rather than writing down every word.

  1. Conversation more than an Interview

To make sure that you come out as someone who is not mechanical and boring, you need to show some enthusiasm during the interview, but this can turn into a negative point for you if you go over the top. So instead of trying to be over excited, you need to turn the interview into a conversation that makes sure that the interviewee enjoys talking to you and sees you as someone who will benefit the company’s culture.

  1. Speak clearly though-out the interview

Nervousness can lead you to speak quickly during the interview, but it is important to know that during a video or phone interview you need to speak slowly as there may be difference in transmission of your voice, leading to confusions. This is why having a good accent and speaking slowly is important and will also help you appear confident.

Follow these seven tips and be ready to nail the phone or video interview!

HOW TO MAKE A DECISION BETWEEN JOB OFFERS

Sometimes, even more difficult than finding a good job is choosing the best one between various offers in hand. If one is offering you a better salary but the work doesn’t seem to excite you, it may or may not weigh under the one offering less salary with a great work culture and future opportunities. The truth is, while the decision to choose remains a personal choice, there are factors that can help you identify the best from the good.

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There are various factors which one takes into account while deciding the perfect job. These criteria may change widely during the job search, and once you get job offers in hand. If you are someone who has been giving interviews in various companies, and have successfully cut it to their list, you must be wondering how to finally make a decision about joining one of them.

Choosing the right job is an important decision as your future stability, career progression, and daily happiness depends on it.

While many make the mistake of researching only the company and not about its work culture, the way a company works is many a time more important than anything else. Here are some deciding factors that may help you choose a job over others. Take a look-

What your intuition says: Intuition plays a great role in our decision, especially the ones which are going to affect us in the long run. Listening to one’s intuition can be difficult, especially when the mind and the heart run in different directions. When it comes to practicality, most people assume that doing what the mind does is often more beneficial, but the truth is you belong where your heart belongs. If you are not happy working daily in a particular environment, no matter how much you are paid to do that job, you won’t be able to give your hundred per cent in it.

Apply ‘what if’ logic: Understanding your needs and what you are being offered is either fulfilling it or not, is the first step towards the logic. Make a list of pros and cons. What will you gain or lose or miss out at if you join a certain company? Knowing this and applying it to your present needs as well as future aspirations is very important, and can help you get a clear perspective of the job offers.

Assess the risk: Joining a new company is always a little risk. You are worried what if the environment doesn’t suit you, if you don’t like the work, and whether or not you will be able to build a good rapport with your bosses and colleagues. The regret of not selecting the other job can affect your productivity and peace of mind. Risk assessment is important so that you are aware of the consequences of your choice.

 Confront yourself: Sometimes we tend to choose what’s easy for us, even when the harder option is better. The other times we want to take up something harder in order to prove that we can accomplish something more, but without realizing that it is either out of our capacity to handle or we are not ready. Confronting oneself and asking yourself the truth may help you get a better answer.

Check your compass: Knowing your level and area of expertise is important. A company may be offering you better salary for a post at which, secretly you know, you are not good. Taking up such a job opens you to more daily challenges, problems which you may not be able to handle, and more importantly is a risk to your career. Trying to stick up to it may be exhausting, and leaving the job means lot more difficulties, and so you are literally stuck in a bad choice.

Mark your jobs for different criteria and discuss with at least two people, someone who you trust can guide you towards a better career path as well as someone knows you as an individual beyond your work life. Sleep over your questions and confusions, to find the answers early morning when you are fresh minded. The right job is waiting for you, you just have to choose it!

Rekindle Your Employee’s Passion for Work

Now, it’s a known fact that any kind of profession requires zeal and passion. Without fervour, no work is fulfilling and can be done well. When we start on with our career, generally there is this ‘fire’, a type of ignition that keeps us going. Unfortunately, with most people, the spark fizzles out mid way and our work suffers. In such a scenario, it is the responsibility of the employer to rekindle the passion, the enthusiasm in the employee.

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So, let’s just do a general swot up on building passion in employees. Read on…

Build a rapport with your employees on a personal level. Converse with them and build relationships on humanitarian grounds. Try to understand their problems and engage with them as much as you can. Give them feedbacks and make them believe they count.

Do listen. One must remember that the employee is human being before anything else. He too expects good behaviour from you just as you want him to respect you. It’s very much possible he may come out with advice on topics and at such times listen to what he has to say. This will boost his confidence, and increase his efficiency. And this will work in favour of the company.

Do appreciate him for his work. This counts, a lot. Your employees sweat round the year and deserve some boost up. This is human. This uplifts the morale of the employees and improves their efficiency. The appreciation can be of any form. It can be an increase in salary, a small incentive orperhaps even a verbal approval.

Some may think it unimportant, but fact of the matter is celebrating social occassions together, is vital. It helps in increasing employee bond and strengthens the emotional quotient of the workers. Involving in functions such as birthday celebrations, engagements etc. will help in improving the employee relationships.

Do build a supportive team. Create separate teams for separate departments. Like this each department will know its goals and its strengths and weaknesses.

Hence, we know that little efforts and a humanitarian outlook is all we need to keep the employee ticking and remain committed towards the company.