Friday, January 31, 2020

Reinvent yourself at work

Master new skills

If you started work a few years back and are still stuck in the same position at the office and feeling uninspired, then perhaps it’s time to reinvent yourself. You know that you have more potential and that you can offer so much more, so now is the time to change. 

Find out how others view you


This is the best place to begin. You may have strengths that you are not even aware of. Ask your co-workers what they deem your hidden strengths are, and you will most likely be pleasantly surprised.
Now, work on these and polish them up! 

Master new skills


You cannot improve and reinvent yourself if you don’t learn at least one new skill. Seek new skills that will be useful to the company where you work and take a course or classes. Once you have mastered them, let your co-workers know and look to include the skills into your position or volunteer for projects or a job that requires them. 

Connect with other professionals


Your friends may not always be an inspiration when you are trying to find new skills to master, but connecting with other professionals or a mentor sure will. Look to people that you admire and see what skills they have that interest you. These people can be from the same industry as yours or, even better, from another industry. 

Power dress

One of the best dynamics in any job is to power dress for the position. These changes need not be drastic or expensive, but enough to give you the confidence that will make an impression on those around you. 

Beat the competition


Competition is healthy in the workplace, so, look for that one person that is your biggest competitor and aim to beat them, proving that you are better.
Reinvention cannot be completed in a week. Keep at it and persevere until you start getting noticed.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Will you job slip through your hands or will scale new heights?

Will your job be secure for the next decade?

Considering the technological changes that have taken place over the previous decade, you may be wondering how secure your job will be over the next decade. Automation and chatbots are already taking on more of the mundane tasks that were previously done by office employees and many traditionally labour-intensive jobs are also undertaken by machines. Where does that leave you? Will your job be secure for the next decade?

New technology upskilling


New technologies embrace a whole range of industries and require a whole new set of skills. Software developers and cybersecurity are two areas where there is currently a short supply of skills. Renewable energies are another area where there is a lack of technicians that can install solar panels and wind turbines.
Chatbots are taking over many tasks in the office, especially those of clerks and customer assistants. However, digital assistants will be very much in demand and staff will definitely be needed in distribution and transportation according to many economists. 

Most will require specialist knowledge


What is considered as emerging technologies now will probably be mainstream jobs a decade from now. Autonomous vehicles, blockchain, cryptocurrency and robotics will be normal jobs and design is going to boom as more internet connected devices are needed.
Data collection and analysis will remain important and doctors and lawyers will need to have far more tech knowledge in the future. 

The importance of higher education


Even though some new jobs don’t require a university education, lifelong training and upskilling will be important for many health and machinery technicians, construction managers, and machine operators.
As Artificial Intelligence and automation continue to grow and change things, the workforce will have to be adaptable and prepared to continue gaining new skill sets into the future. This will ensure that they feel less threatened of losing their jobs and to be able to see any new opportunities as they arise.  

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Increasing productivity using New Age skills

New Age skills

New Age skills and technology allow us to complete task in less time than ever before and to be more productive. Here’s how today’s technologies can help: 

Collaboration tools


Whether everyone works from the same building or not, collaboration is essential to productivity. Document sharing through Google or other cloud-based solutions offers a safe way to remotely share documents and sensitive data. Consistency in all aspects of the business allow for better customer relations, increased productivity and profitability.

Working offsite but remaining connected


As communications technologies improve the way we all can keep in touch, so physical business spaces are getting smaller and more people can work remotely. These technologies also allow employees to have remote mobile access to conference calls, data and instant messaging.

Organization is key


Data systems which used to only be available on spreadsheets on desktops, are fast giving way to cloud-based data systems that can be accessed, changed, and updated by everyone in the office, as needed and in real-time. This is crucial to ensuring that accurate information is available to everyone, from any device, anywhere. No more lost information or forgotten information.

Stay connected


Mobile devices and their support solutions ensure that everyone is connected. No more missed calls and missed business opportunities. Smartphones can offer everything from voicemail, Emails, caller ID, and find-me-follow-me technology so that there is a consistent level of professionalism and service throughout the business.

Stay up to date and outsource task to experts


Upgrades of software and hardware are essential and these need to be assessed by an expert regularly to ensure that the company is up-to-date. Virtualization of an older system on an external server can help companies to move into the future at a cost saving, and without fear of losing any information.
When changes are decided on, its best to get expert advice so that they can be implemented correctly, costing less in the long-run.

How to earn new skill sets while studying or working?

new skill sets

In order to succeed today, you need to continue learning new skill or emerging skills sets even as you study or work. You might ask, where to find the spare time? And the answer, it is essential that you make the time. 

The benefits of earning new skill sets


Doing your current job correctly is one of the best benefits, but then again you could also receive a raise for being more efficient or find an even better job. If you are studying while earning new skill sets, it will make you more employable once fished. 

What skill sets should you focus on? 


Finding out which skill sets to focus on will need a bit of research. Emerging skills can be found by looking at what qualifications are been sought in job postings. You can also reach out to people that work in a field that you are interested in and find out from them which are currently the most important skills in their field. 

Look for courses, whether online or at centres that, will have practical value. Often course only offer academic value without giving you any practical experience. Secondly, look for instructors who are known as experts in their field or for courses that are created in conjunction with leading companies. 

Finding the time


Online learning is a great option for someone who is studying or working because you can work through the course when its most convenient for you. If you find that you don’t like this solitary approach, then look for courses that need more interaction and collaboration. Doing the course together with someone is also a good way to have interaction. 

Final say

Once you have learnt something new it is best to start using your new skills immediately and then start looking ahead to learning the next skill.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Reducing stress at work

 stress at work

Stress at work is detrimental to your health and can deplete you of energy, concentration and confidence. The symptoms can be both psychological, physical, or both and can range from sleep disorder to anxiety and headaches to high blood pressure. 

The causes of stress at work


A huge work load, uncertainty, and interruptions are some of the main causes of work-related stress. Typically, people stress over things that they cannot control.
The good news is that there are some things that you can do to reduce stress at work.

Take action against stress


·       Deep breathing is one of the best ways to relieve and stress after a difficult situation or meeting at work.
·       Reduce interruptions by turning off your phone and ensuring that you have certain times in place for meetings or responding to emails.
·       The more you push, the less work you are likely to do. Ensure that you have some brief breaks during the day so that you can reboot your energy levels. Use these to walk, stretch, and clear your mind.
·       Ensure that you eat correctly and concentrate on high-protein and low-sugar foods which can help lower stress.
·       Ensure that you get sufficient sleep every night, it is essential for reduced stress levels.
·       Don’t take situations at work personally. The more objective you remain, the better you will be able to cope with them and to find solutions.
·       Don’t allow heated situations to fluster you, practice your breathing techniques and before you know it, you will have cooled down.
·       Priorities need to be reviewed regularly and can be changed if certain things have changed. This will take the pressure off if you know what is really important and what not.
·       Be a good influence to others and encourage them to resolve issues at work by requesting, in a nice way, that they change their behaviour.
·       Steer clear from negative thoughts and encourage only positive ideas. You will reduce stress and be an inspiration to everyone around you.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

How to use social media productively?

social media for employees


Even though social media is addictive, and so engaging that it can take up a lot of your time, it can be used productively too.  Clever use of social media technologies can ensure that you avoid mindless scrolling and that you can take charge to get the most out of your accounts. 

You can’t be on every form of social media


Choose the social media accounts that best suits your work, lifestyle and fulfils your social, business, entertainment and information needs. 

Stay away from distractions


Frequent interruptions from work allow more room for error. If you cannot resist looking at your phone every time a notification comes in, rather silence your phone and use tools to limit the amount of time you spend on it.

Scale back and watch your free time increase


The best way to scale back is to schedule the times that you will allow yourself access during the day. This allows you to catch up with your feed, engage with your audience, and catch up with any work. Ensure that you adhere to the time that you have set. For example, an hour in the morning and evening. 

Plan ahead and always be a winner


A social media strategy can be planned ahead, especially if it’s an important part of your work. Scheduling posts ahead with social media marketing tools ensures that you spend less time on social media but have better results. 

·       30 minutes a day can be allocated for planning and finding content.
·       Creating content needs no more than 30 minutes a day.
·       Measuring the success of social media efforts needs approximately an hour a week.
·       Responding and engaging should not take more than an hour a day.
Save time and stay focused on productivity by cleverly using social media to your advantage.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Why HR should be involved in cybersecurity?


Cybersecurity is one of the biggest threats to everyone, whether it’s a government department or a small business. Basic security policies are usually enough to effectively reduce the risk of exposure, as long as employees are committed and consistent in adhering to them. 

HR departments can play a significant role in ensuring cybersecurity is maintained. 

Changing employee attitudes


In order for an organization to not be vulnerable to a cyber-attack, employees need to understand that the responsibility for cybersecurity does not only lie with the IT department. Smaller companies are becoming an easy target and the HR department can play an important role in educating employees. Employee attitudes and behaviour are vital in ensuring a more secure organization. 

Practical security measures are easier to maintain


Deciding on the right type of security policy is important so that it can be practical and appropriate. One example is the issuing of randomly generated passwords, which are difficult to crack. Then again, because many people may need to write passwords down in order to remember them, it might actually defy the point. Another example that may raise questions is monitoring, where employees may feel that they are not trusted or that they have no privacy. 

This is where the HR department can play an important role in helping decide which will work best for the company.

Identifying risk factors


Insiders may unknowingly be abetting with attackers on the outside of the company or could be doing it for revenge. This could be taking place through an initial social media contact with an unhappy employee by the attackers. The HR team need be vigilant since most employees take action against their employers within a 30-day period of a trigger event at work. Increased monitoring from the HR department gives them the opportunity to intervene if needed. Lastly, the HR department needs to be responsible for employees leaving the company and to ensure that no sensitive information leaves with them. 

HR departments can be the gatekeepers to any threats by ensuring that they educate employees and give them security guidelines.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Challenge the digital threats

cyber threats

The data-driven and multichannel digital world that we live in today is constantly under threat from cyber-attacks and leaks. Collaboration among organizations is an essential tool for their success, but the security threat posed is increasingly inhibiting the effective use of digital transformation.

No one is immune 


Besides the threat from simple human error or disgruntled employees, many of the world’s largest organizations and governments departments have been faced with attacks over the last few years. Business disruptions, revenue and information loss is putting more industries at risk than ever before.
Most companies are employing strict access control as their solution to the problem. However, the vast amount of data being produced today comes from many sources and it requires even further measures to ensure that there are no weak links.

Minimizing the threats


Most attacks and breaches are believed to originate on the endpoint of most systems. The way systems are built to operate often leave the endpoint more vulnerable and extreme measures are needed to ensure that a system remains protected.
Containment solutions are where most companies are allocating 25% of their security budget, and they ensure that they isolate threats.
Privileged Access Workstation (PAW), is another way that organizations deal with digital threats. This ensures that employees use a PAW for sensitive work, therefore, eliminating and threats to sensitive data.
Security systems at endpoint operating systems often limit employee access to web browsing, cloud service use and app installations. This leads to a loss of productivity and innovations.
Many endpoint users are usually using more than one device at work, and they often also mix personal and corporate usage on devices. With GDPR it can be quite tricky to tackle breaches. Protection and privacy challenges are being met head-on by most companies, ensuring that they stay above any digital threats and eliminating all these challenges that digital threats pose.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

How to use technology to your favour as an employee?

use of technology

As an employee, the need to continue to ensure that you use technology to your advantage is one of the best ways to remain productive. As a matter of fact, technology is what ensures that greater levels of productivity are reached. However, it is up to employers to ensure that their employees continue to receive the necessary upskilling required and access to new technologies. The fact is the more the use of right tools for our work, the productivity will be high.

These are the best ways to use technology to increase your productivity: 
1.     Communication

Inefficient communication among employees is costly. Emails are not as efficient as once believed because they may be missed or ignored. Group messaging or group chats require an instant response and can reach everyone, no matter where located. 

2.     Team work becomes seamless

Collaboration tools can also be used for the greater advantage of all employees, no matter where they are. Virtual meetings and cloud-based note-taking ensure that a team can stay in touch and increase their productivity. 

Likewise, project management apps allow everyone on a team to be dedicated a task, avoiding a panic and repetition of tasks by different team members. 

3.     Simplification of tasks

Technology offers management tools for the most mundane and simple daily tasks that can save employees lots of precious time to get on with more important tasks. 

4.     Automatic File sharing

Gone are the days where manually shared files and all the complications that came with them were uses. File sharing tools allow all employees to track any changes instantly. 

5.     Working remotely

Increased productivity is linked to the ability to work remotely. This can be achieved if the company has a good mobile strategy in place with the correct telecommunicating tools. 

By being more productive, you will make more of an impact on your employer who will find that you are irreplaceable and a worthy investment.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

How to remain quiet but productive?

There is a constant need for noise today and many people feel that without it they cannot be productive. Phone calls, emails and radio are but some of the distractions. However, as the world is getting louder, there is room for silence in productivity. As a matter of fact, research has shown that there is a correlation between quiet and physical, emotional and mental well-being. 

Here are the best ways to ensure that you eliminate distractions and find the silence required to remain productive:

·       Waking up earlier – The earlier hours of the day are usually the quietest allowing for time to work and think. 

·       Taking regular breaks – Relaxation time contributes to a more productive day and this can be assured by taking regular walk or meditation breaks. 

·       Avoiding constant noise stimulation – Wearing headphones all the time over-stimulates the mind. In order to be more productive, leave them off and allow your mind to ponder problems and their solutions. 

·       Turning off your mobile – Without a doubt, a mobile device is one of the biggest distractions.  While working, ensure that it’s turned off to silent so that you aren’t tempted to look at it constantly. You can set the device to ring for urgent calls. 

·       Find a quiet corner to work – If you are easily distracted by the usual comings and goings of the office, find a quiet corner or office to work from. It is not always possible to work in silence, but you can make a point of seeking those quiet pockets of time during the workday and to isolate yourself. 

Busy and bustling is good, but it needs to be offset with quiet time if you are to keep up your productivity. Remember, get enough sleep and find time to balance busy and noisy with tranquillity.