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How to Be Flexible in the Workplace – Responding to Change Quickly and Positively

[ad_1] © GettyImagesWLDaviesWhen you're flexible, you're versatile, resilient and responsive to change. Rapid technological advances, along with fast-paced changes in global markets and the political landscape, mean that today's workplaces are often unpredictable. Your organization has probably undergone major change of one kind or another recently – most have. Perhaps, as a result, you've found yourself taking on new responsibilities, or working with a variety of different teams or across different functions. Maybe your industry is in a state of upheaval, with no two days the same, or you've had to adapt to working under a succession of different managers. All of this means that it's more important than ever that you are flexible and responsive to sudden change. In...

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How to Manage a Probationary Period Effectively – Helping People Get up to Speed

[ad_1] © GettyImagesdavidfUse probationary periods to ensure that your new hires are a good fit with your team. New manager Lena has recently recruited Dialla, who is on a three-month probationary period. Two and a half months in, and Lena's not sure that she made the right decision. Dialla is often late into work, and she still hasn't got to grips with the team's processes and ways of working. And, while Dialla has a great "can do"' attitude, Lena wonders why she isn't up to speed yet. Lena hasn't yet raised her concerns with Dialla, but she knows that she needs to soon. Perhaps Dialla has a genuine reason for her lateness, or doesn't have the right equipment to do...

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Newsletter 512: Two Problems, One Solution!

[ad_1] Two Problems, One Solution! Sometimes, seemingly very different problems can share the same solution.For example, opposing parties can be brought together in a way that both find satisfactory by using "principled negotiation." You can explore two effective uses of this approach with our articles, Win-Win Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.Understanding the other person's position, and "putting yourself in his or her shoes" is key to principled negotiation. Our article, Empathy at Work, suggests practical tips for doing this.Enjoy this newsletter! ...

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Newsletter 511: Build Workplaces That Really Work!

[ad_1] Build Workplaces That Really Work! Take a look around your workspace. Is it designed to nourish your people and encourage productivity? Or is it a poorly laid out, uninspiring and demoralizing environment?Our physical surroundings impact our happiness and well-being, which makes the airy, visual appeal of open floor plans very popular. But even these spaces present challenges, and you can explore them in our article, How to Focus in an Open-Plan Office.You can learn more about creating healthy and productive workplaces with our articles, Minimizing...

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Deming's System of Organizational Knowledge – Understanding How Your Organization Works

[ad_1] © GettyImagescyano66Make sure that every team in your organization works in harmony. Imagine that your team is responsible for one part of a major project, and you've pulled out all the stops to finish it. Trouble is, the project has stalled because another team, with different priorities, hasn't completed its own section of the work. It's a frustrating, maddening, but all too familiar situation – one that often arises when teams work in isolation, or don't fully understand how their objectives relate to those of other departments. This is where Deming's System of Organizational Knowledge can be useful. It encourages you to think about your organization as a whole, so that you can pursue your team's goals in a...

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How to Focus in an Open-Plan Office – Balancing Collaboration With Privacy

[ad_1] © GettyImagesbowdenimagesLearn how to survive the exposure and distractions of an open-plan office. Wendy and her team have just moved from their small office to a big, open-plan building. Overnight, they've gone from enjoying their own space and their own rules to having to mix with everyone else in the organization. And not everybody likes it. Editors who once enjoyed peace and quiet now struggle to concentrate, as music and conversation blare away in the background. Salespeople familiar with loud stand-up meetings and client calls now attempt to work without disrupting other teams around them. And even Wendy wonders how to encourage the promised "random collisions" and "casual encounters" of open-plan working. Open-plan offices are often a "double-edged sword"...

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How to Collaborate Successfully – Sharing Knowledge and Expertise to Drive Innovation

[ad_1] © GettyImagesdpphotoUse collaboration to bring together the talents of your people and create something innovative. Imagine that you're in charge of customer service at a technology firm. Fortunately, your company enjoys a high customer satisfaction rating. Until one day, it plummets. It turns out you've had a surge of complaints about a new software update. This is the first you've heard of any such update. So, you investigate and discover that different departments just aren't talking to each other. The IT department failed to notify you and the marketing department about it, so customers weren't informed or warned. Worse, they failed to ask for feedback about what the update should include, and now customers can't access some of the...

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Newsletter 510: 10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues!

[ad_1] 10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues! The holidays are over, your resolution to diet has hit the buffers, and summer seems a long way off... sound familiar? If so, you might need a little help to shrug off the "winter blues."This time of year can drain your energy and enthusiasm, but you can lift yourself out of the doldrums with our new video, 10 Ways to Boost Your Morale.A simple change of scenery can improve your mood, so see our new infographic on Walking Meetings to bring...

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What Is Legacy Thinking? – Beginning With the End in Mind

[ad_1] © GettyImagesamenic181Plants those seeds, watch them grow, and start to build your legacy. "The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." – Nelson Henderson, Canadian pioneer Quincy leans back in his office chair. It's his last day on the job, and he takes a moment to reflect upon his achievements – and his regrets. He's troubled by the feeling that time has passed by in a blur, and that he's missed his chance to build something that will endure. Like Quincy, many of us lead hectic lives, and this makes it hard to see beyond the demands of the present moment. But, if you pause to assess your priorities,...

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Newsletter 509: How to Conquer a Career Break!

[ad_1] How to Conquer a Career Break! There are numerous reasons why your career can be interrupted by a long-term absence from the workplace, such as unemployment, serious illness, parental leave, or sabbatical.But any absence, whether by accident or design, can present opportunities for personal and professional development. You can find out how with our article, Making the Most of a Career Break.You can explore more practical tips and strategies for coping with career disruption with our articles, Rebooting Your Career and How to Recover...

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