7 ways to promote gender equality in the workplace

07-Mar-2017 18:57:48

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by Yolanda Graham

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At JobStreet Education, we believe that people should be able to enjoy the same opportunities and rewards regardless of their gender.

But while many of us may be aware of gender inequality in the workplace, we may not know what we can do to close the gap.

In conjunction with International Women’s Day 2017, we’ve compiled some practical ideas for businesses and organisations. 

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How to be more assertive at work

02-Mar-2017 17:34:04

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by Yolanda Graham

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Assertiveness is an important skill to develop for several reasons:

  • People respect you for being assertive
  • People are less likely to take advantage of you in a negative way
  • It shows that you have strong leadership and communication skills

While people may mistake being aggressive for being assertive, the two are completely different things. Assertiveness earns you respect, while aggression provokes fear. The third behaviour on this spectrum is being unassertive, which is typically the personality that people tend to take advantage of. Here are some examples to illustrate the differences:

 

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5 no-nonsense ways to beat procrastination

28-Feb-2017 17:59:49

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by Yolanda Graham

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Do you put the “pro” in procrastinate?

You just don’t feel like starting a task because the deadline isn’t “now.” You probably tell yourself that you “work better under pressure.” And so you start browsing social media, reading the news, and give in to other distractions.

What’s likely to happen, however, is that as time looms closer to the deadline, you’re far from completing your tasks. You start to wish you had started earlier, panic, and feel irritated with anyone who tries to talk to you as you try to meet your deadline.

As Victor Kiam, the American entrepreneur said, “Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.” And of course, he’s right. You’re unlikely to be able to grab hold of new opportunities when your hands are still busy with an old one.

So if you want to quit the habit, here are five no-nonsense ways to beat procrastination.

 

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5 things you should do when you’re bored at work

23-Feb-2017 18:02:38

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by Yolanda Graham

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Having idle time at work shouldn’t happen often – otherwise, you’ll end up feeling bored and lose the motivation to go to the office. But slow days happen even to the best of us. When those days do come around, resist the urge to go around the office, poking your busy colleagues, and telling them you’re bored and just wanted to “bother” them.

Make the most out of your slack time by doing these things instead:

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Important questions you should be asking your interviewer

21-Feb-2017 17:28:35

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by Yolanda Graham

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People often think that interviews are for employers. It’s their chance to ask you questions and find out if you’re a good fit for the job. 

What we don’t realise is that the interview is also a chance for you to find out if the company is a good fit for you. The very last question the interviewer will ask is “Do you have any questions for us?” Having well thought out questions ready will not only impress the interviewer, but you'll find valuable answers about your potential employer. 

So what are the questions should you be asking your interviewer? Here' a suggested list – pick the questions that are most relevant to your goals and modify them if needed.

 

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