How to save yourself from losing your Job

If you lost your job and are looking for a new job, it means you don't hear enough about saving your previous job. You probably hear a lot about finding a new job but surely, you also need to focus, how to save your existing job. You can lose your job for various reasons. Some of the reasons may be out of your control, e.g. Your employer is not making ample money or there is a corporate merger or your department is eliminated and you become redundant. But there are few factors, which are totally under your control, e.g. your performance is not upto the mark or you don't have a good working relation with your boss. So, you could manage these factors and can yourself from laying off.  Here's how:

1.Understand Expectation

You think that you are doing very well at your position but may be your superiors don't think so. It does not matter, what you think about your performance but it does matter what other think about your performance. You must have to understand the expectations of your boss and your colleagues. If you get a vibe from your boss that you are not meeting his expectations then it is always better to discuss with your boss that what he/she expects from you. 

2. Prioritize the tasks

Again, you not only have to understand the performance expectations of your boss but you also have to prioritize the tasks accordingly. Today's business world wants the person, who could handle the multitasks effectively. May be one task has high priority for you but for your bosses, it would not have such worth. There may be certain other tasks, which are of high priority. 

3. Self Confidence

Always have self confidence "Work as if you are totally confident that your job is there forever," says Seiden, a leadership and career-development expert. That's a tall order, but, "if you bring worry into work, people are going to smell it," he says.

He recommends avoiding entertaining paranoia at every turn, wondering why you were or weren't given a particular project or assignment. "Even if you see [that your job is not going to last], you have to put blinders on," he says. Just keep showing up, physically and mentally, to do a great job in the here and now.

4. Brand yourself

It's good to be humble but in workplace, it would not be wise option. You must have self confidence on your abilities and you need to prove yourself continuously and  effectively that you are a valuable resource of the organization. No one born as Socrates, skills could be learned and improved so don't be timid, if you don't have some skill to perform a task. Always open yourself for learning and to experience something new. Try to be the part of new assignments and projects, which would not only help to boost your self-confidence but also help to build the trust of others on you. 

5. Learn about office politics

I actually hate office politics and I am sure, most of us also hate this. So it would always good option to learn about office politics, if you are tone-deaf from the office politics, you could wind-up making mistakes that could cost you losing your job.

6. Always prepared for the worst

At the beginning of the post, I mentioned that there are certain factors that are beyond your control like restructuring, downsizing, business reengineering, etc. So, always keep a sharp eye on that and don't put your all eggs in one basket. It's good to hope for the best but you have to be ready for the worst. 

Difference between Harassment & Bullying - Workplace

Bullying and Harassments are two of the major problematic behaviors in today's workplace. Most of the people took it as same and could not differentiate between these two behavior. The understanding of these two behaviors are necessary as in the eyes of law, they are both different. I would describe the difference between bullying and harassment and  would also propose strategies to overcome these behaviors  in your workplace. 

Workplace Bullying

It is a repeated pattern of mistreatment and unwelcome behavior from others towards a particular employee or a group of employees  that could cause harm and create a risk to health and safety. It can include verbal, nonverbal, psychological, physical abuse and humiliation. Workplace bullying is different than the typical school bully, as it operates within established rules and policies of the organization. In workplace bullying, it is usually from top towards subordinate(s), however, peers can also be involved in bullying. Workplace bullying causes demotivation, dissatisfaction, anxiety, stress and demoralization in the target employee.

Workplace Harassment

Harassment is a topic which cover a range offensive behaviors. It is repetitive in nature causes disturbance, stress and anxiety. In the workplace, it is a negative behavior which can offend, humiliate or intimidate a target employee or group of employees based on their race, culture, age, gender or religion. In workplace, sexual harassment is most common and unwanted behavior, where the consequences of refusing could be potentially very disadvantageous to the victim. 



How to avoid these behaviors at workplace


Following preventives measures should be taken in order to avoid bullying and workplace harassment.
  1. Zero tolerance policy on workplace bullying and harassment should be adopted
  2. Clear policy guidelines with strict disciplinary procedures should be circulated and communicated among the employees. 
  3. Orientation sessions and training shall be arranged in order to aware the employees to identify these negative behaviors but also to provide awareness to the consequences
  4. If certain case/situation arises in the organization, immediate disciplinary action should be initiated, even if victim does not wish to complaint. Matter should be probed and policy guidelines shall be improved in order to avoid certain incidents in the future. 
  5. Victims of such cases shall not be penalized in anyway, psychological treatment should be provided. 

Hire the candidate best for your firm

Previously, I wrote about the topics of Recruitment, which play an important role to gather a pool of candidates for a particular job. The next important step is to find out, if the potential candidate has the right mixture of KSA's (knowledge, skills and attitude/abilities) which exactly match with the job description. 
Hire the candidate best for your firm

These simple tips would help you to hire the best candidate(s), which would be a valuable resource for your firm. 

1. Identify your needs

You have to identify your needs. Clarify your self, why do you need a person for this position. It is always a good option to publish the job description in the job advertisement and also communicate to the candidates well in advance. Identify the skills that are requisites and having prime importance for the incumbent to perform the job. Identify those skills, which are not required but could help the incumbent in the next 1-2 years.

2. Be Realistic and Reasonable

Don't expect that the employee, you are going to hire would be in your firm for the next ten to twenty years. This era which is based on professionalism,  people are more loyal with their profession rather than the firm. Don't expect that high salary would encourage a high motivation in the potential incumbent. Money play a role for a while but not for a long term. So before going for hiring a candidate, you have to consider that perks and privileges you are offering to the incumbent is according to the skills and abilities or otherwise. 

3. Evaluate the Personality

Perhaps evaluation of personality is more important than the evaluation skills. You need a team player in your firm, who can coordinate with other team members to achieve the objectives of the whole firm rather than some lonely wolf, who just want to achieve only his personal or professional objective.  It is always better to go for the detailed background check. You don't need to rely only on the references, you could always find your own resource persons, who could give you the honest opinion. 

4. Go for multiple Interviews

Don't just rely on a single interview session lasts for 20-25 minutes. You could not evaluate a person in a small session therefore, it is always wise to go for multiple interview sessions. If you have not evaluated the technical skills by arranging a formal test then arrange at least two interviews, one focuses on the evaluation of skills while other on the professional side. Don't go unprepared for the interviews, always prepared before hand. It is always good to have an evaluation form in order to evaluate different aspects of the interviewee. Always start the interview from light conversation and allow the candidate to settle. Give time to the candidate at the end of the interview for questions. Be open to answer the questions asked by the candidate in a polite manner. 

5. Don't Hurry

After interview, don't just decided at once. Consider all the factors like notice period, arrears to be paid in the previous firms, joining period, etc. After keeping in consideration all these factors, arrange a list of candidate w.r.t their suitability for the job. 

6. Offer the best

If you find a suitable candidate that exactly match with your need then offer the best at once. Don't remain open the room for negotiation. If the candidate is not willing to join at a position that you are offering, don't start bargain. Let him go and offer the second best waiting in the lane.

7. Give time to settle

Even if you have hired the top candidate of industry, don't expect for sudden radical improvements. Give him due time to settle himself in new working environment. Arrange orientation sessions for the newly hired incumbent. Social events such as welcome dinner could be a good option.

Test yourself, if you ready to start your own business

In this era of globalization, the concept of loyalty among professionals have been reduced several folds. Now, people are more loyal with their profession as compared to their job. The recession has also played its role and now, people are more worried about their jobs. On the job, an incumbent has to face a number of challenges. Someone has a problem with his/her boss or colleague while other may be worried about downsizing or rightsizing, etc. Perhaps, you are also one of them, who want to get rid from such a problems and want to be his/her own boss.

Be aware with the hurdles that are going to come


If you are planning on such a thing, be aware that it is a huge step. If you did not plan well, your whole investment would be disappeared in a sinkhole. People make plans to start their own business. Initially, they have strong commitment that they would spend every single minute on their business. They feel good as started daydreaming about their potential successful venture. But, instead of daydreaming, you have certain important decisions to be made. These are the ten musts questions that you need to be answer:
  1. Are you really ready to quit your job?
  2.  Are you ready to sacrifice your holidays, family gatherings, late night fun, etc.?
  3.  Do you have required skills?
  4.  What will be unique in your business?
  5.  Have you ample financial resources to start the business?
  6. Do you have required workforce and how would you manage it?
  7. What can you sell or offer to your customers?
  8. How your product and services would be different from the other?
  9. What would be your potential/target population?
  10.  Do you want to start it, as a full time or a part time business?
You have to be aware that on the job, you are availing certain facilities and have access to certain perks. You have a fixed salaries and allowances (home allowance, travel allowance, personal and family insurance, etc.). But, if you quit your job, you will lose all the perks and privileges.  Being the entrepreneur or a business owner (rather small, medium or large), you have to put a number of caps on a single head. You have to work day and night in order to achieve your personal, family and organizational goals. You must also kept in mind that a number of skills are also must while starting of business but if you don’t have or lake of one or more then starting a new business with all your investment could be a disaster for you. You must be aware that while you start your business, there would be no weekends, there would be considerable amount of anxiety and stress for hunting about orders, fulfilling them and so on.
Make a roadmap today!

One of the most important decision while starting your own business is, either you want to quit your job completely and want to start a full time business or you want to carry on your job with  the start of a part-time business. Although, the next chapters will throw light on that however, the major decision is yours. You have to deeply analyse the circumstances and start planning it today. If you are planning to start your own business with your job then your job may also get suffer from it.  While answering the above mentioned questions, don’t be over optimistic, try to be realistic. Take a break for a couple of days, sit down and think, if you can do it and are you really ready do it. After getting through all this, if you have decided that you can sacrifice your holidays; you can work till the late hours and you can take the responsibility than congratulate yourself, as you are ready to be an entrepreneur.  It is the great time for you to make a roadmap for your business.

Payroll Management Systems

An employer, regardless of the number of workers they employ, must maintain all records pertaining to payroll taxes (income tax withholding, Social Security and federal unemployment tax) for at least four years after the tax becomes due or is paid, whichever is later.
Given below are the Top  Most Recommended Systems, that can definitely enhance your performance.



Bullhorn ATS and CRM


Bullhorn will reduce the time and cost of payroll processing with its quick, accurate and easy-to-use payroll software. Designed to grow with your business, this solution will keep your organization agile and efficient.
Price
BambooHR is a cost-effective SaaS-based system, recommended for small to mid-size organizations. Whether you want help with compliance issues or deeper payroll integration, this software can be tailored to your business needs.

Ascentis

Ascentis Payroll is an online system that can reduce payroll processing time up to 30%. With a customer base of more than 1,500 organizations and superior customer support, Ascentis is a great option for almost any business.

Kronos Workforce Central

Kronos Workforce Central simplifies payroll and employee time & attendance tracking. This solution is excellent for organizations of all sizes--even Fortune 1000 organizations--seeking a complete payroll management suite.

UltiPro

UltiPRo offers unified sets for various HR functions, including payroll, benefits admin, and time & attendance. A cloud-based solution, the system is accessible 24/7 on devices with Internet connectivity, giving it global reach.


NuViewHR

NuViewHR streamlines your payroll system, automating time-consuming tasks like timekeeping and data entry. The system also has a self-service option, allowing employees to fill in timesheets directly, saving managers time & money.

Sage HRMS (formerly Sage Abra)

Perfect for SMBs, Sage HRMS Payroll offers total control over your payroll. Sage keeps you up-to-date with changing tax laws with quarterly updates, and unlimited direct deposits to help streamline the payroll process.

Kronos Workforce Ready

Kronos’ Workforce Ready is great for SMBs needing a powerful payroll system. This fully integrated payroll solution allows you to continuously process payroll and provide calculations when needed.

SentricWorkforce

A highly configurable solution, SentricWorkforce unifies payroll, HR and time & attendance processes into one web-based system. This is a truly global system, allowing users access from any device with an Internet connection.

Lawson Talent Management

Lawson's payroll solution draws on more than 25 years of industry best practices, delivering a superior product you can rely on. Offering robust functionality and an intuitive interface, Lawson is ideal for 1000+ employees.

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The Top 50 Job Boards for Job-Seekers:

Here are 10 of the 50 best job posting sites (job boards) for job-seekers.



    After College -- a job and internship site for college students and recent college grads. Post your resume or search for job openings (by job type, industry, type of work, location, and keyword). Also includes some basic career resources. Free to job-seekers.
    Best Jobs in the USA Today -- a comprehensive job resource site that includes jobs databases, corporate profiles, resume posting, and a career resources store.
    BilingualCareer.com -- where bilingual job-seekers (English and at least one other language) can search job listings (by language, location, industry, keywords), post your resume, and find job interviewing and resume preparation advice. Free to job-seekers.
    CareerBuilder -- claims to have the largest assortment of job listings on the Net -- a combination of help wanted ads of the nation's leading newspapers and job listings from the Web sites of leading employers. The site also includes many other resources. Free to job-seekers.
    Careercast -- a cool job portal offering job-seekers opportunities from all U.S. and Canadian newspaper, magazine, niche and TV station Websites powered by Adicio Inc., a developer of Web-based classified advertising solutions. Job-seekers can search job listings (by keyword, category, location), post a resume, find job news, more. No cost to job-seekers.
    CareerPark.com -- where job-seekers can search or browse job postings, as well as post your resume. Include links to other key career and job sites. Free to job-seekers.
    College Recruiter -- Jobs for college students, grads and recent graduates. Entry level work and career opportunities. Part-time and full-time. A great resource for job-seekers.
    Dice.com -- a great job site for technology professionals. Job-seekers can search through thousands of job openings (by job type, location, as well as by metro area or employer), post your resume and confidential profile, create an email job alert, and find great career resources. Free to job-seekers.
    DiversityWorking.com -- a great diversity job site for all ethnic and sexual orientation groups, where job-seekers can search for jobs (by location, industry, job listing type, posting recency, and keywords), as well as post your resume, and sign up for a free newsletter. The company is also a national career expo producer for the diversity marketplace. Free to job-seekers.
    EmploymentGuide.com -- a great resource for job-seekers, where you can search for jobs, post your resume, and find career advice. One of the site's greatest resources is the development of localized job sites (a total of 56 metropolitan areas) so that job-seekers looking for employment in a specific geographic area can find the best job listings. Free to job-seekers.
      Employment911.com -- a "one-stop" job site, where job-seekers can search more than 350 major job sites with more than 3 million job openings and create an online resume that is posted to thousands of employers. Also includes some great career articles, tools, links, free email accounts, and much more. Free to job-seekers.
      FindARecruiter.com -- where job-seekers who are looking for a recruiting professional (headhunters, executive search, staffing firms) can search a database of more than 10,000 recruiters. Search by company name, specialty, or location. Free to job-seekers.
      FreshJobs.com -- where all job postings are no older than one week. Job-seekers can search for jobs by location, skills, benefits, job type, or company as well as post your resume. You can also get a confidential mailbox and sign-up for a job matching service. Free to job-seekers.
      GetTheJob.com -- a job search engine for direct employer jobs only, collecting job postings from the corporate career centers of thousands of companies, indexing more than 2 million jobs at any time. Job-seekers can search job postings, register for email alerts. No cost to job-seekers.
      GOJobs.com -- a general job board where job-seekers can search job postings by keyword or browse by state or job function. You can also create an email job agent as well as find some career resources. Free to job-seekers.
      Indeed.com -- a meta-search job site that pulls job postings from more than 500 places, including the major job boards, the top 200 newspapers, hundreds of professional associations, and company career centers. Job-seekers can search for job listings by (what: title, keywords, company; and where: location). No cost to job-seekers.
      The Interview Exchange -- a new concept in job boards, where job-seekers who are interested in job listings are rated based on how closely you match the qualifications in the job posting. Job-seekers can also post your resume and receive e-mail job matching notification. Free to job-seekers.
      jobalot.com -- a mega-meta job site, where job-seekers can use a simple job search interface (searching basically by keywords and location) to find thousands of the job listings from hundreds of the best job sites. You can also browse jobs by category, find career resources, or learn about continuing education opportunities. No cost to job-seekers.
      JobCircle.com -- Mid-Atlantic's largest non-newspaper affiliated job board that provides careers, content and community to jobseekers -- operating in CT, DC, DE, OH, MD, NY, NJ, PA, VA and WV. Job-seekers can search or browse job listings, as well as post your resume. No cost to job-seekers.
      Jobfox -- a job-matching site for job-seekers, which uses its Mutual Suitability System -- an in-depth profile system used to learn about your experience, wants, and needs -- to then present you with only the opportunities (rated on a 5-star scale) that match your profile. (Employers participate in this same process.) No cost to job-seekers for basic services.
      Jobirn: Insider Referral Network -- a unique job site that is a combination of job board, online interview system, and employee referral system that connects job-seekers with employees inside the company where you would like to work -- to help get a referral to ideal job. No cost to job-seekers.

Job Search Shortcuts -- a great job-search site that provides links directly to more than 20,000 company career centers job listing Web pages in 41 metropolitan areas nationwide. Jobs are categorized both by city within each metro area as well as alphabetically -- and links send job-seekers directly to the employer. No cost to job-seekers.

JobShouts! -- a job search engine integrated with social media, helping to create connections and deliver better matching results for job seekers, which delivers real-time job postings and automated one click searching across multiple social networks simultaneously. No cost to job-seekers.

Jobs in Pods -- a Web 2.0 job site in which job-seekers can listen to employer "jobcasts" -- audio interviews from employer HR managers/employees that discuss corporate culture, benefits, etc. At the end of each podcast you're instructed on how and where to apply to the jobs you just heard about. Each podcast also comes with a blog post which lists all the relevant links and information about the employer and job listings. No cost to job-seekers.

Jobs.NET -- job-seekers from all over the world can browse or search for jobs, post your confidential online resume, and receive job-hunting tips and advice. Job posting can be searched by just about any criteria, including keywords, location, recency of posting, salary, job title, industry, company size, and more. Free to job-seekers.

JobsINBOX -- an international job search engine and networking site, where job-seekers can find relevant job postings from around the world through a matching process based on key skills. You can also create communities of your work interest, offer/receive advice/info/help from others with the same interests. No cost to job-seekers.

Jobzerk -- a self-proclaimed world's first community and socially-driven job site, where job-seekers can easily interact with other members and publish useful information about themselves, the job search, or hiring process. No cost to job-seekers.

Juju -- an interesting resource -- one of the best, where job-seekers can search 15 different job sites (including CareerCity, CareerMosaic, HeadHunter.net, JobOptions, NationJob, and others) using keywords that describe your preferred job, as well as a preferred location. Free.

LatPro -- the worldwide leader in online employment for Hispanic and bilingual professionals, where job-seekers can search thousands of job listings from pre-screened employers, post multiple resume versions, create an email job agent, and access other career resources. Free to job-seekers.

LinkUp -- a job search engine that only lists jobs taken directly from more than 20,000 legitimate company Websites. The site claims it only shows current openings; listings are removed if a company removes the posting from its Website. Job-seekers can search job listings (by keyword, location) and apply directly to the employer. No cost to job-seekers. 

LocalHelpWanted.net -- lots of features and benefits to this job site where job-seekers can search for job listings by first narrowing choices by state and major city. You can also post your resume, audio resume, video resume, and portfolio items after registration. For an additional fee, you can obtain addition space to post even more information. No cost to job-seekers for basic services.

Monster.com -- one of the oldest job sites on the Web, with several hundred thousand jobs worldwide. Also includes career advice and relocation services for job-seekers, as well as an auction-style marketplace for independent professionals.

myCareerSpace -- where job-seekers can search for jobs (by category, region, or keywords) and post up to five different resumes that you can then use to apply to job openings online. Also includes other job-seeker resources, such as career expos, relocation, insurance, and more. Free to job-seekers.

NationJob Network -- an online job search service with thousands of current job listings and company profiles. Includes an email service that send you jobs that match your qualifications and interests.

Net-Temps -- a site where job-seekers can search thousands of job listings or post your resume. Includes contract, temporary and permanent employment postings. Also includes career development articles, tools and resources. A top site. Free to job-seekers.

Realmatch.com -- takes the job-seeker's qualifications and preferences and matches them with the employer's requirements. You can also search job listings by keyword and location. Free to job-seekers.

Simply Hired -- a job search engine where job-seekers can search job listings by keyword and get results from a multitude of sources. Also offers you the opportunity to get updates when new jobs are posted -- by email, social networks, blogs, your homepage, and even your mobile phone. Free to job-seekers.

SnagAJob.com -- largest job site for part-time and full-time hourly jobs. Job-seekers can search for a job by type of job or by location, as well as register for email alerts. Also includes career resources and advice. Free to job-seekers.

thingamajob.com -- a free career site for all job seekers from the Allegis Group. Job searches, online resume posting, job alerts, and career tools, are a few of the many features available to job-seekers. You can search for jobs by job categories, keywords, location, and date the job was posted. Free to job-seekers.

TopUSAJobs.com -- a job site that lists the top jobs from numerous "niche" industry and geographic-specific job boards. Job-seekers can search for job listings (by category, location, job title, and job detail keywords), or go directly to the individual job boards. Free to job-seekers. 

TweetMyJobs -- with 8,000+ vertical job channels segmented by geography, job type, and industry, this site is able to connect employers and recruiters with job-seekers instantly any time a new job is posted. Simple register to get instant notification of newly posted job opportunities and internships. No cost to job-seekers.

TwitterJobSearch.com -- a job search engine for Twitter, where job-seekers enter search keyword(s) and receive immediate results of tweets for job openings. No cost to job-seekers.

USAJOBS -- a one-stop source for job-seekers seeking information about jobs and employment with the United States Federal Government. Job-seekers can search for jobs (by keyword, location, and occupation), post your resume, and register for a job-matching email service. Also includes lots of other resources and tips for finding employment with the government. Free to job-seekers.

US.jobs -- a national employment network formed by an alliance between two nonprofit associations to provide job seekers in all industries and occupations, entry-level to chief executive officer, employment and career opportunities nationwide. Search postings or browse by company. No cost to job-seekers.

Vault.com -- well-known for its insider reports on thousands of companies, this site has branched out into recruitment and has more than 150,000 job postings from about 27,000 employers, which job-seekers can search through multiple criteria (such as job categories, keywords, location, experience level, posting date). Job-seekers can also sign-up for an email job criteria matching service. Free to job-seekers.

VetJobs.com -- a great site for veterans and transitioning military personnel and their family members. Job openings for all levels and types of jobs. You can search for jobs (by type, keyword, and location), as well as post your resume. Includes other key resources for vets. Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Free to job-seekers.