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Negligence: The Most Annoying Quality of a Worker

How to Spot Negligence Before You Hire

If there is one worker trait employers find most annoying, it’s negligence. This is especially frustrating when instructions from management are clear and concise and worker negligence still occurs. However, it is possible to detect negligence before a worker is hired. This is done by keen observation during the initial interview. Study the causes of negligence. It is usually found to be the result of lack of attention, focus on the task at hand or disorganization. Take note in an interview of how organized the job applicant’s responses to questions are and how focused his or her questions may be. Also, study attention span and focus which should lead to the desired result of a successful interview for the job applicant and business interviewer.

Negligence in The Workplace

Negligence in the workplace can have serious consequences with regard to liability. Where negligence prevails among workers, defective products or services may result. An employer understands his responsibility to maintain safety compliance for the business facility, workers and customers. The weight of this responsibility depends on reliability of staff. Then, there’s the relationship between negligence and financial loss. The higher the levels of negligence among workers, the higher the levels of financial loss will be. This is a major issue for businesses of any size.

Create A Company Policy and Procedures Guide

There are several ways to reduce negligence among workers. The first is to provide an easily accessible, documented company policy guide that outlines in detail the procedural responsibility of staff. A policy and procedure guide protects workers. It also avoids potential legal difficulties if a negligent worker must be fired for failure to comply with company policy or procedures. Be sure to update a policy and procedure guide annually. When equipment or facility logistics change, procedures also change, and the policy and procedures guide should be updated to reflect these changes.

Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised.

Ben Jonson

A Negligence Containment Plan

Another method to reduce negligence is to establish a negligence containment plan. A negligence containment plan contains guidelines on the company’s management structure as well as helping to alleviate potential negligence in specific areas of the business. By making the sequence of reporting among managers, workers and executive staff clear, workers can rely on easier access to guidance if or when a problem develops. Regular meetings and discussions between workers and their immediate supervisors help spot problems before they occur. Supervisory or management staff can also determine where negligence is occurring among workers with frequency.

Emphasizing Quality          

When a business invests time and money into programs that advance levels of quality in services or products, workers benefit from such programs. Quality assurance/control programs are important for all workers on staff in order to raise their awareness of the importance of quality. These programs also focus on the overall effect of maintaining a high level of quality on business. One or two quality control programs can result in savings while reducing negligence. Decrease negligence among workers by increasing quality levels.

5 Tips for a Successful Career

The politics and the requirements for having a successful career are changing in the wake of the Internet revolution. Certain things such as privacy and separation of the work and home life are not as important any more. Many more people are performing well in careers that have less to do with their college degree and more to do with their personal skill set.

Below are five tips for a successful career in the modern era.

1) Love what you do

In times of recession, employers want to know that you want to be there working that job. The worst hire is the person who is doing it for the money.

If you limit yourself to apply only to jobs that you truly enjoy, you will find that your selectivity will pay off with a much more positive response. Even if you do not get the first job that you apply for, this positive response will keep you going until you actually land one.

2) Specificity in your skill set is an asset

In past generations, people had to wear many hats. However, now your resume should detail your specific certifications and skill sets, especially when you are dealing with the IT industry.

Employers do not want to train employees any more. They want to know that you can step right into the position and do the job at hand immediately. In order to make yourself the most attractive to employers, be specific in your presentation of what you can do.

There are direct paths to a successful career. But there are plenty of indirect paths, too.

Clayton M. Christensen

3) Do not expect long term employment

You should begin looking for your next job from the second that you get your first one. No matter how good your performance is, the very task-oriented nature of the business market today means that an employer may let you go after a superb performance because they simply have no more need for your skill set.

4) Learn on the job

If you like a company and want to stay there, take it upon yourself to learn other aspects of the job and make yourself irreplaceable. You will need a great deal of self-discipline to do this.

The boss will not necessarily want to take the time to teach you other skills, but if he or she sees you taking this responsibility on your own, it will definitely be rewarded. This is really like looking for another job (tip 3) within the same company.

5) Learn the politics

The bottom line is that people want to work with people they like, especially in times of recession. Learn the internal politics as quickly as you can and find your place within it. Make it a point to make yourself likable.

5 Ways to Overcome Fatigue at Work

Everyone has days here and there where they just can’t seem to wake up, but if you find yourself tired at work every day, you may be dealing with fatigue. Fortunately, there are some simple ways you can fight fatigue and keep yourself at the top of your game for your work day.

Smarter snacks

Food can be a good way to jump-start your body when you’re running low on energy, but don’t reach for cookies or greasy potato chips. Fruit, veggies, and cheese are all good options to help give your body a little boost of energy in the afternoon. Pretzels and baked chips can also be good (in moderation).

More magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that has many functions in the human body, one of which is breaking down glucose and turning it into energy. If your magnesium levels are low, so is your energy. To make sure you’re getting enough, make sure you’re including some magnesium-rich foods in your diet, such as almonds, bran cereal, or fish.

More active movement

If you’re tired, it’s tempting to move as little as possible on your way to work and at work, but the more you move around, the more oxygen flows through your body, and the more energetic you’ll feel. Exercising in the morning is a great way to get some energy for the rest of the day, but if you start feeling fatigued in the middle of the day, try getting up and walking around on a break.

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.

Dale Carnegie

Less technology

If you’re at a technology-heavy job, this can be difficult, but multitasking with technology means your brain never gets a break from constant electronic interaction. Try to set aside at least an hour a day where you don’t use technology at all. Turn off your cell phone during lunch. Read for an hour in the evenings instead of checking up on emails.

More variety in routine

This helps keep the brain active and keeps you on your toes. Change up your travel route or exercise routine or take an evening class to give you something new to look forward to once or twice a week. Stimulate your brain by presenting it with new challenges, and you’re less likely to feel fatigued at work.

If none of these options work, you may want to get checked for an underlying medical cause to help fight your fatigue, but most people find that changing just a few simple things about their day helps them feel like a whole different person. You’d be surprised at how just a little thing like more movement or better snacks can drastically improve your work productivity!

Benefits and Disadvantages When Running a Family Business

Running a family business can be a rewarding experience. It allows several relatives or family members to pool their financial resources towards a central business goal. While family businesses can be good for entrepreneurs in certain fields, there are some disadvantages. The following guide explains some benefits and disadvantages when starting a family business.

It can be challenging to raise funds to start a business. A new business requires capital and human resources. Capital can come from existing funds or a credit line. Human resources can come from friends, families, or strangers.

Families share a bond of trust that can be damaged by a business relationship. Family bonds can be a great way to start a business, but business interests may damage relationships over time. Different people may hold different interests in a business. In addition, some family members may choose to compensate themselves in different ways. This can create a sense of anger, resentment, and hatred among family members. In addition, family relationships may lead to poor business decisions in the future. A relative may believe that a business venture is a good idea, while in reality it is a poor idea. The family member’s clout as a relative may lead to a poor business venture. This can result in bankruptcy, loss of capital, and damaged relationships.

According to the Small Business Administration, more than 70 percent of all family businesses do not survive though the second generation, and 8 percent do not make it to a third.

It’s important to approach a family business from an objective point of view. While it’s always good to maintain friendly relationships with family members, business decisions may require ideas to be rejected. It can be challenging to turn down a family member’s business idea, but it’s essential to maintain the integrity of a business.

An excellent way to maintain a family business is through a non-relative. It’s a good idea to hire an accountant or attorney to assist in business decisions. He or she can help the family decide what is a best for a business. An outsider can provide several advantages for a family business. An outsider can be brutally honest about what is good and bad for a business, while a family member may not be willing to provide that information. In addition, an outsider can provide a point of view that can be beneficial for future business decisions.

It’s important to hire a non-relative who has solid experience in one’s field. His or her resume should reflect a successful past in related business ventures.

A larger family business should provide shares that can be sold to family members and outsiders. While a small business does not need to go public, shares in a business can be a great way to ensure that everyone has an interest in the performance of a company. An outsider who receives shares in a family business will work to make sure that the business performs to the best of its ability. In addition, involvement of a non-relative will help ensure financial and business integrity into the future.

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