Challenges During Hybrid Meetings For Remote And On-Site Workers

Today we continue exploring the findings of the OWLLabs research about the differences in meetings for remote and off-site workers.

Their findings suggest that during hybrid meetings (those with both on-site and remote meeting attendees from different locations), effective communication is the biggest challenge for both remote workers and on-site workers: both groups cited interruptions and being talked over as their #1 challenge during these meetings.

The biggest challenges for on-site workers during hybrid meetings are interruptions/being talked over (61%) and staying focused during meetings (52%).

The biggest challenges for remote workers during hybrid meetings are interruptions/being talked over (67%) and IT issues...


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Posted on 17th November 2020 by admin in Articles

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Why People Work Longer Hours: Remove Vs On-Site Workers

If people do work longer hours, it's interesting to find out their reasons for doing so. A survey by OWLLabs reveals that remote workers and on-site workers are working 40+ hour work weeks for different reasons.

On-site workers are also working longer weeks because it's required, and more remote workers are doing so because they enjoy what they do. Interestingly, 72% of both remote workers and on-site workers feel they're working the right amount of hours each week.


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Posted on 11th November 2020 by admin in Articles

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Remote Work’s Perceived Impact On Career Progression

According to the findings of OWLLabs survey,  some employees express concern that a lack of office facetime or in-person mentorship could impact career development, but less than a quarter of remote workers shared their concerns. 68% of remote workers say they are not concerned working remotely will impact their career progression, while 32% of remote workers say they fear it would.


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Posted on 3rd November 2020 by admin in Articles

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How Many Meetings Remote And On-Site Workers Attend Each Week

Meetings can be a challenging but critical opportunity for collaboration on remote and hybrid teams, so we were curious to investigate how many meetings do workers usually have per week and whether those numbers would differ for remote and on-site workers.

The survey from OWLLabs revealed that remote workers attend more meetings each week than on-site workers. 14% of remote workers are dedicating time to more than 10 meetings per week (vs. only 3% of on-site workers). On-site workers are spending 11% more time in 0-10 meetings per week, and remote workers are spending 11% more time in 11+ meetings per week.

Clear and open communication is critical for productive remote work, especially on hybrid teams, and it seems that...


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Posted on 29th October 2020 by admin in Articles

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How Many Hours Remote Workers Are Working

One stereotype about remote workers is that they work fewer hours than on-site workers, but actually research shows that many remote workers work as many or more hours than their on-site counterparts because it can be challenging to unplug from work. OWLLabds asked respondents how many hours per week they work to compare remote workers and on-site workers. Many remote and on-site workers feel overworked: 20% of remote workers compared to 22% of on-site workers. However, remote workers say they work more than 40 hours per week 43% more than on-site workers do.


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Posted on 19th October 2020 by admin in Articles

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How Many Remote Workers And Managers Received Training

We were curious to learn if any remote workers or remote employee managers received specific training on working remotely or managing employees who work remotely. We found the answer to this question in the survey of OWLLabs. It turns out that 38% of remote workers and 15% of remote managers received no training on how to work remotely.

30% of survey respondents currently or have previously managed remote workers. Of that group, 89% of respondents who've managed remote workers are or have been remote workers themselves, and the remaining 11% of remote employee managers work on-site.


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Posted on 7th October 2020 by admin in Articles

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How Remote Work Impacts Employee Retention And Loyalty

We wanted to learn if employees who worked remotely were more loyal than on-site workers. And the research by OWLLabs confirmed our guess, as it was found that remote workers are likely to stay in their current job for the next 5 years 13% more than onsite workers.


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Posted on 29th September 2020 by admin in Articles

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How Meetings Impact Productivity For Remote And On-Site Workers

In their survey about the remote and off-site workers, OWLLabs asked respondents how they would evaluate the productivity of their meetings to see if they’re more or less helpful for remote workers compared to on-site workers. The findings were really interesting: remote workers say meetings reduce productivity 1.8X more than on-site workers.


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Posted on 22nd September 2020 by admin in Articles

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The Top Reasons For Working Remotely

Sure, remote works offers a lot of opportunities, but what are the main reasons for people to work remotely?

According to the OWLLabs survey findings they are:
🔹 better work-life balance (91%),
🔹 increased productivity/better focus (79%),
🔹 less stress (78%), and avoiding a commute (78%).
(this makes sense, because 30% of respondents who don't work remotely but want to in the future have a commute of 30 minutes or more each way.)

These results represent a shift toward greater interest in work-life balance ⚖️ compared to the same report from the previous year, where increased productivity/better focus and less stress  topped the list.


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Posted on 17th September 2020 by admin in Articles

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Remote VS On-Site Work: Salary Information

Today we continue to explore how remote work compares to the on-site work. And amazingly, research data reveals that remote work is indeed correlated with higher salaries. Thus, remote workers earn salaries higher than $100,000 per year 2.2x more frequently than on-site workers. 74% of the remote workers surveyed earn less than $100,000 per year, as compared to the 92% of on-site workers surveyed who earn less than that amount. 26% of the remote workers surveyed earn more than $100,000 per year, versus the 8% of on-site workers who make more than that amount.

More articles comparing remote and on-site work:

-- Remote VS On-Site Work: Frequency By Job Level

-- Remote VS On-Site Work By Industry and Department


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Posted on 29th June 2020 by admin in Articles

Remote VS On-Site Work By Industry and Department

Continuing our series of stats about remote and on-site workers, today we're going to look at how the industries and departments that have the majority of remote workers compare to those that have the majority of workers on-site.



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Posted on 22nd June 2020 by admin in Articles

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Remote VS On-Site Work: Frequency By Job Level

Though it's always interesting to discover new statistics about remote work, it could be much more interesting when put side to side with statistics about on-site workers. We believe such a comparative approach to analyzing the data can prove to be much more useful. So, we've decided to start a series of articles looking at how different aspects of working remotely compare to those same aspects when working in the office. And we'll start today with looking at what job levels are held by the majority of remote workers and on-site workers.

Apparently, according to the survey done by OWLabs, there are 18% more executives working remotely than there are working on-site. Additionally, senior executives and above say they work...


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Posted on 16th June 2020 by admin in Articles

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Employee Engagement Statistics That Impact Your Business

Employee engagement is the key to building a successful business. But, unfortunately, retaining employees is actually much harder than hiring them. The costs of hiring a new employee are really astronomical. According to new research of more than 600 US businesses with 50-500 employees, US employers spend $2.9M per day looking or replacement workers, which is $1.1B per year!

But wait, you'll say, aren't there so many ways to increase employee motivation and engagement?

There are, indeed, yet many companies still underestimate their significance and power. For example, let's take such a simple yet extremely effective tool as feedback. Have a look at these stats.

  • According to the recent survey by PwC, nearly 60% of...

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Posted on 12th June 2020 by admin in Articles

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Interesting Facts About Remote Work

The current situation in the world has triggered an anxious trial run for remote work  at a grand scale. While some people feel relieved about not having to commute to work every day, many find adapting to the new working conditions quite challenging. So, today we've decided to share with you a bunch of interesting stats to show that remote work is actually an amazing experience and many who have tried it don't want to go back to the old ways.

More articles about remote work:

✔️ 5 Best Remote Work Productivity Tips

✔️ Benefits of Remote Working for Employees


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Posted on 10th June 2020 by admin in Articles

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What Do Job Candidates Want Most?

What do candidates want from jobs?

The lowest US unemployment rate in years is playing to the hands of workers, who are finding it easier to find better-paying jobs or better employers. According to the research data from MRINetwork, 90% of recruiters say the talent market is candidate-driven.

So, this is an excellent time to look in even more depth at what attracts the best talent. Because as many cases show, cold cash alone does not determine most candidates’ choice of employers. It could be extended health benefits to family members, or longer leave times to give them more time to share with their families. This data from Glassdoor will give you a good idea of what exactly drives people when accepting a job offer.

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Posted on 4th June 2020 by admin in Articles

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Demographics Of Remote Working: Interesting Stats

Recent statistics in 2020 report that 5 million employees in the United States work from home at least half of the time. It seems like a huge number, but apparently, there are countries in the world that have a much bigger percentage of the remote workforce. Thus, countries in South America have more fully remote companies than anywhere else in the world. And Africa and Australia have the highest percentage of hybrid companies.


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Posted on 2nd June 2020 by admin in Articles

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Why Multitasking Simply Doesn’t Work

Multitasking can seem like an advantage, especially in the business world, but according to multitasking research, there are plenty of negative effects of multitasking that show this practice doesn’t work the way you’d expect:

✔️ It lowers your IQ – a study at the University of London claims that multitasking may make your IQ drop for 15 points, reducing you to the cognitive capacities of an 8-year-old child.

✔️ It lowers your EQ – multitasking reportedly damages a key EQ brain region, lowering your Social Awareness and Self-Awareness in the process.

✔️ It damages your brain – a study at the University of Sussex shows that multitasking may diminish your brain density and may damage your brain.

Let's face it, remote work is the future and not just because the worldwide pandemic has made it so, but because it's an awesome way to work and people have been realizing this for decades already. For example, remote work has grown in popularity by 91% over the last 10 years and 73% of teams are expected to have remote workers in their ranks by 2028, according to Upwork. Even though now this global shift to remote work format has been not so voluntary, still, we think it's a great shift and we have a bunch of fresh stats to prove it!


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Posted on 26th May 2020 by admin in Articles

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Top Digital Communication Methods And Tools For Remote Workers

Communication is key, it has always been and it remains very much so during the current times of uncertainty. One can see this when looking at the usage stats of top digital communication tools. Thus, impressively enough,

✔️ Zoom’s daily active users jumped from 10 million to over 200 million in 3 months. And Zoom calls on weekends have been reported to be up almost 2,000%!
✔️ Skype's average daily users have increased to 40 million, a rise of 70% month over month, according to the company's blog post. Skype to Skype calling minutes have increased by 220% as well.
✔️ Microsoft also disclosed growth statistics for its Teams communications suite, which had 44 million daily active users as of March 19, up 12 million...


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Posted on 19th May 2020 by admin in Blog

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How to Improve Your Time Management Skills

The question of time management has never been more important than it is now, in the realities of our busy modern world.

But how does one improve their time management skills? The answer is simpler than you might expect - by practicing the right skills! But the next question is what are the right skills? And here's where our video comes in handy 😎


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Posted on 14th May 2020 by admin in Articles

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The Gem of Positive Reinforcement: A Cost-free Tool To Increase Employee Productivity, Motivation, and Commitment

“When a manager recognizes an employee’s behavior, personally and sincerely, both feel proud, gratified, and happy. There’s a human connection that transcends the immediate culture to create a shared bond. The power of this bond is stronger than you might think; indeed, it’s the power that holds together great organizational cultures.” 

– Erik Mosley and Derek Irvine, co-authors of The Power of Thanks: How Social Recognition Empowers Employees and Creates a Best Place to Work

The world has been gradually shifting from putting emphasis on quick income to realizing the value and significance of human relations. Paycheck alone is no longer sufficient neither to attract the top applicants to the organization, nor to keep...


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Posted on 12th May 2020 by admin in Articles

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How To Manage Stress

Whether you are still working in the office or already trying out the format of remote work, with the current situation in the world stress levels have been increasing for virtually all professions and occupations. And while stress in some small portions is not that bad, it can cause quite a lot of harm to your body and psyche in the long-run. Thankfully, if there aren't ways we can influence the situation, there are always ways we can adjust our attitude about it!

In our video, we're sharing simple and easy-to-do hacks that will help you relieve stress and feel more calm, relaxed, and happy!


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Posted on 7th May 2020 by admin in Articles

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Remote Work: Productivity Stats.

Here we are again with a new portion of stats about remote work (this time from CoSo Cloud's survey) showing yet again all the awesome benefits it has to offer. Even though now many people who shifted to the remote style of work involuntarily may not feel that enthusiastic about it, we feel it's our mission to bring the focus back to all the numerous advantages remote work offers both employers and employees.


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Posted on 5th May 2020 by admin in Articles

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The Art of Effective Planning

Planning  is such a powerful action designed to take you from wherever you are right now directly to the accomplishment of your stated goal. With a well-designed plan, you can pretty much achieve any goal you set out to accomplish.

However, on your path to the desired goal, you might need to overcome several Barriers of Effective Planning, such as:

✔️ You don’t know what you want
when you don’t know your destination, there’s no possible way you’ll know how to get there. Work on defining your goals first and the steps you need to add to your plan will become clearer.

✔️ You haven’t analyzed the situation properly
if you don’t know where you stand at the moment in relation to your goal, you’ll...


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Posted on 1st May 2020 by admin in Articles

Interesting Stats About Remote Work in the USA

Interestingly enough, remote work  isn't as widespread in the U.S. as one might think.

Only 7% of civilian workers, which is roughly 9.8 million of the nation’s approximately 140 million civilian workers, have access to a “flexible workplace” benefit according to the 2019 National Compensation Survey (NCS) from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. And according to the stats those workers who do have access to it are mostly managers  and most of those professionals are also highly paid.

Another interesting fact is that actually remote work is much more popular in other countries of the world than it is in the U.S. For example, a 2016 Swedish study found that “telework has become routine for over 20% of all...


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Posted on 29th April 2020 by admin in Articles

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The Current State of Remote Work in the US

A fresh survey by Clutch shows how US workers adjust to remote work.

Clutch surveyed 365 workers across the country about their working-from-home habits and what they like and dislike about remote work. About two-thirds of employees (66%) are currently working remotely at least once per week as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, 17% of U.S. employees worked from home 5 days or more per week. Now, that number is up to 44%.

The biggest benefits are not that surprising. The top advantages of working from home are a lack of commute (47%) and a more flexible schedule (43%). Other advantages include not having to dress up (33%), fewer distractions (28%), and more time with family, roommates,...


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Posted on 24th April 2020 by admin in Articles

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Reinforcement And Punishment, Negative And Positive: What’s The Difference And Which One Should You Use?

Positive reinforcement changes behavior for the better, while criticism stabilizes negative behaviors and blocks change.     

(Virginia H. Pearce)

Many people confuse positive and negative reinforcement and think the latter is synonymous with punishment. However, there is actually more art to it than that. And when used appropriately it can do wonders for employee motivation and engagement.

Positive reinforcement doesn’t just mean lavishing praise on someone and negative reinforcement doesn’t mean scolding a person. “Positive” and “negative” mean totally different things in the fascinating science of operant conditioning, which is actually a science of analyzing and modifying human behavior

So, as we are...


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Posted on 21st April 2020 by admin in Articles

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GROW Coaching Model Used By Google’s Managers

Learning from the best is the best way to learn 😎

That's why when considering the ways to better manage your team, it's worth looking at the findings of Google's Project Oxygen. 🔍

📊 Project Oxygen is an extensive manager study, where more than 10,000 bits of information were analyzed, including performance reviews, surveys, and nominations for top-manager awards and recognition to determine the best practices of its most effective bosses. The results of the study led to  8️⃣ unique qualities that any great manager has to have (all highlighted in the first part of our video). And the top of the list 🔝was being a good coach.

👥 That's why Google then set out to transform its managers into great coaches. And...


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Posted on 15th April 2020 by admin in Articles

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Is Remote Work Here To Stay? COVID-19 May Cause A Permanent Shift To Remote Work.

Is remote work here to stay?

Recent research by Gartner reveals it might be. Gartner interviewed 317 finance leaders, including more than 200 CFOs, from companies that ranged between about $500 million and $50 billion in annual revenue, with as many as 100,000 employees.

Nearly three out of four finance leaders surveyed said they plan to move at least 5% of their workforce that had previously reported to an office to a full-time, remote schedule. About 4% of survey takers said they would leave 50% of their workforce remote, 17% of respondents said 20% would remain offsite, another 25% said 10% of workers wouldn’t return to an office.

“This data is an example of the lasting impact the current coronavirus crisis will...


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Posted on 9th April 2020 by admin in Articles

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How Listening To Music Affects Productivity

Many of us love listening to music while working.

Is it good? Is it bad? Will it make us more productive? Or will it distract us into the daydreaming?

The scientific answer is - it depends. It depends what you are working on, your type of personality, and what music you are listening to. However, there are a couple of general rules on how music affects your work, which we are excited to share.

FACTORS that determine how music influences productivity:

⚪️ Complexity – Complex music is more distracting.
⚪️ Lyrics – Music with lyrics hinders concentration.
⚪️ Habits – If you’re used to working to music, then it helps.
⚪️ Task difficulty – Music hinders performance on more complex...


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Posted on 7th April 2020 by admin in Articles

Benefits of Remote Working for Employees

Remote work is growing across many sectors for which the location  of workers is not relevant anymore, but their knowledge and experience is.

In a study done by Buffer.com about the state of remote work in 2019, ❗️99%❗️ of the interviewees reported that they would like, at least once in their career, to be able to work off-site. This enormous figure not only proves that remote work is now immensely popular but also that it is not just a fading trend. A report by Zapier.com published at the end of 2019 revealed that about ❗️74% ❗️of the workforce would prefer to quit a job for one that offers remote positions.

So, what makes remote work so attractive to employees? Watch in our today's video.

“It’s not the tools you have faith in – tools are just tools – they work, or they don’t work. It’s the people you have faith in or not.” 

~Steve Jobs, Apple

By now most of the companies understand how crucial it is to keep employees motivated and engaged. It doesn’t just improve their performance and makes them more productive, but it also influences the overall vibe the company sends out to the world. Because, let’s face it, the way managers treat employees is very likely to be exactly the way those employees then treat company’s partners and customers. And since company’s reputation was also named the top reason for candidates to accept jobs there, the influence of how employees feel about their workplace...


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Posted on 26th March 2020 by admin in Articles

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Proven Ways to Increase Your Creativity

 CREATIVITY...

We all want it in order to be more original, more innovative, and more productive. But did you know research suggests creative people are actually happier than everyone else?

? Experts say there’s a strong connection between creative expression and overall well-being. Key components of the creative personality, like novelty-seeking and perseverance, are also good predictors of life satisfaction. And vice versa is also true: people also tend to be most creative when they’re in a good mood, possibly because they don’t fixate on individual pieces of information and are able to think more broadly.

? So, naturally, the question arises - how can I develop or boost my creativity? It's easier than you might...


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Posted on 17th March 2020 by admin in Articles

What makes a successful recruiter?

While there are several good recruiters, there are key characteristics that separate a good recruiter from a successful one. Successful recruiters ensure their company continuously attracts and keeps good people. Their recruiting skills are often enriched with knowledge and experience from other fields, such as sales, design, marketing, customer service, and others.

In our video we've highlighted top 8 must-have qualities for becoming a successful recruiter.


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Posted on 13th March 2020 by admin in Articles

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Where Recruiters Turn to Hire: Interesting Statistics

Hiring talent remains the number one concern of CEOs and of the entire executive suite. PwC’s 2017 CEO survey reports that executives see the unavailability of talent and skills as the biggest threats to the business. Companies spend tremendous sums on hiring: according to the estimates of the Society for Human Resource Management, it's an average of $4,129 per job in the US. Also, most of the $20 billion that companies spend on human resources vendors goes to hiring.

You can see from this data how important it is for all hiring efforts to be successful. But the first question that arises is where to find all these qualified candidates?

Research shows that older methods of candidates search are becoming less and less...


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Posted on 3rd March 2020 by admin in Articles

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Effective Ways To Increase Productivity at Work

There are only so many hours in the day, so being able to make most of it is vital for your success.  And really, there are only two ways to increase your output - either by putting in more hours  or by working smarter.  We'd certainly prefer the latter. And to do exactly that, we've gathered these tips on how to increase your productive flow and work smarter!


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Posted on 28th February 2020 by admin in Articles

How To Avoid Procrastination?

We are all familiar with the trap of procrastination. According to researcher and speaker Piers Steel, 95% of people procrastinate to some degree.

When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing until it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

Procrastination has a huge impact on our productivity.
1️⃣  First of all, it affects it when we choose to ignore an unpleasant but more important task in favor of one that is more enjoyable or easier.
2️⃣  But also, even minor episodes of procrastination can make us feel guilty or ashamed. It can lead to reduced productivity and cause us to miss out on achieving our...


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Posted on 25th February 2020 by admin in Articles

These Are The Hard And Soft Skills Employers Want In 2020

What skills does the workforce value most?

LinkedIn Learning used data from its network of over 660+ million professionals and 20+ million jobs to answer this question and to reveal the top soft and hard skills of 2020.

Interestingly, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and analytical reasoning were the first items on LinkedIn’s global list of the most in-demand hard skills last year. They’re there again this year, but a skill we weren’t even looking at a year ago — blockchain — tops the list of most in-demand hard skills for 2020. Blockchain is the most in-demand skill in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Australia. And other tech skills — cloud computing, analytical...


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Posted on 25th February 2020 by admin in Articles

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STAR Interview Method

Behavioral interviewing is very useful because it can give you more context and detail about each candidate. And the more specifics you can learn about real-life experiences of the candidates, the more accurately you can determine whether they would be a perfect fit for the organization.

A behavioral interviewing method, STAR, allows you to conduct more insightful interviews and acts as an effective quality control measure to match the right people to the right jobs.

STAR stands for “situation, task, action, and results.” Essentially, it requires a candidate to
✔️ explain a specific, real-world work SITUATION,
✔️ provide details regarding the TASKS required,
✔️ what ACTIONS the candidate took to achieve...


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Posted on 20th February 2020 by admin in Articles

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5 Reasons to Hire Career Changers

Coming across a candidate who has moved from industry to industry and changed roles and even departments along the way may cause some doubts about the candidate's reliability and his seriousness about the current vacancy. We all want to be sure the candidate is in it for the long run. However, this attitude might sometimes cause some bias towards career-changers and prevent one from seeing their true value and potential for greatness.

So, today, we've decided to look at 5 reasons why taking a chance on the career-changer might be exactly what your company needs to break through to the top.

✔️ They are PASSIONATE

After years of experience and self-discovery, career-changers know what they want when they choose your...


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Posted on 18th February 2020 by admin in Articles |HR

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