4 Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer in an Interview Interviewing can be a source of high anxiety for job seekers. The interview process requires you to show your best and authentic professional self in a limited amount of time and your performance has consequences: getting the job. The spontaneity of interviews is another source of stress. Most organizations don’t provide detailed questions before the interview to help the applicant to prepare, and that’s
It’s time to stop taking hourly employees for granted. Despite the fact that hourly employees make up nearly 60% of the U.S. workforce, leaders tend to discount them when formulating employee engagement strategies.1 Together, the high turnover in hourly positions and the idea that hourly workers are a renewable (and replaceable) resource lead to management styles that outright ignore the needs of this group. Leaders instead focus their engagement efforts on salaried employees and often
Politicians and captains of industry quietly live in fear that one day, they’ll open their office doors, and an investigative TV crew will be waiting to talk with them. Managers of construction sites, industrial companies, and contracting crews often share a similar terror. Only in their case, the unexpected visitor is an inspector from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Is their terror justified? Probably not. As intimidating as a site visit from OSHA
Feedback in the workplace is a funny thing. It’s inevitable but can be uncomfortable. It helps improve productivity but can be hard to hear. Knowing how to give and get feedback can separate the good professionals from the great ones. Feedback is sharing an observation or information about a work process or product that is intended to assist in improvement. Many of us have experienced receiving feedback in a way that makes it difficult to
Conflict is inevitable If two or more people are interacting with each other. Differences in knowledge, experience, motivation, or values can cause a disagreement. We manage conflict every day in both personal and professional settings. Some conflicts are minor and easy to resolve while others are more complicated and challenging. You may quickly decide what pizza to share with a colleague at lunch even though you initially want different toppings. Choosing which direction to move
Metrics and performance reviews have become standard tools used in the workplace over the past twenty years. Measuring productivity has grown more complex as jobs have shifted to be more service oriented. Performance reviews help employers understand the allocation of resources, deliverables, and achievements. They are also designed to allocate rewards, bonuses more objectively, and raises to employees. While performance reviews can significantly benefit organizations, if used appropriately, they can benefit individual employees as well.
When working full-time, the most of our we spend most of our waking hours with at work. It’s no surprise that work is one of the primary sources for friendships. Workplace friendships can make our days more enjoyable. Our work friends understand the context of the workplace, the players in the office and the challenges that present themselves. They can also be our biggest champions and our moral compass. These relationships are often an asset
Managing up is a popular buzz phrase in the human resources world of the past few years. Managing up refers to being an employee that is supportive of their supervisor and brings significant value to their boss and the company as a whole. In other words, managing up is the act of doing want you can help your manager be successful. Success usually happens when you have the resources you need and use them effectively.
Starting a new job fills people with lots of different emotions; joy, excitement, anticipation, anxiety, and even fear. We look forward to starting a new journey, but may worry about entering a new environment, learning a new system, and working with new people. The mixed emotions are normal and can help us prepare for a good start. The first day of work jitters can give us the energy and drive to tackle the task of
The Importance of Work/Life Balance: How Self Care Makes You a Better Employee Because of the speed at which the economy moves, slowing down feels like something that isn’t possible. We have multiple methods of instant communication, faster processes, and higher production demands. It is really easy to be on call around the clock in the never-ending quest to tame the to-do list. The reality is working with limited breaks actually makes us less productive.