Category Archives: December 2015

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New Year Resolution Resources

New Year Resolution Resources

It’s easy to make New Year resolutions, but hard to keep them. That’s why we’ve put together this list of New Year Resolution resources from around the web to help you stay strong and reach your goals.

New Year Resolutions: 40 Apps to Help You Achieve Them!

Here’s a collection of 40 apps that help you fulfill goals like saving more money, quitting cigarettes, eat healthier and work out more.

100 New Years Resolutions & Resources to Help Stick with Them

Here’s a list of the most common resolutions and some New Year Resolution resources to help you lose weight, get what you want, sleep more, start saving money and more.

Checklist: My New Year’s Resolutions

This is a downloadable New Year resolution resource that allows you to list down what your resolution is, as well as their due dates.

14 Quotes To Inspire Your New Year’s Resolutions

Awesome quotes from people like Mahatma Gandhi and Eleanor Roosevelt to keep you inspired in your New Year resolution.

7 Steps For Making a New Year’s Resolution and Keeping It

Here’s how to make those resolutions stick. The guide gives short, actionable advice like keep it simple and plan a reward for yourself.

5 Online Tools To Help You Keep Your New Year Resolutions

This list of tools is full of great software to help you keep track of your goals, schedule them out and organize everything you need to accomplish them.

11 Stellar Tools To Keep New Year’s Resolutions

A great set of more tools to help you keep your resolutions, using everything from accountability partners to monetary incentives.

Free Tools to Manage New Year’s Resolutions

This article shows you how to choose your resolutions and a few free tools to track your progress.

Common New Year’s Resolution Mistakes To Avoid

Learn about some common New Year resolution pitfalls and avoid making these mistakes. Some of them include motivating yourself with negativity and not tracking your progress.

What are your tips?

Any to add to this list of New Year resolution resources? Let us know in the comments below!


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New Management: How to Manage Change

New Management: How to Manage Change

Understanding how to manage change is vital to running a company, especially if you are a new manager and still getting acclimated. This blog will cover several strategies to make the transition easier for you and your new team.

Do your research

New jobs are all hard and require a good onboarding process. However, when you’re starting at a new job as a manager, it’s vital you do your research about the company and processes beforehand. Ideally, you will be trained by a previous manager, but there are times when you’ll have to learn on the job. Doing your research and knowing how a company and department works goes a long way to avoiding mistakes and making the transition as smooth as possible.

Listen and learn, first

In line with the point above, you should listen and learn from your new team. Just because you’re their manager doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot to teach you. Listen and learn how the department works, observing who works well together and how the flow of responsibility goes before trying to make any changes.

Discuss goals and expectations

Goals and expectations help companies move forward. It’s important to discuss them with a new team to make sure everyone is on the same page and aiming for the same things. You should not only discuss your expectations of your team, but also what they expect from you.

Clarify your role and duties

Before you dive into a new management position, be sure to clarify your role and duties. You should also establish the roles and responsibilities of different team members, so you know who to contact if you need something or have a questions.

Schedule check-ins

Check in regularly with your new team to see how they are handling the transition. Once a month for the first few months you should ask what you could be doing better and what they feel you need to know. You should also be checking in with them and letting them know what you’ve observed, things they can do better and how you’d like things to proceed.

Find the best communication systems

Establishing the go-to communication systems is important when learning how to manage change. You need to know what platform your team uses most efficiently for different duties. For example, you may find that quick questions are best sent through Skype for an instant response, whereas longer questions should be emailed to give the recipient time to respond. Having go-to communication systems means you’ll know where to find documented conversations and how to reach your new team.

How do you manage change? Let us know in the comments below.


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How To Keep Employees Motivated

Knowing how to keep employees motivated as the end of the year approaches is a key in reaching your targets and goals before 2016. Your workforce is the backbone of your business, and their productivity will dictate the company’s success as the year end approaches. Here are a few tips to help you motivate your team and ensure the year ends strong.

Help them relax

The holidays are a stressful time for many companies, with deadlines to hit and goals to meet. Consider hiring a masseuse or having a spa day for your team to help them relax and get them rejuvenated for that final big push at the end of the year.

Reserve the holiday party for the last day of work

Once you have your company celebration, your team will switch into vacation mode. That means you shouldn’t expect much work to get done after they’ve already had the company “end of the year” party. Save it for when it’s truly the end of the year, after all the important tasks have been done.

Offer extra holiday perks

Free coffee in the mornings or holiday-themed snacks in the afternoon can give your employees something to look forward to during the day, instead of dreaming about their upcoming vacation plans. Providing even just a small surprise for coming into the office can do wonders for keeping employees motivated.

Keep everyone engaged

Engaging your team members is the key to keep employees motivated, no matter what the season. You can do this by making sure everyone understands the company mission and how their roles fit into the success of the company, ensuring all tasks are aligned, and keeping communication lines open. Encourage your team to ask questions when they need to, and ask for their feedback on decisions when appropriate as well.

Use positive reinforcement

Remember to thank your employees for doing their jobs well throughout the year. Highlight what they’ve achieved and successes, recognizing all employees for something. You can do this through an email, notes or stopping by their desks and saying thank you. Positive recognition goes a long way in keeping motivation up throughout the end of the year, because it reminds them that you acknowledge and appreciate what they do.

What do you do to keep employees motivated? Let us know in the comments below.


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From Silicon Valley to Capitol Hill: 4 External Factors that Affect HR

From Silicon Valley to Capitol Hill: 4 External Factors that Affect HR

The world of Human Resources is in a constant state of flux: new company policies, new employees, new recruiting tactics, new organizational goals–the list goes on. Sometimes the changes that affect HR come from the outside. These external influences can upset established practices and require quick changes to allow the organization to continue operating smoothly. Companies should be prepared with strategies to deal with external factors that can affect their human resource operations.

Here are four external factors that routinely affect HR operations to be on the lookout for:

  1. Technology. Changes in the tech world tend to impact HR substantially. Jobseekers and the workforce operate differently as new technologies emerge. The focus moves toward efficiency and cost-savings, both in recruiting and management. From applicant-tracking software to online pre-employment skills assessments, digital technologies drive the way companies recruit. Technological advances in the workplace are also changing the type of skills needed by today’s candidates.
  1. Government. New government regulations and directives can pose changes to HR. Every company must adhere to all government compliance standards, whether state or federal. This means every regulation that changes, even in a small way, has an impact on human resource operations. HR departments often make changes to their own internal policies to comply, especially since violating these government regulations can result in extensive fines that could even shutdown a company.
  1. Economy. The economy is one of the most influential external factors in the world of HR. It affects the number of candidates applying to jobs, which can impact the quality of applicants and even a recruiter’s ability to fill a position. When the economy declines, HR departments are among the first to feel the effects. As a result, companies should always have a back-up plan to prepare for an economic downturn. When the tide changes, they’ll be ready to weather the storm.
  1. Demographics. Generational changes in the workforce are another outside factor that HR departments must consider. As older employees retire, companies have to find younger candidates to replace them. This means developing recruiting strategies that specifically target and attract young talent. It also means offering a work-life balance, compensation, and benefits that the younger generation of workers want to see in a job.

Today’s HR professionals are responsible for much more than hiring and firing employees or explaining benefits packages. They have to keep up with hiring trends, follow government regulatory measures, and track the needs of potential employees. They must do so to stay ahead of the curve, avoid lawsuits and penalties, and continue hiring the best candidates possible. These external influencers that affect HR can seem beyond our control, but with sensible planning, they can and should be mitigated.

What other external factors should HR professionals look for?

Eric Friedman, Author

eSkill Author EricEric Friedman is the founder and CEO of eSkill Corporation, a leading provider of online skills testing for pre-employment assessment and benchmarking. Eric has degrees in Psychology and Business, and a fascination with matching people with roles they’re best at, and that they enjoy.

A company built on exceptional talent from Internet technology, test development, and iterative product development, eSkill leads as an independent assessment company helping HR departments with relevant and accurate job-based tests.

To learn more about Eric and eSkill, visit the company website at www.eskill.com, or contact him on LinkedIn.


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Tools for Effective Organizational Communication

Tools for Effective Organizational Communication

Organizational communication is vital for running a successful business. At Profiles Asia Pacific, we’ve found that good communication helps us avoid project delays, mistakes due to misunderstandings, and generally keeps things running more smoothly since everyone knows what’s going on.

To help you keep everything well documented and maintain open lines of communication within your business, we’ve compiled a list of some useful tools that you can use for effective organizational communication. These tools will help you have better meetings, communicate across distances and time zones, and ensure all the necessary documents are in place and available to those who need them.

Project Management

Trello – Trello uses virtual kanban boards to organize your tasks and to-dos. You can create different boards for different projects or clients, and within those boards have lists and cards dedicated to your actionable tasks. It makes it easy to stay organized and discuss with your team. You can also assign members to each card so your team knows who is responsible for what task.

Trello | Tools for Effective Organizational Communication

Basecamp – Basecamp is an excellent, streamlined project management tool that allows you to separate your projects into different “basecamps.” You can separate clients, give them access, attach all the files associated with certain projects and much more. Basecamp will give your teams a go-to place to learn about certain projects, read discussions that have been had within that project and makes a great place to host all your files in one convenient place.

Quick Communication

It’s a good idea to use online communication tools, instead of just asking someone in person, because your discussions are documented in a place you can look back on. If you forgot what someone told you in the morning, you can just scroll back through your messages and read it again. Not only that, it gives you more time to form your responses, so communication is efficient and accurate.

Skype – Skype provides instant messaging, calls and video calls for teams. If you’re in the office and want to ask a quick question, Skype is a great place to shoot someone a message. If your team works remotely, you can also have conferences and meetings over Skype.

Slack – Slack is an amazing organizational communication tool that allows you to create groups with different members, customize your dashboard, add reminders to notes and more. In fact, there are so many cool things you can do with Slack that there’s a guide on getting the most out of it.

Google Hangouts – Google Hangouts is convenient if your team uses their Gmail accounts for work. You can chat with different team members right from within your email dashboard! It’s great for sending quick messages that you can check back on later.

Google chat | Tools for Effective Organizational Communication

Announcements

MailChimp – MailChimp is an excellent email newsletter service that lets you send out beautiful, customized newsletters. Many companies use this service to reach out to their clients, but it also makes a great tool for internal communication. You could send out monthly newsletters, or simply send out an update whenever you need to. MailChimp also has email lists that are useful and easy to manage, so you won’t have to worry about including everyone in every email announcement. Simply keep the list updated, and send out a newsletter to your company list.

Internal website – Another great option for company announcements is to set up a private employee page on your website. This is simple and easy to do on WordPress, and gives everyone a place to go to check important dates, stay updated on company news, and more. It could be your go-to location for announcing holidays, birthdays, special events and more.

These are only some tools that you can use to facilitate better organizational communication. What tools do you use in your business, and why? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or feel free to add to this list.


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A Unique Gift Idea

Assessing bad test takers

This holiday season, instead of giving materials why not try giving the gift of knowledge? This unique gift idea focuses on our scientifically backed assessments, which have many uses and make excellent, if not unheard of, gifts. Many of the assessments can be taken online with quick results, and could help shape the future careers of your loved ones. The best part is, these can all be taken online within a few minutes, with immediate results.

For example, the ProfilesXT is a comprehensive assessment that discovers key behavioral traits and core competencies. Here are a few people who would benefit from learning more about their strengths, weaknesses, and different personality traits.

  • A high school student trying to pick a college that offers a strong major in his or her field of choice.
  • Someone who is unhappy with his or her job and thinking about switching careers, but not sure to what field.
  • A college student trying to select a major.
  • A fresh graduate who is starting to apply for jobs. These assessments can not only show what you’re good at, but it can also show potential employers what your strengths are.

The Profiles Sales Checkpoint only takes 15 minutes to complete and will provide immediate results. This assessment is designed to reveal someone’s skill set and critical skills so they can see where to improve and which areas they align with the most. This assessment is great for;

  • A sales manager who is struggling with his or her sales team.
  • Someone in a sales position who wants to improve.
  • Anyone who has to deal with customers in his or her job and wants to make more sales for the company.

The Profiles Performance Indicator is a personality style performance test that is typically used to motivate and coach employees. It’s an excellent tool to help a friend or family member start the year off on the right foot at their job. The reports explain how an individual can be understood, motivated, and managed so that they can improve job performance. This indicator is excellent for;

  • An ambitious professional who wants to constantly improve.
  • A new leader who would appreciate knowing which areas he or she has to improve in to lead.
  • Someone who needs to be motivated at his or her job.
  • Anyone who could use a personalized guide to self improvement in their professional careers.

These are only a few ideas about which assessment-based gifts you could get someone. Although it deviates from the traditional material gifts we tend to give during the holidays, these assessments will show that you care about friends’ and family’s professional careers and their continual growth and success.

Looking for an assessment that will show you something in particular? Check out our products page for some ideas.


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Public Seminar: Motivating Your Workforce

Happy employees

Once the holiday season is over and the parties are finished, it will be important to get your workforce motivated to get back to work and do their jobs well. This public seminar on January 13 is the perfect way to do so. Reserve now and you won’t have to worry about it over the holidays!

It’s no secret. Employees who feel they are valued and recognized for the work they do are more motivated, responsible, and productive. This is a busy one-day workshop to help supervisors and managers create a more dynamic, loyal, and energized workplace. This program is designed specifically to help busy managers and supervisors understand what employees want and to provide them with a starting point for creating champions. Anyone with a direct report can benefit from being able to effectively motivate people.

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Workshop participants will be able to identify what motivation is, learn about common motivational theories and how to apply them, and discover how fear and desire affect employee motivation. The workshop will cover when to use the carrot, the whip and the plant, and will explore ways to create a motivational climate and design a motivating job.

Course Outline

  • What is motivation?
  • Supervising and motivation
  • Motivational theories
  • The carrot, the whip, and the plant
  • Fear and desire
  • Setting goals
  • The role of values
  • Creating a motivational climate
  • The expectancy theory
  • Designing a motivational job
  • A motivational checklist

An investment of P8,500 + 12% VAT includes instruction by an expert facilitator, small group workshops that provide “active learning,” a specialized student manual, snacks and lunch, a personalized certificate of completion and a complimentary eBook; Getting Motivation Right.

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About the Facilitator

Dr. Maria Vida G. Caparas holds a Master’s Degree and Ph.D., Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology. She is an Accredited Trainer of the Philippine Government with invaluable experiences in Organizational Development as a Human Resource, Training and OD practitioner. She authored three books on Psychology/HR Management and was a Trainer Delegate of DFA-Foreign Service Institute in Italy and Singapore in 1999-2000. Dr. Caparas is a recipient of various national awards and also a professor in prestigious universities. She authored three books on Psychology/HR Management namely “Psychological Assessment: Theory and Practice”, “Uses of Psychological Tests”, and “Human Resource Management”.

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Your Holiday Marketing Checklist

Holiday marketing checklist

Are you ready for the upcoming holiday season? Many companies begin preparing for the festivities months in advance, but it’s never too late to leverage the time we have left in 2015. This holiday marketing checklist will help you get up to speed during the last few weeks of the winter holidays.

Notify last minute shoppers of any deals via email

As December rolls around, there are many people who still have to do their holiday shopping. Make sure to email your customers to remind them of your products, any discounts or specials, and let them know about the last minute gift ideas they can get with your brand.

Remember to keep these emails helpful for your readers during the holiday season, and make sure it adds value to their day. Aside from adding value with special offers, you can also brighten their day by adding something fun at the end of your email newsletter, such as a comic strip or shout out.

Send out your holiday greetings to loyal customers

Whether it’s via email, a handwritten letter, or a special gift from your business, make sure to let your loyal customers know you’re thinking of them this holiday season. It’s a nice way to let them know that you value them and are glad they choose to shop with your brand.

A nice gesture goes a long way when you want your clients to think of you during the holidays. It’s also great for building relationships, not just for the holiday season but in the long-term of the company.

Have your displays up

You could have the best holiday marketing campaign idea and deals around, but it won’t have any affect on your sales if you don’t know how to display it to a relevant audience. In-store displays are only one piece of the puzzle (although they are important to let your in-store customers know what they could and should purchase). You must also make sure your website reflects your great deals, your campaign ideas and language are seen on social media, and your online presence is up to speed.

Remind your customers to shop via your social channels

Social media was mentioned in the last point, but did you know that “63% of millennials say they stay updated on brands through social networks; 51% say social opinions influence their purchase decisions; and 46% “count on social media” when buying online”? (Source: Leaderswest Digital Marketing Journal)

Social media plays a huge role in your holiday and year-round marketing efforts, because it has a huge influence on your audience. Social media is particularly powerful among younger audiences, so if your target market includes millenials, marketing to them via social media is vital. Reach out to customers and post updates that showcase your brand, deals and items to remind them to stop by and shop.

Customer service is marketing, too

Finally, we know the holidays can get crazy but you should remind your team not to sacrifice customer service. Strive for high-quality customer service whether you’re dealing with 5 customers or 5,000. After all, customer service falls under building relationships, which plays a large role in marketing. Your customer support team should strive to give customers a great experience, solve problems smoothly and efficiently, and perform their duties with a marketing mindset.

Aim to build relationships, push additional items and purchases when it makes sense, and treat all customers like they are the most important shopper your business has this holiday season.

What are your holiday marketing tips?

Anything we missed in this holiday marketing checklist? Let us know in the comments below!


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