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Five tips on how to regain motivation for your job

It may happen that your motivation at work may drop and everything you try may not help you recover it. You begin to feel like you are behind schedule and that you are not getting any work done.


To solve this, there are five key steps you must take in order to return to the work rhythm and desire you had before:

1.   Identify your tasks

Feeling that you don’t know exactly what to do can be frustrating. A feeing of lack of accomplishment may install itself upon you. Work is motivating once you see progress resulting from your efforts!

A good idea is to do a “done list” unlike a “to do list” at the end of the day. Write down all that you have accomplished every day and leave it visible so you can see exactly how much you have done!

2. Attribute significance to your tasks

Another key point to staying motivated is to know what impact the accomplishment of your tasks is causing to those around you. It could be of significant impact to your family, community, company coworkers, etc.

If you are unable to visualize the importance of your tasks, try to reach deep inside yourself and see the connection they have to the outer world.

3. Vary your work

It may happen that you are doing the same tasks every day. The idea here would be to vary the nature of your tasks.

Watch your work patterns so that you can detect the possibility of varying the work you do! This will cause different parts of your brain to be stimulated according to the point of each task.

4. Feedback

Feedback is an extremely motivating factor. It is the reflection of what others see as a result of your work. From it, you will now exactly what needs to be changed in the way your work.

5. Being able to work on your own

This is an important point to keeping motivation high. Being able to make your own decisions gives you a feeling of empowerment. How can someone feel motivated if they are not allowed to make decisions on how to conduct their job?

Therefore, having the necessary autonomy to decide on the best way to do things on your own is a highly motivating factor.


How to make good questions to candidates

Interviewing candidates is not as simple as it seems.

You need to know exactly what you want to discover about the candidates being interviewed.


Here are three tips to help you on formulating questions to be made to candidates:

1. Curiosity

Don’t be afraid to be inquisitive with the candidate. Explore what the candidate expects of his position and also try to find out more about his personality.

2. Make open-ended questions

Instead of asking them questions which require direct answers, make open-ended questions which will let them show their opinion and ideas on certain matters.

3. Don’t be shallow: dig deeper

Don’t just stay on softball questions. Make the candidates really dig deep inside them to give you a response. Superficial answers are usually shallow and standard.


Five ways in which engaged employees are different

How is it possible to identify a consistent employee? The best way to know is only through time. It is difficult to hire someone new and already know beforehand if they are consistent or not.


Here are five signs of how to identify a consistent employee over time:



  1. They take responsibility for their own performance


Simply put, engaged employees do what needs to be done while disengaged employees wait for the company to do things for them. They take initiative and know exactly what needs to be done in order to produce and organize all tasks.


  1. They feel little sense of entitlement


Highly engaged employees focus more on what they can provide to the organization rather than what the organization can provide to them. They don’t waste their time expecting perks and rewards for having done their job and are highly motivated.


  1. They engage customers


They can’t help but to get busy with attending the needs and wants of customers. While disengaged employees need to have customers forced upon them, engaged ones naturally attract customers who make them feel that they are enthusiastic about the company and their job.


  1. They remain engaged anywhere


Highly engaged employees remain engaged on their work even outside of the work environment. They adapt and mold the conditions of the external setting to what they require to get their work done. They focus on results and have a drive to reach them even when they are doing out calls.


  1. They apply six behavioral drivers


Individuals who take personal and primary responsibility for their own engagement consistently apply six behavioral drivers: connecting, shaping, learning, stretching, achieving, and contributing. The ongoing process of applying these drivers allows them to sustain high levels of engagement over time.

Based on: TLNT

The path to choosing a career

This infographic shows the steps and the process involved in choosing a career.

The concept of career differs from that of a job, work or function. It is a much deeper concept than simply an activity you perform. It involves a purpose and meaning which is intrinsic to you alone.




SOURCE: Daily Infographic

Five reasons to hire an overqualified candidate

“You are too qualified for this position, unfortunately”.


You may have heard or given this response once applying for a job or selecting a potential employee.

Despite this actually sounding like a crazy justification, it is actually quite common in many interviews. There is a great fear that someone who is extremely qualified might underperform in a job which might demand less abilities than they possess.

However, there is no actual evidence to support this presumption. But there are advantages to hiring a highly qualified employee!

See here five different reasons to hire a highly qualified individual:


  1. Not hiring a highly qualified individual will lower your chances of hiring your ideal employee – With high unemployment rates in most developed countries, qualified individuals are out in the market. You will be taking a shot in the dark if you keep waiting for the person with the perfect qualifications to show up at your doorstep. Take and grab the opportunity of having such a person in your company!
  1. Stronger motivation to work – Highly qualified individuals have been in the market for some time already. They will want to show what they do best: their work! Little motivation will be needed to make them work at their peak performance once compared to new talents.
  1. Getting more than you expect – Suppose you buy an apartment and you get for free its interior decoration for the same price. Would you possibly say no?
  1. Even for a short stay, their contribution is immense! – Even if they stay for a short time, the contribution a high profile hire will make is immeasurable. The main reason why highly qualified individuals leave low qualification positions is the lack of challenge in their everyday life. Think: would you prefer to have a high profile individual stay for one year or a low performing person?
  1. They can possibly climb the ladder – For now, your new highly qualified hire is in a position which might make him feel undermined. But, due to his high performance, he might get promoted to a function which will make him use his skills in their entirety! Keep this highly qualified person in your company to possibly be promoted.