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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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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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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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How to Avoid Playing Office Politics

But still win the game! 

Many professionals feel reluctant to take part in what they call “Office Politics”. They consider all non-work related interactions a waste of time and energy. They want disagreements settled through facts and by what’s right – not by whose friends with whom, who owes whom or who wants something from someone. They perceive all that as obvious manipulation. But if you want to move forward in your career, you need to step out of your comfort zone and recognize the many faces of office politics, even if you don’t want to participate in the game! Akhtaboot provides you with some guidelines that can help you exercise influence in political environments while staying away from playing the game.

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Ways for Managers to Limit Employee Mistakes

Confronting employees about unintentional mistakes or a task done wrong is never a fun or easy task. That’s why many managers tend to take a reactive approach to handling employee mistakes. They have been taught how to give feedback and deal with conflict through corrective actions such as verbal or written warnings, and sometimes, termination. As a result, they either perceive handling employee mistakes as a confrontational situation and an inevitable part of being a manager. This shouldn’t be the case as most mistakes can be avoided if the right precautions are taken in advance. Akhtaboot is here to the rescue with a number of tips to help you limit employee errors.
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Leadership Success

 
The New Paradigm for Leadership Success 

Great leaders understand the fact that employees’ careers play an increasingly significant role in their self-fulfillment and self-expression. Leadership styles have evolved over time, with a clear shift from the bureaucratic and directive leadership style of the twentieth century to a more autonomous approach. Lines are becoming more and more blurred between personal and professional goals. The new leadership paradigm works through emotions. When leaders drive emotions positively, they bring out everyone’s best. The truth of the matter is that many businesses to this day still struggle with defining leadership at every level. Far too many people in managerial positions remain unwilling or unable to make the changes necessary to create a healthy, thriving enterprise capable of enduring.

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