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The importance of a friendly working environment

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The idea that working environments should be integrating stronger social dynamics is one which has captured a lot of momentum in recent years. Obviously there is a clear distinction between a social environment and a working environment, however, many argue that a working environment benefits greatly by incorporating more relaxed, personal, and friendly influences.

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Asking for a precise number during salary negotiations can give you the upper hand

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It's a question that many job seekers ask, especially in the early years of their career: "How much should I ask for?" Naturally, it's a difficult question to answer, and there are a host of variables which need to be taken into consideration. One thing, however, that seems certain, according to researchers at Columbia Business School, is that you should request a specific salary amount, as opposed to a ballpark figure. According to Professor Malia Mason and Daniel Ames, asking for a specific number can give you the upper hand when negotiating any quantity.

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Happy managers are good managers

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A recent report published by the Institute of Leadership & Management showed, unsurprisingly, that there is a clear correlation between being happy at work, and performing well. This was particularly true of people involved in managerial positions. Furthermore, all of the lowest performing managers were also the least happy, and many were openly ambivalent about their roll within their organization.

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The importance of making mistakes

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One of the most difficult challenges associated with running and growing a business is managing staff. Specifically, good leaders know how to get the best out of their employees. They know how to take a person's raw talent and facilitate their professional growth. A big part of this is allowing each staff member the freedom and space to grow. Often, this means letting go of the reins a little bit.

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Modernise Your CV: A Few Tips

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In highly competitive job markets,  when looking to hire employers are typically inundated with countess CVs. Often, many of these CVs do not meet the basic requirements of the job description, and sorting through piles and piles of  applications can be exhausting  and frustrating.

One easy way to give your CV the best chance of being noticed, is to spruce it up. CVs are typically far more concise and punchy now than they were five years ago. Make sure you CV matches modern standards if you want to make it as easy as possible for your  prospective employer to shortlist yours.

Bulk up your CV!

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Practical experience a stumbling block for local graduates

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According to Catherine Wijnberg, Director and founder of the Fetola Foundation, the recent reported decrease in local unemployment figures of 0.1% does not actually reflect a decrease in  unemployment in South Africa. The 2012 fourth quarter labour survey reports that unemployment figures in South Africa dropped from 25% to 24.9% in late 2012. This figure suggests that around 50,000 previously unemployed people in South Africa found jobs in the final quarter of last year, but Winjberg suggests that actually this perceived improvement is due to an increase in the number of discouraged work seekers who have simply stopped looking for work.

 

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Pranks in the Office

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Sometimes, it’s impossible not to have a little fun at work.

Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours stuck in the office. Sometimes, it’s impossible not to have a little fun.

We’ve compiled a few of our favourite office prank videos for you to enjoy. What’s your favourite office prank story, or are you usually the one being tricked?

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5 simple steps to improve your job satisfaction

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Job satisfaction is an incredibly important thing, given that most employed people spend the majority of their waking lives at work.

Often external factors are blamed for professional discontent, but in reality, how fulfilled and happy you are at in the office comes largely from your own attitude and approach to the situation.

With that in mind, here are 5 basic tips towards improving your job satisfaction!

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