Companies Should Consider More Remote Work Options

April 30, 2020 by  

The rise in technological development in just the past few years alone has completely transformed the modern workforce.
Fast internet connectivity and better software focused on teamwork and collaboration, for instance, continuously reduces the need for face-to-face interactions.
One of the biggest trends on the rise, however, is the idea of remote work. Remote work a type of flexible schedule where employees work from their home office either partially or fully during the workweek is already offered by a number of giant industry names such as Amazon and Google, and more and more companies every day are beginning to incorporate this kind of flexibility into their own offerings to employees.
In this article, I will discuss the benefits of remote work, and how it can lead to happier and more productive employees.

Remote Work = Better Work-Life Balance
The quality of any project is directly dependent on the skills and training of the people assigned to it. As such, big companies like to invest in the well-being and professional development of their employees by offering better financial compensation, advanced healthcare plans, and various training programs.
But work-life balance is also a ‘perk’ that today’s job seeker is seeking, as the rigidity of the office environment isn’t for everyone. By allowing employees to work from home, companies show that they are invested in creating the best environment for productive work even if it means managing remote team members.
As it happens, this kind of flexibility has surprising results. According to a report by Ultimate Software, 90% of people who work remotely feel more productive than they did in the office, where they were easily distracted by co-workers, meetings, or other activities.
In addition to feeling productive, these employees also experience a better work-life balance. Not only do they avoid feeling chained to a desk, but they have the freedom to decide when to work, allowing them to experience more autonomy in their work, which is commonly linked to higher job satisfaction and greater creativity.

Access to Qualified Talent
Offering remote work as an option to potential employees allows companies to have access to talent at a global level. Managers can now select candidates from a very diverse pool, which allows them to improve the overall level of skill and experience within the company.
Furthermore, thanks to online learning platforms, it is easy and low-cost to offer training to new employees who are not in the office. This way, companies can work with people from all over the world, while making sure they have all the right skills for the job.

A Better Employer Brand
In today’s workforce environment, companies of any size must find ways to attract millennials, who are taking over from the previous generation. But millennials have a different view on life and work and don’t like to feel attached to a company that doesn’t fulfill their mental and emotional needs.
Characteristics of brands that attract millennials in today’s workforce include a friendly work environment, a positive workplace culture, opportunities for growth and development, and an openness toward work flexibility/remote work.
Work-life balance is particularly important to millennial job seekers, and the ability to work from home may just make the difference between their choosing one company over another. It could also help to make them stay in the position longer, as often when they are unhappy they just leave.

Fully Remote Companies Exist
We now see successful tech companies (Zapier, Fiverr, Toptal, and more) that operate on a completely remote setup. This means there is no going to the office every day (even for the CEOs and mid-managers), but people still function as a team.
While this is a new structure that requires different company processes in terms of communication protocols and access to resources, today’s technology is ready for this phenomenon. If tech giants operate on this premise, it is not very difficult for well-established corporations to integrate remote workers as well.
The secret is to find the right tools for collaboration (such as Slack or Zoom) and make sure everyone is integrated with the team. Of course, companies will also need to shift their focus on goal achievement and be less focused on task management since remote workers are capable of managing their own time as they see fit.
The remote worker is not a passing trend, and the sooner companies understand this, the better. Otherwise, corporations run the risk of losing valuable employees, which could hinder productivity and raise the cost of hiring. In addition, companies that are rigid about working remotely also run the risk of looking inflexible in the eyes of partners, prospective employees, and supporters.


7 Tips for Becoming A Successful Person

April 16, 2020 by  

Success means being able to achieve or surpass a goal, purpose, dream, need, want, desire, intention, or expectation. It usually relates to a superior performance or meaningful accomplishment like winning an oratorical contest, passing a government licensure examination, getting an outstanding citizen award, realizing above-target business results, or even living and staying healthy beyond a certain average life span.
The core value of success, for any person, is being able to acquire the “total capacity” and the “ascendancy” not only to help themself and their family but to a great extent, to help others similarly grow and succeed towards their desired future. Total capacity bespeaks of a person’s perception of themself, their skills, knowledge, and abilities, as well as their experience, values, reputation, industry, and sense of social responsibility. When a person has the total capacity, they develop a character that gives them the ascendancy of a role model who can influence the lives of others, directly or indirectly, through the superior value of their thoughts, words, and deeds.

But success has become more elusive. Life now is so complicated, disruptive, and unpredictable due to changes in the context of society beyond the capacity of many people to face and overcome. This is exactly the reason why a methodical approach to personal success is a contemporary necessity, and this involves going through the following steps:

1. Know yourself, what you have in stock as a person.
Success escapes people who do not know themselves. You have to dissect your totality with clinical precision. Be honest in the exercise of knowing who and what you are. Do not hide anything; after all, it is only you who knows everything about you. Ask yourself: What are my strengths? Where am I weak? What are my past successes and what did I do then? What are my failures and what were the causes? Do I have the character, reputation, and predisposition to help others?
In the exercise, never entertain the idea that you have been a failure. Delight in the fact that you are already approaching the threshold of success as you painstakingly submit to a realistic self-analysis.

2. Know your needs, wants, desires, and passions.
Your decision to trek a success path, and the probability of you reaching your desired destination, have to be reconciled with where you are now. This is the point where you need to know where you stand in the hierarchy of human needs (i.e. physiological, security, love, recognition, and self-fulfilment). Why is this important? Here, you will basically know where you want to go: what needs you have to satisfy, things that you still want after satisfying your needs, and a notch higher, those that you desire to have in the future.
Amidst your needs, wants, and desires, what is really your central goal in life? Is your goal something that you are happy with and most passionate about? A clear discernment of your passion is critically important because you should never pursue anything that you are not interested in. Your passion is both your beacon and live energy for a long and tedious journey to success.

3. Count your blessings and ascertain the risks.
What do you have at stake to achieve your goal and be successful? Do you have the necessary physical, mental, and psychological preparedness, and the character and maturity, to lead and live a disciplined life to success? Do you have the support of your family, relatives, and friends in your success endeavour? What financial resources do you need, and do you have it? If not, what are your options should you need them? What are the potential roadblocks to what you intend to do? Is there alignment between your goal and what you have?
These are the major questions that you have to impose upon yourself for realistic answers. Otherwise, you run the risk of chasing an ideal goal that does not match your realistic capacity to achieve it. There is wisdom in learning from the history of success greats who, while being handicapped and underprivileged, succeeded by relying on their vision, focus, persistence, courage, sense of humanity, and friendship. You can do the same because you also value the importance of success with your willingness to strategize on it.

4. Know your choices, make a decision, set your objective, and plan for it.
If what you have are sufficient to pursue your goal, which is a product of your passion, then immediately go for your goal. Develop a quick plan and set objectives and milestones that should usher you through and tell you, at any given time, if you are on track.
If you do not have what it takes to work on your goal without necessarily failing, you can either postpone working on it while doing things that will help you achieve it at a later time, or you can abandon and change your goal in favour of another option with the same or equivalent fulfilment at the end.

5. Get organized and be systematic, take the side of quality.
As you chase your goal, you have to conserve physical and mental energy. The odds against success are great, and oftentimes discouraging. As a famous quip avers, “Success is an exercise of perfection, always demanding and precision-hungry. At times, it is demoralizing. And in many occasions, you can lose your identity” You can insulate yourself against the drawbacks of chasing success by mapping out all that needs to be done in an organized, comprehensive, and systematic manner that makes you efficient and effective.

6. Maintain a strong appetite for new knowledge, keep current with the times, and learn how to learn.
Go into purposeful reading. Learn from people and from the lights of their experience. Expand your circle of friends, and get interconnected with those who can help transfer knowledge to enhance your capacity in pursuing your goal. Enjoy the enormous power of the Internet for both historical and new knowledge. Be visible in your community and in organizations where you can better appreciate and practice the high essence of teamwork, sharing, and communication.

7. Embrace humanity, humility, modesty, and patience.
Demonstrate sincerity and dedication to people. Show them your commitment to your purpose in life, and your predisposition to help others without expecting anything in return, financial or otherwise. Mark your word and keep your promises. Be humble, and remain modest in your needs. Have the patience to withstand and overcome failure, delays, and errors, while learning from such dysfunctions including the ignorance of others. Stay calm, reasonable, and tolerant.

All these qualities build a very strong character of respectability and dependability.
After you have knowingly gone through the step-by-step approach to success, you will be surprised and fulfilled that you have succeeded in liberating yourself from the bondage of status quo because you have become: purpose-driven, change receptive, knowledge-hungry, organized, contented with what you have, sharing and collaborative, and excited about humanity. Above all, you remain guided by the thought that success is anywhere in what you think, what you do, and what you share. It resides in you and is always people-friendly.

12 Keys for High-Energy Public Speaking

April 1, 2020 by  

High-energy speakers are more engaging and memorable for their audience so if you want to be sure to get your message across and be remembered, here are some tips to employ.

1. Display Confidence in Your Style: Confidence in a speaker begets confidence and trust from your an audience. Listeners will simply believe in you and the vision you are offering if they sense that you are truly and passionately committed to it without question.

2. Demonstrate Your Passion. Nothing compels attention more than a speaker who believes with all his or her heart in an idea. Interestingly, passion also overcomes weak platform skills, which simply become consumed in the fire. Playing it safe, in other words, isn’t safe. When you share your passion you can ignite your audience.

3. Create a Strong Opening and Closing: The most critical parts of your speech are your beginning and your ending. Your audience is paying the most attention at these times and will remember most strongly what you give them at these points in your talk.

4. Let Your Audience Know Where You Will Be Going Together: Let the audience know upfront where you will be going together in terms of your topic and main points. Audiences want to trust that they are in practiced hands, with a speaker who knows their topic deeply and fully.

5. Learn the Art of Being Conversational: Even the highest-profile speeches tend to sound conversational these days. However important your message, listeners will respond better if you sound like you are just sharing some thoughts with them, rather than speaking from on high.

6. Achieve Clarity and Conciseness: Speakers are sometimes afflicted with a terrible disease known as the I Can Talk About This Forever Syndrome. As subject experts, they don’t feel the need to prepare for a presentation. If you follow their lead, your talk may truly feel like forever for your audience. Instead, stick to the specific facts and key points of your topic as being clear and concise shows you care about your audience and want them to take away those key issues.

7. Take Charge of the Stage: As a public speaker, you have a stage to command whether it is in an auditorium, the space in front of a conference room table or actually on a stage. Pair your movements with the main parts of your speech; and again, be purposeful. Don’t wander or use too much body movement as it is distracting to your audience.

8. Employ Storytelling: It is important to make storytelling a part of your presentation because people remember stories, especially ones they can relate to. Data is fundamental, but too often it won’t get to the emotional heart of what you are trying to get across to your audience. Stories ignite people’s emotional response. You need that to happen.

9. Use Strong Body Language: What an audience sees is an important part of how they will judge you. Be the picture of self-assurance. Use spare, clean, and powerful gestures to emphasize your words.

10. Introduce Vocal Dynamics: If your voice isn’t an asset of your public speaking, consider getting some coaching in vocal skills. Your voice is your most reliable tool for influencing others. If it doesn’t compel people to listen, you are at a disadvantage. You need to project your voice, speak clearly and not too fast or you will lose your audience. However, if you speak too slowly they will get bored so choose a good pace of speaking for your delivery.

11. Use Metaphors: Employing metaphorical language will help make your speeches vivid and memorable. Nothing makes a concept come to life, with emphasis and power, like a comparison an audience can instantly relate to. Tailor your examples to your audience so that it will be relevant. When that is true it will be more memorable for them.

12. Find the Physical Dimension of Your Message: Despite our Digital Age, you are not a talking head, and your speech or presentation needs a physical dimension. Ask yourself if you truly embody your speech. Listeners will buy your persona if it is active and interesting. Most people today use PowerPoint or some other tool to reinforce their presentation. That is good but do not put everything you are going to say up on your slides. Rather, it is meant to reinforce your key points and remind you of the points you want to expand upon.

If you employ the above tips you will have more successful presentations and a more retentive learning experience for your audience. Just remember to have fun, too!