Are You Under Stress? Try This…

Are You Under Stress? Try This…

Are You Under Stress? Try This…

by Talentese Team 29/09/2017

Perhaps there are many ways and indicators to measure stress and how to cope up with stress at work, but at Talentese we are sure that a good methodology to measure it is considering the quantity of open topics that you have pending on your desk. It’s easy to associate the stress with a lot of things to be done and with that permanent feeling of not advancing at work.

On the other hand, everybody knows the positive satisfaction provided by quickly closing subjects and moving to the next ones. At work, this feeling is one of the biggest sources of motivation.

In this article we will explain you a simple but very effective tool to help you to learn how to cope up with stress at work. You’ll be surprised by the quantity of things that you’ll achieve.

This tool is based on the book called “Getting things done” (http://gettingthingsdone.com), from David Allen and it’s used by millions of people around the world, specially in the United States, country of the author.

 

The two minutes rule is very simple and it works like this:

 

Every time that you will have a new task to do:

– Evaluate the task and decide whether you have to do it or not depending on its importance. For example, if you receive many tasks by e-mail, most probably many of these emails are just informative and don’t require any action from you.

– If you must do the task and you can do it in less than two minutes just do it, don’t wait a second.

– If you must do the task but it requires you more than two minutes, book right away a slot in your calendar to do it. And at the moment planned to do the task try to do it and not postpone it. Remember that it is an important task that must be done.

– If the tasks doesn’t require any action from you, but you might need to consult it at some point, simply save somewhere easy to access, but simply as consult.

The magic behind this technique how to cope up with stress at work is that a big percentage of the tasks that we must do daily can be done in less than two minutes: forward an e-mail, answer to a concrete question, do a quick phone call, inform a colleague about something…

 

by Talentese Team 29/09/2017

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8 Warning Signs to Change Job

8 Warning Signs to Change Job

8 Warning Signs to Change Job

8 Warning Signs to Change Job

When is the right time to change job? This is surely a dilemma that many people are facing at some point in their career. Getting the timing right is not always easy. Often people stay in their jobs just because they feel comfortable with it and don’t want to have the hassle of job hunting, even if they are highly frustrated for various reasons. What are the 8 warning signs to change job?

 

Find out here when to quit your job:

# 1 – You didn’t get the expected promotion.

You are working very hard, often overtime and when it comes to get promoted for more challenging tasks, it’s others who get the opportunity offered to them. Even if they are less qualified and were not as long in the company as you. You are wondering why your boss doesn’t notice your efforts.

 

# 2 – Your responsibilities have changed.

If suddenly you will be given tasks that are far below your level of responsibility and your usual highly responsible tasks have been passed on to someone else instead, it shows that your boss doesn’t take you seriously anymore.

 

# 3 – You are being excluded from social gatherings.

If the team meets regularly in a nearby café after the official office hours and deliberately does not invite you to participate, there is a reason to be concerned. Could your personality be the reason for it?

 

# 4 – Taking your work home.

Do you take your work home because you were not able to manage all the workload as you planned? People will not think you work hard, but instead that you are not able to manage your work efficiently. This will also lead to more stress in the long term and will have an impact on your health.

 

# 5 – You start hating your main tasks.

If you can’t stand it anymore to deal with people’s complaints, even though that is the main duty of your job, it’s really a sign to change job and to quit. Feeling irritated is not good, neither for you neither for the company. Furthermore, it will also lead to an increased bad reputation for the company.

 

# 6 – Your boss doesn’t value your input.

Do you feel that your boss: doesn’t acknowledge your work, that you don’t get proper feedback about your performance and that everything is taken for granted? Nobody would be happy to work for someone like that. Another sign to change job!

 

# 7 – You don’t go the extra mile anymore.

You feel that your tasks are routine and you are not prepared to go the extra mile anymore. You just get things done with no extra effort in order to really excel.

 

# 8 – You force yourself to go to work.

The biggest sign to change job is when every day you get up in the morning and you feel sick of having to go to work. If you feel no satisfaction anymore and when you can’t wait to get back home after work.

 

Take these signs to change job seriously! Remember, you live only once. Choose always a job that gives you satisfaction, that means something to you and that ultimately makes you happy!

 

by Karin Singh 26/09/2017

Karin Schroeck-Singh’s passion lies in creating, translating and promoting content of high-quality in multiple languages (English, German, Italian). She holds an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK) and is the author of several ebooks. She gained more that 20 years of international work experience in various industries in Italy, the UK and India. Helping businesses to optimise their online presence is her priority, no client tr project is too big or too small for her.

Stop worrying. Start outsourcing! www.hirekarin.com

Karin Schroeck-Singh

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Do You Often Feel Demotivated at Work?

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Do You Often Feel Demotivated at Work?

by Alexander Wollboldt 22/09/2017

Have you ever tried to redesign your job according to the ingredients that keep you highly motivated, and energised during work: your strengths, passion, positive relationships and purpose?

 

Start with listing down the main tasks that keep you occupied during the day, weeks and months. What of those regular recurring tasks do you spend most of your time with, and what of those tasks need less of your attention? If you find most of your time doing things that you are not really productive at, and in addition you don’t feel excited and passionate about,  then you are also not able to use your talents and skills in a way that translate into strengths! If you still do nothing about it – no wonder you struggle to find how to get motivated at work again.

 

How do you know your strengths? Try to identify areas at work or private life where you feel a yearning and a flow –  things that come out naturally and do not require much efforts from your end. Dig into your past when you were still in high school or college. What were the things and activities that you could spend hours without bothering the time? Usually those are good clues and descriptions of you applying your strengths!

 

Do you get the necessary support and recognition from your boss, colleagues and clients? If employees don’t know how their efforts and expertise contribute to the organisational success, it will in most cases over time translate into some level of discouragement. However, in order to get positive feedback from others we need to also create positive impacts onto them e.g. in form of help and support that lead to successful completion of an overall task. This raises the questions if you have enough opportunities to create positive relationships to others at work place.

 

Last but not least, do you find meaning and purpose in the job that you are doing? Do you have the feeling that your work helps in improving the situations of many others? Sometimes, simply widening our view of what we are doing towards the overall outcome and contributing to a bigger group of people can drastically change the level of excitement and energy that we bring into our jobs.    

 

Once you have clarity about those items discussed above, start connecting and grouping them so they give you a clear picture of how to focus and prioritise tasks in your job and how to get motivated at work again.

 

by Alexander Wollboldt 22/09/2017

Alex Wollboldt is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), – Consultant (CMC) and Gallup Strengths Coach and has a decade of corporate professional history as Finance Head and Director in manufacturing and service industries in different locations such as Germany, Japan and the Philippines. He is a founding partner at Wissen Solomon, a business consultancy that provides businesses through consulting and coaching expertise in the area of digitization, marketing, finance, operations and organizational development. Alex also acts as co-director for OSG Global Consultancy taking care of various areas involving private equity investments, financial advisory, M&A mostly in the Philippines and other South East Asian countries.

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5 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get Promoted

5 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get Promoted

5 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get Promoted

by Karin Singh 19/09/2017

Your ambition was always to make it big at your company, the best company in the fashion industry, which is considered as a great place to work. Recently one of the managers in your company (his name is Thomas Thaler) quit his job and you would have had a real chance to take over his job and get promoted.

You could see it happening, you could feel the excitement of having exactly that particular job. You were already daydreaming on how proud your family and friends would feel knowing that you got promoted. UNFORTUNATELY, someone else has been chosen. You are really devastated by this news and can’t understand why this great opportunity has not been given to you after working there for 4 years. In hindsight, you realise that these were the five reasons why you didn’t get promoted.

 

# 1 – You didn’t ask for it.

Every employee in the company knew that Mr Thomas Thaler quit his job and someone had to be replaced for his role. You were just waiting, hoping and assuming that the top management would automatically think of you as the perfect replacement. You didn’t take the initiative to express your keen interest for the position to the Hiring Manager and Top Management.

 

# 2 – You didn’t go beyond your job description.

You know that you worked for your company for four years, but you always carried out the same tasks. When new projects were being offered to you and others, you never wanted to get involved in new challenges and felt comfortable with your usual responsibilities. You were not prepared to go beyond your normal job duties for this great place to work.  You showed instead a lack of interest and leadership.

 

# 3 – You didn’t have the required soft skills.

You have great hard skills (nobody has the same in-depth knowledge in your subject matter as you have) but what was required for this job were soft skills. The so-called interpersonal skills that will help you to win new business, to make the business grow and to be ahead of the competition. More leadership, negotiation, problem solving and networking skills were the skills that the best company in the fashion industry was looking for.

 

# 4 – You had the mindset of an employee and not of a manager.

You were still thinking like an employee who did his job 9-5 and who was always keen to leave the office as soon as the clock stroke 5. You were hardly prepared to stay longer at the office to make sure that tasks were completed on time. It gave the impression as if you were just working for your pay check. You realise that that is not something that the best company would be proud of.

 

# 5 – Your unprofessional behaviour.

You remember that your attitude towards the company (officially awarded as a great place to work!) was often negative and pessimistic. Occasionally the HR Manager brought to your attention the fact that your business attire was not looking professional, that you were swearing during a conversation with a client and that you spent too much time on social media while at work. 

Always bear in mind that it’s not the end of the world when you don’t get promoted. However, if you want to increase your chances in the future make sure you take a more proactive and positive approach. Wishing you all the best!

 

by Karin Singh 19/09/2017

Karin Schroeck-Singh’s passion lies in creating, translating and promoting content of high-quality in multiple languages (English, German, Italian). She holds an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK) and is the author of several ebooks. She gained more that 20 years of international work experience in various industries in Italy, the UK and India. Helping businesses to optimise their online presence is her priority, no client tr project is too big or too small for her.

Stop worrying. Start outsourcing! www.hirekarin.com

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Is That Company Really a Great Place to Work?

Is That Company Really a Great Place to Work?

Is That Company Really a Great Place to Work?

by Talentese Team 15/09/2017

Being happy at work is closely related with working at one of the best firms to work for, in a company with the right culture for you. Naturally, you will feel much better if your colleagues, co-workers, managers and the whole environment feels like you, thinks similar to you and share your personal values.

But in many cases it’s not obvious how to figure out the culture of a company before actually working there during sometime. Even though today most of the company websites have some people talking about how their live at work is, this is not enough to get an accurate idea of the daily life at the company.

When looking at these websites all companies seem to be the same: all of them focus on “engagement of our employees” and “total satisfaction of our customers”. But this doesn’t say that much, doesn’t it? This is pretty obvious and it must be the 101 of every company.

For you, as job seeker, this is not enough to know if a company is a good fit for you or not. You need to dig deeper and learn if it’s really one of the best firms to work for. Here a few tips and tricks to help you discover if a company would be a good fit for you and help you avoid disappointment by choosing the wrong company.

 

Research the company:

Read what the press is saying about this company, what the people are discussing in the social media and what other employees are saying (you can use sites such as www.glassdoor.com or www.kununu.com to identify top employers).

 

Ask somebody working there:

Of course, if you know somebody working at this company, ask how REALLY working there is. Take some time with this person and ask him or her about your concerns. Most probably, the concerns of this person are similar to yours, therefore he or she would be able to give you a good insight. If you don’t know somebody working at this company, use resources such as www.linkedin.com to research somebody working there and ask him or her the right questions. Don’t be ashamed to ask. You’ll be surprised how people are much more collaborative than what you might think.

 

Observe by yourself:

Don’t just focus on the job title. If you get to an interview, observe around as much as you can and try to make a good idea of how the company is. How were you received for the interview? How are the formalities of the people? How are the people dressing at the office? Are there open spaces or closed offices? Are the managers in separated offices or are they together in the same areas as the rest of the people? By observing around you will be able to get a very good idea of what would be working there and if this would be the best company for you.

 

Use www.talentese.com:

If the company is already registered in Talentese, don’t miss the opportunity to explore it from the inside, see what real employees say and get a great overview on the company culture.

 

by Talentese Team 15/09/2017

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