Personal Development

If you are returning to the work-force after a long absence, wanting to switch careers or are a first-time job seeker, chances are you will come up against the ‘work experience required’ barrier. It can be incredibly disheartening and frustrating to see the job of your dreams advertised, in which you just know you would do well, and feel that your life circumstances have disqualified you from applying or competing for the position....Read More

Over the last five years, the composition of the workforce has undergone a significant change. For the first time in history – four generations (Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y/Millennial) are present in today’s workforce, each generation with its own perspective, expectations, needs and values. This presents a challenge in that a “one size fits all” approach to managing such a workforce won’t produce a...Read More

The probationary period for a new employee, typically 90 days, can often be tense and fraught with misunderstanding.  Some experts claim that as many as 1 in 5 don’t make it through their probationary period; a definite and significant lose-lose scenario.  It’s an issue that, in some cases, can be addressed by companies adopting better on-boarding practices.  But is there anything that a new employee can do to avoid pitfalls and get...Read More

Once upon a time we simply worked to earn money.  Today, an increasing number of people want a lot more from their work.  Our careers have become vehicles to get us to the lofty self-actualizing pinnacle of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  Our daily jobs have become fields of possibilities where we search for inspiration, exercise our array of talents and play to our personal bests.  Of course, compensation is still one of the driving...Read More

When Mark Murphy, bestselling author and CEO of Leadership IQ, tracked 20 000 new hires over a three-year period, and then discovered that a whopping 46% of them failed within 18 months, he wasn’t telling us anything new.  After all, as bad as that result sounds, it is consistent with the findings of other similar studies. Murphy, however, did offer something interesting when he went on to explain in his book, Hiring for Attitude, the...Read More

Roman Krznaric, author of “How to Find Fulfilling Work” asks, “What is your current career doing to you as a person—to your mind, character and relationships?” We, too often, get stuck on auto-pilot, going through the daily motions of our jobs without taking the time to ask ourselves whether our jobs serve us and others. Studies show that finding meaning in our jobs increases levels of job satisfaction. In the past some of the key...Read More

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