Virtuzone Business Intelligence

Category: Human Resources

Employee retention

How to stop talent walking out the door

Did you know that 40% of employers worldwide are finding it hard to fill key positions in their organisation? There’s a shortage of talent globally. In an increasingly mobile and connected world, attracting and retaining the best employees is more competitive than ever, and startups are not excluded from this. Fortunately, your business can address this issue in a cost-effective way.

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Right time to hire

When is the right time to hire?

Making an expansion decision can be tough and even confusing. Employing staff too soon can have a costly effect in terms of cash flow problems that can easily drown your business. On the other hand, delaying your decision can result in missed opportunities, either in terms of capitalising on a growing market or expanding your business. Identifying the right moment to hire, therefore, is the key differentiator between a failed startup and a successful business. But how would you know whether the time is right or not?

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Who are millennials exactly? And is it true they make bad workers?

Like other generations, millennials are subject to stereotypes about their attitudes, behaviours and work ethic: perhaps even more so than other generations. But to what extent do these stereotypes hold true (a 2016 article in The Guardian newspaper highlighted some pretty derogatory adjectives), or are they simply no different to any other generation? Most importantly for your business, what are they like to work with?

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Interns: a help or a hindrance?

Interns bring their fair share of benefits and challenges, risks and opportunities, but if you approach them as a clearly defined part of your business strategy, internships are well worth the effort. At their best they benefit both intern and employer – the intern can bring their knowledge and enthusiasm to the workplace, while you can help them develop in a way that will enhance the country’s talent pool and might well enhance your own workforce long-term as well. In this article we weigh up the pros and cons of hiring an intern to help you decide what’s best for your company.

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Are managed office spaces the smarter choice for your UAE startup?

Choosing the right office space or working environment for a startup is on the list of essentials and a ‘one size fits all’ approach simply doesn’t work here. Recent years have seen a real shift in the way we work and how office spaces are perceived. The rise of the managed office has been a slow and steady one but these days many businesses are reaping the benefits of this style of working environment. But what are the real benefits of opting for this type of office when starting a new business?

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Nice boss

Are you being a nice boss?

In a paper titled Happiness and Productivity from the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick it was found that happiness made people around 12% more productive. This was based on studying over 700 participants. A lot of this starts from the top – with how you, the boss, behave. So ask yourself, are you being a nice boss? Have a look at our six-point checklist to see if you make the grade.

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How to get the most out of these five employee types

Sometimes you will just know how your staff are going to react to tasks and challenges. But for those other moments when you’re surprised by them, here is a guide to five types of employees that every boss will recognise, and some vital tips on how to get the best out of each of them.

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The essential talent qualifier checklist

The search for those with the “right stuff” needs to be high up on the business owner’s to-do list at any given time. But recruiting and recruiting right are two different things, and first-time entrepreneurs in particular must appreciate the extreme challenges when it comes to screening talent. Here we look at five methods that must be employed if you are to give yourself the best chance of selecting the right people to help grow your business.

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3 tricky employee types

Working with others is always a challenge in some form or another, and you will come across a number of different personality types and working styles that will require varying approaches in terms of how you choose to interact. In this article we take a look at three “tricky” employee types that, depending on the type of boss (and person) you are, may just cause your frustrations to get the better of you.

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Leadership speech

Finding the right leadership language

Wouldn’t it be easy if you could just push a button and say the right thing every time? I would like such a button. One that ensures without fail that I find the perfect words and tone for each situation and individual. Now while no such button will ever hit the market, you can take comfort in the fact that there are a few basic rules you can live by in terms of leadership communication. In this article I present five such rules that will make things a lot easier on you – and a lot easier on those employees of yours who are, in many respects, very much at your mercy.

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