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Pursuing a career is like engaging in a marriage, as when one signs to an official agreement, the relationship between both parties would heighten to another level. As what many spouses are dealing with, either the employees and top management is interchangeably dependent, and with a negative environment, it will be quite toxic.

A positive workplace environment is necessary for employees to work in the most conducive ways. When the office has good communication, healthy competition, friendly colleagues and workspaces, people will feel great coming to work and motivated, even eager to give the best performance that they have. Isn’t this beneficial for the company?

How about your workplace? Does it truly have a positive environment?

Here are 5 characteristics you can look out for:

Open communication

We often hear that communication is vital to maintaining relationships, but what type of communication is needed in a workplace?

In an open communication environment, employees are free to ask about why they have to do this and that and asking for help for some solutions to the issues they can’t solve. Also, there is a space or platform between employees and the management to communicate in an open-hearted condition to deliver both business’ expectations, goals, employee’s challenges and obstacles without repercussions.

People are more important than the tasks

Employers, in some cases are more focused on chasing deadlines and attaining goals, most of the time, forgetting that the employees are the more valuable assets to secure and to take care of. This doesn’t mean that laziness and incompetent attitude are allowed.

Sense of humour

People smiling in a light conversation, even laughing out in a casual manner in the midst of strict deadlines, and enormous tasks imply a positive workplace environment. Joking around with the colleagues could effectively releases endorphin, a hormone that could keep the burnouts away.

Change is welcome

People and trends changes, and companies that are not able to accept such changes would end up in a dinosaur age (extinct). In this advanced digital era, both employees and the management can adopt more effective and efficient methods to work together in a team through some ways like individual and group chat applications, social media platforms, video calls, and more.

The flexibility of time and physical attendance are alternative ways to keep employees working optimally in trying circumstances such as traffic issues and medical urgency.

Turnover is low

It is not comfortable to work with colleagues that come and go in short period of time. High turnover rate of workforces is now becoming the trend, yielding a big challenge to management.

When employees feel that they cannot get along with the workload, management and unable to fit into the company’s culture, they will start looking for their next job rather than being ‘imprisoned’ in a discomfort situation. With a positive environment, the turnover rate can be decreased and allow engagement activities to increase.

These 5 characteristics might vary in some companies, but the most vital question to ask yourself is that ‘Are you happy with your job?’ If your company is still in the midst of changes towards a positive environment, support it!  .

Next read : 7 Signs of Comfortable Yet Productive Workplace

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Interviews often have similar questions in some ways like ‘how do you describe yourself?’ or ‘what are the weaknesses and strengths do you have’? These questions are indeed valuable, as the answers would depict how far one views and recognizes oneself, resulting in self-control capability measurement. In another way, these questions (unfortunately) are considered to be repetitious that candidates could rehearse for the answers.

Then what should you do before entering that interview room? If you have prepared yourself with some rehearsed answers, beware as some questions could be quite tricky, especially those revealing ones. Curious enough to know the tricky ones? Check out the list below.

Questions related to a willingness to take risks

A common question like ‘Are you afraid to fail?’ seems to be easy to answer as everybody would say ‘No’ as the diplomatic answer. A tactical interviewer would replace the question with ‘What are the things you have done in our career that you are most proud of and least proud of?’ The question sounds different, but it has a similar goal, to figure out your willingness to take risks and making mistakes!

When you say proudly about your ability to transform an issue to a good lesson and not afraid to make more mistakes (not the same ones, of course), the interviewer will probably give points for that. Conversely, when you are disappointed in making mistakes and don’t want to make more mistakes, you are considered as someone who doesn’t take risks. Nobody never not make mistakes!

Questions related to willingness to learn

Instead of asking a common question like ‘Do you love to learn something new?’, a tricky question will be more revealing like ‘How do you spend your off time?’. If one has a great curiosity and willingness to learn, he/she might give answers like learning a Photoshop software or trying a new Italian recipe rather than being inactive. If you love to do both at the off times, give the more prospective answer.

Questions related to willingness to help others

Smart candidates would be nothing if she/he doesn’t want to help others, resulting in being a bad team member.  A common question like ‘Are you a helpful and enjoy teamwork?’ would be better replaced with ‘If you were to describe yourself as one of these elements -earth, fire, water, and air- which one it would be?’

The main focus is not about what element you choose, as there are no right or wrong answers. It would be more impressive when you can explain why you chose the element and the relationship of how it benefits the others.

Questions related to revealing inner drive

Interviewers are often curious about how someone would see themselves at work. Whether she/he would be the passive worker, doing tasks based on the top’ orders or as an active worker, doing a task passionately and experimenting to gain more optimal outcomes than the company’s had expected.

A question like: ‘How do you balance your life and work?’ would be revealing if someone is trying to control a lot of portion of their lives or if they have a good attitude towards work and personal life.

Those are some samples of revealing questions but your interviewer’s questions might vary in some different ways. The most important thing is that your answer should depict your own point of view, and not somebody else’s to gain a great impression. It is worth to remember that every interviewer’s question essentially wants to figure out your perspective and attitude towards the job position itself. Give the best answers you have and be confident.

Next read : 15 Minutes Before Interview : Absolutely Important For Job seekers!

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Fifteen minutes before a job interview could be the longest fifteen minutes ever in someone’s life. Job seekers frequently prepare the needed documents at home and generally, you will be there early for the interview. (You won’t want to be late!)

So, you have arrived 15 minutes before the interview appointment and wondering what you should do? That 15 minutes would be the most crucial for you and make it to your advantage!

Don’t be too nervous, stay calm!

Keep calm while waiting for your turn is one thing to remember if you do not want your body to release stress hormones. Stress hormones could affect your ability to think clearly, and that will be bad, isn’t it? When you already in the interview room, maintain the calmness and focus on the interviewer. Not only can this help you give the best answers as you have prepared, but it also helps to project confidence too.

Always arrive early, but don’t go straight in yet!

Lateness frequently gives a negative impression of the interviewee. Always go early but on time! Yes, you have reached 15 minutes earlier, but you can wait for about 10 minutes before entering the company. Too long a wait could increase your anxiety and nervousness. Use the 10 minutes to calm yourself and revise what you need in your mind.

Be friendly to everybody that you meet in the office!

Friendly greetings are always a good start! This action increases the comfort feeling, your confidence and significantly leaves a good impression too. Some of the people you have greeted in the office might just play a part in your interview process!

Too much rehearsing

Rehearsing over and over again would make your answers seem to be scripted, so keep in mind that the interview is a conversation and believe in yourself that you could answer those questions smoothly. Let it flow!

Don’t check your email, social media accounts, and voice mail

Turn those off and put your mobile phone away! Young job seekers often do the same thing before doing something important in their lives: posting a status on social media accounts. Yes, you can do that but not within just minutes away from the interview! Set your smartphones to silent so that it don’t disrupt your interview session.

Last but not least, Check out www.jobiness.com and land yourself a great career! Remember these five top tips to perform your best in front of the interviewers!

See also : How to Answer These 4 Most Common Interview Questions

4 Reasons You Should Not Competing Against Your Colleagues

Do you see your colleagues as rivals? You might be competing with them for your boss’ attention, or to get a promotion. But in the end, aren’t you all on the same team? Think again.

For ambitious people, a little competition with the colleagues might be necessary. They need extra motivation to achieve better results. They are just naturally competitive at heart.

Conversely, being the ‘beaten’ employee could result in a lower self-esteem. Indeed, to regularly compare yourself with a co-worker can be self-defeating, and it could affect your overall work performance.

While several employees in a company could compete for a single position, you should not let it ruin the good relationships with your colleagues. Here are four reasons you should not competing with your co-workers:

 

1. It’s bad for teamwork

Collaborative work would be less possible when each employee is competing against each other. Nobody wants to work with their rival, right? It could be worse when employees became tricky to put their co-workers down, at least in front of the supervisor/manager/boss.

FYI, no company will be successful if that’s happening in the office. The whole company could go down in the end.

 

2. It makes no synergy

Ideally, each employee can contribute with their own unique skill sets and ideas. When everyone can bring something amazing, it could lead to the company success. If you put that in mind, then less likely you will see your colleagues as rivals.

Just remember, when you and all of your colleagues are on the same page, the company have a higher chance to beat its giant business competitors. There is no need to beat one another when you all are on the same mission.

 

3. It affects the company culture to be worse

When negative feelings compiled, your office will become a negative work environment. You and your colleagues are being envious, dishonest, and bitter. Really, who wants to work in an office filled with negativity?

Also, have you ever heard that the five people you often meet that will influence your behaviours? If negative people surround you, you are most likely to follow their lead.

 

4. You could get fired

Competing with someone sometimes leads you to do things you shouldn’t have done. You will probably regret it for the rest of your life, especially when it costs you a job! When you always see your colleagues as rivals, nobody in the office will like you. It’s natural for the boss to fire you in the end for the things that you shouldn’t have done. Don’t be that person.

Other than those reasons, you can devise a new way to boost your motivation at work. Rather than a competitor, find a mentor instead. A mentor is simply the right source of motivation to guide you to a more promising career.

Is Work-Life Balance a Myth?

People keep trying to reach work-life balance. But, how many has achieved it? You may have heard that work-life balance is a total myth, because how can you be sure that you did split work and life equally? Most likely, there would be a ‘side’ you prefer.

 

Work or Life more?

Some people are just plainly workaholics. Workaholics enjoy their job or for some, feel compelled to do it. Thus, working on off days are pretty common for them. While others who don’t think their job as everything, put more attention on family, friends, significant others and their personal well-being.

 

The idea of Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance can happen when you have it sorted out. The idea is to compartmentalise “work” activities (working in the office, meetings, business trips) and “life” activities (spending time with your loved ones, keeping healthy by sleeping or do some sports). Realistically, it is impossible to make it a 50-50.

If you analyse “work-life balance” itself, you will figure out two assumptions which are:

  1. Work and life are separate entities
  2. The “life” are equal, if not more, important than the “work”.

With this knowing, you would realise the difficulty to reach work-life balance.

 

Is “work-life balance” really a myth?

If you agree with the definitions above, then yes, work-life balance is a myth. Work-life balance only can be present if you stop regarding work as a separate entity. Wherever you go, you can work. Thanks to technology.

In the end, work-life balance can only happen when there is no line dividing work and life. You can have work-life balance, as long as those two things are one in the same for your end.

 

The tips for work-life balance

The key is to understand your priorities. There are moments when work requires more of your time, yet there are moments when your loved ones need your presence. Always ask yourself “What are your priorities for the day?”, Then focus on that. During workdays, focus on what needs to be accomplished and perhaps there might be times where you need to do a little overtime. It’s alright! As long as you make sure, you did make time for your “life” activities.

Another question to answer is: “What is the best you can do today?”. Today, you may spend 9 hours at work, and only 60 minutes to gather with your family. Tomorrow, you might perhaps spend half a day on your “life” activities and possibly only 10-minutes for work (emails, etc.).

The idea of balance is that you will adequately spread out yourself with the various activities and ensure a healthy well-being overall.

Why You Should be Your Company's Ambassador

Does the company you are working for has a good reputation? The answers may vary. But of course, you want to work for an organization which has a good reputation, right?

Indeed, reputation is an intangible and complex concept. This is why many of us aren’t sure about our own company’s reputation. One thing for certain, when you are a determined employee, you can start to be your company’s ambassador!

A company’s ambassador is someone who can represent the brand. Many companies now are considering their own employees to be its ambassadors. If you are a loyal employee and a truly professional your company must be thinking that you will be a good company’s ambassador.

In fact, people think that employees rank higher in public trust than a firm’s PR department, CEO, or founder. We simply believe that employees are the most credible source of information. So, your opinion about your company matters!

Here are a few tips for you who are interested in becoming the company’s ambassador:

  1. Pay attention on your personal branding

As a professional, we should understand to have an established online presence. Your company needs someone who is able to reach as many people as possible through a variety of channels and platforms. Yes, most of us simply can’t have thousands of followers just like public figures, but you will be better to build a well-established online presence as well as a highly-engaged network.

Tip: it doesn’t hurt to learn about basing marketing. FYI, the best ambassadors appreciate the importance of authenticity in modern marketing.

  1. Passionate to build relationships with fellow professionals

A company ambassador should not only be passionate about your own company. Moreover, they should also be skilled at making deep connections with other people in the industry (on the company’s behalf). Really, they exist to foster strong relationships for the sake of your company’s brand.

Tip: go up and beyond. An exceptional company’s ambassador is able to gather feedback from customers, or even competitors about their opinions or experiences. The information is absolutely needed by the company to evaluate the business.

  1. Write a review on Jobiness

The least hassle than those tips above! Simply write a review about your company on Jobiness, here. You are the one who can decide whether your company is getting an impressive rating or not. If you are a good ambassador, you can share and spread a review about how good your company is.

Because of the review, many people would know that your company is such a nice place to work. You can easily make a contribution to make your company has a good reputation. Obviously, your company will appreciate your nice effort for them.

Now, why don’t you write a review on Jobiness?

How to Turn Your Boredom to Productive at Work

Some people are bored with their job. Working hours feel like forever for them. Maybe, your current job isn’t exactly doing it for you at the moment, but it could be changed in the future. Say, when you get a promotion, new coworker, or busy season.

However, we understand that time is a priceless resource. When you are bored, do not turn your working hours to be a waste of time! Instead, take as many advantage as possible. While things are a bit slow in the office, you can always do something else.

Those “something else” can eventually turn out to be gold. You may have a higher chance to get a promotion or better salary. Here are a few valuable things to diminish your boredom at work you should try right away:

1. Learn a new skill you are interested in

There must be one or two subjects that are interesting to you. Probably, you only imagine one day you could possess those skills. Well, of course you can. The only problem you are facing is time. And now, you have some time during slow season in the office. It is time to learn now!

Fortunately, learning is easier than ever with the latest technology. You can listen to educational podcasts while you work, join online class, attend a webinar, get an online certificate, and so on. Look around on sites and resources to learn a new skill.

If you are an expert, consider some time to teach your expertise. Share your knowledge on online courses and workshops in your areas of expertise. It would develop yourself in the field you are mastered. Also, “teaching” could be your new skill!

2. Research the latest industry trends

There are always new things happening in your industry, and make sure you don’t miss a thing. Spend your slow time to browse relevant news, reports, articles, and researches. This is more important than you think.

First, you will be able to show off your knowledge in conversations with your colleagues and managers. Secondly, the latest trends often trigger new ideas and innovation for your company. Your little research can make a big impact in the office!

3. Initiate a networking group

You may have been in the same industry for a few years now. You must have some friends and acquaintances in the field. So, why don’t you create a networking group with them. They are most likely able to help you to let the possibly online group to have growing members.

A networking group is good for people in the same industry to get together, get to know each other, and have some discussions. There is no harm in creating one, especially it is only a Facebook group. Most people are interested in informal networking group.

4. Organise your desk/room in the office

Clean your messy desk, or decorate your working room. When you have plenty of space to work, it may affects your focus to work. Organise everything in your workspace, so you will be more efficient next time.

How to be More Confident at Work

Nobody wants to be a doormat in the office. But, not everybody is born to be confident. Turns out, some people feel insecure at work. They are afraid to speak up, and showcase their full potential. However, you can’t keep it that way if you want to reach a successful career path.

To achieve your professional dreams, you have to be confident in your company as well as its networks. Confidence will take you far, especially for you who has the right competence. Make sure that you are determined enough to boost your confidence.

Fortunately, a confidence boost is possible through day-to-day routine. It does not require a complete personality overhaul like everyone else thought. Take ing one step at a time can make you more confident at work.

As you realise that it is now possible to grow in confidence at work, do these following tips as your new actionsdaily actions:

1. Speak up your curiosity

Some people keep their questions in mind, because they are afraid that other people will think that they are stupid’s judgements. Well, it is the opposite. Curiosity shows that you are always eager to learn. You want to take new tasks, or you can join the next client meeting.

This attitude will immediately boost your confidence, and you will feel more empowered. The reason that people lack of confidence is that they don’t know everything (or anything). Ask, discuss, or propose something to your boss and colleagues. Consider the information as your ammunition.

2. Assess yourself thoroughly

Everybody has both strengths and weaknesses. First, you can focus on your skills that might help your company to reach success. Write it down, along with some skills which you may possess in the future.

Secondly, you should also identify your weaknesses, such as your low confidence. Address your weakness, and make an exact plan to reduce or eliminate them. The magic phrase is: “Believe in yourself!”.

3. Let people know your success

It may sounds like bragging, but some people really would not know your success without your own statements. You have rights to be do that, in order to celebrate your achievements. Even a little success should be appreciated, such as you landed a huge client.

A job well done is a great confidence boost. Thus, you should always remind yourself about it by telling other people! You can do it in small doses. Just get into the habit of self-rewards and self-acknowledgement. Those are the right ingredients to boost your confidence at work.

4. Simply increase your knowledge

As mentioned above, your lack of confidence usually caused by the thought that you know nothing. So, push yourself to learn more. From read more books, to attend more seminars. Confidence grows when you act on what you know!

5 Indications That Your Boss is Terrible

Have you heard this phrase “people don’t leave companies, they leave leaders” before? Most likely, you have. If you are recently thinking to quit your job, the company might not be the fault. Deep inside, you might be dissatisfied with your manager or boss.

Let’s find out whether your boss is a terrible leader or not. It is important to know, since you might leave your job in the future because you don’t want to be controlled by him/her anymore. Here are five indications that your boss is actually terrible:

1. He/she plays favourite

A good leader gives each person the opportunity to excel. Unfortunately, most of them play favourites. They often give raises to employees whom they like the best. Moreover, they may give special assignments and added perks for their favourite employees.

If you are not one of their favourites, most likely he/she is treating you unfairly. It is no wonder that you want to quit your job immediately.

2. He/she always blames others

Do you always feel that it is your fault when things go wrong in the office? Beware, your boss might actually be a terrible one. Every great leader knows that a failure is not caused by a single person. Possibly, it is a team’s fault. But the failure of a team is always a failure of its leadership.

If your boss convinces everyone else that they are the problem (and he/she refuses to admit that they are wrong), of course you will not be satisfied with your job.

3. He/she never express gratitude

Your boss never say anything about your important contribution. Worse, he/she thinks and claims that every success is because of them! Your boss constantly describe an achievement with the word “I”. He/she is naturally hogs the limelight by never inviting you to any big meeting.

If your boss keeps taking the credit of your hard work, it is time to look for someone who really appreciate you.

4. He/she is lost

Some bosses are just passive. They are frequently absent, and basically disengaged leaders. When they face a problem, they are only able to make tentative decisions. Even worse, this unreliable leaders often lead to failure.

If your boss is one of them, there is no point to stay at a company with a ‘busy’ leader.

5. He/she never listen

Some bosses believe that they knew everything, so it has to be done with their way. They never listen to their staffs ‘stupid’ suggestions. Basically, you are not given a chance to grow with this kind of leader.

If you are unheard in the office (and there is no way to fix that), it is better to leave this boss for good.

6 Common Types of Employees: Which One are You?

As an employee, you easily realise that your colleagues are different than you. There is someone who always sleeping on his/her desk, someone who is often late, or someone who seems like they never go home (arrived first in the office, but takes overtime).

It is always interesting to see so many types of employees in the office. Also, you can reflect yourself about which type of employee you are. Here are six common types of employees you often observe:

1. The ambitious one

Totally committed, motivated, and dedicated. They never go home, since they are throwing their life to the office. We can call them as office overachievers as well. This kind of employee is usually eager to take on new projects and tasks. Every task that given to them, the company can consider it is done.

As they put their best bet to achieve success, most employers appreciate their efforts. The ambitious one will always get a raise and a promotion. They are destined to climb up the organisational hierarchy.

2. The cheerleader one

They may not produce impressive works, but their existences inject a positive atmosphere in the office. With their perpetually positive attitude, this kind of employee can bring a good encouragement to keep up the company morale.

Any employer needs cheerleaders as office motivators, especially when things seem to be falling apart.

3. The leader

There must be someone who consider them as a leader in the office. It can be a position given from the company, or they just think they are. Other employees think they are bossy, or else, inspired by them.

A good leader in the office is good at delegating responsibilities to others based on his/her colleagues individual strengths. Every company needs someone who can manage it to achieve the best results when they are in trouble.

4. The grumpy one

They are always dissatisfied with the company new rules. Nothing we can do to make them happy, especially with the fact that they love to grumble in the office. Beware of them, since they can drag his/her colleagues down. In the end, this kind of employee is bad for the business as well as the company morale.

5. The materialist one

Simply, they only work for money. They will not produce impressive works. They come on-time (or a bit late), but leave early or exactly on-time. Actually, they don’t have enough interest in the job, as people can see on their lack of motivation to work.

6. The weak links

Or we can call them as the underperformers. They have never fully delivered their potential. They may show up to work each day, but what they do at their desk is absolute bare minimum. Also known as the doormat, as they keep quiet. They are afraid if someone notices their lack of contribution to the company success.