How to manage the developing workplace environment in your organization

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

table with laptopOver the past few months, there have been a number of thought leaders and CEOs who’ve found themselves embroiled in a heated discussion around the convention around how we work, how we lead, and how we build our companies.

Employees, which were once thought of as expendable commodities, are the most valuable asset that any organization has. However, the employee from a decade ago isn’t the same as the employee who we are starting to see today.

The workplace continues to evolve to meet the needs of a new work culture focused on fostering creativity, collaboration and flexibility. And today's work environment is blurring work style with lifestyle, impacting how space is viewed and used by occupiers.

Work is not a physical location any longer
According to a recent survey on workplace flexibility, 65% of organizations say that flexibility has an extremely positive impact on employee engagement, motivation, and satisfaction.

The concept around open office space or not have been debated time and time again, but more recently resulted in  conversations around how do you create a diversity of places that support the way people want to work. The reality is that in today’s working world, not one size fits all, it’s very different from in the past. In an age when finding and retaining top talent is among the strongest predictors of a company’s success, workplace flexibility must be viewed as a necessary tool to increase employee satisfaction and productivity, rather than a perk that may or may not be bestowed.

Shift To A Creative Economy
The shift from a manufacturing to a knowledge economy has lasted two decades. Now the next shift is coming: from knowledge to creativity. This means that for the future employee it’s not knowledge that is the most important but the employee’s ability to learn new things and apply those learnings to new situations and scenarios that come up.

Leaders that are willing to step away from old school organization structures will find that the talent pool is that much greater and building an all-star team is well within reach. Remote work and contractors are being embraced more and more, creating further flexibility and agility for company's on the rise that don't have access to tons of financial resources. On the other side of the coin, people no longer have to pack up their entire lives in order to follow a dream job. For both parties, the world at our fingertips can be a complete game changer.

Hierarchy structures are falling away
Forward-thinking leaders are looking for a new organizational model, one based not on the pre-historic ideas from the all control hierarchy, but rather a form in which people choose where, and how to contribute on their own. Hierarchies cannot possibly succeed in the same way with the current ever changing business environment. When most large companies try to move too quickly they break apart and crumble. The hierarchy is great for maintaining predictability and repeatability. It simplifies planning and makes it easier to control a large group of people from the top down, but in a digital, big-data world, the needs of the organization has changed.

Definition of leadership is changing
As the work environment has changed considerable in the last couple of years so has the challenges around leadership.

It’s now not just about business skills, but others factors like global awareness, innovation, collaboration, transparency and the ability to make quick decisions which are all becoming more and more important. Title and position no longer make someone a leader. If you don’t inspire your employees they will find a leader that does.

Proactively adapting to the changing workplace landscape can make the difference between business agility, improved productivity, and faster sales. How we work, how we lead, and how we build our companies are changing at a rapid pace.

If you are looking for employees to help take you into the future contact us today. Communicate Personnel represents a range of exclusive, skilled candidates across all levels of the Finance, IT, Engineering and Supply Chain/Freight sectors. Contact us today.

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Sticking to your word

Mallisa Watson - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Businessman Looking Target“This is my year come what may; I am sticking to the career goals I have set for myself. I am going to have an extraordinary career and really look for growth opportunities”. Was this you at the beginning of this year, busy writing down your to-do list for the months ahead?

We know that it is difficult to stay focused on all the goals you have set for yourself, because there were so many little things that needed to get done every day. We understand how challenging it can be to get all of the “little things” done, while still making progress towards your bigger, more meaningful career goals.

But you can overcome it; it just takes a little strategy. Here’s how you can re-focus on your career goals for next year:

Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing
Deep down, you probably know what your goals are. And you probably know what it will take to get there. But remembering that sometimes that means you need to take some time-out from the rest of the work you’re doing.

When you start feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to breathe deeply, recharge and reload!

Remind yourself of the bigger picture,the dream you’re working towards-and take a moment to envision it. Really see it and feel it.

List down all those “little” distractions
Jot down everything that’s distracting you, things to remember, things to research, ideas you don’t want to forget and save your list for later. Afterwards sit down and focus on the big task at hand. Knowing that all of the “other stuff” is safe and secure preserved on your list… for later.

Dig deeper
If you’re still struggling to keep your mind focused on your career goals, this might be an indication that there’s something deeper going on. Fear might be holding you back?
Fear of success: you believe that if you achieve success, you won’t be able to keep going.
Fear of failure: not succeeding with your career goal or
Fear of what people will think of you if things don’t go the way that you planned.

There are different ways to deal with those kinds of fears, if that’s your case, from writing in a journal to gain insight and understanding about your fears to consulting a professional to help you overcome that obstacle.

Regardless of what you’re feeling and no matter how much still needs to get done, it is possible for you to create the career of your dreams. All you need to do is make that choice and try and stick to your word.

What’s that one career goal that hasn’t been getting much of your time or attention lately? It’s not too late yet. Have you tried anything to focus on it? Leave your comments in the box below.

If you made that choice to take that step and ready to re-focus your time and attention on your career, allow us to be a part of your journey. Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with specialist consultants that will assist you in finding an exciting new job, whether it’s  Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs or Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply now!

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Managing Risk vs Opportunity in Your Career

Sandra Olivier - Monday, December 08, 2014

risk magnifier Risk tends to get a bad rap. We associate it with losing money or failure, which is not always true. However, risk isn’t the enemy--it’s a permanent part of life and also of your career, so your focus should be on taking the right kinds of risks that offer the right kind of opportunity. The reality is if you can intelligently take on risk, you will find opportunities others miss. It will set you apart from others that lack the initiative to try something new. It’s okay to fail if it helps you to figure out the solution.

In this interview with entrepreneur, speaker, and bestselling author Seth Godin, he talks about taking initiative, failure and evaluating risk to create opportunities for yourself in your career.

“If I fail more than you do, I win. Because, built into that lesson is this notion that you get to keep playing. If you get to keep playing, that means you get to keep failing and sooner or later you’re going to be able to succeed. The people who lose are the ones who don’t fail at all and get stuck or the ones who fail so big they don’t get to play again.” — Seth Godin

If you want to take a risk and challenge yourself in your career we can assist with a new job opportunity. Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with specialist consultants that will assist you in finding an exciting new job, whether it’s Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs or Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply now!

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Listen, Learn…Then Lead

Mallisa Watson - Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Leader Standing With His Members Many leaders are out of touch and disconnected from their employees, focusing solely on their own personal agendas. This is most evident in leaders that still try to use “one-size-fits-all” approach to earn trust, build loyalty and stimulate team and individual performance.

Leaders must understand that in today’s workplace, there’s not a single recipe to encourage employees to perform better. Rather, it’s about how to maximize the ingredients in order to create hundreds of recipes that are personalized and genuine; that provide long-term connections.  Before you can lead a team, you need to be able to listen to them and eventually you will learn something from them.

We all have the ability to listen but not everyone uses that skill. We’re often too busy too working out our reply before the speaker has even finished with their sentence.

Would you say that you listen more than you talk? How does the conversation balance when you speak with your team? As a leader you may need to be listening more than you talk.

Great leaders are great listeners. They give their people the power of a voice, an opinion and a say in the team’s final outcome. They show they have heard and understood what their team is telling them. You can imagine how that boosts a feeling of involvement and commitment to team goals.

Paying attention to what your team members say shows that you value and respect each person and help you build solid relationships with them.

You may be the boss but that doesn’t mean you can’t let your employees teach you a thing or two. Great managers allow for contributions and most important, acknowledge them. It’s just a matter of opening a conversation and saying ‘I want to run something past you.’

Learning from your employees is one of the most powerful and least used tools in the leadership tool box. And I’m not talking about listening to your workers when they try to make a point. I mean something more serious and more purposeful. Identify something that one of your employees does well and make it a point to learn from them.

Then Lead
Leaders are hard to find. They show a unique combination of charisma, vision and character traits that attract people to follow them. You need to be someone that people choose to follow. People must feel confident in the direction in which the leader is headed.

In an ideal work environment, employees are excited and engaged. They understand and believe in the mission of the company and freely contribute ideas to continually improve their work environment and services of the clients.  They without fail solve problems and take your business to levels that you never would have dreamed possible. The only way to achieve this goal is to create an environment where your employees feel valued and supported.

Managers must find new ways to create the capacity for innovation by encouraging collaboration, sharing knowledge and working together with their employees to create new ideas.

If you are looking to add more people to help grow and make your company a success, let us help you! We have top calibre candidates waiting to start their new career journeys.

Or if you happen to be in the job market, we can help you untangle the steps to your next job opportunity. Communicate Personnel has a number of exciting new career opportunities which includes Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobsSupply Chain jobs and Freight jobs. Visit our website and apply today!

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Can’t Afford To Quit?

Mallisa Watson - Monday, December 01, 2014

Quit Keys Show Exit Resigning Or Give Up When a job situation becomes intolerable, it's hard to know what to do. Every day you have to get up and spend hours at a place where you are unhappy. Sounds familiar?

But because of your financial obligations, every time you think about the possibility of leaving, you realise you can’t afford to right now. It’s a scary time for taking risks.

The more you sense the impossibility of the situation, the more depressed it feels. And this makes you dislike your job even more. You get to a point where you resent your job. You feel bitter that you can’t afford to quit. And therefore everything about your life feels tainted with frustration.

If you see yourself in any of this, then you need to start thinking of strategies you can put in place to improve your situation. Here are just a few things you can do right now to get started. Grab a pen and paper and let’s get started!

Reality check!

Write down why you dislike your current job and what parts of it you don’t like:

Do you hate the work itself?

Are you bored or not challenged?

Do you not like the people you work with?

Do you not feel valued?

Now write down what are the things you like about the job. This will give you some perspective on parts you find good or satisfactory.

Can you change anything?

In your current job, can you change some of the things you don’t like?

Can you change some of your work responsibilities to something you like better?

Have you had a chat to your boss about your concerns? Can you expect that it might change somehow? Even a small positive change can make a bad situation better and lift your resentment, at least for some time.

Are you guilty of creating your own unhappiness at work?

This is always a difficult question, but to get at the bottom of the problem you have to take in consideration also how have you perhaps contributed to your unhappiness in your job?

Are there any decisions have you made that might be negatively impacting your feelings about your job?

Then think what you can do to fix or change these issues.  Figure out how you can change your own behaviour and attitude to make things better while you are at this job.

How to move forward?

People are resentful when it comes to change! So have you thoroughly explored your dream job possibilities and what it would take to develop the necessary skills?

Have you started networking and gathering information?

Have you organized your resume and gone on any interviews?

Before you think you’re stuck, make sure you have covered all the basics!

Now that you have figured out where exactly the problem lies, you can go ahead and do something about it. It may not happen overnight, but eventually you will get there.

Looking for a new job?  Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with specialist consultants that will assist you in finding an exciting new job, whether it’s  Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs or Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply now!

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  2. Sticking to your word Mallisa Watson 10-Dec-2014
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  5. Can’t Afford To Quit? Mallisa Watson 01-Dec-2014
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