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Posted by Insightlink on 02/08/19

How to Decide Whether Agile Innovation Methods are Right for Your Team


If you find HR department routinely experiences issues and is inefficient or you find it can't keep up with the changing company culture, you might want to start thinking about ways to re-outfit it and manage day-to-day operations. What are your processes and how can they be tweaked or changed? Or should you just throw out the baby with the bathwater and try a whole new approach? 

Although it's been around since the early 2000s, the agile methodology first became popular among software developers that wanted to bring products to market faster and more efficiently. Having an agile mindset when it comes to HR certainly has its benefits, allowing for improved performance and quicker and easier processes. 

Since agile methodology worked so well for these developers, business owners and other professionals jumped on the bandwagon and started using these principles and values as part of a general approach to project management. From there, it trickled down into other departments like human resources. 

So what exactly are agile innovation methods, and how do you know if they're right for you and your HR department? Let's take a look and then we'll discuss how best to implement one using a call center in the cloud. 

What is Agile Innovation?

 

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Posted by Insightlink on 01/29/19

How Technology in the Workplace can Improve Employee Happiness


Most savvy companies know that increasing employee satisfaction can lead to decreased levels of employee turnover, which costs companies $30.5 billion annually. While there are many ways to go about ensuring that your employees are happy - and continue to be happy - one of the most effective ways to engage them at work is to play to their interests. And, with more than half of the workforce set to be made up of Millennials and younger-aged employees by 2020, the way to win their hearts and play to their interests lies in providing them with the right technology.


Giving Them The Tools Needed For Success

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Posted by Insightlink on 01/23/19

Eight Ways to Crush the January Blues in 2019


January can be tough. A combination of debt, cold weather, time since Christmas, low motivation and failed New Year’s resolutions sees the most depressing day of the year fell on 21 January this year. And while we know Blue Monday is just a concept, finding the enthusiasm to power through work after a long holiday can make January seem particularly gloomy.

With more employees looking to climb the career ladder in 2019, manage work-life balance and increase happiness, Insightlink together with Instant Offices give eight simple ways on how to crush the career blues and start January off with some positive changes:

1. Ask for an Increase

If you’re committed to your job but need more to keep you motivated, it’s definitely time to stop stalling and ask for a raise. Don’t turn the conversation into an ultimatum – if you’re happy with your career but not the pay, make sure to communicate that clearly.

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Posted by Insightlink on 01/18/19

Modernize Your Workplace With These 7 Ways to Create a Smart Office


A productive modern workplace takes advantage of smart technologies to make workers’ jobs easier and more satisfying. A smart office also utilizes technology to automate daily routines and everyday tasks, so work flows smoothly and employees have more time for creative, constructive thinking. Whether you are setting up your workspace in a new office or have an existing business that’s looking to update to more modern times, consider the following ways to create the perfect smart office.


Choose Ergonomic Furniture

Today’s health-conscious workers are fully aware of the dangers of sitting at a desk all day, so consider bringing in convertible desks that go back and forth between standing and sitting, as well as chairs that accommodate different postures and tasks. Studies have shown that standing desks can improve mood and energy levels, reduce back pain, boost productivity and reduce absenteeism, and may even lower workers’ risk of weight gain. And without the distractions of discomfort and pain, employees can connect more fully with their co-workers and the tasks at hand, creating greater engagement and satisfaction on the job.

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Posted by Insightlink on 01/07/19

How to Ace a Skills-Based Interview


Recruiters are at a uniquely privileged time when it comes to finding the right person for the job, and the reason is the relatively new form of interviewing candidates, which is based solely on competencies and skills. In the past, job interview questions sought to elicit a general picture of the person’s strengths and weaknesses, typically delving into past responsibilities. These days, skills-based interviews allow us to go beyond the basics, honing in on precise skills already demonstrated by candidates in past jobs or in their academic life. Skills-based job interviews work because they are objective and predictive. They essentially bring a candidate to a specific time in the past in which they demonstrated core competencies such as teamwork, conflict resolution, goal achievement, and so on.

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Posted by Insightlink on 12/05/18

How Implementing XR in the Workplace can Improve Staff Happiness


Virtual Reality is the simulated experience of exploring virtual worlds in 360 degrees, and the technology has recently taken the gaming industry by storm. Augmented Reality technology is the combination of the real world and the virtual in one perspective, and is also featuring prominently in new games. Both technologies now form under the umbrella term Extended Reality (XR), and are actually being used by many companies across a multitude of industries. XR can be very useful to businesses, particularly within human resources, as the technologies can help improve staff happiness. Here’s how:

Onboarding
Extended Reality is already being used by many businesses to facilitate the process of onboarding employees when they first start. At present, 63% use, or plan to use, XR for training and simulation, as companies have learnt that the technology is able to prepare new recruitments far more effectively than traditional methods. The gamification of virtual and mixed realities provides a multi-sensory experience which is sure to increase the attention span and memory retention of first-time users. New employees can find great confidence in training with XR, especially when it comes to high-pressure or dangerous jobs that require a meticulous approach. In turn, this immersive training allows staff to be more comfortable when implementing their training to their everyday role.

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