The Keys to Happiness at Work ** HR daily news

Togetehr Abroad11-07-2019 10:40 AM

“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.”—Buddha

“People who are happy in life have an easy time feeling good and recovering from adversity; they have close, supportive social connections; and they believe that their presence in the world matters,” writes Emiliana Simon-Thomas, the science director of Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, on the Greater Good Magazine. Similarly, she defines happiness at work as “feeling an overall sense of enjoyment at work; being able to gracefully handle setbacks; connecting amicably with colleagues, coworkers, clients, and customers; and knowing that your work matters to yourself, your organization, and beyond.”

Several studies have confirmed the strong link between happiness and productivity. In his book, The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor mentioned that “we can fully utilize our intellectual powers when we are feeling confident and happy. In a happy state of mind, creative ideas flow in and we are better at problem-solving and decision-making.” Caleb Papineau, director of global marketing at TINYpulse, revealed the following statistics: Happy people are 31% more productive and three times more creative; happiness improves business profitability by 147%; 75% of individuals leave their jobs because they are unhappy with their boss rather...
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Together Abroad05-06-2019 8:03 PM
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”— Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen monk and mindfulness meditation master.

Mindfulness is the ability to be aware of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surroundings in a gentle, non-judgmental way. When we practice mindfulness in our daily lives, our thoughts tune into what we are sensing in the present moment rather than dwelling in the past or imagining the future, thus helping us to become calmer and kinder to ourselves and others.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program in the United States in 1979, defined mindfulness meditation as a “'moment to moment non-judgmental awareness.” The Journal of Business Ethics’ review on spirituality and performance in organizations found an increase in corporate meditation programs since 2010 and the Financial Times stated that a quarter of American employers, like Aetna and Google, were already using stress reduction initiatives in 2016.

The American Psychological Association (APA) mentions the following proven benefits of mindfulness to increase well-being and productivity: reduces rumination on past failures and current challenges; reduces stress and anxiety; improves memory; improves focus and cognitive potential; increases emotional control; reduces reactivity; improves relationship satisfaction...
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Together Abroad15-05-2019 8:02 PM
Google for Jobs Is Coming to the Netherlands

Rumor has it that Google’s job search engine Google for Jobs is coming to the Netherlands. Is that true? Apparently yes, and very soon. Even though the service is available in a few countries, it is not fully available in Europe yet. On April 2019, however, Emerce reported that Google for Jobs was already being tested in the Netherlands and France. Richard Collins from ClickID, one of Google’s partners, told Emerce: “Google for Jobs is reportedly testing in the Netherlands and France, theoretically they could launch before the summer.”

Google for Jobs was introduced in America in May 2017. Since then, the service was also launched in India, South Africa, the US, and Japan, and rolled out in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria and Kenya. Europe’s turn came in 2018, with the service being introduced in Germany, Spain and the UK. Peter Woudenberg, head of digital marketing at RecruitNow, reported that the launching in Spain led to 366% more visitors through organic search and 289% more job applications through Monster board, one of Google’s partners in the rollout.

What is Google for Jobs and how does it work?

Google for Jobs is an...
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Together Abroad29-04-2019 12:18 PM
Join the Undutchables team and internationals from all over the world for one of the most anticipated parties of the year. On May 18th 2019 we will be hosting our annual Eurovision Songfestival party. Just like every year the party will have a theme, this year the theme is Calling all Comic & Superheroes. You are invited to put your mask on and party with us. Are you feeling heroic?
There will be a private viewing area with Silent Disco where you can watch the Song Contest unfold. At the same time we will have a DJ downstairs for those who want to dance. Put your VR glasses on and who knows you might actually save the world. Or how about you make a memorable photo with your fellow superheroes in our glowing photo-booth - trust us you can't miss it. But remember to keep your mask on. You do not want to give your secret identity away...
We know that partying as a superhero requires a lot of energy. Don't worry, we've got you covered! Recharge your Battery (superhero pun!) with our super snacks. And of course, don't forget to hydrate and party on.
Villains beware, if you find...
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Together Abroad23-04-2019 2:50 PM

The world is changing fast and so is the world of work. Technological transformation, global competition, and demographic change are affecting drastically how we work, consume and live. These three factors, according to the study Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2018, have determined two trends in the European labor market: Human capital quality improvement (reskilling) and highly diverse forms of work (atypical working).

Atypical work, defined by Eurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions), is any employment relationship that do not conform to the standard or ‘typical’ model of full-time, regular, open-ended employment with a single employer over a long-time span. Atypical work includes part-time, temporary, fixed-term, casual and seasonal work, self-employed people, independent workers and homeworkers. New forms of atypical working—broadly called flexible employment—that have also emerged during the last years are: employee sharing, job sharing, interim management, ICT-based mobile work, voucher-based work, portfolio work, crowd employment, collaborative employment, and platform work. Platform workers in Europe 2018 reported that the proportion of this emerging phenomenon in Europe is still small, reaching roughly 10% (ranging from 6% in Finland to 12% in Spain and the UK). In the Netherlands, 10% of the people surveyed reported to have...
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Togther Abroad16-04-2019 3:53 PM
Employer Branding and What It Comprises?
In an era driven by Artificial Intelligence and Automation, Employer Branding is the much-needed human touch to a company. According to LinkedIn, 80% of HR managers and recruiters around the world agree that a great brand makes it easier to recruit the right talent. Before diving into the details of employer branding, it is essential to highlight the differences between certain terminologies that are often misused synonymously.

Corporate Brand (CB), or simply ‘the brand,’ encompasses a firm’s business and the product or service they sell – brand as a service provider. CB can be perceived as the image of a company that helps consumers differentiate between them and their competitors. Employer Branding (EB) focuses exclusively on its future and current employees – brand as a recruiter. EB plays a vital role in talent acquisition, as it denotes the reputation of the company. This reflects on how potential candidates and employees view you as an employer. The main goal of EB is to establish your company as a desirable employer.

Once you have established your brand, it is time to market! You have to find ways to deliver the message to the right candidates, at the...
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Together Abroad10-04-2019 8:11 PM

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”—Harvey Firestone, American businessman and founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company.

Well-being, in short, is the state of being comfortable, healthy, and happy. Can the work environment be a place where people feel comfortable, healthy and happy? Yes, it can, and it should be. Focusing on employees’ well-being is not only the right thing to do: “Following the greatness of human spirit, everyone should be given an equal opportunity to acquire knowledge, develop skills, and use his or her natural talents in the workplace, thus creating joy.“—says Neale Donald Walsch, American bestselling writer and spiritual teacher. But, from a business perspective, it is also a triple win for individuals, teams and organizations to do so.

When people feel good, they are able to function more creative and effectively. Science has long discovered why well-being matters. It enables people to flourish intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. People with higher levels of well-being are more sociable, energetic, charitable and cooperative. They show more flexibility and are more productive in their jobs. They are better leaders and negotiators. They are more resilient, have stronger immune systems and are physically healthier...
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Together Abroad09-04-2019 1:05 PM
How to Attract Top Talent

‘Top talent’ is a buzzword that is thrown around a lot in the job marketplace. As the job market has grown naturally competitive, the demand for the best possible workers has grown exponentially. A wrong recruit can end up costing money, time and training if they turn out to be a bad fit, but on the other hand, companies want to know how to attract workers who will go above and beyond what is expected of them.

What Is ‘Top Talent’?

While the general idea of top talent constitutes an ideal employee, who performs or outperforms their job requirements, the real definition is much more subjective, dependent on industry, company values, and other variables. Interestingly, one recent study defined top talent as workers who are purpose-oriented; in other words, employees who view their work regarding personal fulfilment and serving others, rather than self-benefit in the form of income or status.

One of the issues with this definition is that the difficulty in finding workers who are genuinely passionate about their work can vary greatly depending on each industry. Where creative industries, such as the entertainment industry, have a much higher percentage of purpose-oriented workers, other typical...
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Together Abroad02-04-2019 1:00 PM
Do’s and Don’ts of HR Analytics People are the core of business. It is known that, among executives’ global business concerns, human capital is the top issue. Organizations that can attract the right skills, manage talent and utilize its capacity effectively, and retain employees will be paving their way for long-term success. Today, however, human resources departments (HR) of most organizations are generating enormous amounts of data that can be difficult to assimilate. The question is how to turn this data into valuable insights that support decision making. Here is where HR analytics comes into play.

Human resource analytics (HR analytics) is the discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful patterns in the human resources’ data in a way that promotes effective decision making, helps improve employee performance and increases return on investment. HR analytics relies on statistics, computer programming and operations’ research to quantify performance within recruitment, HR processes’ optimization, payments, and workforce development.

Among HR functions, recruitment has the highest business impact. This is why the benefits of data driven recruitment are so valued. Dr. John Sullivan—an internationally known HR thought-leader from Silicon Valley, best-selling author, and professor—cites Google, one of the most valuable firms in the world, as an...
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Together Abroad25-03-2019 9:26 PM
6 Steps to Effective Time Management How many times have you heard someone say: “There aren't enough hours in the day?” It is easy to spiral further into a stressful state after taking on an unrealistic workload or not effectively managing your time. Workloads can become overwhelming and social lives suffer, yet this does not have to be the case. Practicality, communication, and positivity are essential in ensuring deadlines are met and stress levels are kept to a minimum. Here are six steps to go about effective time management:

1. Prioritise

The best starting point in time management is to create a list of jobs and goals. Rapidly scribbling everything down and then numbering them by priority is my usual method. It can be tempting to scratch off the small items first, but this could be leaving the worst till last. There can be multiple factors in prioritisation, be that the deadline, duration, or seniority of the member of staff that delegated the task. Consider these and regularly refer back to the list.

2. Be realistic

You are only human. Do not set goals that cannot be achieved within the allotted time frame – it will only amplify your stress levels when...
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