Choosing the right way to manage your time at work can supercharge your performance at work and help you accelerate towards the achievement of your goals. But it can also be difficult: peak productivity means managing your schedule, identifying your goals, and implementing organisation strategies, all while responding to a dynamic environment in which new tasks come thick and fast.
By some estimates, your career will take up around 80,000 hours of your adult life—and, whichever way you look at it, that’s an enormous amount of time. Little wonder then that most of us are preoccupied with figuring out the right career: how can we invest our own 80,000 hours in a way that feels meaningful, leads us toward our goals, and taps into our natural interests and talents?
Unfortunately, there’s no straightforward answer to these questions.
Congratulations on being offered an interview! That’s an encouraging step towards securing employment. However, for many candidates it’s an intimidating one too. After all, while some interview questions are more or less expected, other can seem, in the moment, like curveballs designed to catch you off guard.
The perils of workplace stress
Some degree of stress is natural and even beneficial: it keeps us on task, helps us determine what our priorities are, and contributes to a healthy sense of motivation. However, it’s all too easy for stress to get out of hand.
The concept of emotional intelligence (EQ) was popularized in a best-selling book by Daniel Goleman, who defines it as “the ability to identify, assess, and control one's own emotions, the emotions of others, and that of groups”. According to Goleman, emotional intelligence has five components: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.
One of the biggest concerns employers face, irrespective of the work sector, is the growing employee attrition rate. A recent survey indicated that 67% of employers saw an increase in staff turnover in the last three years.
Having people leave regularly can impact the flow of operations and hamper productivity.
Keeping and nurturing top talent can be quite a challenge in today’s volatile and ever-changing job market.
Top employees want a rewarding and satisfying job that stimulates and challenges them. They also want good opportunities for career advancement - and clear paths to promotions.
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In a candidate-driven market, it's important to know what your potential hires are looking for in a new employer. Ultimately, staff today want more than just a great salary to help them decide who they should be working with.
Companies, especially startups, are known to introduce many innovative changes to business processes and even the work environment (in general). This includes the improvement of work-life balance among employees, putting a premium on talent and productivity over output quantity, engaging customers before introducing product changes, and so much more.
Often in the job market it is more common for employers to emphasis what they are looking for in an employee, after all they are who will be paying your salary, so it is vital they get the best fit for the business. But what about what the employee wants? The relationship between employer and employee must mutually beneficial for long term success.