Thursday, 29 January 2015

Dress to Impress With Branded Business Clothing

Today’s competitive, goal-oriented, and adventure-ready men & women prefer wearable but stylish clothes. When at work, these classy individuals have an air of confidence about them, donning branded business clothing as they interact with higher-ups or peers.
Yes, there’s something to be said about authentic designer business ensembles with relaxed tailoring and high-quality fabrics. Being fashioned by renowned style icons, designer business suits may come in attractive colors like brown, burgundy, or sharp blue. Not only do quality designer business clothes meld seamlessly with other wardrobe staples; they also make the wearers – determined, sophisticated and go-getting individuals -- look sharp and authoritative.  The other advantage of branded business clothing is that it lends a huge dose of elegance.
Among the most favored designer suits that contemporary businessmen go for are American menswear collections like Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, and so on. Female designers noted for their minimalistic, cool, and statement-making menswear, like Jill Sander, have also ignited interest for business suits with classical cuts, some of which have daring shapes and eye-catching colors (not just black & white).
Meantime, working women can also find a wide array of modern business outfits in soft, comfortable fabrics, and nice colors and designs that can go from work to social events. 
Also popular among male executives who like elegantly tailored suits are the high-end Italian menswear lines Ermenegildo Zegna, Bottega Veneta, and Gianfranco Ferre, to name some. These branded business clothing brands let men express their refined taste and individuality. A relaxed designer suit designed for work and leisure also underscores that a man knows what he wants, and has a good sense of style.  Interestingly, top designers offer made-to-measure clothes for modern males who are not inclined to don stuffy suits or look like a fashion victim.
On the other hand, the clean lines and good fit of the classically crafted suits of German luxury fashion Hugo Boss AG as well as UK luxury goods maker Burberry also command quite an attention.
Meantime, there will always be guys who just want to dress in simple polo shirt and khakis. Branded clothing lines that may appeal to these corporate cowboys owing to the ease and freedom they provide are Old Navy, Mango, Zara, Banana Republic, and many others.  Whether you are an executive on the rise who wants to be taken seriously, or in a top-level position, dressing up well has a lot of merits. 
Guest post by branded clothing experts, Logos 4 Polos. Thanks Colin!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Guidelines in Choosing Your Office Equipment

In choosing your office equipment, you have to consider if the additions will help you improve comfort and productivity in the workplace. Aside from appearance, you need to determine if it will fit in the office space. Also, you have to know how long you will be using the equipment and how much you can allot for it. Here are some important guidelines in selecting the ideal office equipment for you.
Determine if there is enough room for your desired equipment.
There is only one way to be accurate about this aspect: Measure your office space. Aside from measuring the spot where you intend to place the equipment, you have to take note of the dimensions of the areas where the equipment will be brought during transportation. Failing to measure both of these will cause you a lot of trouble in positioning the office equipment.
In getting a certain piece, estimate how much in a day you will most likely use it.
For instance, if you are planning to get an office chair soon, determine the estimated number of hours in a day that you plan to use your personal computer. If you will use your computer for at least four straight hours per shift, you have to invest in a comfortable and ergonomic chair. This will not only help make using the computer more comfortable for you but this will also help prevent postural and back problems from developing in the long run.
Know your budget for a specific piece of office equipment.
With this in mind, you have to decide if you want to invest in expensive but durable equipment or an affordable but fragile item. Take note that this may not only be the choices that you can have in office equipment. Durable but affordable equipment is available in some reputable stores. You may check out the shops in your location or comparison sites such as photocopier rental.
Set your priorities straight.
Determine a theme for your office space and then try to balance this out with the comfort level that you can get from your equipment. In the end, you have to prioritize if style or comfort should be your main priority in choosing the appropriate office item.
If you have other people who will share the space with you, you need to consider their needs as well.
Collaborate to see if some office equipment can be multifunctional. Based on what you agree on, you may make choices on equipment for the workplace.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

10 Ways to Keep Your Employees Happy [Infographic]

We'll hopefully be sharing a lot more of these infographics over the coming year. They are a superb way to digest content.

Let's be honest, we try and keep business, HR simple and interesting here but it's always touching on a little boring. What better way that posting this infographic from Corporate Payroll Solutions, top work guys!

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Top 4 Tips on How to Gracefully Hand Over Your Notice

Saying goodbye is never easy – even if you are leaving your dead end type of a job (though you have gotten used to it, and maybe even learned to love because of the many friends you have made through the years) and moving on to greener pastures, so to speak. Following are 4 simple tips on how you can hand over your resignation letter gracefully and making it as painless as possible for all people involved.
1.   Timing Is Key
Before informing your superior of your intentions, make sure that you have reviewed your employment contract, and know the required notice period as well as your annual leave status.  Some employers will allow you to go on terminal leave where you use up your remaining leave credits without having to report to the office, but some will not.  Either way, honor what is in the contract to avoid straining relationships.  Remember that they may need you to work through your notice period to have a proper turnover of responsibilities. Most managers prefer that the “discussion” be held at the start of the day.
2.   Honesty Is Important
You know your reasons for leaving, but your superior does not. So, before informing your boss, make sure that you are clear on how your new job is more appropriate for you.  It can be because of the salary and benefits, progression, location, scope of work, duties, and many others. Tell all the circumstances surrounding your transfer but be tactful.  Make your boss realize that the transfer will be for your own good, and it should not be about how bad your situation with your current job is.
3.   Keep Emotions at Bay
Whether you love your boss or you hate him, it is best that you keep your emotions away from the conversation.  Stick to the facts.  Before the meeting, think of what your superior will say.  Dealing with this early will help you control your emotions better once the talk begins. Also, this will prevent you from feeling guilty, dazzled, or even lured into accepting a counter offer.  It is normal for employers to dangle enticing offers to good prospects, but remember your reasons for leaving in the first place.
4.   Write a Good Letter of Resignation
Preferably, prepare the letter before informing your boss of your intention to leave. It formally confirms your intention so it will be official and will not delay your intended departure date. Make sure you have extra signed copies to make sure that your letter is received.
To sum everything up, gracefully handing over your notice involves honesty, sincerity, and getting it done. The conversation will most likely not be easy so it is best to do it as painlessly and as quickly as possible by knowing exactly what to say and how to say it.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

5 Things not to Mention in Your Job Interviews

You made it through the early stages of the application process for your dream job - you passed a battery of tests. Now, you have been called for an interview. You can heave a sigh of relief, but don’t get too excited just yet. After all, getting an interview is no guarantee of a concrete job offer.
In the candidate driven market today, the interview figures are officially on an uptrend, according to APSco.  This favorable bit of good news, however, leads some candidates to be complacent. Don’t let all your preparation and hard work go to waste.  Increase your chances for success by keeping in mind these 5 things that your interviewer most likely does not want to hear.
1.   The Story of Your Life
During the interview, you’ll probably have less than an hour to make a good impression.  Sure, it is normal to feel the pressure of trying to show your personality in such a short time, but do not waste whatever time you have by narrating your life story – including your GCSE and SAT scores, your home DIY projects, and what have you. Remember, 70% of effective communication is non-verbal. Giving a firm handshake, having a confident body language, and smiling throughout the interview will leave a more lasting impression. Settle down and intently listen to the questions. Give relevant and concise answers and avoid giving out too much information.
2.   Being Very Grateful
Being polite and thanking the interviewer for his time is enough to show your appreciation for being considered for the job. Do not go overboard as it may raise some questions on whether you actually deserve the job or not. Show confidence that you are worth the time spent for the interview because of your skills and capabilities. Remember that you were singled out for an interview for a reason – you are seriously being considered for the job. They invested time to get to know you more so don’t waste the chance.
3.   How Your Old Boss, Team, or Company Was a Total Nightmare
Although it may be true that your last job was hell, every employer looks for loyalty in prospective employees. You have to be careful in explaining why you decided to leave your former job without sounding insincere or making comments that will put your former employer in a bad light. Highlight at least a couple of your greatest strengths, and relate them to your new role.  Show how you can use these traits in good stead and how challenging your new job will be. This way, no matter how terrible your previous situation was, you are letting the interviewer read between the lines; and he will most likely appreciate your respect and restraint.
4.   Fluffy Replies
As HRD becomes more in tune to the company’s business, “commercial acumen” is typically among the qualities employers look for in applicants. Interviews usually revolve around competency questions intended to gauge your business insight. Thus, you have to expect and prepare for such questions even if they say that the interview will be informal. Replying with no figures or facts to back you answers will only make you look unprepared. You will not create any impact this way. Maximize use of your interview time by following the STAR method – Situation, Task, Action, and Result. Focus on ROI and the bottomline.
5.   Asking Too Many Questions
The interview is supposed to be a two-way street, and asking questions is a vital part of it. You can ask questions to see if this move is right for you, how you can contribute, and how prepared you are for the job.  As you can easily rattle these off a prepared list, be cautious not to ask a lot of questions as it may appear forced, and dilute whatever information you are getting. The focus may also shift to “what’s in it for me.” Instead, prepare 4 or 5 key questions that the interviewer is in the best position to answer and take note of the insight he provides. This way, a more engaging conversation around these relevant bits of information will take place.