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What factors contribute to an ideal workplace?

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Although a job is a job, numerous mitigating factors will influence your decision when applying and interviewing for a job. The workplace, quality of working life and the management team will help shape your decision, in addition to the location, role and payment agreement. Your skillset, skill level and previous experience are all primary factors that will help put you in the running when pursuing competitive job positions at reputable workplaces. We take you through some of the factors which you should take into consideration when seeking a job, writes Keith Tully of Real Business Rescue, a company restructuring and turnaround specialist.

Competitive pay package

Although the work environment may be inviting and up to a high standard, the novelty is likely to wear off if the job is poorly paid. If an employer is serious about employee satisfaction, they should make the financial commitment to pay staff for their efforts without compromising on incentive schemes, bonuses and employee entertainment. In addition to boosting employee satisfaction, this is likely to have a direct impact on retention rates. If a staff member is poorly paid, the costs of recruitment and the volume of missed work could simply contribute to a higher pay package.

A competitive pay package can elevate your standard of living and should typically match your position in life. For example, if you are the primary worker in your household, you should be able to afford essential expenses, such as household bills, loans, childcare fees, and maintenance costs. If your income is not enough to compensate for essential outgoings, it may be necessary for you to switch to a workplace with better regard for employee wages.

Regard for personal life

Entering the workplace or working from home can become an arduous routine if professionalism is used as a cover to seal away talks of personal life. As employees spend most of their working week with each other, it is essential to discover similarities between one another, share milestones and relate to similar experiences. By delving into your personal life, you can paint an accurate image of your personality, interests, and family life.

Stepping into your office or logging into your work portal should not require putting on a façade when experiencing major life moments, both fortunate and unfortunate. Encouraging conversation and shining a light into your personal life can help strengthen the bond between colleagues and add value to the workplace. If family affairs and commitments require your attention during working hours, easy access to work-life flexibility not only shows regard for your personal life but also humanises your employer.

Growth potential

The natural journey of personal growth extends to all your life experiences, from personal milestones to your roles and responsibilities in the workplace. If your workplace has no structured growth plan in place with established targets, your passion for the job may wilt away, leading to boredom to set in. If you feel as though you are in a dead-end job with no growth potential in sight, this could be at the detriment of your personal development.

Part of working life involves building upon your skillset, education and understanding of the industry to elevate your performance standards and portfolio. If your workplace is open to providing you with access to further training, qualifications, and educational courses, this shows a clear commitment to invest in the growth of employees. By offering professional development to help employees climb through the ranks of the company, you can work towards earning a promotion.

Regular appraisal

An appraisal is a regular review of an individual’s performance based on key indicators. To successfully conduct an appraisal, your line manager or employer will need to closely assess your work and behaviour over a set period. By identifying both positive and negative notes, the employer can work hand in hand with you to establish a set of personalised targets. Any concerns and worries are usually addressed during an appraisal under strict confidentiality.

Job description

The location of your workplace, distance and travel time may shape the way you handpick job opportunities as this will influence your standard of working life. Your ideal workplace may be situated close to your home to minimise commute time. An ideal workplace should justify the time spent travelling to the location and maybe even offer flexibility around working hours if this is important to you.

The ideal workplace

The components which make up an ideal workplace will ultimately be personal to you and depend on your employment terms. From employee recognition through to one-to-one managerial support, your experience will be influenced by numerous factors. The sector you work in and the business’s financial health will determine the scope of the financial incentives, resources, and support on offer.

Author: Dennis Taylor

Are Tattoos and Piercings Still a No-Go for the Workplace?

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tatoos and piercings in the workplaceThere’s a movement going on out there and you’ve probably seen it or become part of it. In recent years tattoos, piercings and other “frowned upon” lifestyle choices have become mainstream. The amount of friends you have with tattoos probably outnumber the friends without tattoos. Living in Barcelona I see it every day. In my neighbourhood, tattoo parlours are almost as frequent as bakeries and every one of my friends has at least one tattoo or body piercing. I see both men and women daily with colourful tattoo sleeves, with ear gauges and nose rings. It’s freedom of expression, it’s exhibiting our personalities for the world to see, but it gets me wondering, what does the workplace think of all this?

Barcelona is a place where creative minds from all over the world come together. I’ve met graphic designers, jewellery makers, photographers, fabric designers, illustrators and artists. Though body art and piercings are generally accepted in creative fields, what about those working in medicine, in finance or customer service? Do the rules change based on the sector? Should we still let our appearance matter more than our skill?

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Geert Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions

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cultural dimensions_JobisJob Geert Hofstede is an influential Dutch researcher in the field of cultural differences at the workplace. He has researched and discovered that people’s behaviour at work is determined, among other factors, by their cultural identity. His five national cultural dimensions, which are just as controversial as they are unique, help us to understand which cultural differences come into play at the workplace.

Different cultures have different ways of approaching problem solving, leadership and contact with colleagues and superiors. So anyone operating within similar cultural circles will notice differences less often. Those who are interested in working internationally will sooner or later have to acquire intercultural skills.

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Working abroad: The importance of intercultural skills

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Anyone thinking about working abroad for a multinational company will certainly face cultural differences. One should always keep in mind that other cultures may have customs unfamiliar to you. Have an open mind and be aware that just because the way of doing things seem peculiar, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

Interculturality – What is it?

“Culture” is one of the most complex concepts of all times (inspired by the famous quote by Raymond Williams: “Culture is one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language”). And it’s not for nothing that we ask ourselves what “interculturality” means, if “culture” is already impossible to define.


To keep it simple, interculturality can be said to be any situation in which different cultural backgrounds converge. First and foremost, different backgrounds and opinions represent a huge enrichment to any society or team. Because people who socialize similarly have more in common, diverging backgrounds could also lead to cultural conflicts. This may happen for many reasons; difference in nationality, culture or way of life. These differences can only be interpreted correctly when people possess intercultural sensitivity and skills.

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Why toilet breaks may improve productivity (and other unusual measures for success)

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productivepersonLooking to improve productivity in the workplace? Instead of setting goals and focusing on output, a more sustainable solution is to look at your inputs. We all learn in different ways, and to increase productivity, you should make sure information is getting to you in the most appropriate way. Once you’ve found a style that’s effective for you, explore similar activities further and watch your productivity levels soar. Do any of the following sound familiar?

Work productivity and learning styles

Always off for a toilet break? Kinesthetic types need movement to think and learn (or at least, that’s what you can tell your boss). If you’re stuck for ideas, go and grab a glass of water or run up and down the stairs. You’ll be amazed how much information you are subconsciously able to process in this time. If your office environment won’t allow this, make sure you stretch regularly. Or buy a stress ball.

Unable to work without music? Audio types are better off keeping the “play” button on in order to perform more fluidly. To avoid wasting time searching for tracks, have a good amount of playlists readily prepared that will put you in the right mood. Or cheat and just copy our playlist.

Computer screen covered in post-its? It could be that you’re a visual type. You need to put as much important information in sight – make good use of your computer background and the space around your desk. Always keep a stack of paper next to you to draw on and jot down ideas – it’s improving productivity levels, not doodling.

Are you a list-lover? You’re possibly a logical type. In order to work well, you will need to create systems that make sense to you. Don’t hold back from asking questions – although others may get frustrated, it’s important for you to see the link between things. And time spent organising your (real-life or electronic) filing system will help you think.

Word nerd? It’s highly probable that you’re a verbal type. You need to talk it out, be that by speaking to a colleague or writing yourself extended notes. Use rhyme, rhythm and acronyms to help you remember key points, and talk through statistics (or write a report).

Do you need peace and quiet to get things done? Chances are you’re a solitary type. You’re great at concentrating, solving problems by yourself and working independently. Ask for a window seat in your office and invest in a good set of headphones to drown out the crowd, and make sure you recognise when you need to ask for help.

Often caught chatting to colleagues by the water cooler? Justify this behaviour  with the explanation that you’re a social type. Your work productivity levels will improve when you discuss projects with and work alongside others. Online professional communities can provide great outlets for your social needs when speaking to your immediate colleagues isn’t an option – just don’t give any trade secrets away!