The Art of Dealing with Your Colleagues

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A lot of our time in a week is spent in the workplace. We cannot avoid the stress and pressure that are natural in any workplace: deadlines to meet, irate bosses and piles of things to review. One thing that affects how we deal with these pressures is the usual banter and chatter with our co-workers. Our working environment may become more fulfilling and more rewarding with improved relationship with our colleagues.

It is important that there is a healthy and comfortable atmosphere in a workplace. Everyone should be comfortable in voicing out there thoughts and feel safe in doing so. The dynamics of communication should be smooth flowing in the workplace.

Share More of Yourself

One most important foundation in building a relationship is to let others know who you are. Other people would want to get to know you through the way you speak your mind. It will be easier for them to open up to you when you open up to them, thus building a relationship.

Get Involved

Don’t just get to talk when you are asked. Learn to voice your own opinion as well. It is a good way of showing that you do care about the company, the issue or the person/s involved. Bonding with them even outside of the workplace can also help strengthen the relationship. However, you want to be careful in setting clear boundaries for the situation.

Respect Others

Respect is one of the most important fundamental in every relationship. In dealing with other people and getting involved, you should learn when to butt-in in a conversation or when to voice your mind, especially in the presence of your boss.

Instead of bursting out complaints, consider that each and every individual has different values and cultures. You may be facing people with a very different belief than yours. It does good to accept that you don’t have the same mind and the same line of thoughts.

Resolve Conflicts Fast

Issues and misunderstanding will always be present in every relationship because of different beliefs and opinions especially in a workplace. Both parties should learn to compromise to resolve an issue.

About Axis Human Capital Group

Axis Human Capital Group is a team with an aim to develop talents through various organizational trainings. We are located in Ghana, Africa but our specialized blogs and articles reach to employees, employers and entrepreneurs to as far as Jakarta, Indonesia, Maldives, Singapore and the US. You may visit our website to learn more.

Building Confidence 101

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Each one of us has their own out-of-body experience when faced with an interview, a presentation or talking to the boss. Thoughts are slowly drifting away to some uncertain and foggy place where you can’t think straight no matter how many times you review what you are to say prior to the situation. It’s not only you who experience these kinds of things. It does not matter if you are from Guam, the mountains of Sierra Madre, Tokyo, Japan, Jakarta Indonesia, and Hawaii or even if you are from South Pole. Even people from different cultures know the feeling.

Some people have ways to ignore these nervous symptoms all of us may have experienced from time to time. In order to cope, we put ourselves inside a transparent shelter of confidence.

But how do we build this shelter? The strength of your confidence may also determine the level of competency you are to exude in the nerve-racking situation.

Positive Self Talk

We should admit it to ourselves. We talk to ourselves sometimes. Some of us talk to themselves more frequently than others: May it is aloud or only in their heads. According to several studies, talking to oneself is not a sign of madness or delusion but can in fact help some people get done with their work, be motivated or think things through. Researchers even found out that it can turn negative feelings into optimism with positive reminders. It may be a little weird to stand in front of the mirror and say, “I can do it” but your heavy feeling can be lifted once you do it.

Make this a habit as well. It doesn’t mean that you have to talk to yourself every now and then. That may seem too weird to other people. You can just cheer yourself in your mind.

Carry Yourself Well

A little acting won’t do any harm as long as every part of your body gets incorporated with each other. It will be a little awkward if you have indeed straightened your back but sway your hands in the same motion of your step. You have to feel confident to own confidence. Be conscious of your actions but don’t let go of comfort. If we strike a powerful pose, we feel powerful.

Change your Perspective towards Other People

Inferiority may kick in if you think too much that you are talking to your boss. People have the tendency to back out from a situation if they think that they are to face someone more superior than they are. Think about them as equal human being but always remain respectful. Rather than thinking that your boss is a terrifying lion ready to pounce, think of him as a gentle cub that needs to be informed about the important information you have.

Turn your Frown Upside Down

Many people say smiling is the most powerful weapon. It blocks complaints and bad vibes. Not only does it exude a nice impression from you but it can also lift your own feeling. Be genuine as much as you can. Many people say that smiling is contagious. Who knows, you might get a smile in return from your boss.

Attend Self-Improvement Trainings

Attending self-improvement training is an option but it can do well to make you feel better especially for those who claim to be introverts. You can also read reviews or blogs online on how to improve and motivate yourself. Many self improvements companies such as Axis Human Capital group have an advocacy to help everyone build their own shelter of confidence around them.

Team Building Activities in the Workplace

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All work, no play. Some of you individuals out there are too workaholic to take a break from all the stressful events, deadlines and scary bosses. Recreational activities are essential for our continued growth and to free ourselves from concentrating too much on our work. Thankfully, almost all companies nowadays take a day or week off from their hectic schedule to bond and make memories outside of the workplace. These workaholics no longer got any excuse.

When someone says team building activities, the first thing that comes to mind nowadays is the rigorous activities such as rappelling, bungee jumping or mountain trekking. If that is your style, you can go ahead and do so. There are so many available activities available nowadays. You can try mountain trekking in Mount Khuiten in Mongolia, rappelling in Bryce and Zion Canyon, bungee jumping in Queenstown in New Zealand or if you have a different trip, you can try drum dancing in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Team building is very important if you wish to extract the best out of your workforce. Employees are urged to work smarter and not just harder, in an effort to deliver the desired results. There are also available team building activities that can be done inside the office which you can do before meetings to loosen up a bit. Here are some of them:

Game Name: This is my Life

Participants: Everyone

Materials: cards (all images)

Instruction: Cards represent different stages of life. Queen= teenage years. King = Young Adult. Jack = Childhood years. Ace = now. Each participant must pick a card and tell something about themselves based on the image on the card picked.

Game Name: Whaddya Know

Participants: anyone

Materials: List of questions

Instructions: Bring a list of ten questions to a meeting. They can be questions about your business, the people you serve, your products — things your team should know but nothing too easy. Without warning, pop a question to the group or direct it to one individual. Every correct answer gets a candy bar or some other small reward.

 

Game Name: Wear your Attitude

Participants: Everyone

Materials: Attitude buttons

Instructions: Have buttons or laminated cards with a variety of attitudes on them; such as happy, angry, friendly, generous, sad, worried, excellent, etc. As each person enters work, allow them to pick the attitude they would like to display. People who pick unattractive ones can be avoided and the pleasant ones will get all the smiles, encouragement, and positive attention. Anyone can change their ‘button attitude’ at any time.

Human Resource agencies such as Axis Human Capital is a group of companies that organize team building activities, talents and development trainings and organizational seminars which help bring out the positivity and strengthen the working relationship within a company. Our priority is to enhance the capacity of an employee, employer or entrepreneur in dealing other people and their business.

How to Manage Work-Related Stress

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One of people’s biggest problems is work-related stress. It may be because of a demanding boss, a mountain of workload or pressuring deadlines. Many people say stress is relative and natural but most people who undergo it would give anything just to get rid of it.

Stress may trigger depression that may sometimes lead to health issues and sometimes, suicidal attempts. Michelle M. Conette, a blogger at Charles E. Kubly Foundation, states that stress is a well known contributor to mood, mental disorder and suicidal risks. In Japan, there are more and more people who attempts suicide annually because of work-related stress and depression. Most populous countries in the world have similar records of suicidal rates. In Indonesia, particularly Jakarta which placed 4th in the world’s biggest population, suicidal rate is 9.7%. China, which is recorded to top the chart, has 12.1% of annual suicidal rate. Experts say that South Korea, which ranked 6th in the chart of suicidal rate with 20.1%, has economic downfall to blame as a major factor for the increase of death rate in the country for the last couple of years since the recession in 1998. The businesses that have closed down, the lifestyle that cannot be met and the assurance of the job have disturbed the social standing of the individual. Those who cannot readjust and adapt are the ones who are likely to be victims of stress, pressure and depression.

Stress has been a common factor for far more serious issues that may sometimes lead to the risk of a person’s life. Researchers had analyzed the causes of this issue and how to manage it.

Avoid Unnecessary Stress

Sometimes, individuals are the ones who cause themselves stress because of too much expectation to oneself. The statements, “I should finish this!”, “I have to do this or else”… These kinds of statements should be avoided. Calm down. Instead of saying these things and bursting out complaints in the end, why not be positive about it. Claim it like you mean it. Say instead, “I can do this”, “I can finish this”. Having this kind of mindset may lessen the pressure you have built in your system.

Accept the Things You Can’t Change

They always say that acceptance is the first step to every situation. There are a lot of people who fuss over things that they can’t control. Instead of focusing on these things, try to change your reaction about it. Instead of stressing over a deadline, focus on the time that you can maximize and do the task in front of you. It may be your procrastination, the though that the deadline is still far away, rather than the demand of the job that keeps you from reaching the deadline.

Invest in Work Management Trainings

Nobody stops learning. If you are nobody, then you can just allow yourself be swallowed by stress. As we earlier pointed out, stress is inevitable and normal in the work place. How to manage it well may be learnt from experience but there are also trainings and seminars you can attend to which can help you in dealing with everyday pressure of your work.

Axis Human Capital, with a group of intelligent individuals, help individuals to be better equipped in the demands of the “real world”. With their human resource trainings, you can review your opportunities and work better in a stress-managed environment.

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Axis Human Capital Group conducts Corporate Trainings  

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Ghana, Africa – With an aim to increase the quality of workforce and labor in Africa, Axis Human Capital, with a group of individuals to pursue its goal, conducts training in operations and human resource-related issues which includes Strategic Planning 101 which defines the company’s best strategy to maximize their resources and increase their ROI; Business Presentation Skills which enhances the company’s communication skills in marketing their business; Negotiation in which executives, owners and leaders are taught on how to deal with people; Leadership which brings out the essence of the term and Diversity Management in which it teaches leaders on how to deal with diversified people in the team with different cultures and values. The company also conducts Teambuilding Exercises and Organizational Performance Management among many others.

It can be remembered that the team also conducted other research and development trainings for companies, employers and employees alike.

Axis Human Capital Group is specialized in human resources and has built their reputation for recruiting high-caliber candidates for employers and working with them to develop their organizational capacities through trainings and other projects. They also work with job seekers for their own individual growth, preparing them for the real world ahead and mapping out their most suitable career path through CV reviews.

With each passing year, Axis has supported and lent a hand to individuals and companies to globally compete in their own field, showing the others and the world that African people also have the ability to do what this generation has always done: to excel and succeed. Now, not only do these individuals compete and challenge one another in their own continent as they have also explored other countries such as America, Hongkong and Europe where greater opportunities are at hand. They already pose as a threat and a warning to people around the world.

For the last decade, Africa has been reported to be the worst continent for employment but companies such as Axis proves otherwise. The company is known to support and promote African development by enhancing the country’s human capital. Just like other places such as Jakarta in Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Mauritania in Africa and other neighboring countries and continents which are tagged to be the lowest of the low, Ghana has demonstrated its capacity to still grow and has established its name in the world’s fastest developing nation.

Axis Human Capital Group is continuously conducting these trainings. You can visit their website to learn more.

Axis Human Capital Group Supports Ghana’s Continued Growth

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Ghana, Africa – Axis Human Capital, a recruitment group based in Africa, supports Ghana’s continued growth and development in its economy.
According to the African Economic Outlook, the country remains positive with projected GDP growth of 8.3%. Moreover, Ghana’s government statistics added that the value of goods and services produced in the 3rd quarter of 2014 grew by 0.7% compared to the 2nd quarter of 2014.

The growth drivers of 2014 are the following:

Livestock – 17.9%
Finance and Insurance Activities – 6.4%
Fishing – 6.4%
Electricity – 6.4%

Africa’s growth and development increased by 5.1% in the 3rd quarter of 2014 compared to the review of data in 2013. The Industry sector recorded the highest growth of 8.1%, the Agriculture Sector followed with 4.4%, while Services recorded a growth rate of 3.5%.

This may be the reason that Trading Economics data in 2014 states that in the three months to September, quarterly changes reflect an increase in employment and decrease in unemployment rate. Increases in employment were observed in both the formal and the informal sectors. Employment increased by 16,000 in the Agricultural industry. Compared to a year earlier, employment increased by 81,000.

Just like in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Hongkong, which have now been reported to increase in their employment rate, this is largely due to increases in the formal and the informal sectors that grew by 134,000 and 85,000 jobs respectively in third quarter of 2014.

Although Africa, as a whole, still remained to be recorded to have the highest unemployment rate in the world, Ghana’s development has triggered hope among its fellow African countries in the possibility of slow growth towards economic success. After all, the continent is home to a third of planet’s mineral reserves, a tenth of the oil and it produces two-thirds of the diamonds. Investors have believed that the continent is far richer in natural resources than any country is.

Economists and researchers review Africa to be one of the fastest growing region in the world. With the promise of better education system, infrastructure development and sensible revolutionary reforms, Africa may lead a hope of a bright future ahead.

Unemployment Rate Generally Shows No Improvement

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According to the report gathered by the International Labor Organization (ILO), unemployment rate generally shows no improvement in the last 10 years. Most countries have maintained their unemployment rate while others have either declined or increased for a few point percentages.

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In the Developed Economies and the European Union, labor market conditions showed no signs of improvement during 2014. In Central and South-Eastern Europe (non-EU) and CIS countries, the fall in unemployment recorded since the crisis peak of 2009 was reversed in 2013; Employment growth continued to outpace labor force expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean; In East Asia, employment growth remained weak, consistent with weak labor force growth; In South-East Asia and the Pacific, employment expanded by 1.6 % in 2013 and is projected to outpace growth in the working age population in the coming years; labor markets continued to suffer from high rates of informal/agricultural employment where jobs are poorly paid and unprotected in South Asia; the economic growth rate in 2013 proved too low to generate sufficient employment opportunities for a fast growing population, and unemployment remained the highest in the world in the Middle East and North Africa and in Sub-Saharan Africa, paid employment opportunities are scarce and the vulnerable employment rate, at 77.4 % in 2013, remained the highest of all regions.

Mauritania has the highest unemployment rate of 30.1% in the last quarter of 2014 as reported by ILO. The country’s percentage has been constantly decreasing from 32.1% in 2005 but it has also been constantly recorded in the top 5 for the last 10 years. Cambodia, on the other hand has recorded to have the lowest unemployment rate with only 0.4% in the first half of 2014 .

Among all the regions, South East Asia and the Pacific have shown great potential in economic growth and development which imposes a warning to other developed countries. Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia have tied with both 3% unemployment rates. Jakarta Indonesia, despite leading Asia in infrastructure and construction industry thus employing thousands of employees is reported to still have 6% unemployed citizens in its population.

Africa, on the other hand, has been experiencing an increase in their unemployment rate. Ghana, for instance, has 12.9%, its highest unemployment record according to Trading Economics. The lack of job vacancies and have caused these numbers to increase from 11.20% from 2014.

South Asia has also been experiencing a laggard decline of unemployment rate despite the great rise of China. Hongkong also has 3% and is expected to maintain the number for the next 5 more years.

About Axis Human Capital Group 

Human Resource agencies like Axis Human Capital, a group of HR professionals which is located in Ghana, aims to help decrease unemployment rate by organizing events for employment awareness, particularly in Africa. We work with job seekers to map out their career paths and prepare them for career opportunities through individual career coaching, workshops and CV reviews. We also build the capacity of entrepreneurs through tailored business advisory services for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.