Business-on-the-go will become even more popular in 2013 due to the advancements of business applications for your smartphones, tablets, and iPads. Depending on the company, executives, sales reps, or marketers may frequently be outside the office conducting their business. An executive in New York may be making the long flight to China for an important business meeting or a marketer might be out on the streets in Denver passing out flyers for the next big launch. No matter where your people are, it is important that they stay connected with the business at all times.
It’s interview time. You have all your questions prepared and all your answers ready to go (or so you think). You feel confident, motivated, and you’re focused. The interview is going better than expected when all of a sudden the interviewer throws you a curveball. Your face goes red, your palms start to sweat, and you can’t seem to get out any words. A pause of a mere 10 seconds feels like an eternity.
Can you believe 2012 is already over?! Which means it’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions. What is it going to be this year: exercise, eat more fruits and vegetables, take a vacation, or become more ‘green’? Let’s face it: sometimes these goals seem overwhelming, and more often than not they fall by the wayside. But why not set some realistic work-related goals this year that you know you can manage?
There are many positive qualities that a manager expects from employees, and some negative behaviors that need to be dealt with as well. One of the least desirable and hardest to combat is absenteeism and tardiness. Whether an employee is late or doesn’t show up at all, it’s a clear signal they are prioritizing other responsibilities above work. Once every now and then is acceptable, but when there’s a recurrent pattern with people not showing up to work, there’s a very serious problem that needs to be addressed.
While the United States boasts an unparalleled diversity of cultures and customs, the American business calendar is traditionally orchestrated around the Christmas holiday – it’s customary for businesses to close for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The week in between is often a quiet time in the office. Many employees take vacation days, others may be working shortened hours, and everyone tends to have their minds on the holidays as much as on the work at hand.
When it comes to the particular details that job seekers may lie about, some of them are complete fabrications meant to pull the wool over the employer’s eyes, while others may tweak the details just to give them a little bit of an edge. They’re most likely trying to appear more desirable to a prospective employer, banking on the fact that many employers never check references or verify statements made on résumés or during interviews.
The holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of year. But employees can struggle to stay focused as they try to juggle work responsibilities with their increased personal activities and stresses. According to The National Retail Federation, online shopping is set to reach nearly $96 billion dollars this year! With the almost-constant internet access available at most workplaces, as well as the proliferation of smart phones, the temptation to accomplish this online shopping during work hours (when gift recipients won’t be looking over their shoulder!) is often hard for some employees to resist.
Having the wrong attitude in the workplace can affect employee productivity and decrease enthusiasm and creativity. According to Gary Topchik, The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that companies lose $3 billion a year due to the effects of negative attitudes and behaviors on performance at work.