Take Charge of Your Professional Development. It's easy to get complacent about professional development when you're employed.
If you already have a job, why should you go above and beyond to improve your skills, especially if it's not required by your company? But making an effort to help yourself grow professionally will help you succeed, both in the short term and in the long term. Importance of Professional Development in the Workplace. This is an age of stiff and cut-throat competition.
It is all about “Survival of the fittest”. In today’s job market, you are expected to upgrade yourself on a regular basis. You simply cannot afford to be stagnant in one place. Here comes the importance of professional development. 10 tips for dealing with change in the workplace. 10-megabyte hard disks...
DOS... 5 1/4-inch floppy drives....The technology of the 1980s and 1990s bears almost no resemblance to what we have today. In the same way, our jobs and organizations probably bear little resemblance to that time. Companies reduce their staffs, outsource their operations, rearrange their organizational structure, and upgrade their platforms and tools.
Dealing with all of this change can be daunting. Effective Decision Making. People often say that they find it hard to make decisions.
Unfortunately we all have to make decisions all the time, ranging from trivial issues like what to have for lunch, right up to life-changing decisions like where and what to study, and who to marry. Some people put off making decisions by endlessly searching for more information or getting other people to offer their recommendations. Decision-making and problem-solving techniques, skills and methods. Decision-making process Define and clarify the issue - does it warrant action?
If so, now? Is the matter urgent, important or both. See the Pareto Principle. Gather all the facts and understand their causes. Decision-making maxims will help to reinforce the above decision-making process whether related to problem-solving or not, for example: "We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. "In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
" There is often more than one good answers when you are faced with a complex decision. (More useful rules, acronyms and training ideas on the acronyms page.) Personal Goal Setting - How to Set SMART Goals - from MindTools.com. Planning to Live Your Life Your Way Learn how to set effective personal goals.
Many people feel as if they're adrift in the world. They work hard, but they don't seem to get anywhere worthwhile. A key reason that they feel this way is that they haven't spent enough time thinking about what they want from life, and haven't set themselves formal goals. After all, would you set out on a major journey with no real idea of your destination? Building Trust Inside Your Team - Management Skills From MindTools.com. Creating a Strong, Cohesive Group © iStockphotoBorisJovanovic19 A strong, cohesive team can achieve anything.
Six Steps to Building Trust in the Workplace. By Pat Mayfield, for Yahoo!
HotJobs Trust is about reliability and doing the right thing. Keeping your professional development continuous. Do you remember leaving school or university and thinking that exams and assessments would be a thing of the past?
It doesn't take long to realise that the workplace can be an equally intense and competitive learning environment. Whether we like it or not, employees are constantly being judged on their capabilities and benchmarked against their peers. And, unlike studying for a qualification, the goalposts in the workplace keep moving. This might be because of new technology, customer demand, legislation or simply because there is a new chief executive with a different vision. All these changes invariably have implications for the staff. Some organisations are good at providing learning opportunities when they can see a direct benefit to the organisation. According to the 2012 Learning Survey by Niace, the adult learning organisation, there's a strong correlation between learning and sustained employment. Enhancing your performance Benchmarking the job market Knowledge updating. Change Management. Change management is basically the science, or possibly art, of managing yourself and others during a period of change.
Since most organisations and a good many people’s lives are in a constant state of flux, you could argue that most of us are managing change on a daily basis, but how we do it, and how well we do it, varies considerably. The pages in this section will help you get to grips with managing change in your own life, and in the lives of those around you, whether in a work context or as part of your personal life. They will help you to focus on the skills you need to manage change successfully and support others through periods of change.
What is Change? Change chānj, v.t. to alter or make different: to put or give for another: to make to pass from one state to another: to exchange. Source: Chambers English Dictionary, 1989 edition This simple definition masks a whole world in organisational change terms. How to Demonstrate Respect at Work.