‘No man ever listened himself out of a job.’ Calvin Coolidge, the 30th US President.
Listening may not be on your interview check-list, but it should be. If you can’t demonstrate the ability to listen in an interview, then can you listen in the job? Work-related mistakes are frustrating and costly; call it miscommunication, misinterpretation or just missing the point, half-listening is often a contributory factor. Let’s look at simple ways to improve your listening:
Jelly legs, the sweats and a dry mouth could be holding you back. I’ve known great candidates, who’ve cancelled last minute or not represented themselves well on interview because they’re wracked with nerves. But it’s not worth stifling your career over something that can be easily overcome at home, for free, and with little or no embarrassment. Follow these tips and you might find you actually enjoy your next job interview:
Vacantly staring out of the train window, I momentarily focus on the reflection of my fellow passengers and suddenly see them as individuals rather than a grey hoard of commuters. Each one with a destination, responsibilities, to-do lists. The average commute is 58 minutes in the UK and 77 minutes in London. That’s a lot of time to kill...or fill.
The PR profile for the month of January and its paltry neighbour February, needs some work. The mood board for these months is grey and black; empty purses; flu symptoms; drenched hair; cancelled trains and a production line of repetitive routines. Motivating a team wallowing in a place like that isn’t easy. But with a bit of PMA and some classic PR, it can be done. Here’s how:
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Stress is endemic in many UK companies with 60% admitting that it damages staff retention. So it’s no wonder that there are a growing number of companies investing strategically to support their employees’ good health; keeping their best talent happy, engaged and motivated.
This week guest blogger and ex-Financial PR, Anna Keeble, tells us about her new service, which plans to take care of your employees’ mental and physical wellbeing. Ditch notions of scented candles and think valued, energetic, staff and tangible financial results. Anna explains how it works and invites your company to get involved.
Things don’t slow down in PR at Christmas. But with so many festive distractions productivity is bound to take a knock. Client dos, Christmas shopping, staff hangovers. What can you do?
People leave their jobs for many different reasons; bullying is one of them. It may not be stated as a specific reason, but as a professional recruiter, it’s not difficult to piece things together and realise that it’s behind the desire to move on. There’s lots of advice out there about dealing with this insidious issue, and as this week is National Anti-Bullying Week we’d like to do our bit and share some of it with you.
This week we hear from guest blogger, Dave Kibby, a specialist in 'thinking' and the impact of motivation and mindset within business. He has coached Executives and International sports people to help them make sense of their thinking and get the very best results. Dave shares his thoughts about how to retain your best people, in a market where budgets are being slashed but money still talks.
Appraisals can be tricky to get right; Managers often under-estimate the power of a good appraisal system. They’re a great vehicle for motivating the team, reinforcing goals and boosting productivity. But they’re often handled badly by managers who are under-prepared or unclear about what they want to achieve. Avoid the pitfalls with these 10 points for a perfect appraisal: