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Office Ergonomics

Give your workspace a makeover to boost your productivity!

Office ergonomics is all about designing a comfortable, functional, and user-friendly workspace. It takes into consideration the interaction between office equipment and the people that use them. For maximum productivity and efficiency, make sure that you customize your work station so that it fits your specific needs and allows for a comfortable working environment.

Chair

Sitting down in a static posture can increase stress in the shoulders, arms, and legs, and in particular, can add large amounts of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs. Avoid back pain by adjusting the height of your chair so that your feet rest comfortably on the floor and your knees are about level with your hips.

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The New CV Rules

Stop making your CV look old!

Employers today receive hundreds of applications for each vacancy. That’s why you cannot make any mistakes when it comes to writing and formatting your CV. This doesn’t mean that your CV is all that matters, but it is the first impression that will help you get your foot in the door. So if you haven’t updated your CV in a while, you may be falling behind the competition. As the job market keeps changing, many job seekers believe that a CV has become an obsolete job search tool, but this is not the case. The format will change from time to time, but having a well-written CV is still important.

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Networking Mistakes

Networking Blunders You Don’t Even Know You’re Making. 

There’s some truth to the saying that “It’s not what you know, but who you know”. But this is only part of the whole truth. A more precise expression is “It’s not who you know, but who knows what you know.” Networking is both a way of life and a skill that can expose you to many personal and career opportunities. It’s too important to ignore if you want to land your dream job. Unfortunately, networking can be a minefield of professional faux pas if you’re not careful. Akhtaboot is here to highlight the top networking mistakes you might be making, and how to avoid each before your contacts start ignoring your calls.

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Reasons You’re Still Unemployed

Take control of the situation and turn it around to your favor.

It is very saddening that many job seekers have already given up hope about finding their dream job simply because they are convinced that there are no jobs out there. If you have a negative attitude, your job search efforts will not yield any results no matter how hard you try. Employability is all about having the right skills, a positive attitude and a great personal brand that will help you present yourself successfully throughout your career. Enhancing your employability therefore refers to your personal responsibility of increasing your chances of being employed.

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Infographic: Assessing Employees’ Loyalty to their Organization in the MENA Region

With all the recent focus on leadership best practices, companies to this day are still struggling to retain their top talent. When employees who are deeply embedded within the social system of a company leave, their departure can be costly and troublesome to the company. It is often said that employees don’t leave companies; they leave bosses. But how accurate is that claim?

Let’s take a look at the latest Akhtaboot infographic which evaluates employees’ loyalty to their organization in the MENA region.


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Productivity Wasters in the Workplace

There’s only so much time in the day, and it never seems to be enough. Most business owners are always on the look for ways to increase their employees’ productivity while maintaining high levels of quality. But just because your employees are at work doesn’t mean you’re getting work done. What you really need to do is to cut down on the top time wasters in the office. This doesn’t mean that you should block personal e-mail and social media websites. We’re talking about the kind of distractions that can derail productivity and stop your employees from doing their jobs. Akhtaboot is here to highlight the top productivity wasters that might be standing in the way of real work.

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Considering Graduate School

Smart reasons for considering graduate education

There are many reasons why professionals choose to go to graduate school. Among the most valid reasons is when a graduate degree is important for your career advancement in a certain field as it can enhance your prospects and earning potential. Graduate school can also provide you with more flexibility in terms of career options in case you want to change your current path. Whatever might be your reason, you should take the time to think about it before you take the plunge. Graduate education requires a significant investment of your time and personal resources; that’s why most of your energy and time needs to be allocated towards your studies.

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What Successful People Do Differently

Because it’s not about who you are, but what you do  

We all know examples of extremely successful people who we admire and look up to. But how do they do it? The answer that can initially come to our minds is that they are born with specific characteristics and talents that set them apart from the crowd. This is simple a tiny piece of the puzzle. In fact, decades of research on achievement and success suggests that people experience repeated success not simply because of who they are, but more often because of the things they do. What successful people have in common is that they simply did and continue to do, things that help them realize their full potential.

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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Because your life begins at the end of your comfort zone

Most people tend to lean toward the familiar, the habit and the comfort zone. This is not a bad thing as it actually gives you a sense of emotional security with your decisions and minimizes risk and stress. It also protects you from taking on more work than you are able to handle. But when you start to notice that your comfort zone is keeping you from learning, and experiencing new things that are potentially good for you and your career, you need to figure out a way to break out of your safe place.

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Outdated Career Advice

Common career myths with a good dash of “career reality”

There are many career advice that have been circulating for decades. While some advice can actually be quite useful, some no longer apply to our modern age. These advice can range from what to include in your CV, how to act during an interview and how to go about your job search. People often stick to it throughout their entire careers, despite evidence that it no longer works or might actually be standing in the way of their career success. Akhtaboot is here to highlight some examples of outdated advice that you need to ignore in order to thrive in this new market.

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Encouraging Creative Ideas at Work

No matter what industry you work in, encouraging creativity at work is always a great way to improve work conditions and productivity. Whether it’s coming up with ideas and solutions that are original and worthwhile, or figuring out how to improve efficiency, creating an environment that encourages creative thinking can dramatically boost your employees’ productivity. While most employees like to think that they are creative, the fact is that we can all benefit from a boost to our creative flair. The good news is that creativity can be nurtured and developed. Akhtaboot is here to provide you with smart ways to adopt in the workplace to boost your employee’s innovation in their work.

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Encouraging your Employees to take Ownership of their Jobs

Empowering Your Employees to Own Their Work

Job ownership is an attitude of excellence, achievement and expertise, and having empowered people is crucial to the success of any company. But if you want your employees to live up to their full potential, it’s not enough that they do what you tell them to. Ideally, you want the members of your team to see that the goals they are pursuing belong to them. You want them to be fully responsible and accountable for their work. This is what ownership is all about. Owning a task means that regardless of how trivial or mundane the task, the employee will go above and being their job description to accomplish it.

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