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Elephants can do considerable damage whether you are a farmer or a Learning and Development professional. As an L&D professional, you plant seeds of learning. If you do it right and nurture them, the seeds will grow into performance that your organisation can harvest for many years to come. So, what are these L&D elephants that might be threatening your crop? What stops your crop growing? And what ruins your crop before it can be harvested?

Let’s call the first elephant the ‘Performance Diagnostics’ elephant.

I am sure you know the old biblical story about sowing seeds on stony ground. They won’t even germinate, let alone grow. If you put people through a learning initiative that is not relevant to the needs of the learner, your learning is falling on stony ground. If the delegate in your training room doesn’t want or need the learning on offer, they won’t absorb it or do anything with it. Sadly, this happens all too frequently when people are put onto a training course because they are not performing on the job, or just because ‘everyone has to do it’. Why are they not performing? Is it a lack of skills or knowledge? Or is it the more likely culprit which is the stage on which they are performing that is limiting their performance? Or some combination of the two that will never be solved by training alone?

Effectively managing the Performance Diagnostics elephant will make sure you have the right people in the right room at the right time with the right content. And make sure you also focus on non-learning interventions when those are appropriate to solve performance issues.

Let’s call the second elephant the ‘Informal Learning’ elephant.

We know from our own experience, and from research, that most of what people know in order to do their job, they learnt on the job through activities and other informal channels. Think of the 70:20:10 concept. If we continue our analogy of seeds, this is more like self-seeded wildflowers than seeds you have intentionally sowed. We know an ecosystem is more than just the crops sown by the farmers. It includes all the other plants and insects around the field and in the hedgerows. Whenever farming has moved towards mono-culture, it requires more and more ‘forced’ support from fertilizer and insecticides. A vibrant and effective ecosystem includes variety, and this is no different to a learning ecosystem.

Effectively managing the Informal Learning elephant will make sure you have the requisite variety of learning available. And you are harnessing the power of informal learning. After all, that is how we have been learning for thousands of years. As a species, we got pretty good at it, so let’s proactively use the learning skill that is our birth right as homo sapiens.

Let’s call the third elephant the ‘Learning Transfer’ elephant.

Given you have done enough performance consultancy to ensure your training course is at least part of a viable solution, and the delegates are surrounded by resources and a culture that provides for their informal learning, how do you nurture your planted learning seeds? A growing seedling needs to be protected from the elements and watered. I might also need scaffolding in some cases to grow tall and strong. These are all excellent analogies for the kind of things that need to be done to encourage a delegate to practice their newfound skills. They need to experiment to find out what works and how it works for them. They need ongoing care and attention, and yes, even a scaffolded growth and development pathway.

Effectively managing the Learning Transfer elephant will make sure that your spend on formal learning initiatives like training won’t be wasted. We can do much better than the average training courses which achieve so little in terms of sustained behaviour change. Let’s pull the right levers to make sure learning transfer happens and the harvest is guaranteed and bountiful.

By the way, if you don’t get control of those first three elephants, a sneaky fourth elephant will join in. It will try to destroy your ability to even sow your learning seeds. Let’s call the fourth elephant the ‘Brand of L&D’ elephant, but that’s an elephant story for another day…

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Paul Matthews is the founder of People Alchemy and expert in workplace learning, especially informal learning, learning transfer, performance consultancy, and how Learning & Development can help achieve business targets. He is the author of the Learning at Work Trilogy: “Learning Transfer at Work: How to Ensure Training >> Performance”, “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times” and “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle”.

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When you’re running a small business, there’s a surprising number of issues which can crop up along the way. It’s certainly challenging, whether you’re just starting up the business or whether you’re trying to grow it.

The good news is, a lot of the issues which small business face can actually be avoided. So, below let’s look at some of the most avoidable issues for small businesses that can be easily managed.

Cash flow troubles

By far one of the biggest challenges all small businesses face is cash flow troubles. When it takes up to a month or even longer sometimes to collect payments, it can cause serious issues with your monthly cash flow. In some cases, businesses can even fail if their cash flow troubles run over for too long.

The good news is, there are lots of tools out there to help you avoid cash flow issues. You could take out a merchant cash advance to tide yourself over when you’re awaiting payment from your customers and clients for example. Setting up a safety net to account for potential delays in payment will really help the business to survive.

Attaining new customers

Finding new customers, especially as a start-up, can be difficult. It’s important to get your brand name out there so customers know who you are and where to find you. Even the biggest companies in the world don’t stop trying to attain new customers. The trouble is, smaller businesses don’t have the same level of recognition, or the marketing budget these larger companies have.

The best way to ensure you’re not wasting your marketing budget, is to target the right customers. Spend time researching your ideal customer and where to find them. The more specific your marketing campaign is, the easier it will be to find and attain new customers.

Increasing brand awareness

As well as attaining new customers, you’re going to need to focus on building up brand awareness. This isn’t always easy for small businesses, especially if they aren’t tech savvy. However, thanks to technology it’s easier than ever before to build up your brand.

Posting regular blogs, partaking in social media and co-marketing are just a few of the best techniques you can use to build up brand awareness.

Lack of skills

Finally, a lack of skills can be a real problem when it comes to building your business. When you started the company, you likely had all of the skills you needed. However, if you want it to grow, you’re going to need new skills which you alone wont necessarily have. So, look into hiring new employees to help with the growth of the business.

Overall, there are a lot of challenges you can face in your small business. The above are just some of the most common avoidable challenges you’ll face.

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Ed Smith – Ed took a keen understanding of business through his studies and early business ventures. He now looks to advise start-ups and is extremely keen to make sure every entrepreneur gets the advice which could make their business venture a success. He has been a guest author on various high authority business sites.

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Working for hours at the same desk, even a desk with a triple monitor stand can become a frustrating adventure. For one, there is extremely limited movement. With most meetings taking place in conference rooms and rarely at a meeting point outside your work facility, you have gotten used to lugging your frame from room to room, without as much action as going out for lunch. The fact that there’s also something to be celebrated on most days at work doesn’t help you stay fit as well. Work environments are usually filled with all sorts of distractions and temptations that keep you from staying fit while working (and you need these treats during boring meetings, right?). 

Let’s look at a few ways of keeping you fit during that 9-hour work log:

Move Around To Stay Fit While Working

With a 9-hour a day desk job, I know it’s pretty difficult to move around. There’s way too much work to be done than for you to waste any more time on idle walks. Yet, this is the best tip yet for people who have desk jobs: move around!

If you have to, look for an excuse to take a walk. For example, if you drive to work, park your car far away from your office. This way, to reach the car you’d have to take a walk to and fro work.

If you have to go to another floor in your office complex for a meeting, how about you ditch the elevator and take the damn stairs? Quite annoying, I know, but climbing a flight of stairs frequently will go a long way in keeping you fit.  

Some people have found that they are able to move around practically when they set reminders on their devices on when to move throughout the day.

Perhaps you are someone for whom it is easier to simply sit in during lunch or throughout your work hours because you are too focused on the tasks at hand. These reminders might drag you away from such keen focus, and inspire/refresh you. Of course, these short breaks have the added advantage of helping you stay fit.

Make a Conscious Effort to Eat Healthily

Since your job would qualify you for a sedentary lifestyle, it is very important to make a conscious decision to eat healthily. Snacks and junk food should be kept to the barest minimum, as they are harmful to your dental health as well. If you do not keep an eye on your habit of eating junk food, then you might have to look for the best teeth whitening toothpaste to save you from a bad smile and occasional but intensive dental pain.

Choose healthy foods if you have to go for lunch breaks and make a conscious effort to savor them. Eating mindfully makes you more content about your food content.

However, if you can carve out some time, meal preps are the best way to eat healthy because you’ll be more conscious of representing all food groups in the meals being prepped.

This way, you can add adequate proportions of vegetables and fruits to your weekly meals and prepare them for the week ahead.  

Drink Lots of Water Throughout the Day

You don’t get to bargain on how much water to drink. You should drink at least 8 cups of water daily, and if you have to set reminders for you to make good on the quantity of water required for you to drink per day, please do so.

As someone who already has a laid-back job life, water can be the game-changer, reducing your appetite for other food (specifically junk food) and helping the people around you see that you’ve gotten serious with staying healthy!

An addendum to taking more water is cutting down on sugary drinks and alcohol.

In all, living healthy and stay fit while working a 9-hour shift/daily work is not easy, but there are ways to at least, help you live a functional life!

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One of the hardest moments in someone’s career is landing a good job when they do not have any experience. College graduates have to go through jobs that are not anywhere near their dream to gain the required experience. Many people can relate to serving as a waiter or waitress before becoming a hotel manager as you trained.

However, countries like Singapore have gone against the grain and are now looking to recruit local and foreign employees who can deliver results without experience. So, if you are wondering whether or not you can get a job in Singapore without any experience, the answer is yes.

How to Get a Job in Singapore Without Experience

First of all, you need to know where to look for a job. Looking in the wrong places will just disappoint you. There are many online recruitment agencies that are looking for foreigners to work in Singapore without any experience.

Even though they do not ask for experience, you can be sure that there is something else that they want from you, and that is the value that you will bring on board. So, be prepared to prove this to a person who is conducting the interview. The last thing to know is that these jobs that do not require any experience requiring you have an education background. They will primarily check whether you have a university degree or not. Again, only apply for jobs that are in your field of training to increase the chances of securing a job.

Jobs That Do Not Require Experience in Singapore

As you search for jobs that do not require experience in Singapore, it is crucial to know which categories to consider. If you ask agents at One Visa, a company that helps foreigners to process work permits, they will have some advice to offer. But the most common ones include the following:

  • Graduate trainees – Many companies and sectors are looking for foreigners to work for them as they train as managers or other experts. You do not necessarily need any previous experience to secure this kind of job. However, a relevant college certificate, diploma, or degree is needed.
  • Contract jobs – Both short and mid-term contracts do not necessarily require experience. Again, hit the online recruitment websites to look for these opportunities in your area of career. If you are successful in signing the first one, take it as an opportunity to prove that you can deliver excellent results.
  • Online job opportunities – As the world is changing, more companies and businesses are now outsourcing their work to experts in remote areas. This is one of the best platforms to get a job in Singapore without experience. There are many companies that are looking for you, and the best part is that you do not have to travel to Singapore.
Conclusion

See, it is very easy to get a job in Singapore without any experience and as a foreigner. Make sure that you check in the right places and follow the guidelines that they have given. But most importantly, try jobs that are within your line of work.

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Mark Stone is an employment and finance expert. He has a rich experience in consulting, investment and financial strategies. As an writer with years of experience, he has spearheaded numerous successful projects.

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If you’ve been keeping up with the digital currency revolution, you probably know quite a lot about bitcoin. This cryptocurrency was invented back in 2009 by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto as a digital alternative to traditional physical currencies. Nakamoto wanted to create a trust-free currency, one where individuals were the only ones involved in transactions and no third parties could interfere. His mission was successful, and the world was forever changed.

It’s not just bitcoin that’s spearheading the cryptocurrency movement, though. There are several other types of digital currency that all offer different things and have different strengths. If you’re looking to trade in digital currency and you’re not particularly enthused by bitcoin (although you should be), you’ve got options. Here are the 6 most important cryptocurrencies on the market. These aren’t the only ones; they’re simply the ones we’ve deemed most significant.

Bitcoin 

Bitcoin – and cryptocurrency more generally – may have plenty of precedents, but this was the first time the idea had been tried so successfully and with such a detailed plan. This is the most successful cryptocurrency to date, and probably the one you think of when you’re talking about cryptocurrency. The bitcoin infrastructure is pretty well-developed; you can buy and sell bitcoin, carry out transactions with it, and even use websites like CaptainAltcoin.com to trade the currency with automated bots. There’s no doubt that bitcoin is one of the most significant cryptocurrencies available right now. It’s moving upwards, too. As more people adopt bitcoin it’s only going to get more popular and therefore more valuable. If you’re giving anyone a crash course in cryptocurrency, it would be churlish not to begin with bitcoin.

Ethereum 

If you’re following cryptocurrency, you’ve probably heard of Ethereum. This cryptocurrency completes transactions remarkably fast; where bitcoin usually takes around 10 minutes to complete a block in its blockchain, Ethereum takes just 12 seconds. Unlike bitcoin, only around 50% of Ethereum has been mined so far, so there’s more up for grabs for the wider community. Ethereum hasn’t set an upper limit on its total coin supply. Although this could cause concerns around inflation and devaluing of Ethereum, founder Vitalik Buterin has already brought an Ethereum Improvement Proposal forward to limit the total Ether supply and bring Ethereum back under control. There’s more of an emphasis on development and app creation with Ethereum; it’s also a global computer network which allows developers to create apps without third-party interference.

Litecoin 

You’ve probably heard the phrase “bitcoin’s little brother” when it comes to litecoin. That’s both fair and not fair. Litecoin is certainly lither than bitcoin – its transaction speeds are much quicker than its larger sibling – but it’s no less interesting or technologically valuable. Litecoin has a significantly higher token limit than bitcoin. Where bitcoin is limited to around 21 million individual bitcoins, Litecoin comes in at four times that value: 84 million tokens. Theoretically, that means you could mine significantly more litecoin than bitcoin. There are drawbacks, of course. Litecoin is much, much more resource-intensive to mine than bitcoin, which limits the pool of those who can mine it even further than bitcoin. It’s also got a market cap of around 1/20th of bitcoin’s.

BAT 

Are you worried about the direction in which online advertising is headed? Perhaps you need a crash course in BAT if you are. BAT (or Basic Attention Token) essentially rewards you for spending time on the internet. This model aims to streamline digital advertising by exchanging currency directly between publishers, advertisers, and users, with no need for third-party interference. BAT runs on the Ethereum blockchain, so it’s using the same security protocols as that cryptocurrency does. It might sound a little Black Mirror-esque, but BAT is arguably the future when it comes to digital advertising. You get paid to browse the web and consume advertisements, and advertisers get an audience. Everyone wins.

Bitcoin cash 

Bitcoin cash launched way back in summer 2017. There are several crucial differences between bitcoin cash and standard bitcoin. The main difference is the block size. Bitcoin cash implements an increased block size of 8MB compared to bitcoin’s 1MB, accelerating transactions significantly. There’s an adjustable level of difficulty in bitcoin cash’s blocks to ensure the blockchain will hold up no matter how many miners are supporting it. Some think that this makes bitcoin cash less secure, but on the flipside, it’s arguably more long-lasting than bitcoin. The founders of bitcoin cash were concerned that the introduction of the segmented witness technology (SegWit2x) to bitcoin was undermining its status as a decentralised and democratised currency, so they created bitcoin cash to address this issue.

Ripple 

Ripple was created largely to serve as an alternative to the current banking payment system of SWIFT. It was developed as a digital currency for banks and payment networks rather than for goods and services payments. There are some who think this means Ripple is going directly against the purpose of cryptocurrency, but it’s undeniable that Ripple is gaining some traction amongst businesses. Also unlike bitcoin, Ripple does have a central authority: it’s run by a company called Ripple (funnily enough) which has offices in Australia, the UK, and Luxembourg. Ripple’s goal is primarily the transfer of currencies and commodities between larger organisations, so whether or not you class it as a cryptocurrency will depend on your personal definition of the word.

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Expense reimbursement is among those financial processes that every organization needs to handle even though it may seem like a chore. Employees hate them because there is so much paperwork involved, and they hate filling out all those forms. This is particularly the case when these employees have just flown in from their business trip.

From the perspective of the finance team, the paperwork from expense reimbursement takes just too much time to verify, to process claims, to approve them individually and finally pay the respective employee. This is something businesses should control and automate because everyone would be happier if things moved a little faster. Also, it is vital not to leave these expenses unchecked.

What Is Expense Reimbursement?

Expense reimbursement signifies a way that businesses can pay their employees back when they spend their own bank balance for expenses that are related to the organization. For example, when an organization sends an employee on a business trip. If you have worked in different industries, you will know that business travel reimbursements are quite common, but there are so many other types of reimbursements, too. Some employees get reimbursed for their healthcare or education or any expense related to the affairs of the business.

The Three Types of Expense Reimbursements

The most common forms of employee expense reimbursements seen in organizations include:

  1. Healthcare Reimbursements
  2. Business Expense Reimbursements
  3. Travel and Mileage Reimbursements

A lot of businesses deal with this form of reimbursement because their employees make business trips. This is done beforehand because a lot of the travel expenses can be anticipated, such as the accommodation expenses or the cost of air tickets.

There are, however, some expenses that are made during the course of the trip, such as the costs of meals or cabs. For such unavoidable expenses, businesses usually set a ‘per diem’ allowance. Even though this is the case, it isn’t uncommon for employees to incur a few more incidental expenses.

Healthcare Expense Reimbursements

Oftentimes, businesses will offer their employees an HRA which is also known as a Health Reimbursement Account. Other organizations may call these FSA’s or Flexible Spending Accounts, but the idea is more or less the same.

A Better Way of Handling Expense Reimbursements

Well, here we are talking about expense reimbursement software and workflow automation. These dedicated reimbursement systems can be the obvious choice for so many organization out there because of the fact that there is no better one-size-fits-all solution.

All your business would need is an expense reimbursement software or application, and you will be able to completely customize the process to your benefit. The system will, therefore, adjust its working to your business’ specific expense policies and enforce it on employees.

Why Would You Automate the Expense Reimbursement Process?

Both employers and employees can benefit from the automation of the expense reimbursement process. Setting aside the tax benefits for both parties, there are a lot more intangible benefits to be gained from here.

If your business pays for educational courses, their employees will automatically be motivated to develop the skills that greatly save their time and benefit the business. Getting healthcare benefits from your organization, on the other hand, naturally proves that the organization cares about you. These and every other expense reimbursement has been proven to improve employee retention while increasing their loyalty.

Keeping track of these reimbursements has the ability to help organizations control their expenditures. Other than this, businesses gain the ability to identify areas where employees have been spending unnecessarily while making insightful decisions regarding how costs can be cut down.

Say goodbye to huge piles of reports and paperwork. They caused more trouble than they were worth. Whether you are a business owner or a manager, your troubles will never lessen if you don’t make the jump to expense reimbursement software.

With such software, paperwork will become a thing of the past. All the important information will be moved online, and all the approval flows will be easier to manage. Your business will, therefore, be much more efficient, organized, and much easier to manage.

When expense reports will be added to the software and into the system of an employee, the process will only take a few steps before the payment is administered. The process couldn’t get any easier than this!

  • Another thing you could consider before transitioning to expense reimbursement software is the relationships between employees and managers. The unavoidably slow process of expense reimbursement has the ability to strain these relationships. Now, you wouldn’t want that, would you?
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A business card is one of the most important sales and marketing tools in the world of business.  It does not only contain your contain information and your position in the company, but also your company logo. Most business cards lack taste and look dull and boring and that is why they tend to be forgotten almost immediately. This is why it is important to have a card that stands out and speaks more about the company too.

Die-Cut Cards: What are They?

It is no doubt that there was a need to change the normal trend of having rectangular shaped business cards. This is where these cards come in. Imagine having your business cards uniquely designed to suit your company or products, with a custom made shape, colour or picture, that immediately speaks about your brand and is also beautiful. This is exactly what these cards are all about.

The business world is quite a saturated world and there are competitors who come in every day and their main goal is to stand out from the rest.  One of the ways that you can outsmart your competitors as far as marketing is concerned is by the use of die cut business cards. Remember the first thing that you give your customer is your business card and, therefore, it should speak volumes about your company and products and the traditional boring cards cannot cut it anymore.

Custom Die Cut Business Cards

There are a million possibilities with die-cut cards. The best thing about these cards is that they can be custom made to match your products or business, for example, a baker can choose to have a cupcake shaped card. Custom made cards are designed uniquely for each business and are a great way to market yourself instantly.

Designing Die Cut Cards

If you do not want to have a custom made cards there are other option to choose from that is still different from the traditional business cards. You can choose a standard shape from the ones available and also the kind of paper that you would like and this can be either gloss, linen, uncoated, synthetic plastic and many more.

Once you choose the shape and paper you like remember that:
  • In as much as you want your card to be eye-catching, it must contain your contact information. This means that whatever shape you choose or custom makes, it should leave enough room for the information you want to have on the card.
  • The card should be very legible. Do not use tiny fonts that will be challenging to read.
  • There is such a thing as too much. Do not try to squeeze in everything in your cards, it will end up appearing too busy. Remember it is just a card and not a portfolio. The shape, colours, and logo when well designed should be able to speak volumes and make your customers want to check you out some more.

Business cards are not meant to be used just for networking purposes during business luncheons or any other corporate event. They can be used as a means of promoting the company and its products or services. There are several ways in which you can be creative with die cut business cards. Some of these ways are:

  • You can turn them into raffle tickets and let your customers try to win a prize at the same time you can also use the card to gather feedback from them by having them fill a mini survey on the card.
  • Choose to be creative by hanging the cards as tags on clothes. The chances of the customer keeping the card are quite high because they will be intrigued.
  • Use them as a reward card. A nicely shaped card that can for into a wallet and can still accommodate rubber stamps or hole punches is a great way to go.

These cards are the future of marketing as far as business cards are concerned. The best thing about them is that you can get to play around with them and choose to change their design after a while. With them, your business cards will never be boring. The creative possibilities with die cuts are unlimited and this is one of the best things in print media. Therefore, if you want your business to stand out and have a fighting chance amongst your competitors then this is the way to go. Choose to introduce your business today in the most unique way with these die-cut cards.

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Stepping in as a new manager isn’t always easy. Employees can feel unsettled about change, especially if it’s a change in management. This means, you may be met with hesitation and scepticism. Making a good first impression is therefore crucial if you want to be accepted into your new role and start delivering results quickly.

So, how can you ensure you make the best first impression on your new workforce? Here, you’ll discover some great tips and advice you can follow to help you settle in quickly.

Listen, rather than lead to start with

Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes you can make, is jumping right in with your own opinions and ideas. While you may be keen to show off your skills and the ways you can help the business, to existing employees, this can come across as really annoying.

Instead, it’s best to listen to the opinions of the staff and see what they feel will help to take the business forward. If they’re working on existing projects, what do they feel could help to make the project run smoother? The more you listen, the more you’ll learn about the current situation in the workplace and how it can be improved.

Take your time to get to know the team

You’ll make the best first impression if you take the time to actually get to know the team. A lot of managers can let their own sense of importance stop them from developing a relationship with the people they work with. However, the key to being a good manager is to understand your staff.

Even if you’re only coming into the workplace as an interim manager, it’s still important to develop a relationship with your new team. Spend the first day introducing yourself to each individual, finding out how they tick and what their attitude is towards the business. This will help you to determine the best steps forward to improve the day to day operations.

Add positivity to the workplace

A good manager is one who brings positivity into the workplace. The more positive and upbeat you are, the more the staff will warm to you. People like to be led by a positive role model. So, if you come into your new role with a positive attitude, it’s going to inspire the team and make them more likely to follow you.

Adding positivity into the workplace also helps to boost motivation, improve staff retention, and build up trust and confidence. Expanding on this, you can throw in a little gratitude too, ensuring the team feel appreciated and valued.

You don’t need to everybody’s best friend to be a great manager. However, it is important to make sure you’re easy to approach. Staying positive, listening to the team and ensuring you get to know each team member personally are all going to help you make a great first impression. Remember, how you start in your new role will determine how smoothly the transition will go.

 

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Ed Smith – Ed took a keen understanding of business through his studies and early business ventures. He now looks to advise start-ups and is extremely keen to make sure every entrepreneur gets the advice which could make their business venture a success. He has been a guest author on various high authority business sites.

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The way companies treat their employees has changed dramatically over the years. Businesses are now starting to understand that in order to be successful, they need a good team of workers behind them.

In order to ensure employees are satisfied and motivated, companies are starting to create great employee experiences. Here, we’ll look at just some of the ways they’re doing this and how your business can follow suit.

Providing a good work and life balance

In order to keep employees happy, businesses are starting to understand the importance of providing good work and life balance. If they spend most of their time at work with little time for a personal life, it’s going to increase employee’s stress levels, as well as encourage them to look for another job which doesn’t demand as much of their time.

There are several ways businesses are starting to offer better work and life balance to their workers. Offering flexible hours, paid time off and company family activities are just some of the methods being used to boost employee experience.

Introducing wellness programs

Wellness programs are also playing a key role in employee retention. Results from recent studies have revealed just how important employee wellness is in the workplace.

The healthier and happier your employees are, the more productive and motivated they’ll be. The most popular wellness programs include providing mental health support, giving employees gym memberships and having an “open door” policy, where employees know they can talk to their employer if there is a problem in their personal life.

Some are even going as far as to offer financial wellness support. If employees are going through financial difficulties, it’s going to impact their work. So, having support in the workplace can really help to ease their worries, as well as boost their performance. Financial support businesses are offering to improve employee experience include access to salary linked loans, savings and providing financial education.

Investing in employee wellness programs is sure to create a great employee experience. Research the different wellness programs other companies have found to be effective and this will give you a great idea of the type of incentives you can add to your working environment.

Identifying what employees really want

The most successful companies in the US right now, are those which are listening to their employees. Providing feedback channels helps to build up trust between the business and its employees. It helps them to feel listened to, and you get a solid idea of what needs to change in order to improve the employee experience. Open forum discussions, employee surveys and suggestion boxes are just some of the techniques being used to gather employee feedback.

If you focus on creating a great employee experience, it’s going to have significant benefits for the business. The above is just some of the ways businesses across America are helping to boost employee experience. Asking your employees for their feedback and introducing wellness programs into the workplace are guaranteed to improve the working environment.

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Ed Smith – Ed took a keen understanding of business through his studies and early business ventures. He now looks to advise start-ups and is extremely keen to make sure every entrepreneur gets the advice which could make their business venture a success. He has been a guest author on various high authority business sites.

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How Many Questions Do You Need To Pass The PMP Exam?

Let’s briefly describe what PMP is. It is considered as the most valuable and important certifications for the project management professionals. Before you come to know the exact number of questions required to pass the PMP® Exam, learn about the PMP Exam Pass rate.

As PMP is a globally recognized certification for aspirants working in the field of management, they cannot neglect it at any cost. This because PMP aims to provide a higher salary than those who are not certified in it. After getting the certification exam, you would love to thanks PMP as you will be able to communicate and understand the global language of the project management with other professionals.

This is a great opportunity to build connections with the community of professionals, experts, and professionals globally.

PMP Eligibility and Requirements

The Project Management Institute or PMI seeks some PMP eligibility requirements from the candidates. Once you are satisfied with the following PMP requirements, you are able to take the exam.

  • Better communication with several stakeholders throughout the project
  • Good knowledge in the field of management and its techniques

PMP is not easy to pass and achieve as compared to other certifications. Therefore, it is essential to know about the value of PMP Exam Pass rate.

Different Aspects of PMP Exam Pass rate

Keep one thing in mind before answering the question about the PMP exam rate aspect- PMI doesn’t give much information about the PMP exam rate. Here are the things that PMI never discloses in detail:

  • PMP exam rate criteria
  • List of people passing the exam in the first attempt
  • Number of questions you can get from particular PMBOK areas
  • Patterns of questions asked in the exam

You need to create the informed guesses from the statistics illustrated by the PMP training organizations and study group.

PMP Passing Score

According to the PMI, the PMP score is concluded by psychometric analysis. With the help of subject matter experts- project professionals globally and with various disciplines determine how many questions are required to answer correctly in order to pass the exam. Each correct answer in an exam is worth the score. A final score is calculated on the basis of points you earn on the exam. The number of questions you answer in the exam defines your performance, which is mentioned in the report.

In simple terms, there is no exact answer for the PMP score rate by the PMI. But, it is not possible to give the exam without knowing the exact number of correct answers to pass the exam. The more difficult the level you will get, the more you score in the exam. Two candidates don’t have the same set of questions. Therefore, it is cleared that PMP scores vary accordingly.

It can also be said that an exam with easy questions leads to scoring high as compared to a set of difficult questions. Moreover, each question doesn’t carry equal marks. Thus, one cannot estimate the exact numbers needed to hit the PMP passing score.

PMP Exam Rate VS PMP Exam Pattern

Out of the total 200 multiple choice questions in the PMP exam, you can achieve a score of only 175 questions. The remaining 25 questions are pretest, which is not added to the PMP Exam Pass rate. Such questions are experimental in nature as they are checked to know the validity in future examinations. These questions are scattered across the examination.

However, it is hard to determine about the experimental questions in the exam. A candidate has to handle all the questions with equal significance.

As you know about the pattern of 200 questions, it is important for you to attempt each question seriously in the exam. It is recommended to your best and score over 70% by practising many sample papers for your better performance in the exam.

This 4-hour long exam is scheduled without a break. The exam starts with a tutorial and is taken ahead with a survey. It may take 15 minutes to complete. Well, the times excludes from the 4 hours.

Read about the PMP Code of Ethics and PMBOK specification before sitting in the exam. You need to score from the five project management process groups and show your efficiency. Well, there are specific domains that define your score in the exam- initiation, planning, implementation, controlling and monitoring, and closing.

Moreover, there are many myths about the PMP exam rate score that worries the candidates unnecessarily. Don’t believe such myths mentioned below-

  • PMP exam pass rate is 61%. Not at all! The pass rate completely depends on the score you achieved in the exam. If you get easy questions set, your score will be high, and if you get the difficult set of questions, then your score may get lower. However, your preparation defines your score in the exam at the end.
  • Scoring low in any of the proficient levels of a domain leads to failing. This is not true at all. PMP creates the result on the basis of the overall performance and doesn’t look at one specific domain. In short, you need to pass those domains that have high scores in the exam.
  • The weighting of all questions is the same. Remove this myth from your mind today only. Every question has different marks and you can achieve excellent scores by practising a lot of sample questions.
PMP Exam Report

You’ll get the result once you complete the computer-based test. The Prometric test centre or your exam centre will provide you with an official sealed copy of your test result. Your report includes performance according to the domain mentioned in the exam.

For the paper-based exam, you’ll not get the exam report on the same day. But, you’ll definitely get it within six to eight weeks online after completing the exam.

Thus, scoring in PMP exam is beyond myths and focuses on the good preparation for your high score that you aim for.

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