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8 Qualities of Remarkable Employees

March 13, 2012 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From LinkedIn) -- Great employees are reliable, dependable, proactive, diligent, great leaders and great followers... they possess a wide range of easily-defined—but hard to find—qualities.
 
A few hit the next level. Some employees are remarkable, possessing qualities that may not appear on performance appraisals but nonetheless make a major impact on performance.
 
Here are eight qualities of remarkable employees:
 
1. They ignore job descriptions. The smaller the company, the more important it is that employees can think on their feet, adapt quickly to shifting priorities, and do whatever it takes, regardless of role or position, to get things done.
 
When a key customer's project is in jeopardy, remarkable employees know without being told there's a problem and jump in without being asked—even if it's not their job.
 
2. They’re eccentric. The best employees are often a little different: quirky, sometimes irreverent, even delighted to be unusual. They seem slightly odd, but in a really good way. Unusual personalities shake things up, make work more fun, and transform a plain-vanilla group into a team with flair and flavor.
 
People who aren't afraid to be different naturally stretch boundaries and challenge the status quo, and they often come up with the best ideas.

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For a happier workplace, get beyond the small talk

August 15, 2011 15:23 by jllorens

(From The Globe and Mail) At a time of economic turmoil and increasing consumer anxiety, workplace colleagues can be forgiven for limiting their social contact to small talk. “What’s up?” or “Did you see the game last night?” is unlikely to unleash an angst-ridden response. Whether people are afraid to upset or provoke others, or think that upbeat chatter creates a positive atmosphere, there’s often a Don’t Worry, Be Happy approach to office banter.

But a recent study shows that this may not be such a good thing. Genuinely satisfied people have deeper, more meaningful conversations more often than unhappy people do. “Our data are pretty clear in that the happiest person had 10 per cent of small talk [in their social interactions],” and had twice as many substantive conversations as unhappy people, said Matthias Mehl, a professor of social psychology at the University of Arizona, and lead author of the study.

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UK 'relatively skill poor', claims CEO of UK skills commission

July 27, 2011 16:01 by jllorens

Michael Davis, chief executive of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), has urged UK manufacturing businesses to fire up their ambition and invest in advanced, high-value strategies and skills to drive economic growth and job creation.

The UK is “relatively skill poor”, Davis told senior manufacturing leaders at a BAE Systems event this month. “We are not in the top 10 countries and not on track to be world class by 2020,” he said.

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Study: Power in the workplace linked to rule-breaking

June 9, 2011 14:21 by jllorens

(From nydailynews.com) Powerful people tend to be rule breakers. Unfortunately, too many of them take it too far and cross the line of what is acceptable.

It all starts with the swagger - "Walk in like you own the place," as the saying goes, and others will naturally respect you and fall in line.

Does this mean that a big shot has to be rude, abrupt and uninterested in what others think of them? No - but it is interesting to note how many of them are. There is apparently something to be gained from stepping outside of expected behavior - even in small ways.

A recent study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science showed it's not just the rudely powerful people who believe themselves to be above the social rules of the road - it's all of us.

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Opinion: Want better economy? Fill skills gap

June 9, 2011 12:18 by jllorens

(From Politico) In Germany, for example, roughly 90 percent of their large companies participate in vocational training programs that start when students are as young as 15. These students not only have the opportunity to get hands-on training and industry apprenticeships, they are largely hired by the companies for full-time employment after graduating.

For the U.S. to “out-innovate and out-educate” the rest of the world, we have to understand how countries like Germany are able to connect education to economically relevant training. And how we can do it better.

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UK: Government wants to modernise workplace (video)

May 16, 2011 15:15 by jllorens

(From The Telegraph) Business Secretary Vince Cable says that new rules over paternity and maternity leave will give employers and employees more flexibility at work.

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Corporate Culture is the Top Priority for Ethics and Compliance Leaders in 2011

May 3, 2011 13:30 by Ann Pace

(From LRN) -- Ethics and compliance executives indicate that culture, values and leadership are now the critical priorities for building successful ethics and compliance initiatives, a new report from LRN finds. Ethics and compliance leaders who participated in the survey see themselves as the champions for creating ethical, values-based cultures: 58 percent of them agree that the primary mandate of their efforts is to ensure ethical behaviors and alignment with core values. In contrast, only 42 percent believe their core mandate is legal and regulatory compliance. Further, 68 percent indicate that creating long-term value for the business is a principal benefit of promoting an ethical culture.

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