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Staying results-focused while remaining ahead of market changes and new competitors gives managers more than enough to do. Engaging and motivating employees without the need to micromanage or losing sight of the main goal is where your priorities should lie. By supporting a productive workplace and employing effective employee feedback questions, you can meet company goals more easily while getting the most from your team.
But how do you keep your team headed in the right direction and producing the results you need without constant supervision?
Employee motivation has little to do with constant supervision and more to do with accountability, trust, and communication. When you show that you value your team enough to trust them to do their job, clearly communicate with them, and show accountability for their actions, they will respond with responsibility, integrity, and focus. Without needing added incentives or rewards, they’ll become empowered to work autonomously towards shared goals.
Trust Vs Fear
Intimidation and fear have never yielded authentic accountability, and neither will it develop a true sense of responsibility. People who are managed with fear perform only to a standard that avoids your wrath.
Establishing trust, on the other hand, will lead to engaged and motivated people who are willing to exert extra effort to reach shared goals that push the company forward. Trust is the core of accountability. By fostering relationships based on trust with managers and peers, people will be more likely to invest emotional energy into their work and become fully engaged in your mission.
Trust is built through actively listening, supporting people, and showing them that you hold yourself accountable for your actions. A vote of confidence can go a long way towards people becoming committed to their work and accountable, reliable staff members.
Transparency and Accountability
Be open with employees about what's happening at the highest level so there are no surprises. It will also give everyone a chance to ask questions and give feedback. If employees feel included in big decisions and committed to the direction your company takes, it will help sustain motivation and increase company loyalty and pride.
Show integrity with transparency and demonstrate that you hold yourself accountable for your duties, too. When you don’t show that you are also accountable and open about your goals (both the ones reached and the ones missed), no one else will feel compelled to do the same.
You can’t expect others to be accountable for their work and goals unless the expectation of this is clearly conveyed and regularly updated as things change. Without articulating expectations, employees will become frustrated or disillusioned and start searching for their next job.
Regular conversations about projects let your team know exactly what is expected of them and how they can reach the targets set. By setting smaller goals along the way and communicating these regularly, people become more engaged.
Provide and accept regular feedback and don’t forget a simple "please" or "thank you". Politeness goes a long way to building good relationships in any sphere.
When it comes to suggestions and ideas, if employees feel that their voice matters, they in turn feel confident about their position in the company. Positive communication and recognition of a job well done will reinforce the idea that a manager supports and values an employee’s place in the business.
Don’t wait for the yearly performance review to discuss work ethic or individual direction. Provide regular opportunities for goals to be articulated, and you’ll find that your employees will be more productive and motivated. These feedback sessions also allow you to discover the best ways to motivate your team, and follow those practices for an overall more efficient and positive workplace.
By Denise Dudley, author of Work It! Get In, Get Noticed, Get Promoted
We all dream of loving our jobs, don’t we? Of getting up each morning, fresh and ready to go, eager to walk into the office and greet the new workday. Your dre-e-e-am job. Ahhh… It even sounds heavenly.
But what if you’re just not feeling it right now? What if you haven’t found your dream job yet—in fact, you’re far from it. You may be a gofer for Attila the Hun, or sitting in a windowless room, inputting reams of data in a huge IT department, or literally scrubbing floors. Trust me, I’ve been there, including the “scrubbing floors” example—from when I was a nightshift waitress in a truck stop. (And I promise I am not making that up!) I’ve held down many “interesting” jobs, simply to pay the rent and put myself through school. I’ve also worked with all sorts of people during my career as a trainer and consultant. Pilots, salespeople, engineers, managers, realtors, teachers, you name it. And I’ve observed an important secret:
Whatever it is you’re doing, no matter how insignificant it may seem, if you do it with excellence, you’ll be noticed.
And you may even be promoted.
If you want to stand out from the crowd and move ahead, no matter what your current position, do the following:
1. Be the best at something: Because it’s so unusual to see a person who really excels at her job, someone in the higher echelons is inevitably going to think, “Hmmm, I wonder whether we should consider her for another position …” That’s why you should set your sights on being the very best sandwich maker, floor scrubber, or assistant-to-the-assistant you can possibly be. It may not be a glamorous job right now, but if you demonstrate excellence, it’s highly likely that you’ll move up—and probably sooner rather than later.
2. Meet your responsibilities: One of my mentors once told me, “Just show up on time and do your job, and you’ll be ahead of 90 percent of the other people.” And guess what—she was right. In the working world, I’m afraid it’s all too true. However, this makes it that much easier for you to look great. So be punctual, always. And take your job responsibilities seriously; see to it that your work is completed properly and on time. It’s amazing what a good impression you’ll make simply by doing what you’re supposed to do.
3. Do more than you’re asked—and do so cheerfully: When Rachael Ray was in her early twenties and selling fancy foods at a gourmet food shop in Albany, New York, she noticed that her well-to-do customers bought prepared foods but shunned the grocery aisles. That’s because they either didn’t know how to cook or didn’t want to spend the time. So Rachael started doing in-store demonstrations, showing her customers how to make quick, delicious, no-fuss meals. Her presentations became wildly popular and sold out quickly, and it wasn’t long before a local TV station asked Rachael to do a regular segment featuring her “30-minute meals.” Her career as a TV food star was on its way. Rachael’s demonstrations were her own idea, the result of her boundless energy and enthusiasm, and they landed Rachael her dream job. And you can do the same. Look around your workplace and see what needs to be done. Is there a problem you might be able to solve? A mess you can clean up? A way you can improve things, not only for yourself, but also for others? Do more— it’s a great way to get noticed.
4. Say “yes” to things nobody else wants to do: I may be an honest-to-goodness psychologist, but I began my career on the very bottom rung—as an aide in a psychiatric hospital. My job duties were far from glamorous: I got the patients up and dressed, fed them, took their vital signs, broke up altercations, supervised smoke breaks (which meant I had to light everyone’s cigarettes and make sure they didn’t smoke them down to their fingers—and I truly hate cigarette smoke), and many other similar chores. I also had to clean up lots of messes of all kinds. (Go ahead and let your mind wander—you get what I mean.) Early on, I vowed to stay pleasant, no matter what, and often volunteered to take on patients who were combative and difficult. It was rough, tough, physical work, but I loved the patients and they loved me back.
One day, there was a particularly bad smell coming out of a locked closet assigned to a patient I’ll call Alice. She was difficult, violent, and almost impossible to handle, but she liked me, so I volunteered to go into her closet and find out what was going on. There was just one big problem. Alice could become extremely agitated and aggressive if anyone touched her body or her belongings. As gently as possible, I tried to explain to her that something in the closet had gone bad and we needed to find out what it was and get rid of it. Alice protested and cried, but finally relented; then a few of us donned gowns, masks, and gloves and approached her closet. I unlocked the door and made a gruesome discovery—stacks and stacks of used sanitary napkins. Alice didn’t want to throw them away because they were “part of her body.” I pulled the ghastly mess out by myself, piece by piece, and the other staff members carted it away. Yeah, it was pretty gross. But I did it anyway, with as much professionalism, positivity, and empathy for Alice as I could muster. And I believe my willingness to tackle all kinds of chores like that one helped to make me a standout—showing that I was a team player, a hard worker, and the kind of person who could handle just about anything. It was undoubtedly a major reason that I moved up fast in that organization and was awarded my very first dream job, becoming corporate clinical director while still in my twenties.
Countless people have climbed the corporate ladder and found their perfect dream jobs this way—by taking on clients no one else wanted to deal with, doing dirty jobs, staying late, and working on holidays when everyone else was off having a good time. It might be unpleasant or even difficult, but it can solidify your image as a go-to person—one who can accomplish the impossible and work with the unmanageable.
5. Take chances: Whether or not you’re currently searching for your dream job, during your career, you’ll encounter many forks in the road—times when you can either play it safe or go out on a limb. In most cases, I think it’s best to go out on a limb; that’s where you’re more apt to reap the benefits. For example, when an enticing job opportunity arises, go for it—especially when you’re young, but that doesn’t mean only when you’re young; I’ve met scores of people who’ve found their dream jobs after years and years of searching. Hanging on to your current job because it’s safe and provides a regular paycheck can lead to years (or an entire career) spent stuck in the same position. In large corporations, there’s an adage that often holds true: To reach the next level, you sometimes have to go away and then get hired back. This means that the longer you sit in your current job, the more likely you’ll be viewed as a person who can handle only that position. In short, if opportunity beckons and it looks reasonable, take a chance! Almost everyone who has ever found her dream job has taken a gamble like this while reaching for the stars.
So, is finding your dream job a real possibility, or is it, well, just a dream? I’m here to tell you that it can be done—in waking life! I’ve found no fewer than three dream jobs in my lifetime, but I had to keep moving, work hard, stay open to opportunity, and take some crazy chances. (In hindsight, one of ‘em actually scares me to think about, but it ended up being totally worth the risk.) So stay positive, don’t give up, believe in yourself and your abilities, and know for certain that good things will happen as long as you continue to pursue your dreams.
Need more motivation? Then check out Work It! Get In, Get Noticed, Get Promoted
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While a four-year degree is helpful, numerous professionals do find career success without a degree. And in today's job market, there are many good paying jobs for those with two-year degrees, or degrees from a technical school, especially in the trades.
And even if one does not have any degree, they too, can find career success. A tip for job seekers without a degree - don't focus on not having a degree when writing your resume. Continue to focus on skills and achievements.
Resume tips for job seekers without a degree
"I've written resumes for - and know plenty of people - who don't have college degrees," says Matt Krumrie, resume writer and career advisor. "And they have good-paying jobs with top companies, Fortune 100, Fortune 500 companies, leading technology companies, and so on. So don't let not having a degree hold you back from pursuing your career passions."
When writing a resume, many job seekers who don't have a degree often ask Krumrie "I don't have a degree, will that hurt me?"
In some jobs - yes, in others, no.
"Don't focus on not having a degree," says Krumrie. "Instead focus on results, achievements, technical skills learned over time, seminars, training, or industry-related awards. This is especially true for the professional ten to 20 years into their career, where on-the-job success often holds as much or more value based on the type of job or career one pursues.
Although job seekers with a four-year college degree may make considerably more money than their counterparts with less education, there are many career opportunities in thriving industries for job seekers without a four-year college degree, according to a new CareerCast report.
"The Economic Policy Institute estimates that workers with a four-year college degree make about 56% more than those who don't, based on 2015 salary figures," says Kyle Kensing, Online Content Editor, CareerCast. "However, we have identified some great jobs that pay a high wage which don't require four years of college."
Top 10 jobs not requiring a four-year degree
Of the 10 best jobs not requiring a bachelor's degree, almost half are in healthcare: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Medical Records Technician, Optician, and Respiratory Therapist. Other excellent opportunities for those who want to forgo a four-year degree include Electrician, Plumber, Executive Assistant, Broadcast Technician, and Web Developer.
CareerCast named Web Developer as one of the best jobs for part-time and freelance work in 2017. For the technologically proficient, there are abundant opportunities to work on a contract basis and set one's own schedule. And, while other lucrative fields in Information Technology require a bachelor's degree or more, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recommends an associate's degree to become a Web Developer – not bad for a field that pays an annual median salary of $66,130 and has a 27% growth outlook.
Plumbing is always in-demand, and most recent BLS estimates suggest growth outlook of 12% in the next eight years. Wage opportunities are also positive, with an annual median salary of $51,540. But what might be especially appealing to a job seeker looking to begin a career as a Plumber or an Electrician is the opportunity for independent business ownership. Another best job on the list, Executive Assistant, can also be a gateway to greater opportunities in business and/or entrepreneurship.
Healthcare's been a pillar of the American economy for years, but especially so in the past half-decade. It should come as no surprise, then, that the most abundant and best opportunities for job seekers without a four-year college degree are in the healthcare sector.
Local community colleges and technical schools typically offer the necessary training or apprentice opportunities to get started in these fields.
Read below to learn more about the best jobs without a degree, including salary information.
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OfficeTeam identifies five signs a job seeker may be lying on a resume — and offers tips for confirming details:
1. Skills have vague descriptions. Using ambiguous phrases like "familiar with" or "involved in" could mean the candidate is trying to cover up a lack of direct experience. To assess a worker's abilities, conduct skills testing or hire the person on a temporary basis before making a full-time offer.
2. There are questionable or missing dates. Having large gaps between positions or listing stints by year without months can be red flags. Inquire about the applicant's employment history during initial discussions and ask references to validate timelines.
3. You get negative cues during the interview. A lack of eye contact or constant fidgeting may suggest dishonesty, but don't eliminate a promising candidate by making a judgment based solely on body language. Consider the individual's responses to your questions and feedback from other staff members who met him or her.
4. References offer conflicting details. Ask initial contacts about additional people you can speak to about the prospective hire. Also, check if there are connections in your network who can provide insight about the candidate.
5. Online information doesn't match. Don't always take what you find on the internet at face value. There may be multiple professionals with the same name or legal issues with how the information can be used. Verify facts during the interview and reference check processes.
About the Research
The surveys of workers and senior managers were developed by OfficeTeam. They were conducted by independent research firms and include responses from more than 400 Canadian workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments, and more than 300 senior managers at Canadian companies with 20 or more employees.
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In our high-tech world, it’s easy to eliminate the human touch from almost everything – favoring artificial intelligence and automation in the quest for efficiency and cost savings. This is happening in the career coaching space as well. When it comes to career planning, are you willing to take Cortana’s advice?
Related article: Emotional Intelligence and the future of work
Here are 4 reasons why technology shouldn’t replace a career coach, featuring tips and advice from the experts at Impact Group HR, a career coaching, one-on-one relocation, talent development, and outplacement firm.
1. Emotional Support Isn’t Stellar from a Machine
A one-to-me coaching approach during a difficult job search provides a key lifeline as the person navigates the transition. Beyond job search support, the coach provides emotional support to address the ups and downs of the process. Ask Siri for emotional support, and she will gladly proclaim, “Here’s what I found on the web.” Not quite good enough.
“A career coach is 100% devoted to the job seeker,” says Jan Hunter, Director of Outplacement Services at IMPACT Group. “They have no one else’s interest in mind, they don’t have an agenda. They are there to listen, work through the job search process, and provide advice on all the emotions the job seeker experiences during the search.” Handing a job seeker a login without that dedicated person to guide the process just isn’t the same.
2. Personalized Programs Beat Automated Processes Every Time
Finding a new position is a complex process – and one that is unique to each individual. “When job seekers only access to a technology platform, they miss out on a sounding board – someone who can truly listen and provide clarity on their options.” This is especially true for career changers who are exploring how their skills fit in a new role or industry. “Technology provides information, but not the personalized guidance that comes from a career coach,” says Hunter.
Automated processes take a cookie-cutter approach – treating each person as if they are conducting the same job search. IMPACT Group works with a wide variety of professionals – from teachers to biostatisticians. Sally the Scientist and Dan the Dude Rancher won’t benefit from the exact same coaching. They need a plan that is unique to them and research backs it up: job seekers are 2.67x more likely to find a new career with the help of a coach.
3. One-on-One Relationship Builds Confidence
Confidence is key during a job search. Even the most confident people go into their search less than confident on where to start or how to market their experience. A coach addresses all the unique nuances that arise during the search, allowing the job seeker to gain the confidence to shine.
Job searches can be a lonely endeavor – just ask one of our program participants – but job seekers are not alone with a coach by their side. Time and again we hear customers say they appreciated their coach following up with them after applying for roles or completing an interview. Jan shares, “This follow up shows the coach genuinely cares about the person’s progress. A personal phone call is so much more genuine than an automated message from a website.”
4. Focused attention leads to time savings
“A typical job seeker does not have the time or resources to find the latest job search and social media trends and determine how they apply to their field,” Jan points out. “Our coaches undergo continuous learning to identify and master these trends, while also keeping a pulse on hot jobs and growing professions.” Job seekers get focused attention right from the beginning when working with a coach, leading to less digging and reading to find often conflicting information.
We’ve all fallen into the technology trap. How many times have you logged onto a social media account to check one thing…and 30 minutes later you still haven’t accomplished your task? It’s easy to be pulled down the rabbit hole of posts, pictures, and articles. “A technology tool won’t point out that you still haven’t brushed up on interviewing skills, but a coach does just that. They follow up on goals, hold the job seeker accountable, and ensure the job search stays on track.”
At IMPACT Group, they know a personal, one-to-me coaching experience delivers the best results for each individual job seeker.
The reality is this: Tech solutions alone can’t hold a wireless mouse to this level of support provided by a career coach. They can greatly benefit a job search and help you get on the right track to career success.
About Matt Krumrie
In addition to writing resumes, Krumrie has published over 2,000 career and job search articles for CollegeRecruiter,