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HR Horror Stories

7 Behaviors that can Ruin your Interview

The interview is a breeding ground for the most incredible stories. There, applicants and potential employers meet for the first time in person and exchange knowledge and creative thoughts. It is often exciting, sometimes even funny, and from time to time it can be very strange! To ensure you have the best interview experience, make…

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Don’t spook your colleagues

Treats and Tricks for Handling Halloween in the Office

Even the most efficient, friendly office can sometimes get boring. That’s why creative senior managers look for ways to spice up office life with special events, team-building processes and changes to the environment like decorations. Think about Christmas, for example. Doesn’t it give staff a boost to see the glistening tinsel and to hang bells…

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How to email higher-ups in style

The Executive’s Guidelines for Emailing Senior Managers

In the constant swirl of messages that we read, write and respond to every day, we often overlook the importance of email style vis-à-vis the recipient. Take the example of emailing senior managers. Addressing a higher-up in another company, or even the boss in your own organization, demands more formality than you might use with co-workers. It’s also important to avoid anything that may cast a negative light on you as an employee.

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The Big Reveal

The “Tell Me About Yourself” Interview Question

It happens to nearly everyone during the first part of a job interview: the prompt, ‘So, tell me about yourself.’ Interviewers have a clear strategy when they throw this line in the water. They want to know if you have a concise, articulate comeback – a short elevator speech that outlines your career accomplishments and tells them why their organization needs you and not another candidate on the short list.

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Creative lunch breaks

Meditation instead of cheeseburgers

A quick smoke and then a slice of pizza or a cheeseburger at the canteen? This is an example of what has been a common lunch break in many companies, however it no longer has to be this way. Employers and external providers are increasingly committed to providing employees with unusual breaks, from sports programs…

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Unfold your potential

How to become true thinkers from yea-sayers

Is it the case that no matter what you say your team is always nodding? Then you could be surrounded by typical yea-sayers. But unproductive servitude and the fear of rejection impede company success. Social worker Martin Bergmann explains how to create an appreciative work environment in which employees become wise co-workers and thinkers. Oh…

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Efficiency boost

Less work, more success

Wouldn’t it be nice to work less, and still create more? Psychologist Dr. Ferrari reveals how to get the biggest enemy of efficiency – procrastination – under control. “I can’t do it today, I’ll just do it tomorrow.” If this statement sounds like one of your standard excuses, then it might well be the case…

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Encourage innovation in the face of failure

The 5 Key Qualities of Modern Management

What are we talking about when we talk about modern management? Are we discussing the changing nature of the workplace? Are we talking about the breakdown of traditional roles? Are we remarking upon the very nature of corporate and executive leadership itself? Modern management was obviously made more efficient as it was shaped in the…

This Habit Will Destroy Your Work Life and Cost Your Company
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The dangers of perfectionism

This Habit Will Destroy Your Work Life and Cost Your Company

Snapshot: Two kinds of perfectionism exists: Adaptive perfectionism allows a person to focus on internal striving, remain open to feedback, and know not to nitpick. Maladaptive perfectionism causes incredible anxiety and stems from a deep fear of failure. Those who struggle with perfectionism are costly to a workplace in terms of deadlines, time, and internal…

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Your boss is watching you

The Impact of the Hawthorne Effect on Productivity at Work

The Hawthorne effect (also referred to as the observer effect) refers to a phenomenon whereby individuals improve or modify an aspect of their behavior in response to their awareness of being observed. In other words, it refers to an increase in worker productivity produced by the psychological stimulus of being singled out and made to feel important.