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Career – Five Surprising Reason You May Get Fired


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Career

In today’s world; the strife to maintain a career is not just about getting a job; it is about staying relevant and qualified for the job. While some employees lose their jobs by no fault of their own; some others however get terminated for a realistic cause.

Here are some surprising reasons you may get fired. Read on…

Lying On A Resume

Most people are actually guilty of this! The truth is that employers today are increasingly searching for employees with genuine experience on the job description offered; and would check every single reference a job candidate provides.

As a matter of fact, in many companies, reference checking continues after you are hired.

If there are notations on your resume of more than one business “closed down” or one or more deceased employer(s) or untraceable educational certifications, you risk being fired for fraud.

Be prepared to show some sort of documentation for those closed down business and schools and of course think twice before lying on your resume – time will tell the truth!

Sending Emails In All Caps

Sending messages or emails in all capital letter connotes yelling, shouting or giving orders. In the office environment, this is a big no-no as a large degree of communication back and forth to one another is via email.

Writing emails to co-workers and even superiors may be viewed as the equivalent to shouting at your, a behaviour that is cause for termination.

Appearance

Some employers have reservations about your appearance. You may love your new tattoo; or new hair colour but your employer may hate it and worse, he can fire you because of it.

The same goes for piercings, improper dressing, or facial hair. You can also be fired for being overweight or too attractive; all of these depend on how your appearance affects the nature of the job and how your employer feels about it.

Insubordination

Insubordination is simply refusing to follow directions and orders. Some employees do not understand that their jobs require them to follow directions; and to comply with the requests of their superiors at work.

This can put them at risk of dismissal as most companies pay for (in wages) and own your working time and you must do everything legal that your supervisors and bosses ask you to do.

Extreme Introversion

Some people have a lower “Social IQ” than others, some are loners, and some are sociopathic or have personality disorders. Unless there is a mental health disorder present (like the sociopathic or personality disorder symptoms) people can learn to be civil and have productive conversations – even those with Asperger’s syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders.

Management should notice extreme problems with employee’s getting along with others and intervene professionally with a referral to the Employee Assistance Program for consultation and help or the Professional Development Program for training like awareness and communications education.

Without these latter two programs, many more employees would be fired and end up possibly in jail or homeless.

Why You Need To Stop Multitasking Today


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multitasking

This is actually not a good news for most people out there; especially the ones who are big on multitasking. The world we live in today has turned into such a busy place that nobody is doing one thing at a time.

Even you reading this right now is probably doing other things at the same time. People are responding to text messages, eating, checking their DMs and driving all at the same time.

[Helpful Tips To De-stress During Work Hours]

Recent studies have shown that multitasking could be destroying us, our careers, and the country’s economy.

We are in the jet age and millennials kids are clearly leading the multitasking game, which also means they’re the ones who are getting hit the hardest by the negative effects.

It may interest you to know that in the course of a single hour, millennials switch their attention 27 different times. Of cause, you might think you’re very smart and “getting the job done” as at when due, but you’re actually screwing with your brain’s cognitive and emotional control. The thing is – you’re lowering your IQ by a whopping 15 points which like going out-all-night and not even having a short nap till the next morning. Imagine that.

Multitasking puts you in a situation of knowing how to all things but being a master of none. I mean, if you can relate to what we’re talking about and you can help it, calm down. Do one thing at a time and really focus your attention on what’s on your desk at any point in time. You’ll be efficient and more productive!

Work And Study- Helpful Tips In Striking The Balance


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Career

Building a career path often times, require you to build up your knowledge, start up a professional course or learn a new skill even while going to work. Whichever ways, your work and study are important choices that will greatly influence your future.

So are you an undergraduate, who needs work to cover his tuition fees or a working adult looking for a career change or promotion? here are some helpful tips in striking the balance work and study. Read on:

Prioritize

Setting priorities is the first and very important step to take in all ventures of life. In order to better cope with both study and work, start by setting your priorities right- From coming home from work as quickly as possible to limiting your leisure time activities and adhering to your new daily/weekend routine. All of this helps you as your will gain more time to study and rest.

Practice Good Time Management

The ability to organise your time is very crucial to achieving success and it helps you to stay on top of things. Set up a daily or weekly plan for yourself and ensure that you set aside time for your studies daily. When planning your time, it is important to remember to keep to deadlines for submission of all kinds of assignments, otherwise you may realise that the workload will become somewhat unbearable because of accumulation of unfinished assignments. Sometimes, there are assignments from the work place too so it is important to make time for that as well.

Vary the study times to fit in with other commitments. Be aware, and accept, that your weekends are likely to be eaten into by at least some regular study. Depending on your commitments and need for sleep, early Saturday or Sunday mornings can be a good choice to allow you free time later on both days for family, religious observation, sport, friends, other activities etc.

Get Motivation From Study Mates

It is important to be in contact with your classmates or study mates as they can help you through difficult times and even you can draw some motivation from them. Use e-mail to share ideas and brainstorm responses to assignments. It can be easy to lose motivation without having study mates. So try to catch up with classmates before or after classes occasionally to get to know them and make your journey less hectic.

Set Goals

Be it study or work, it is important to set goals and make a deadline for yourself in achieving the goal. If you have a target at work, that is a goal so you need to create a timeframe in meeting up to the target, same applies to school work. A good way in doing this is by rewarding yourself when you attain you goals; it will keep you motivated.

Enjoy Your Work Experience

Working provides added value to your study, by providing real-life insights and examples that can help you better understand your studies. Even if your work and studies are completely unrelated, work is still providing you with the skills of prioritizing, managing, balancing tasks, time-management, dealing with colleagues and customers so it is important for you to embrace every bit of it and learn- this gives you an edge over full time students.

Unwind

No matter how difficult it is, remember that all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. Relaxation, leisure and fun activities rejuvenates your soul, gets you filled with energy, positive thinking and gives you a greater purpose in life. So don’t forget to include this in your time table.

Helpful Tips In Attaining Success In Your Business


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Ten Promising Careers in Africa Today

Are you new in the entrepreneurship world seeking success in what you do? Then it is important you know that success does not happen overnight. In this article are some helpful steps to follow in order to attain great success in your business.

Read on:

Passion

Passion just doesn’t end in lovnig your work and believing in it. It goes beyond. Passion is key to keeping a business strategy moving. It doesn’t matter how things play out in the beginning, it is your passion that will make you persevere over time and kick out the option of giving up because truthfully, hard and trying times may suffice at the beginning of your business. But know that half-heartedness in an entrepreneurial endeavour will chip away at your drive to succeed so it is paramount to stay focused. Abraham Lincoln failed at most of his efforts until late in his life, but he never gave up.

Risk Taking

Well, you have to quit playing safe, get out of your comfort zones and take up some risks. A successful entrepreneur has to be bold enough to take risks when needed. Be careful about it though, because some people do not calculate the pros and cons attached to the risk they take. Hence, take calculated risks in achieving a goal.

Efficient Partners/Team

The people you choose to work with can either make you or mar you. You have to be very careful to choose your team members or partners. Make sure they share the same goal as you and are dedicated, passionate and zealous to the success of the business. Drop the deadweight of people that only see obstacles and hold you back and seek a new circle of influence. If you are a sole proprietor and do not have to work with a team, then it is advisable seek experience to guide you through the journey of being an entrepreneur and running a business.

Seek out knowledgeable council from friends, associates, and successful business persons and get them to buy into your vision so you can both move forward together. Being around these people will let you grow, learn, and see what it takes to be successful.

Be Energetic

This is the first thing to have in mind. Starting a new business requires hours of dedication and sacrifice. This means you’re willing to sacrifice a large part of your waking hours to the idea you’ve come up with. You have to believe and be excited about your product, at this point; your whole vibe has to be concentrated on your goal. Be excited to take up new challenges and be happy about every single sacrifice you make. Your energy will transfer to everyone you meet and speak to about your business, and this will lead to growth.

Integrity

Success and integrity goes hand in hand. The thing is, you cannot be dishonest in your business and expect to achieve a lasting success. Honesty and integrity need to be at the core of everything you do. Everybody has a conscience—but too many people stop listening to it. There is always that faint voice that warns you when you are not being completely honest or even slightly off track from the path of integrity. Be sure to listen to that voice.

Build Marketing Skills

You might have the greatest product or service in the world but what happens if nobody knows about it? Therefore, it is important to develop marketing skills.  When you master the ability to market your product, company, and brand – you will have customers and partners flooding in to join you. Take up some courses online to guide you through various forms of marketing. There are several platforms online where you can learn how to promote your product and the good thing is you can get this knowledge for free!

Constantly Take Action

Entrepreneurs are movers and shakers. They can’t afford to analyse every detail or they’d never get anywhere. There is no place for procrastination in a start-up. It’s a 24/7, no-vacation-or-sick-days kind of job that demands constant forward momentum. Make a brief assessment at every step and move on it, make sure to make plans and set deadlines for yourself in order to kick out laziness and procrastination. Trust your instincts.

Justin Bieber Goes Back On Word, Takes Selfie With Fan


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Justin Bieber

Just days after Justin Bieber announced he was done taking photos with fans in a bid to escape the ‘madness’ that comes with being a star, the multi-million worth singer  has undone all that by doing exactly the one thing he said he wouldn’t— taking a selfie with a fan.

After his concert at the TD Garden Wednesday night, the “Love Yourself” singer stopped by STRIP at Strega in Boston to have a drink. According to a source who spoke to E!, Bieber sat by himself for an hour while drinking a Jack and Coke but was very friendly with the restaurant’s patrons – shaking hands with the owner of the restaurant before taking a selfie with the manager, Jimmy Sala.

Insiders tell E! News that Bieber’s drinking is starting to take a toll. “It’s definitely not a good sign, people are worried.”

 

Career- How To be Creative At The Work Place


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Stress

Are there times when you feel like you are lacking your mojo, ideas aren’t coming to your head, you feel saturated and you are going through some sort of brain fog? You aren’t alone as these things happen from time to time, especially at work places. In order to stay creative at the work place, you need some ideas and inspirations to keep you busy!

In this article are some tips in getting those ideas and inspiration coming.

Here they are:

Run Regular Brainstorms

A well-facilitated ideation session or brainstorm with a diverse team will generate plenty of great ideas for any business challenge. You should hold them often with your team members and feel free to indulge a sprinkling of provocative outsiders to tackle issues are crying out for fresh approaches.

Start with a clear statement of the issue and some broad criteria for what a good solution might look like. Turn the brainstorms into action by implementing the best ideas.

Surround Yourself With Inspiration

Whenever you see something from the big wide world that captures your attention, put it on display. It can be any discovery: an awesome ad in a magazine, an unusually arranged menu, or even a well-written email that made you laugh. The more provocative, the better! If you have space on a wall near you, eke out a spot where you can display everything. These inspirations will be of great help to you as they can trigger creativity in diverse ways.

Take A Happy Hour Trip

All you need may be a breath of fresh air, ice cream, a bit of alcohol or sunlight!  We tend to spend our workdays chained to our coffee mugs, but did you know that a little bit of the above mentioned can help with brainstorming too? A single beer can relax your brain, making you less focused on the negatives, and less likely to squash your good ideas. The next time you need a good brainstorm, find the nearest happy hour and get to work.

Get A Buddy

Innovation rarely happens in a vacuum. Pick a colleague you feel comfortable with and make yourselves accountable to each other. Encourage him or her to keep trying new things, whether it’s trying a new place for lunch, pitching an idea in an unorthodox manner, sharing articles that inspire, or just doing some old-fashioned brainstorming. It’s better—and easier—together.

The Importance Of Sleep

We all know the importance of sleep by now. We all need some shut eyes time for our brains to re-energize! Don’t wait till you are dead to sleep!

Write Down Everything

At times, we have little ideas up in our heads but we tend to discard them because they seem invalid. Truth of the matter is- no thought is too small, and no idea is too “out there.” Anything can potentially have value to your business. You never know what word or phrase is going to spark the next word or phrase, which could then lead to your next big idea. Get it all down on paper. Find somewhere prominent to keep ideas displayed, such as an idea board or whiteboard.

Get Physical

Engaging in a physical activity can help unlock your creative mind, particularly if your job is primarily sedentary. Go outside for a run, walk, bike ride or whatever activity suits you. (I’m a motocross guy, myself.) This will relax your mind, and afterward you can attack a problem or idea with a fresh brain. Inspiration might even strike mid-stride.

Entrepreneurship – Starting A Business While You Have A Full-Time Job


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Entrepreneurship - Starting A Business

Before you walk right into your boss’ office to hand in that resignation that you believe is long overdue, and no matter how big your dream business is, you might end up finding yourself stopping for a second to ponder over it.

If you’re a strong believer in entrepreneurial might, you may want to go with the fact that most entrepreneurs will tell you that the right time to start your own business is “right now”! The reality for most people, however, is that entrepreneurship is scary and daunting, particularly when quitting your current job is not an option. Take it from social entrepreneur and executive coach, Refilwe Khumalo: “Starting your own business while you have a full-time job is definitely possible.”

Here are some strategies to have up your sleeves before quitting your job to go into business full-time:

Rebrand Your Online Persona

Never underestimate the power of perception. The way people perceive you speaks volumes about your brand. Before quitting your job, it’s important to reposition your online brand persona. To achieve this you need to professionalize all your online profiles by minimizing your personal life posts and pictures and replacing them with posts and pictures that tell your future brand story. Remember your online brand repositioning should be in tandem with whatever type of business you’re venturing into.

This move will enable you to engage your existing followers and gain new followers who will grow to trust your opinion, advice and recommendation in your line of work. Also learn to follow the right people, and inevitably, the right people will follow you. This way, when you launch your business you may already have your first customers. So don’t wait until you quit; become that entrepreneur already.

Plan your finances

The business world harbors risks and uncertainties, financially, especially. Once you have decided on the business concept that most suits you, conduct a financial forecast to determine how much capital you will need and then start saving or look for alternative ways of sourcing funds. This includes finances both for your business and your own personal financial wellbeing. Sourcing funds may sound like the obvious way out but it’s also important to keep debt at the barest minimum because financial pressures could hinder your productivity in your future business.

Research Your Market

Before quitting your job, it is pertinent that you do a thorough research. You are to be fully aware of the current players in the market and understand the strengths and weaknesses of their products or services. Do not just sit at home and browse through their websites; get the full customer experience by being a mystery shopper or calling them as a potential customer. Who knows? After ascertaining how they deal with their customers and where your opportunities and threats lie, you may discover a whole new more efficient and customer-focused way of handling your business.

Test The Market

It’s quite difficult to know the full potential of your new business until it hits the market. So go ahead, validate the market for your business idea in your current circles to see the demand rate for your service or product. Not only does this help you establish the demand, but you may receive ideas on how to improve your business idea.

Networking

In the end, business boils down to relationships. Be it with customers, suppliers, financiers or corporate contacts, the extent to which being able to relate with these components of the business can help grow the business is worth it in the end. Therefore, it is crucial to build and maintain strong relationships that you can count on when you decide to go into business full-time.

Know Your Team

By this, I don’t mean you should know the people you’re yet to employ, but you should know the quality of people you need. Get to know what level of experience, education and skill needed to grow the business and only employ these kind of people, if need be. Efficiency should matter to you; choose a team that understands the workings of your business. The scares and daunts mostly come from not being ready. With a market-tested business idea that is headed by the right set of people, what is there to fear, but success?

Undoubtedly, the possibility of starting a new business does come with a lot of commitment and focus. Commitment not only to your current full-time job, but to your future business venture, which means you have to be prepared to make a lot of sacrifices that may impact your social and family life. Make them count.

Office Ergonomics- How To Optimize Your Workspace


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Managing Your Office Workspace

If you are a 9 to 5 worker, who sits for long hours, then you stand the risk of daily back pain and neck sprain. Doesn’t sound cool does it? Hence the importance of work ergonomics. Here are some important office ergonomics for you.

Work ErgonomicsChair

Your office chair should be comfortable enough for you to rest your feet on the floor and keep your knees about level with your hips. If your chair doesn’t offer lumbar support, it can affect your whole wellbeing as a sprained back can tamper with your effectiveness at work.

You need to make sure your chair has the following:

A Comfortable Cushion: One of the basic and obvious things you need is a comfortable place to sit. A hard chair isn’t going to do you any good; a proper office chair with a cushion is going to keep you much more comfortable. After all, you are spending hours at a time in this chair. Breathable fabric is great too, if possible.

Arm Rests: You should have some arm rests on your chair for when you aren’t actively typing. They should be low enough that your shoulders stay relaxed and your elbow bends at around a 90 degree angle.

Adjustable Seat Height: It’s a lot easier to adjust your seat height than it is to adjust your desk height. You want to be able to adjust your seat so that your thighs are parallel to the floor and your feet are flat on the floor. You also want to have your arms at the height of the desk (or the part of the desk containing your keyboard or mouse).

Adjustable Back Rest Height: You should be able to adjust your chair’s back rest not only up and down, but its angle as well. Generally, you want the angle to be pretty far forward to keep your posture up—the further back you put it, the more likely you’ll be to slouch.

Swivel And Roll Around: A chair with wheels and the ability to swivel is actually more of a necessary feature than you may think. When you need to reach for items on your desk, you can put strain on your body—so widening the area you can easily reach (and see without turning your head) can do wonders.

 

Keyboard And Mouse

The computer keyboard and mouse should be comfortably within reach. Whether your desk has a sliding keyboard tray or not shouldn’t be much of a problem. If you do have a keyboard tray, make sure your mouse is on the tray with it, not on the desk itself. You want your keyboard and mouse to be at the height where using them causes your elbows to be bent at or near a 90 degree angle.

 

Monitor And Key Objects

Your computer monitor should be easily adjusted to your comfort. Place the monitor directly in front of you, about an arm’s length — generally 18 to 28 inches (46 to 71 centimeters) — away. The top of the screen should be slightly below eye level. If you glare from fluorescent lighting or sunlight is a problem, turn off some or all of the overhead lights or close the window shades. Place your monitor so that the brightest light source is to the side. Also, keep key objects such as your telephone, stapler or documents should be close to your body to prevent excessive stretching. Stand up to reach anything that can’t be comfortably reached while sitting.

 

Desk Dimensions

Your desk should be at least 19 inches (48 centimeters) deep, 30 inches (76 centimeters) wide and, depending on your height, up to 34 inches (86 centimeters) high. Under the desk, make sure there’s clearance for your legs, knees and thighs. Don’t use space under the desk for storage.

 

Effective Retirement Strategies For Paid Employees


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Retirement-Strategies

At a point in life, you’ve probably dreamt of the day you would close the office door for the last time, hold your head up high and just walk away like nothing else mattered. You’ve imagined you would have all the time in the world to do whatever you like – go on vacation and get to spend more time with your family, relocate to a new state or country, work on a personal project or just sit at home and watch TV. Whatever your retirement plan is, it requires some sort of planning in order to avoid unpleasant outcomes.

For instance, as you closed the office door and walked away, you also shut your source of income which simply translates to less money. What plans have you made to ensure you are financially secure? And, honestly, retirement involves more than just finance. It’s like switching jobs. Yes, it comes with its own responsibilities like every other job. So instead of focusing on just the few weeks or months of vacation, try and see the bigger picture.

To help you put your retirement in good focus, here are a few retirement strategies you need to consider.

Check your accounts
Most people make the mistake of including invalid items in their list of haves and have-nots. However, with retirement in view, there is need for you to draft a balance sheet and get to know the exact state of your finances. This involves going over your assets which include priced personal possessions such as real estate, investments and cash, and your liabilities such as debts and legal obligations. You don’t need professional training to be able do that.

Tackle debt
Debt simply means less money at the end of the month. Trust me, you don’t want to retire with thoughts of how to pay your debts ruining your nights. As your retirement draws closer and you still find yourself in debt, it’s highly advisable for you to get rid of the debt with the highest interest rate first. Car loans generally come second in terms of interest rate, with credit cards mostly having the highest. You should probably leave the mortgage for later since it presumably has the lowest interest rate.

Set up a retirement account
As unimportant as this may seem at first, it goes a long way in ensuring a smooth transition. At the end of each month, you could spare a few bucks for this account and try not to make use of it once you need money. Instead, make use of your other accounts and pretend this account doesn’t exist. Someday, it will surely come in handy.

Try out your budget
Having known your financial status from checking and balancing your accounts, use the information to draft a possible monthly budget living as a retiree. Can you actually live on the proposed budget? Well, test it and find out. Knowing that your finances can meet your budgetary need, gives you the required confidence you need to keep working towards achieving it, but if for any reason, it doesn’t meet your needs, then it calls for a change in your financial posture.

Start exercising
This is one thing you should not take lightly. You’re most probably retiring because you’ve reached retirement age, and that means you’re not getting any younger. In order to be fit and enjoy whatever plans you have made for this phase of life, start incorporating an exercise routine of at least 30 minutes a day. This reduces the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, colon cancer and hypertension. Besides, a healthier you would mean lower medical expenses.

Consider part-time retirement
Like I said before, retirement can be likened to switching jobs, except maybe that you get to have more rest. In exploring working part-time, a consultancy position may come in handy. Or you could check out the jobs that would allow you work from home. Many confuse retirement for being bedridden; that should not be. In retiring, you simply get more time to do whatever it is that makes you happy, and at the same time get to add value in one way or the other.

Kids Should Be Entrepreneurs – Warren Buffet


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WARREN BUFFET

From current trends in entrepreneurial circles, it is quite evident that the younger generation is starting to get a good grip on how the business world works. A good example is the case of 20-year-old Mubarak Muyika, CEO of Zagace, a Kenyan startup that makes business software. At just the age of 16, he founded Hypecentury Technologies, a web-hosting company that he sold in a six-figure deal.

In order to compete favourably in life, there is need for people to start focusing on their careers earlier in life. There is also need for parents and guardians to expose their children and wards to the incredible wealth of knowledge, people and resources online. With that in place, there’s no doubt that you will see more young entrepreneurs surfacing in the future.

In a bid to continue to give back and inspire the upcoming generation of entrepreneurs, Warren Buffet, who is the most successful investor of the 20th century and the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, wrote the foreword for a new book titled “How To Start Your Very First Business”. Authored by Sara Parvis and Julie Merberg of Downtown Bookworks, the book is targeted at kids up to 12 years old and will provide children with the tools and strategies required to be successful in business even at a young age.

In an interview with Dan Schawbel, a contributing writer for Forbes, Warren Buffet said: “This book is meant to inspire kids to come up with their own original business ideas based on their interests and skills – and the needs of their community. The book details many kid-friendly business ideas to inspire kids to come up with their own ideas. We see through our annual competition, the Grow Your Own Business Challenge, how creative and entre[prising these young kids can be when given the right tools and guidance.”

“I helped create the Secret Millionaires Club with Genius Brands because I think it is important for kids to have an understanding about how business works. They don’t need to know how to a balance sheet or a stock report, but if they can learn the basics of business and pick up some good habits early on, it will serve them well into adulthood. This book is one great way to get across the mission and lessons of the Secret Millionaires Club, which encourages kids to learn good financial habits early on – habits that will serve them a lifetime”, he said.
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