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8 tips for improving your work ethic

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We’ve all been there. That feeling of really, really not wanting to go into the office of a morning. It cripples productivity, raises stress levels and makes us unhappy. Why do we do it to ourselves? Unless it stems from deeper issues, the feeling of not wanting to go to work is often the result of a poor work ethic. If you’ve experienced it yourself recently, that doesn’t make you a bad person or employee – a poor work ethic usually arrives subconsciously and is something you’ll have little control over or forewarning of its impending arrival. Thankfully, there are…

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5 tips for a great CV

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The humble curriculum vitae (CV) still plays a pivotal role in recruitment. Despite the increased importance of services like LinkedIn when it comes to job hunting, the piece of paper you initially send out to potential employers can’t afford to cut corners or paint you out to be something you’re not. We’ve all heard the stories of CVs that have bent the truth a little (sometimes, a lot) and you may even have been tempted to do so yourself in order to grab the job you’ve always longed for. But the fact remains that a truthful, honest and engaging CV…

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10 mistakes you’re making when giving poor employee feedback

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Think back to when you were given a brilliant piece of feedback by your manager. It felt great, didn’t it? Those pats on the back – no matter how big or seemingly insignificant – will always put a smile on the face of employees. Knowing that you’ve done a great job, impressed your manager and in some way contributed to the continued success of the business is a very nice thing indeed. Now, think about the times you’ve received poor feedback. You’ll probably have reacted in one of two ways: 1. Angrily. The unfairness with which you’ve been ticked off…

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How to foster a culture of self-improvement

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People will only learn if they want to. This is one of the most important – if hardest – lessons any business owner or HR professional should take on board. Sure, you can book people on week-long training courses and invest heavily in on-site development of their skills, but if they don’t want to learn, they simply won’t. You could create the best course material on the planet or employ the services of the most engaging trainers within your market – it simply doesn’t matter if the desire isn’t there on behalf of those in attendance. The ability to learn…

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How to find your productivity ‘A’ game as an HR professional

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The world of human resources is frenetic. Time remains a forever-escaping entity due to the multitude of ways in which we can now be contacted, the presence of seemingly endless to-do lists and meetings that continue long past their allotted time and agenda. How on earth can one remain productive in such a world? Is it even possible, or should we simply accept that we’ll be forever chasing our tails while the constant chime of new email provides the soundtrack to our working days? It doesn’t have to be like this. As an HR professional, you have it within you…

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