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How to engage your employees and encourage them to go the extra mile

Author:- Stig Falster Interock Why is this important? A major differentiator in the performance of companies has been found to be related to the level of engagement.  Most companies would be surprised at the lack of engagement of most of their employees, although the signs are usually there for all to see. The statistics (Gallup) indicate that 70% of workers (in the US) are not engaged…

Have you thought about your Christmas shopping yet??

Well the answer to that is yes, but you maybe haven’t had time to do anything about it yet, why not?  Last year didn’t take that long to pass did it? What about your business?  How did last year go?  Did you get the performance that you were looking for or expecting from your staff?  If not, why not?  Was it something that you did or just maybe something that you…

Success comes from work - and planning

 ZAC DE SILVA OPINION:  It is really interesting (obvious but worth stating) that all the supposed "great" human beings that have existed have had the same amount of time in a day and a year as you and I. So why were they able to achieve some really great things? They identified what was really important to them - their purpose - and then they did something about it. So many of us…

Is It Easier to Find a Date Online Than a Job?

Most of us have suffered on both ends of the hiring process. More than once I have been a hiring manager and desperate to bring in talent. Each time I knew there were people out there who needed a job and would love the opportunities the organisation was offering, but no one seemed to be able to locate that talent and the search was taking forever. The frustration was incredible and work was not getting…

Indaba Global Releases Exclusive Services

Indaba Global has revolutionized the eLearning marketplace once again by changing the way in which their clients are able to access their product range. For more than 20 years, Indaba provided high-quality eLearning materials to the world’s best known organizations for use in workshops, classrooms, and corporate training sessions. Idaba’s goal however with the release of its new platform…

Wow where did 2014 go!

I was on the train going into the city the other day and started to reminisce – you know it just seems like yesterday when….. and you all know just how that story goes.  One of the things that became extremely real to me a number of years ago was the fact that we cannot change the past, we can learn from it but we cannot change it! So where am I going with this?  If I cannot…

SUCCESSION PLANNING ACT NOW AS 2015 MAY BE TOO LATE

SUCCESSION PLANNING – ACT NOW AS 2015 MAY BE TOO LATE. Mike Laing – Owner Apposite Management - LinkedIn Profile How many times do we hear the story of employees leaving organisations only to be told “sorry to see you leaving, you had such a great future here.” This is quite often the first time that they have been told this. Apart from raising the obvious leadership issues…

"Identifying,Keeping and motivating high performing staff"

Identifying, keeping and motivating high performing staff has a direct impact on the quality and quantity of your products and the satisfaction of your customers. Each position in an organisation requires unique abilities, traits and skill sets. The Prevue Assessment identifies and  quantifies  these important  traits for each candidate, revealing  the learning  abilities, …

Building a great small business team

OPINION: Building a great small business team is about more than just hiring the right people. It's about inspiring them with a vision, nurturing their talents as individuals, appreciating their dynamics as a team and making sure everyone understands what you need to achieve together. Your role is to know when to lead, and when it's right to manage - there's a difference. Guiding them through…

To plan or not to plan, your choice!

To plan or not to plan, your choice!  Peter Hosie I was born in a rural town in New Zealand, Wanganui.  My mother and father at that stage owned an Ice Cream factory.  As I understand it visiting time at the hospital was a favorite time for the nursing staff and other patients as dad used to always bring up ice cream, on a stick, in a cone or even a cake, for the staff.  Time…

"Inventions that changed the World!!"

“Inventions that changed the World!!” By Michael Laing - Owner Apposite Management, Melbourne Vic, Australia I have been watching with interest a program called “Inventions that changed the World”, and what a fascinating series it is. What it highlights is the significant changes that have occurred over the last 50 or 60 years and how things that we take for granted…

"Have you slipped a DISC in sales"

By Michael Laing - Owner Apposite Management, Melbourne Vic, Australia Why is it valuable for someone in a sales role to understand their DISC profile? Why would you want to be able to flex the way that you deal with your customers? (we call it DISCflex!) As an extension of that question, why is it valuable for sales people to be able to “dial up” or “dial down”…

Why IDPs (Individual Development Plans) fail and what you can do about it?

Published by Vijai PANDEY on LinkedIn IDPs (Individual Development Plans) are crucial for any growth oriented person and companies spend a lot in getting their people assessed on the desired competencies and IDPs developed for them. Yet, more often than not, we see them being converted into a useless, 'nice to have' kind of document with no practical benefit for the employee or the organisation. This…

6 Guidelines I Live By When Building a Team

Hiring can be one of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs. I've seen fellow business owners constantly struggling with bringing in team members that just don't work out. Over the years, I've found that there are 6 guidelines we always follow when hiring, allowing us to ensure we get a great fit for the specific job as well the culture we have built. 1. Hire and fire based on core values -…

Culture of long hours puts staff at risk

A long working - hours culture at small and medium - sized firms could put staff at increased risk of ill health and 'burnout' Research by insurer AXA PPP found that nearly half of those surveyed regularly worked four of more hours overtime a week, with nearly a third putting in seven or more extra hours.  for more than half of those who worked overtime, the extra hours were unpaid. A fifth…

The Importance of Continuous Recruiting

Competition for top talent is intensifying across the world, resulting in heated recruiting rivalry for top performers and skilled technical personnel.  Industries are being affected by the shortage of skilled professionals.  In some industries executives note that they receive numerous applications for a single job position, but are frustrated to find that the majority of candidates are…

Why Your Business Needs a Succession Plan

Most organizations have a succession plan in place, but very few give importance to it. This is a recipe for disaster as organizations will not be prepared for job vacancies due to retirement or future attrition. In fact, succession planning is part of every successful organization’s strategy, as it allows them to use the potential of internal candidates to meet their requirements, thereby achieving…

Pre Employment Tests Help Avoid Hiring Remorse

 BY IRA WOLFE You’ve likely had occasion after purchasing something to have buyer’s remorse. The same thing happens in business. Managers have buyer’s remorse all the time.  Fortunately pre employments tests can help avoid regret and ensure the candidate you interview is the same one who shows up for work. When it comes to the workplace, employee behaviors are like…

Ban the Box: What's Next? Ban the Job Application?

Ira Wolfe Author|Speaker|President, Success Performance Solutions   As an employer and small business owner, my first reaction to Ban the Box legislation is "no way." For those of you unfamiliar with Ban the Box, it's a campaign by many civil rights groups and social advocates to remove from the job application, the "check box" that asks if applicants have ever been convicted of a…

Big Business Finally Learns That Wellness Is Good Business

Posted on LinkedIn by:- Arianna Huffington President and Editor-in-Chief at The Huffington Post Media Group   2014 has been the year when the discussion of well-being has migrated from health and wellness magazines to business magazines. Wellness, and how to integrate it into our work lives, has become the hottest topic in the business pages. And that should come as no surprise. Because,…