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How to Be a #SmartOfficeWorker: Essential Skills in Today’s Workplace

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Good office workers are hard to find, according to one-third of hiring managers. Contrary to what the media might lead you to believe, the talent shortage doesn’t just happen in technical disciplines. There is a talent shortage across all fields because workplaces are changing rapidly. Oftentimes, organizations focus on recruiting employees with hard skills. The problem is that those people may not be capable of communicating complex thoughts or work well with others. To be a #smartofficeworker, you need to have a good mix of hard and soft skills. Some skills are desirable in more than one industry. These hybrid skills allow workers to be useful in a number of different areas of a business. The following are some of the most important and coveted skills for

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How to Convince Management to Introduce Flexible Work into the Workplace

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Let’s face it – the traditional 9-to-5 work schedule probably won’t be around for much longer. In order to stay relevant and attract the best candidates, organizations need to offer their employees flexible work opportunities.   Many employers still feel reluctant to allow employees to work from home or have flexible schedules. Managers often don’t feel like they can trust employees to work if they aren’t in the office during regular business hours because they equate work with facetime. The key to convincing managers of the benefits of flexible work schedules lies in getting them to adopt a different cultural attitude surrounding work.   Managers must understand exactly what their staff members are working on and which of those tasks are the most profitable

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How to Maximize Office Space and Empower Workers with Hot Desking

How to Maximize Office Space and Empower Workers with Hot Desking

Hot desking is an innovative and cost-effective working arrangement that allows employers to accommodate today’s increasingly mobile workforce. Although many office workers enjoy having their own personal territory at the office, the truth is that desk occupancy rates rarely rise above 50%. This means that employers are tying up real estate costs in unused space. As an increasing number of companies give their employees the option to work from home or move from one location to another, fewer desks are needed in the office on a regular basis. In addition to helping companies trim costs, hot desking creates flexible seating that encourages collaboration and the spread of ideas. It makes companies less divided and puts workers in close proximity to people from different teams or departments. However,

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HR Technology Trends to Watch for in 2017

HR Technology Trends to Watch for in 2017

Working with HR technology has never been more exciting. There are transformational changes taking place in the HR landscape that are giving HR leaders the tools necessary to better manage the people side of their organizations. The new world of work has required innovation from HR leaders, but it has also created the opportunity for HR departments to generate a much greater impact. The following are some exciting HR technology trends to watch for in 2017. Mobile is the new HR technology platform In the eyes of the new generation of talent, desktops are a relic of the past. Smartphone use is surging, and employees expect to have the ability to access work applications via their mobile devices anytime, anywhere. The

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3 Sustainable Business Trends for 2017

3 Sustainable Business Trends for 2017

The number of companies seeking to integrate sustainability practices is on the rise. Sustainability programs make positive contributions to organizations both in the short-term and long-term. They can cut costs, improve your company’s reputation, and increase operational efficiency. Each year brings a new set of innovations that promise to benefit both your profits and the planet. The following are 3 sustainable business trends that you can expect to see with more frequency in 2017. 1. Flexible/remote working Among the many considerations that businesses make in order to achieve sustainability, one that is commonly overlooked is flexible/remote working. Flexible and remote working initiatives allow people to work from home or another remote location. Offering flexible/remote work opportunities is important because it helps companies attract

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