An employee every employer desires

Getting a job is usually the first step of a long journey. The entirety of the trip is rolled out for you when you fit the capacity in which you are expected to operate.

Fitting here relates to being that kind of employee whose services are needed, simply because there is enough evidence to prove that you are indispensable.

This then brings to fore the necessary expertise one should be endowed with if such an employee desires longevity in the office.

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Modern trends in employment demand that a wannabe employee should be as versatile as possible, though calls for specialization in a particular field cannot be ignored.

Your potential boss is looking for someone who can bring in more than is taken out; that is to say, the cost of hiring you should be superseded by the revenue gains you would bring to the business.

Anything short of this, and you could be “just another employee”.

Granted; you have passed the necessary interviews and tests, and you are ready to begin work.

The first few months could be rather “suffocating”. There is a brand to promote and project to both new and existing clients, as well as several other standards to be maintained.

That initial impression you give your boss could be your ticket – to either the higher echelons of power or to your way out.

Your two options – either firing on all cylinders in a bid to prove your worth or gradually worming your way into the “way things are done here”, would invariably determine your fate.

The ultimate aim of every job seeker is settle in an organization that would provide an enabling environment for maximum output.

This stems from the need to be tagged as productive in the workplace, as such a trend of events would culminate into the ultimate dream – reaching that office, earning that salary or driving that car.

At the end of the day, it is your boss, upon whose recommendation you may reach that height.

But then, there is a catch. You are definitely not the only one with such a desire; there are probably several others in the same unit, department, office, company or even industry with such a yearning.

How do you rise above the crowd? The answer is as short as the question – do what no else does.

There is a thin line between stepping on toes to get to your destination and truly rising above the masses with a clean slate of conscience.

The balancing act between impressing your boss for personal gains and maintaining that bond with fellow workers requires an innate skill few can exhibit.

Knowing how to play your cards right can propel you to heights previously thought of as unattainable.

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Office automation in the 21st Century

The 21st century brought with it advancements in technology that have transformed the world further into an interconnected unit that spread out far and wide.

With a number of electronic gadgets at your disposal, it is possible to transact business across the world.

The internet, working in union with a number of hardware devices enables the corporate executive to, in the comfort of the office, execute tasks that would have, in previous times, been possible only by physical contact.

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Modern equipment like computers, telephones, printers, scanners and photocopy machines provide a heavy dose of relief to the corporate worker since they enhance the speed of work, efficiency and an overall increase in output.

A recent innovative strategy is to network a number of these devices to form a Local Area Network (LAN) that would enable one to work with a sense of coordinated speed.

A typical networked corporate unit with several branches spread across the length and breadth of a country, a continent, or even the world, puts in place modern electronic devices that assist in the performance of duties.

Various forms of software and hardware are employed when it becomes necessary to link up all departments or components of an office; programmes like Microsoft’s Office Suite with its components come in handy to help in office duties.

Depending on the nature of work done in the office, levels of complexity of electronic gadgets vary from business to business.

A sole proprietor may need a phone, a computer, internet access and books to record transactions.

These basic assets could assist the entrepreneur to propel the business to higher heights.

Other forms of equipment may come in as time goes on, but those become auxiliary since they only come in to complement the tasks that the previously listed items may execute.

Getting an office in shape could happen in various ways and at different times.

Taking into consideration the urgency behind the acquisition of equipment, a business unit may either choose to completely furnish its new office with items to assist in work, even before business activities start or it could, as a matter of urgency, get the basic necessities before work starts, so that other items are acquired as the business makes progress.

Either way, attention to business and the needs of clients should be held in high esteem, regardless of available devices.

Customers may switch attention to competing products and services when they come to realize that, behind the initial enthusiastic note work started on, are signals for the return to drab ways of doing things.

The customer is king, and as such pays little attention to the reasons behind the dismal performance of an office unit; excuses such as unavailability of tools to get work done might not assist the goodwill of the business; they may switch attention elsewhere. Getting an office in shape for business requires less of flamboyance and more of practicality.

The customer who is sufficiently impressed with efforts to please despite obvious challenges may stay, as compared to the one who believes in being underserved despite apparent resources that could enhance output.

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You know you are an entrepreneur when…

Entrepreneurship is the current buzzword in the business community. With several reasons to give upon request, many have saddled themselves with the responsibility of trying to create something new; something that would stimulate one form of reward or the other.

The onerous task of designing a preferred future, as a product of entrepreneurship is fully realized when one understands all the intricacies of the task ahead.

Entrepreneurship becomes a pleasure when the daunting task ahead is executed with a degree of optimism, knowing that the risk-return factors would pay off in the end.

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The decision to start and maintain your own business should be the product of a series of observations and conclusions that could pave way for your financial independence.

We all wish to be rich, retire young and basically live a comfortable live. That desire may be realized when one has passed the basic litmus test of entrepreneurship, which amongst other issues stimulates responses to the under-listed questions:

1. Are you ready to fully commit yourself to the task in mind or you wish to work part – time?

2. Are you ready to primarily commit personal resources (whether financial or human) in a bid to realize your dreams?

3. Are you ready to accommodate others and their opinions in the course of business?

4. Are you ready to share profits and losses with others you work with, as they come up?

5. Are you ready to patiently wait for months or even years, before that which you have in mind is reflected in reality?

Attempting responses to these questions and several others indicates your desire to take charge of your life and act when and how you want to.

The core task of an entrepreneur is to identify and maximize opportunities that are hidden in hitherto untapped avenues of commerce and industry.

Entrepreneurial opportunities are often described as limited because there seem to no new or unique ideas to exploit, and that stance presents a paradox; ignorance of an opportunity vis-à-vis disinterest in venturing into a seemingly mundane area of activity.

The obvious truth is that inasmuch as there seem to be no new opportunities (which is far from the truth), your ability to present your option as unique from the rest available to the potential client sparks an interest in your line of work.

The basic details might be just as is known in the market, but then there is something special about yours.

21st century thinking calls for ingenuity. It demands from an entrepreneur a strategy that can push the business to the apex in the industry.

It calls for alignment with modern trends that should prickle the interest of the customer.

You can’t afford to be like the rest; It is too dangerous a decision to make.

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