Do You Find it Hard to Unplug During Your Vacation?

Tis the festive season… when we start to wind down, and spend time with friends and family.  It is a pleasure to take time away from the office and unwind, whether we choose to have a stay-cation, or get away from winter and travel further afield.  But do we really do that? Do we really get away from it all? Technology has allowed us to take our office with us.  The impact of technology on our lives, at home and at work, can’t be understated. Work-life balance is very individualized. People are adapting and integrating technology in ways that work for them. So, the question is…

 

Get Ready for the Week Ahead

Every Monday gives us a chance for a fresh start.

 

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Millenials in the Workplace

Managing and motivating millenials in the workplace can leave some older generations with many questions. What makes them tick? What leadership style do they respond to? What are their core values in life? What keeps them engaged at work? As we get to know this youngest generation of workers, here’s a video interview with Simon Sinek below that sheds some light how millenials are perceived in the workplace, how they conduct their lives, and what corporations need to do to shape workplaces for the future.

Behavioural Questions on teamwork (continued)

Behavioural style questions help interviewers find corporate culture fit, by  looking at past behaviour which has been known to predict future performHuman Resourcesance.

The result that an interviewer intends to receive is a set of answers from the job seeker that will clearly indicate the situation, action taken and result.

Continued from last week’s post, below are more teamwork related behavioural questions that could be asked in a job interview:

  1. Tell me about some of the toughest groups with which you’ve had to work. What made the group tough? What did you do?
  2. Tell me about a new procedure you wanted your team to use. What did you do?
  3. Have you ever helped a cowoker improve his, her performance at work? Tell me about one of these times.
  4. Tell me about a time when you needed someone’s cooperation to complete a task an the person was uncooperative. What did you do? Why?
  5. Have you ever been in a group with an unproductive person? How did you handle the situation?
  6. Have you ever helped a peer learn something new? How did you teach this person?
  7. Have you ever had to work with a new employee? Describe your working relationship. What did you do the make it this way? Give an example of your interactions with this person.

 

The interview: Behavioural Questions on teamwork

In many business cultures, it is teamwork that makes all the difference. Behind every successful person stands a unified team.  Teamwork and cooperation is what drives a business forward.Found it!

Behavioural style questions help interviewers find that corporate culture fit, by  looking at past behaviour which has been known to predict future performance.

Here is a sampling of teamwork related behavioural questions that could be asked in a job interview:

  1. Describe a situation in which you helped a peer or coworker.
  2. Tell me about some team members who take up your time discussing problems. How do you handle these situations? Give a specific example.
  3. Describe some situations in which you wished you’d acted differently with someone in your work group. What happened?
  4. Give me an example of a time when you worked with team members in deciding each person’s task.
  5. Have you ever had difficulty getting along with coworkers? How did you handle the situation?
  6. When dealing with team members (or a group), how do you determine when you are pushing an issue or decision too hard? Tell me about a time when you pushed too hard.
  7. What was the last idea you shared with a team member? Why did you share it with that person?

Rise and Shine!

“So sit up, put your feet on the floor, and don’t look back because we’ve got work to do.”

Find your Greatness.

– Nike

Do Job Perks Make Employees Happier?

More and more workplaces are offering incentives to attract and retain top talent. Ping pong table, anyone? When entertaining a job offer, salary is the first thing that comes to mind, but definitely don’t overlook benefits beyond the norm. Flexible hours, staff outings, subsidized health club memberships are just a few perks that small companies can offer their employees. Such incentives can make employees happier and more productive.  The infographic below illustrates what several large corporations offer their employees. Perhaps your workplace can find some inspiration from this list.

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Halloween at the office

Halloween is one of those unofficial holidays when young and old can really get into the spirit. Depending on the industry that you work in, and the corporate culture, do jack-o-lanternyour decorate your office, supply fun size candy, and does your staff dress up in costume? Vote in our quick poll below:

 

Igniting Creativity to Transform Corporate Culture

“Creativity has the power for invention and ultimate success”

Enjoy this TED Talk below from Creativity & Design Leader Catherine Courage. She shares three strategies to bring creativity to the workplace: Environments, Experiments and Storytelling.

Coffee trends in the Workplace

If you haven’t had your jolt of caffeine yet today, you might have snoozed on the fact that today is National Coffee Day. As well, October 1st is International Coffee Day.

No matter when or how you choose to celebrate, we thought you might find this following infographic on coffee trends in the workplace entertaining. So, grab a cup of joe and have a read…

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