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10 Software Tools To Hack Your Human Efficiency

10 Software Tools To Hack Your Human Efficiency

Managing day-to-day tasks can be burdensome and slow down your ability to actually get tasks done. Whether you are a CEO of a small company or an HR manager of a large company, these tools can be very helpful.

1. Google Calendar

This may seem like a no-brainer, but many HR personnel do not know that Google offers free calendar services, and these calendars can be shared with various email addresses. This is an inexpensive HR software tool to keep employees up to date on various meetings and happenings around the company.

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2. EmpXTrack

Web based software is the future. The costs are low, they are constantly updated, and very easy to use. There is no longer a need for in house support staff, because the companies that supply this software have 24-hour support teams to help.

3. HR360

This should absolutely be in the bookmarks of anyone in an HR department. There are simply way too many free tools available on this website for it not to be. From health care forms to discipline and termination tools, this site provides some great free resources, as well as paid products.

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4. Labor Time Tracker

If you are in the manufacturing industry, service industry, or any other industry that needs to track time, Labor Time Tracker is a tool for you. In this digital age, old school time cards are a thing of the past.

5. Do.com

This is an extremely helpful task management software for large companies. You can create to-do list and see progress on certain tasks of all your employees. The greatest benefit of this task management software is the chat function. You can chat with your salesperson about task specific topics across the country or around the world all from your desktop.

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6. TribeHR

This tool can put all of your HR tasks into the digital age. Most companies still use written RTOs, which can get lost or thrown away by accident; TribeHR solves this issue. You can manage time-off requests, recruit new employees and even run employee performance evaluations with ease and from the convenience of remote workspaces. This is a great tool for any company with HR needs or companies with employees on the go.

7. Trello

Again, in this digital age it is important to keep visual notes. Most companies used to have a cork board where all employees could see notes and give their input. Trello brings that same concept to the web. This way, your employees who may not be in the office are up to date on the happenings within the organization and can give suggestions or comments.

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8. UltiPro

Aimed at medium to large companies, UltiPro is the latest and greatest in computerized personnel management. With a clean UI and easy to integrate software, this is a must have for companies with a large amount of employees.

9. JobDiva

On the hiring and recruiting side of things, JobDiva is the software to have. They have patented methods of searching through resumes, such as the feature “Resume Search for Skills By Years of Experience”. This makes sorting through resumes that the program pulls from various job boards very easy and saves hiring managers a lot of time.

10. Customized software

HR software that is tailored to your specific needs obviously trumps any other software on the market. Software companies will come in, interview your HR department and tailor the program to their certain need. The downside of this is the cost, because customized software can be too expensive for small firms to pay to develop, but if you are a large company that can handle the expense, it is definitely a great investment.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace.

In its simplest form, workplace politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace:

1. Be Aware You Have a Choice

The most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal human reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we were still hunter-gatherers.

Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more than just instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will only cause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctive flight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take for granted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.

Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation. Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice in choosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the next point…

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2. Know What You Are Trying to Achieve

When conflicts happen, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are, you’ll only invite more resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.

The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to be successful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins.

It’s much easier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approach is best for the business.

By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage from petty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting things done. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategic and can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

3. Focus on Your Circle of Influence

At work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to find corporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interests.

Gossiping and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. But think about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do gossiping really accomplish? In most instances, none.

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Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation — your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique to overcome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others to see you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints.

You may not be able to change or decide on the eventual outcome but, you can walk away knowing that you have done the best within the given circumstances.

Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive.

4. Don’t Take Sides

In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position; all at the expense of you getting the job done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither of them want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the back for any mishaps.

In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them – even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communication platform and ensure open communications among all parties, so that no one can claim “I didn’t say that”.

By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’ll also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive and focus on business objectives.

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5. Don’t Get Personal

In office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel the urge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.

People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win this argument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you need help from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the workplace.

To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thing you want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they harbor ill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst at their expense.

Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizations are using 360 degree reviews to promote someone. Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if other managers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is to make it difficult for your boss to champion you for a promotion.

6. Seek to Understand, Before Being Understood

The reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, we are more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them first. Top people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.

Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other party feels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive and be open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications to arrive at a solution that both parties can accept.

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Trying to arrive at a solution without first having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much second-guessing.

7. Think Win-Win

As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.

In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you first understand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him.

Next, understand what’s in it for you. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this will ensure that everyone truly commit to the agreed resolution and will not pay only lip-service to it.

People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice but very soon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace.

Thinking win-win is an enduring strategy that builds allies and help you win in the long term.

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