Modal Mania: Employability abilities: Can you?

Employability SkillsAccording to the American business magazine, Forbes, the most important abilities or skills that employers want are as follows:
1. Can work in a team structure
2. Can make decisions and solve problems
3. Can communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organisation
4. Can plan, organise and prioritise work
5. Can obtain and process information
6. Can analyse quantitative data
7. Technical knowledge related to the job
8. Proficiency with computer software programmes
9. Can create and/or edit written reports
10. Can sell and influence others

So, do you have the above abilities?  Do you agree?

Experientially speaking, I can’t work in a team structure, I’m brilliant at making decisions but they aren’t always the right ones, I’m hooked on planning and organising but I couldn’t sell an igloo to an Inuit.  So, in a nutshell, it’s a good job I’m self-employed.

Working conditions

working conditions Cambodia textile factoryWorking conditions  refer to the environment in which a person works and may include factors such as: the pay, cleanliness, lighting, noise, equipment, overtime pay, uniforms, access to childcare, gyms and health insurance. What are your working conditions like?  How might you improve them? These are some of the things I would change in the private and public sectors if I worked for the government:

  1. Encourage flexible working hours
  2. Offer subsidised childcare
  3. Get rid of split shifts and encourage more part-time workers and job shares
  4. Encourage ambition by offering free professional development and training
  5. Offer a legal right to take unpaid leave
  6. Get rid of nepotism
  7. Heavily fine acts of sexism, ageism, racism, xenophobia and homophobia
  8. Combat the gender-pay gap
  9. Financially support international working sabbaticals
  10. Demonstrate a zero tolerance of immigrant exploitation

Holy smokes, I really have an opinion about this stuff!  So, government, if you would like some free advice, then knock on my door as I would be extremely happy to explain how all these things are not only financially possible but will increase productively, efficiency, employee satisfaction as well improve your profit margin.  Yep, I know, it’s all about money!

To be like a headless chicken

Too much to do, too much too do!!!
Too much to do, too much too do!!!

To be like a headless chicken is a common idiom which means that you are very, very busy and that you are doing things very quickly without thinking carefully about what you are doing.

For example:  My sister has just started a new job and she‘s like a headless chicken trying to organise her professional and personal life.  Having said that, her biggest challenge is trying to arrange daycare for her children.  Seriously, why don’t companies have créches?  It’s such a simple concept and yet most employers turn a blind eye to the needs of their employees.  It’s true, this situation makes me red with rage!

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To be snowed under

snowed underTo be snowed under is an idiom which means you are really, really, really busy. Indeed, this week I’m snowed under. I have a million and one things to do and there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete them all. To help me, I’ve written a list.
Janette’s to do list:
1. Go shopping: In order to buy an inflatable crocodile for a beach party
2. Arrange a meeting with my bank manager: In order to beg for my credit card back.
3. Do accounts: In order to please my accountant. However, first, I need to find my calculator and then I need to look for all my receipts
4. Iron clothes: First, look up on the Internet how to to iron a shirt
5. Fix broken toaster: First, complain to the manufacturer that the model is rubbish
6. Buy aspirin: Fixing the toaster will give me a headache!
7. Water plants: First, find the plant food
8. Change boyfriend: As he’s really getting on my nerves
9. Apologise to boyfriend: As I’m really getting on his nerves
10. Organise dance competition: It’s a danceathon: disco versus flamenco.
11. Concentrate and focus on priorities: Janette, stop looking at disco dancing videos on YouTube!