Online Edition - February 2000
- Y2K, Oh
-- "At 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2000 we both breathed a sigh of relief and simultaneously attended a coronation...The coronation may have been more significant than the relief."
Business Briefs Job
Applicants Need Personality
-- The purpose of the test is to prove whether a prospective employee is appropriate for a specific work environment. However, employers should not use these tests as the ultimate basis for hiring. Dr. Robert Smith says, “Applicants should remember that even those who ‘fail’ a test for a particular company can still get the job offer.” Then again, ‘failing’ the personality test may prevent the applicant from working at a company where they do not fit in.
New Job, Less
-- “Only 16 percent of job seekers expect to put in longer hours at their next job,” according to a survey of 1,058 managers by an international outplacement consulting firm. Managers often work 10 or more hours a day. More employers recognize the need for personal time during the week to keep employees productive. According to Harrison consultants, companies are beginning to realize that pushing managers too hard may persuade them to look elsewhere for work.
People Skills, Improvement
-- Dr. Mary Michaels of Drake Beam Morin, a New York-based career management consulting firm, suggests two ways to improve your people skills: (1) give feedback on a regular basis and (2) discuss growth and development more often than you evaluate last year's performance.
-- “Whether you are an executive manager with a lifetime of experience or a fast-track Generation Xer, enhancing your people development skills can have an extremely positive impact on your career.”