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Do you feel committed at work?

Do you feel committed at work?

Only 30% of employees feel committed to the company they work for, according to the latest worldwide survey carried out by Gallup. To be honest, the figure is hardly encouraging. When you consider that we spend almost a third of our time at work, it is undeniable that our professional life is something that we need to think about seriously if we want to feel happy in general. So, let’s take a look at what …

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If you think you can, you’re right!

Imagine that you’re going to a job interview, or to a meeting with a potential new client, or on a first date with someone that you really like. Before taking part in any of these encounters, you would do well to reflect on the dictum of Henry Ford (1863 – 1947), the founder of the Ford motor company: ‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t– you’re right.’

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When 1 + 1 is less than 2

Is the overall performance of a team less than, the same as, or greater than the sum of its parts? Ringelman, a French agronomist, found the answer: less. He came to this conclusion after studying of a group of men who were pulling on a rope. According to the laws of physics, four people who pull on a rope will exert four times the force as one person. However, Ringelman’s study showed that in reality the force exerted by a group of four was only two and a half times bigger than the force exerted by a lone individual.

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Goodbye job for life, hello employability

Our working life is increasingly going to resemble a relationship, or a marriage, with the odd separation thrown in for good measure; and this is going to happen, whether we like it or not. The world is changing, and our working lives will change in step with it. A few years ago, the management consulting firm, McKinsey, said that in 1990 a person would work on average for two companies throughout his/her working life, but that by 2010 the figure would rise to ten. This estimate now seems excessive in the light of the current economic crisis which has put a brake on people changing jobs (which makes the life of many human resources departments easier, and has conversely made life more difficult for the many people seeking new pastures). That being said, the pace of change is such that no manager can feel confident that he will hold down the same job all his working life. This has profound consequences both for companies and for employees.

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Nine ways to foster commitment

In times of uncertainty, it is vital for companies to develop closer relationships with customers, to get everyone in the organization pulling together, and to make sure that all available talent is put to the best possible use. Underpinning this, the idea of commitment is of central importance.

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