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HOW TO ELIMINATE YOUR COMPETITION AT WORK

  In the ruthless hustle of the business world in 2017, you’ve got to stay sharp on all fronts in order to move your personal brand forward. Competition surrounds you. There are youngsters looking to take you down and old management who have cemented themselves in their positions who are trying to block your way to management level. Everyone you know is busy sharpening skills or adding new qualifications to their job tool belt. In Zimbabwe we have a very educated workforce that is unemployed. These guys are a throng of bloodthirsty vultures that would gladly do your difficult job for half the salary. If you aren’t trying to move forward, it’s only a matter of time before you’re jobless, with bitter wife and a resentful family. Here are 3 simple tips that can help you to maintain a competitive edge in the workplace. KNOW YOUR COMPETITOR A quick way to get some of the pressure off you is to find who your direct competitors are in the workplace. Make a chart. Pick 3 people who may be gunning for your job. Pay close attention to their behaviour. Sweet-talk and befriend the HR and get a good look their CV. Scan their movements during working hours and know all the top managers they talk to. • What qualities/skills do they have that you don’t? • Does it pose a threat to you? • What University did they go to or their degree grade? Is it better than your degree grade or qualification • Ask around. Are they well-liked? Get as much information as you can. If you don’t feel threatened by the end of the process, leave them alone. If you are still feeling insecure, proceed to step 2. RESEARCH ON THEM You can find anything about anyone these days!...

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5 Easy Ways To Motivate – And Demotivate – Employees

1. Align individual economic interests with company performance - Okay, so this first one isn't quite as easy as the others;  it does take more doing at the highest management levels than the rest.   But incentive compensation programs that give employees at all levels of an organization a chance to benefit when a company prospers... can naturally boost motivation (always assuming solid individual performance in order for one to share in financial rewards). 2. Take a genuine interest in the future path of an employee's career  - It does wonders for an employee's attitude to believe that a manager really cares about where his or her career is headed.  Mentoring, coaching, suggesting additional training or coursework -  all of these can be helpful to employees, and highly valued. 3. Take a genuine interest in their work-life balance - To the extent that managers can offer some flexibility in schedules... and be understanding about family commitments, doctors' appointments and so on - such sensitivity can be greatly appreciated.  Small gestures often make a big difference. 4.  Listen - This is an easy one: Just listen thoughtfully.   To employees' ideas for job improvement... or their problems, concerns, frustrations, conflicts, dramas, kids' issues, parents' issues, grandparents' issues - you name it, I've heard it.   Okay, so you do have to separate the wheat from the chaff and as a manager it can wear you out at times - but within reason, intelligent listening is an integral part of the job.  (If someone is a chronic malingerer, and carps for the sake of carping, just tell them to knock it off and get back to work.  But if someone is a good employee... well, people appreciate being heard.) 5. Do unto others as you would have done unto you -  When it comes to treatment of subordinates, this...

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