How To Set Up Your Ideal Ergonomic Office

For those who sit at their desks all day to work, having an ergonomic workspace is very important – the little things really do help the body stay healthy! Not sure what ergonomic means? Don’t worry – it’s a bit of an odd term! Ergonomic essentially means that the surroundings and activities are designed to put minimal stress on a person’s body. For example, you can get specially designed keyboard that keep the wrists at the right angle to minimise repetitive strain injury. In many workplaces, the term is defined as “fitting the worker to the job, not the job to the worker.” So if you’re feeling the strain in your workplace, here are some changes you can make to ensure your body deals with the strain.

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Make Sure There’s Enough Room To Move Around

Having enough space to easily stroll around the office is really important for your staff. Sitting for extended periods of time is very bad for your health, and even taking a quick walk once every hour will work wonders for your body. If you’ve recently completed an office relocation, get you moving company like Your Local Movers to arrange the desks and furniture with gaps and pathways. This will allow your staff to take a quick walk around the office, stretch their muscles and keep their health in check.

Turn The Chairs Into Swivel Chairs

This may seem like an unnecessary change, but you’d be surprised the difference that a swivel chair makes, compared to a stationary one that doesn’t flex or move! This is because when you reach for objects on your table or around you, you can strain muscles in your body. A swivel chair means that the chair moves along with you. You won’t strain your back when turning and you don’t have to strain your neck looking around for objects.

Keep Your Computer Monitors At The Right Distance

Staring at a screen all day is strain enough for your eyes. To minimize the impact, place the monitor on your desk so that it is around your arm’s length away from you. At this distance your eyes will be able to focus on the screen naturally without strain.

Keep Your Frequently Used Stationery Close

Take a quick look at your desk. What do you use the most? Are all those items within easy reach? Ensuring all your frequently used items are within arm’s length reduces the strain on your body. Put everything else out of your sight or tuck it away in your desk drawer. Not only will it give your desk an instant clean, it’ll help clear your head of clutter.

For those who work full-time sitting down at a desk, it’s important to consider your surroundings. Think about ergonomics and how you can reduce the strain on your body to keep your health (and mind) in check. A few small changes can go a very long way when it comes to making your workplace suit your body – plus, your muscles will thank you for it!

What are some small changes you’ve made to make your workplace better for your health?

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Make the Most Impact with Your Presentation

There are times when you have to stand in front of a group of people to make a presentation. This could be for a department meeting, a client presentation, a business plan presentation for your stockholders, or a press briefing to launch your products and services. Whatever type of presentation you are making, you want to exert the effort to make the most impact.

These are some of the things that you have to include in your checklist of presentation must-haves:

1. Engaging Content. You cannot bore your audience with all the details of your presentation. Even if your topic is not exciting, you should find ways on how to make your presentation more engaging. You can make use of graphics and props to enhance your presentation’s appeal. There are different presentation materials and tools that you can use to carry and support your message. You can work towards graphic continuity by having your presentation template design as well as the design and packaging of your handouts all in a single design.

2. Informative Handouts. You cannot expect your audience to digest everything you have to say in your presentation. Take the time to prepare handouts containing the pertinent points you want your audience to remember. Your audience should be able to open their presentation kits and find all the information that they need. You can use these presentation kits to underscore your message as well. You can also have custom binders for that make your presentation kits look more professional.

3. Interesting Ice Breaker. You have to establish a connection with your audience. Sometimes, the attendees of the meeting or event may not even know each other. Although you might not have the need for your attendees to know one another, you still need to think of creative ice breakers to calm the nerves and encourage participation among the attendees.

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How You Messed up Your Job Interview

It’s been three weeks and although you’ve eagerly checked your phone for a missed call or voicemail every hour on the hour, you are yet to receive word on the job interview you had. Where did you go wrong? While this is a question that can only be answered by the person who interviewed you, there are certain cues or indicators that all point to a failed or flawed meeting. Keeping in mind your particular performance, read through the following interview flops and soon you may have the answer.

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The absolute worst thing that can happen in
an interview is that you are caught lying.

Arriving Late or Early

It is estimated that human beings form impressions within a matter of seconds. With so much pressure, it is important to get the simple things right, such as your arrival time. You may think that arriving half an hour early will show that you are eager and committed, but in reality, you are potentially making a nuisance of yourself. Don’t forget that your interviewer likely has a strict schedule filled with other meetings and tasks for the day. Similarly, appearing late can be equally inconvenient, not to mention suggesting that you are disorganised, unpunctual and slack.

Wrong Dress Code

Dressing appropriately is also within your control, so don’t mess it up. If you’re interviewing for a corporate, professional services role, don’t appear donned in jeans and a casual t-shirt. For creative jobs, the dress code will likely be more relaxed, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo personal grooming and standards of hygiene. Our personal presentation says a lot about us; are you organised or slovenly? Do you respect yourself?

Being Caught out on a Lie

The absolute worst thing that can happen in an interview is that your – ahem – slightly embellished resume is picked to pieces and you are caught lying. How do you avoid this? First of all, don’t lie! Secondly, be confident in your abilities and work history and think of ways to talk up your talents without being out of your depth.

Babbling and Fidgeting

Unfortunately, job interviews produce stress and nervousness. What do we do when we are nervous? For some of us, the answer is babbling. An uncontrolled burst of over-the-top language, immaterial facts and nonsensical stories that mask the informative, relevant answers that are in there somewhere. Or maybe fidgeting is your Achilles’ heel? That horrible tendency to pick, itch or constantly move your fingers? Whatever the vice, the result is that the interviewer will perceive you as being flustered and unprofessional.

Poor Attitude

A sure-fire way to eliminate yourself as a job candidate is to show up with a poor attitude or be perceived to have one. How do you come across? Aloof or engaged? Keen or disinterested? Hold a mock interview with a friend and practise your answers. Then ask them to describe your disposition. The results may be quite surprising, not to mention enlightening. In your interview, show that you have researched the company and ask intelligent questions at the end.

What do you think? Do you have some aspects to improve on? Recruitment companies and employment marketplaces such as Just Digital People and Seek have many online resources for job seekers, so be sure to check them out.

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Do’s and Don’ts for Your Job Interview

I congratulate the graduates of 2012! You’re now moving away from the university but about to face a new journey. I know some of you  will prepare for the board exam and some will hunt for jobs…job that will be the start of a new  venture. But before that, you must be prepared for the most nervy part of job hunting…the interview. It’s easy to set your mind to “I can do this. All I need to do is to put on my best business suit”. Well, it is easily said than done. The truth is there are more important things that will help you leave good impressions other than showing up in your best suit. Below are 10 job interview tips that will help you.

1. Research about the company. It is always better to be prepared should be asked any question on what you know about the company. It will also allow you to ask questions and show your interest  working in the company.

2. Dress properly. This depends on what kind of job you are applying  for. Always come in business attire for company interviews. However, for blue collar jobs  business suit are somewhat overdressed.

3. Go alone to the interview. Show that  you are mature enough to be on your own so tagging along your parent or a friend is a big NO, NO unless your friend is applying for the same job and is scheduled for an interview on that same day.

4. Bring extra resume and photocopies of important documents.  It is good to have them on hand should you be asked a copy. Don’t forget to bringing your identification cards and extra ID pictures too.

5. Arrive at least 10 minutes early. This is important for you to have time to retouch and relax. However, arriving too early (more than 10 minutes early) creates  poor first impression as well. This shows that you don’t have so much things to do.

6. Good handshake. A handshake maybe telling more about you than you know. A good  handshake (not too loose neither too tight) will help to build rapport.

7. Eye contact. Look the interviewer in the eye. This shows you are focused and interested. Don’t stare the interviewer down to avoid awkwardness.

8. Avoid nervous habits like swinging the legs,  tapping the table (as if you’re flaunting your diamond and eternity bands), biting your nails, flipping your hair, etc.

9. Don’t talk too much. Interviewers hate talkative applicants so don’t talk unless you are asked to or you have very important thing to say related to the job and/or company. Listen carefully to the questions you’re asked, take a few seconds to think then deliver responses that get to the point of the question.

10. Don’t say negative words about your current or past employers. This will give the impression that you can similarly trash your boss to be and/or the company.  If you state your feelings about your present and previous bosses, then you’re out of the new job.

Interview skills is as important as a strong resume. Strong resume gives you the opportunity to an interview while your  strong interview skills will win you consideration for the job.

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How to Find Jobs in Companies Abroad

Finding a job at a company abroad isn’t as difficult as many Americans might be inclined to think.

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Getting Hired Internationally

If you already have a job, then you might want to find out if the company that you currently work for has international offices. Talking to your manager about transferring to a similar position in an international location might be a possibility. You might be able to land a job outside the country that offers more pay and additional responsibilities if you take the time to ask around. A few of the different types of organizations in countries like Egypt that are likely to be hiring include Philip Morris International, Marriott International & Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLC, and Shell Global. Searching on the internet may provide you with a limited number of results, but that isn’t likely to be the same thing as asking a real person for yourself. Engaging in a small amount of social networking is a strategy that is also likely to provide you with results. If you’re one of those who has acquaintances, former college buddies, or coworkers who have experience working overseas, then asking them what it was like might be the right step to take. Someone you already know might be able to provide you with inside information about what international companies are hiring or what it was like for them to have worked for an American company overseas.

Finding a Living Space

Deciding on a living space that is the right fit for your needs when you travel to an international location to work doesn’t have to be an inconvenience. If you’re still wondering where you will work when you get to your exotic destination, then finding employment that offers a living space as part of the compensation might be an option for you. Working as an apartment manager, live-in healthcare provider, or house sitter are only a few of the kinds of positions that may provide a living space for you. For those who might have already accepted a position overseas, conducting a search through the Internet is likely to open up opportunities to stay in hostels, settle on an apartment, or find roommates.

Becoming Acclimated to a New Culture

For those who might be planning to travel to a country like Egypt, learning at least a small amount of Arabic is likely to make the transition to a new job into a smoother process. Becoming acclimated to the language and customs of a new nation can eliminate misunderstandings in the workplace and help you to be more comfortable in your new environment. Culture shock isn’t always conducive towards efficient performance at work, and minimizing your level of discomfort before traveling overseas is likely to assist you with concentrating on your work.

Tips For Success

Like any other position, asking your coworkers and managers at your job overseas any questions that you might have regarding your work is advisable. If there is anything that you don’t know, then don’t hesitate to ask. You are likely to find that asking will help you more than staying silent and allowing yourself to remain in the dark.

Hala Jaafar, A freelance writer for Dubizzle Egypt, the #1 Egypt Classified Website.

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