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May Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick-Happy New Year 2018!

Greetings and Happy New year 2018!

“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” ― Elbert Hubbard

To many of us, the arrival of a new year generates a fresh beginning. It brings anticipation and hopefulness of a clean slate of 365 days to come. New Year is a gift. It’s a blank page waiting for you to write on it.

That said, a new year, is like a new invitation. It comes with new opportunities or new beginnings. So what if you made mistakes and errors last year? So what if you didn’t achieve your set of goals last year? Not all is lost. In fact, maybe nothing is lost at all. The good news is that you have a choice start a fresh!

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” ― Napoleon HillThink and Grow Rich

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‘Referral hiring isn’t great for diversity’

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”  ― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Happy New year! Happy new changes!

New Year’s Day marks a new chapter in many peoples’ lives. For a large number of employees, career related changes are among their top new year’s resolutions.

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The title for this post was taken from an article I came across on Bloomberg- “Hiring an Employee’s Buddy Is Fueling a Major Workplace Crisis”

As a job seeker, you’ve probably heard someone explain the importance of networking and why you should network, network and keep on networking!  It’s a fact that nowadays,  getting a job is mostly about who you know and much less about what you know!

But how well does the referral hiring work?- In an article- How do social networks affect labor markets? – Ian Schmutte,  assistant professor of economics at University of Georgia, USA  explains that “Referral networks can help employers find better workers as well as help workers find better jobs. More generally, these networks can speed up the rate at which workers and firms find each other.”

So where’s the catch?  In the article, Ian Schmutte also adds that ” … networks can also be segmented along racial, ethnic, and socio-economic lines, which brings into question the effect they may have on inequality between and within different groups of workers.” Read on the full article here

Other interesting reads-

-Thinking about recommending your friend to your employer?  Here are 12 things to keep in mind. (Forbes) Also, here are tips on  How to Recommend a Friend or Colleague for a Job

-‘Bore out’- a new term i learnt the other day. It’s all about boredom at work. I read a story about a 44-year-old Parisian Frédéric Desnard, who sued a firm for being ‘bored out’ of his job. Although he held a managerial role in a perfume business, he often felt depressed and didn’t like the idea of his former employers giving him menial tasks. He is not alone. According to a BBC article, workplace boredom is a common problem in various organisations and it’s usually a major source of stress for many people.  Can you handle boredom at work? Here are a few tips on how to cope with boredom at work

-The underemployed workforce- “Any job is better than no job at all…” right? Well, yes if it is temporary. And no,  if you’ll have to permanently do certain jobs involuntarily. Who are the ‘underemployed’?  Underemployment among recent college graduates is still a problem on the rise. It’s a fact that a high number of graduates find it difficult to secure well paying jobs right after college. According to sources, many settle for ‘low skilled’ jobs which are usually “non-college” jobs. –  How to get graduate jobs

–  Goal setting and achievement- How to set your goals and how to focus on them? Here’s a concept i watched on Marie Forleo  YouTube channel

How Smart Should Your SMART Goals Be?

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Life is about setting and achieving goals. The same applies to our careers and business lives. To avoid chaos and disappointments, starting off a new year with well developed sound goals is a smart way to manage your own personal perfomance or those of your organisation. Usually in a business environment, even though a company may have it’s own overall SMART goals, many company leaders go ahead to encourage their  employees to set their goals which support their organisation’s main goals. A SMART goal is one which is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results focused and Time bound

A Specific goal should be simplistically written with a clear definition of  the What, How and Why you are going to do it.

A Measurable goal is one with tangible evidence. It’s about defining the physical manifestation of your desirable goals by identifying what exactly you want to see, feel, hear or even taste once you reach that goal. For example-

Not smoking anymore because you adhere to healthier lifestyle where you are committed to eat in vegetables and fruits twice or thrice a day  and exercise twice a week .

Of course there are many more examples, but the bottom line is to establish a concrecte criteria that helps to measure progress towards attaining the goals set.

The importance of measuring progress not only helps to stay on track, but also enables one to have a a realtime experience of each step of the progress towards attaining those desirable results.

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Once a goal has been identified, investigate if your goal is Achievable or Attainable.Depending on how you look at it and what you are willing to do to achieve your goals, always remember anything is possible. You can attain almost any goal if you carefully plan your steps wisely and act accordingly. Careful though! I came across and an article on FORBES-(‘SMART’ Goals Can Sometimes Be Dumb) where the author states that goals that are ‘Achievable’ and ‘Realistic’ do make the SMART goals pretty dumb because they may not act as enablers of achievement thus encouraging mediocrity and poor performance.

Well, as mentioned earlier, it depends on how you look at it and what you’re willing to make it happen. It is therefore important to figure out smart ways to accomplish your goals. This may mean, develop the right attitude, mindset, skills, have the right team members and of course, if required, ensure that you secure right amount of the financial resources to get the work done. Also notable, in a working environment, attainable goals also serve as a motivating factor for the employees which keeps them feeling positively challenged and wanting to achieve more without wearing out or giving up easily. Still on the Forbes article, the author further suggests  another alternative, HARD goals, which according to studies are more likely to drive great achievements than the SMART goals.

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In business organisations, Results-focused goals should measure outcomes and careful not to loose focus by trying to measure aach and every activity involved along the process. (Here is an excellent article expounding on that). As for a company’s labor force, performance evaluation can play a big role in attaining the setl goals regardless of the size or type of the business or even the company’s departments. Employees not measure their actual performance against expected performance, but also identify key areas that need to be improved in order to achieve goals (higher) (More on that here)

Goals should be Timely- Anyone can create a goal but not every one achieves them. Time is money! A goal should be grounded within a time frame which creates a practical sense of urgency and calls for commitment.  For example  installing deadlines, enables people to switch to (swift) action. However, the timeline should be realistic and not too stringet in order to keep the motivation and morale still high.