According 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 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:
Encourage flexible working hours
Offer subsidised childcare
Get rid of split shifts and encourage more part-time workers and job shares
Encourage ambition by offering free professional development and training
Offer a legal right to take unpaid leave
Get rid of nepotism
Heavily fine acts of sexism, ageism, racism, xenophobia and homophobia
Combat the gender-pay gap
Financially support international working sabbaticals
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 as busy as a bee is a common idiom used when we want to say that we are very busy! Curiously, despite the fact that worker bees are very conscientious and hardworking, the Queen bee, in my humble opinion, is very slothful, idle and lazy! In fact, she’s very similar to a couch potato! Wouldn’t you agree?
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 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!
Fancy seeing someone get fired? Have a look at the BBC TV Programme ‘The Apprentice’. The British entrepreneur Alan Sugar, who has an estimated fortune of £770 million, points his finger and says ‘You’re fired!’
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