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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Getting your good ideas to the top

Do you constantly get emails and articles describing how the best leaders and bosses are the ones who listen to their employees and make them feel valued?  Do you ever wonder exactly who these bosses are and where to find them? 
Innovation is a word that gets passed around a lot, but can be difficult to embrace.  If you have a new innovative idea, it can be hard to put it into action.  The reality is that most senior managers have mounting to-do lists and a limited amount of time; however, there are certain measures you can take in order to have your ideas reach and be listened to by senior managers.
Always address issues that are top of mind.  If your manager has concerns about something and you may have a solution, begin by saying “I know you’ve had some concerns regarding [X], I think I’ve thought of a way to help improve…”.  You also want to cut to the chase.  If you went into your senior manager’s office to discuss something, then discuss it. You won’t accomplish anything by being vague or digressing into other things.
Do not be afraid of getting personal.  In an age where the text message has just celebrated its 20th anniversary and information is transferred via Twitter instead of the 6 o’clock news, meeting someone in person can seem like a lot of effort.  If you are serious about having your ideas heard, that little bit of effort can sure go a long way.  Meet your manager in person in order to achieve a higher level of immediacy and appeal.
If you’ve tried in the past to get an idea across and were unsuccessful, don’t let that discourage you from trying again.  If you want to revisit an old idea, try to ask management more open-ended questions like “How should we move forward with [Y]?”. 
When it comes down to it, there is always power in numbers.  Try to promote your idea within the office and talk to the people who will be affected by the idea.  If you gather the input of others, a sense of ownership will develop in the office, and the idea will likely flourish.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Shifting Into Shared Workspaces

More and more people are having to say goodbye to their cubicles.  It is becoming increasingly common for office workers –especially those who spend a lot of time on the road or outside of the office—to be introduced to “unassigned workspaces”. 

These unassigned workspaces are open to several employees and used on an as-needed basis.  Instead of storing personal items or work materials at your desk, each employee would be allotted a locker to hold their belongings, and desks can either be reserved in advance, or may function on a first-come first-served basis. 
Prominent companies who have made the move into shared workspaces include:  AMEX, GlaxoSmithKline, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  They all report that making the move has pushed people to efficiently use space and that company costs have drastically been reduced.
Shared workspaces are by no means ideal for each and every employee.  People who are introduced to the system from the get-go usually have no problem adapting to this type of environment, but people who were forced to transition from having their own space to a shared space have had a harder time adapting.  Feelings like identity-loss (by not being able to personalize their own space) and loss of organization (by having to set-up anew each time) are very common.
Although not everyone may like them, I believe they will continue to grow in popularity.  If you are a company who relies heavily on cloud-computing, shared workspaces may be the perfect solution for saving you some money and some space. 

Friday, 18 January 2013

Expand Your Network - January 2013

Friday, January 25. 10am -12 pm: ACCES Employment's "Tell me about yourself" seminar for job seekers new to the Canadian market. For more information visit www.accesemployment.ca

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

TSP in the Community - January 2013

Managing Director, Sonya Danzig delivered a seminar "Tell me about yourself"--Your key to Canadian experience, helping job seekers new to the Canadian market.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Expand Your Network - January 2013

Monday, January 21. 6pm-9pm: CAIA Canada Evening with Toronto's Recruiting Elite. For more information visit www.foundation.caia.org

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

TSP in the Commmunity - January 2013

Managing Director, Jordan Beallor, CA spoke at the annual CAIA Canada Evening with Toronto's Recruiting Elite, connecting alternative investments experts around the world.


For more information about CAIA and this event please visit http://caia.org/caia-community/events/2013-01-21/caia-canada-evening-torontos-recruiting-elite

Do you put yourself or your company first?

Why should you have to choose between putting yourself or your company first?  Studies have shown that the two actually work hand in hand.  Employees who acquire the skills they need to advance in their own career actually helps the individual themselves as well as their employer.
A lot of people contemplate on how they can add value to their companies, when one of the best things they can do is invest in themselves.  If you focus instead on getting the most out of your own job experience, you will inevitably perform better at your job--making you a top-employee.  If you can incorporate your own needs into business objectives then both you and your company are winners.
One of the easiest things to do is to make a five year plan.  By putting goals down on paper, you are developing vague ideas into concrete mandates you can commit to.  By focusing on your client relationships, business development, and profile building, you are creating a stellar reputation not only for yourself but also for your company.  Too often people get side-tracked on working on singular work that needs immediate attention, rather than keeping this larger picture and network in mind.
At the end of the day, don’t sell yourself short.  By investing in yourself, you are making others want to invest in your company.  Don’t feel as if you and your company have to be totally separate entities, but a type of symbiotic relationship where each member is dependent upon the other.