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Plan Ahead: Take This Career Quiz

13 Feb

Where do see YOUR future career path over the next several years? Plan Ahead: Take This Career Quiz .

 

Plan Ahead: Take This Career Quiz

To assist in planning your career future, HubSpot devised a short, simple quiz. And based it on these factors:

“To help you plan confidently for your next five years, HubSpot has launched a brand new career assessment called The Next Five. Tell us your interests, strengths, and working style, and we’ll help you identify a next step that’s right for your long-term professional goals. Here are the five steps to this career quiz and some initial questions to ask yourself when deciding where to go in your career.”

 

Click the image to go right to the quiz. Then, answer the questions. And see what is recommended for YOU.

Plan Ahead: Take This Career Quiz -- What Do YOU Want to Do
 

Where Do See YOUR Future Career Path

12 Feb

So, how often do you think about this? Where do see YOUR future career path over the next several years? For many of us, we think about it often. While for others, we think about it sometimes. Yet, almost no one answers that they never think about it.

With this in mind, today’s post presents a quiz on this topic. And you can access it below.

 

Background: Where Do See YOUR Future Career Path

Whenever you do a personal SWOT analysis, your future career path must be considered. Because you need to ready for the future. Whether you stay at your current firm. Or decide to move on. Be prepared with a plan a, a plan b, and even a plan c in preparing for future future.

To begin, review these posts:

 

A Quiz: Where Do See YOUR Future Career Path

To assist in planning your career future, HubSpot devised a short, simple quiz. And based it on these factors:

“To help you plan confidently for your next five years, HubSpot has launched a brand new career assessment called The Next Five. Tell us your interests, strengths, and working style, and we’ll help you identify a next step that’s right for your long-term professional goals. Here are the five steps to this career quiz and some initial questions to ask yourself when deciding where to go in your career:

  1. Work Environment
  2. Work Challenges
  3. Happiness Level
  4. Skills
  5. Goals”

Click the image to go right to the quiz. Then, answer the questions. And see what is recommended for YOU.

Where Do See YOUR Future Career Path -- A Quiz

 

Walmart Finally Gets It: Employees Matter

19 Oct

For years, Walmart has had tough labor practices and been heavily criticized for them. For example, it has been sued by many women for unequal pay and promotion opportunities, fought hard against employees unionizing, paid low wages, etc. But, now Walmart is loosening up; and it realizes that happier employees can mean happier customers due to better customer service. It has even brought back store greeters in many locales where they had been eliminated to reduce costs. Yes, this comes at a time when U.S. revenues have been weak.

As Neil Irwin reports for the New York Times:

“A couple of years ago, Walmart, which once built its entire branding around a big yellow smiley face, was creating more than its share of frowns. Shoppers were fed up. They complained of dirty bathrooms, empty shelves, endless checkout lines, and impossible-to-find employees. Only 16 percent of stores were meeting the company’s customer service goals. The dissatisfaction showed up where it counts. Sales at stores open at least a year fell for five straight quarters; the company’s revenue fell for the first time in Walmart’s 45-year run as a public company in 2015 (currency fluctuations were a big factor, too).”

“To fix the situation, executives came up with what, for Walmart, counted as a revolutionary idea. As an efficient, multinational selling machine, the company had a reputation for treating employee pay as a cost to be minimized. In 2015, Walmart announced it would pay its workers more. Executives sketched out a plan to spend more money on increased wages and training, and offer more predictable scheduling. The results are promising. By early 2016, the proportion of stores hitting their targeted customer-service ratings had rebounded to 75 percent. Sales are rising again.”

“An employee making more than the market rate, after all, is likely to work harder and show greater loyalty. Workers who see opportunities to get promoted have an incentive not to mess up, compared with people who feel they are in a dead-end job. A person has more incentive to work hard, even when the boss isn’t watching, when the job pays better than what you could make down the street.”

 

Click the image to read a lot more from Irwin.

 

A Walmart trainee perfecting a cereal display in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Credit Melissa Lukenbaugh for The New York Times

A Walmart trainee perfecting a cereal display in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Credit Melissa Lukenbaugh for New York Times.


 

Part Two. Being Happier at Work: An Infographic

7 Jun

As we posted yesterday (“Part One. Being Happier in Life: An Infographic”), one of our key life goals should be happiness, a state of well-being and contentment. This applies to our work lives — not just our personal lives. So again, a good starting point is to ask ourselves how happy are we in our career path and in our current job? Do we understand our level of work-related happiness? What can we do to be happier at work?

According to Happify: “What do the people who are most satisfied with their jobs have in common? Learn these insider tips for being happier and more fulfilled during your 9 to 5.”

Check out the Happify infographic on happiness at work.
 

 

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