6 Reasons Why You Will Not Get A Promotion


Hard work and patience are necessary to get a promotion, but sometimes they are not enough.

Passed over one too many times on the job?  You might want to self-examine for the reasons why.

Chances for PromotionNo matter what we think, there are remarkably few promises in life.  A work promotion is no different.

Most workers want to move up in an organization: they need more power, move away from a tedious job or just get the keys to the executive washroom.

Advancement is usually a combination of hard work and perseverance. Unfortunately, there are times when it is not enough.

If after all your energy and effort, you still have not received a promotion, it might be time for a little self-assessment.

Six reasons you might not be getting that promotion you want:

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6 Interview Questions To Make Any Employer Want to Hire You


We often focus on interview questions from the standpoint of the interviewer.

This blog post from Ragan’s PR Daily finds some interesting questions for candidates to ask that can help them get the job.

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Via Ragan’s PR Daily:

Common advice among job seekers is that when you attend an interview, you need to interview the employer right back. After all, you’re the one who will potentially fill the position. You need to know if it’s going to be a good fit, right?

While salary ranges, benefits and schedule flexibility are important details you deserve answers to, hiring managers don’t appreciate questions like those until at least your second interview (or maybe even after they make you an offer).

During your first interview, the “impress me” dance is still in full swing. When a potential employer asks if you have any questions, she doesn’t want inquiries about parking validation; she wants to see if you’re prepared, educated and inquisitive.

Here are six questions to ask at the end of your interview that will help you master the twisted tango of getting hired:

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How to Get Exceptional Things from Average Employees


Not every employee is a superstar, but everyone can provide exceptional performance.

Five brilliant ways to get great things from even the most mediocre employee.

How to get extraordinary things from average employeesExcellent employees are no guarantee a company will be great. Even with several star players, a sports team can still lose.

Not everyone is a superstar! However, the secret to success is not filling a company with exceptional workers, but getting the best out of the ones you have.

This can be accomplished no matter what skill level they possess.

Promote a feeling that every employee—even average ones—can succeed beyond their potential, your organization will achieve greatness.

Five brilliant ways to get extraordinary things out of average workers:

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Get Focused Now! Five Guaranteed Tips for Avoiding Distraction at Work


It is safe to say most of us are not superstar athletes, and do not have the laser-like focus to avoid all distraction at work.

Five guaranteed tips the average worker can use stay productive, by avoiding distraction at work.

Distraction at WorkFew of us are capable of the concentration skills to cut through the clutter of a busy day and stay on task. There always seems to be a distraction at work, preventing us from getting the job done.

Just like superstar athletes, to succeed in the workplace, we have to get focused. Productivity demands that we need to pay attention to what we are doing.

Distraction at work is a real productivity killer, but there are other work-related disruptions can also be blamed—things like poor management, lack of communication and too many meetings.

Five guaranteed tips to avoid distraction at work, and fail-safe ways to increase productivity:

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Are You a Procrastinator? 6 Ways to Get Work Done!


There will come a time where we realize we have the tools to do a job at work, just not the willpower to get it done!

You have now come face to face with procrastination.

Ban Procrastination from workIf left unchecked, procrastination at work  can be a career-killer!  When it takes hold of you, you could find yourself completely unprepared to handle it.

In an infographic about procrastination from  www.thegappartnership.com, there are two interesting statistics:

  • People who procrastinate tend to drink more
  • 46 percent of respondents say procrastination has a negative influence on their lives

Here are six tips to keep procrastination out of work and your life:

Visualize success.

Have an idea of the work you need to do—visualize addressing the assignment. One of the biggest barriers of performance is losing track of what you are doing. When a job is not top-of-mind, you usually forget how significant it can be.

Decide to move.

Human Resources: Free live ovation demoMake the conscious decision to act. By concentrating on the work you need to do, you will arrive at a point where you just can’t wait another minute. When you finally decide to get started, you break through the sub-conscious wall that holds you back.

Break it down.

Every job is easier when divided into smaller, more manageable fragments. As the saying goes, every great journey begins with a single step. Divide the work into small steps, soon you will find yourself accomplishing all you need.

Timing is everything.

Start with a manageable chunk of time to work on the task—you can begin with as little as 15 minutes to get you started. Work on the project for that set period, taking credit for getting at least that much accomplished. It will be your first step to banishing procrastination. You will find that once the ball is rolling, everything else will come.

One day at a time.

As the Nike ads say—just do it! Every day is a win if you use the time to work toward a goal. Do something—anything—each day! This will expand your imagination and stimulate you to move forward. Success is a daily habit.

One last thing—don’t forget to have fun! Find pleasure in everything you do—anything from daily chores to your work, occupation or career. The more pleasure you get in doing a task, the less likely you will procrastinate.

Infographic after the jump…

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Job Driving You Crazy? Ways To De-Stress The Job!


Is your job driving you crazy?

Do you calculate the minutes on the job until the weekend and when Sunday approaches, you start dreading the arrival of Monday morning?

Does your job drive you crazy?

For most people, a job is a source of significant stress. Some people go as far as taking medical leave because the pressure on the job affects their work.

Odds are that you have to work, and have to work at your job for a long time. You might be lucky enough to enjoy your job, but most likely, you cannot wait until you have to work no more. No matter what feelings you have about your job, there are steps you can choose to be more productive, less stressed and have more time for yourself. These things will keep you mentally alert, focused and calmer.

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Is Your Feedback Effective? Mistakes Managers Make When Reviewing Performance


Employee of the Month Reserved Parking Sign
Employee of the Month Reserved Parking Sign (Photo credits: myparkingsign.com)

As a manager, giving feedback is perhaps your most crucial task. Are employees receptive to the way you give criticism?

Does your feedback encourage employees to perform, or does it create resentment? Does it improve morale? Do your methods keep them in line with business objectives, or does it become a source of distraction?

There are some practical questions you should ask yourself, to rate the value of the feedback you provide. In an ideal corporate environment, feedback helps employees understand the reasons behind inconsistencies in their performance and recommend improvement.

Feedback should encourage employees’ career development. Unfortunately, the opposite often happens.

Managers make certain mistakes, sometimes unintentionally while giving feedback to their employees. These mistakes contradict the exact purpose of feedback, thereby jeopardizing the relationship between managers and their subordinates.

Consider a few ways your feedback strategy may be less than perfect:

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