It’s a competitive world out there and that means, in order for you to succeed, you have to be faster, more efficient, and produce a better product than your competitors. You can’t afford problems with computer software, bad communication methods, and delays in the operation of your company. Such issues can be costly in time and in money, affecting your bottom line, but these problems can easily be solved with the right IT solutions.
Human Resource (HR) Solutions
Human Resource IT solutions can facilitate many of the responsibilities that rest on your HR staff’s shoulders such as payroll, tax filing, managing employee’s benefits, and tracking the time that your employees take off. These solutions also create reports for HR employees, cutting down the amount of time that it would take for this data to be compiled by hand.
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Since all leaders have to deal with negativity and criticism, regardless of position or profession, it’s important for them to learn to handle it constructively. Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “Criticism is something you can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” However, that isn’t an option for anyone who wants to be successful as a leader. So what do you do? The following four-step process has helped me to deal with criticism, so I pass it on to you.
Know Yourself—This Is a Reality Issue
As a young leader you soon learned that having an upfront position was certain to draw criticism, no matter who the leader was or what he did. Highly visible leaders often have to function in difficult environments such as the office in which the following sign is said to have been displayed: Continue reading “How To Hold Up Under Criticism..”
As leaders, we’d like to think that when people leave, it has little to do with us. But the reality is that we are often the reason. Some sources estimate that as many as 65 percent of people leaving companies do so because of their managers. We may say that people quit their job or their company, but the reality is that they usually quit their leaders. The “company” doesn’t do anything negative to them. People do. Sometimes coworkers cause the problems that prompt people to leave. But often the people who alienate employees are their direct supervisors.
Most leaders can make a good impression on employees when they first meet. Add to that the optimism people have when they start a new job. They want a new job to work out. But over time, leaders will be recognized for who they really are, not who they are trying to appear to be. If a boss is a jerk, it’s only a matter of time before an employee knows it. Continue reading “Why Do People Quit?”
In order for you to finding the main thing when come to the decision making, here are few questions that you need to consider.
What gives me the greatest return? What is most rewarding? What is required of me? Those were not questions you could always readily answer. Early in a career, the easiest to answer is usually the one concerning requirements. You can work from a job description if you have one. On the other hand, most people don’t start getting a true sense of what give the greatest return for their effort until they reach their thirties—sometimes even later in life. And what is most rewarding to a person often changes during different seasons of life.
As you worked, reflected, and grew, you will slowly begin discovering the answers to those three key questions. This guiding principle was that the purpose of all work is results. If you wanted to accomplish objectives and be productive, you needed to provide forethought, structure, systems, planning, intelligence and honestly. But you need also know that you needed to keep things simple. If you had read a study of thirty-nine midsized companies stating the characteristic that differentiated the successful companies the unsuccessful was simplicity. The companies that are sold fewer products fewer customers, and who worked with fewer suppliers than other companies in the same industry were more profitable. Simple, focused operations brought greater results. As Warren Buffett observes, “The business schools reward difficult, complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.” By striving for simplicity, I could help myself to keep my mind on the main thing.
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According to the Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 principle explained that when your eyes were opened:
- 80 percent of traffic jams occur on 20 percent of the roads.
- 80 percent of beer is consumed by 20 percent of drinkers.
- 80 percent of classroom participation comes from 20 percent of students.
- 80 percent of the time you wear 20 percent of your clothes.
- 80 percent of the profits come from only 20 percent of the customers
- 80 percent of problems are generated by 20 percent of the employees.
- 80 percent of sales are generated by 20 percent of the salespeople.
- 80 percent of all decisions can be made on 20 percent of the information.
What an eye opener! It meant that the best 20 percent of activities were sixteen times more productive than the remaining 80 percent. If I wanted to decrease the complexity of my life and increase my productivity, then I needed to focus on my top 20 percent. That day in the classroom I realized two things: I was doing too many things, and the things I was doing were often the wrong things. And that is a recipe for an ineffective life.