WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT: What EVERY company wants in a new hire, part 2

WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT: What EVERY company wants in a new hire, part 2

People are naturally able to recognize that an environment is different from others they’ve been in before; it’s just that when those previous environments have left very powerful effects like acquired knowledge, memories and habits, the adjustment process becomes somewhat harder because they have to put aside, change or even forget some of these things.

CAREER CONSTANTS: The core values and themes of the workplace, part 5

CAREER CONSTANTS: The core values and themes of the workplace, part 5

This is the next part of our commentary on the values and themes that keep any workplace running. Just to review, last week’s edition was about how efficiency fits into any business operation. Right, now let’s get started on part 5. TH FIFTH CONSTANT: INITIATIVE Everything has to start from something. And nothing starts from nothing. Aside from deeper contemplation of the meaning of those words, we are generally aware that events have beginnings, and that those beginnings must come some time before the end. But what we often forget is that there can be no beginnings if there are no people willing to start. So how much value does initiative have in the workplace? Having a beginning or starting point indicates the existence of a plan. Plans outline the flow of events from beginning to desired end. Of course, only the stages of the plan that are being worked on can be controlled, and stages that have not yet come to pass cannot be controlled at all. However, outcomes can be influenced through specific actions in the beginning. To see how this works, consider the simple action of saving money as an example. Saving money to buy a non-necessity or a luxury item is the plan. The person saving the money has no control on the price of the item, but can influence their ability to buy the item by saving enough money. In the same way, desired business outcomes are not automatically granted to those who make plans to achieve them. However, planners can use the first and interceding stages of their plan to make the desired...