04Aug 2015

Bored of the look and feel of your Chrome Browser?

Try these themes out.

  1. To access the theme options, Click on the “Settings” button from your customize and google control button.  Click this, and you’ll be taken to a screen containing the Chrome “Appearance” section.
  2. Click on Get Themes
  3. Browse through the themes and once you have chosen an option, click on  the theme.
  4. Click on the Add to Chrome button on the top right of the screen.
  5. When you re-open Chrome the theme would have installed.
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20Jul 2015

Professional development isn’t just for those new to the working world. It’s a lifelong process!

       1. Act Professional

Young workers have a tendency to let their professionalism slide when their boss isn’t around or when their guard is down during happy hours or company-sponsored parties, for example. It’s important to be professional at work, work functions, and, well, just about any time you’re representing your company. This even includes cyber professionalism. Never, ever facebook or tweet negative things about work or anyone from work if you want to keep your job.

2. Be Confident

Don’t be narcissistic, but show your colleagues that you deserve to be there. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts, and believe in your ability to succeed in your new position.

3. Be Innovative

From day one, confirm that you bring something new to the table. If this applies to your new position, be sure to offer your boss or colleagues ideas for how to enhance the product or company. Most young professionals take the back seat the first few days. Relax.If you exhibit apprehension, you may not be taken seriously. Be aware of your nervous habits and try to control them. If you ramble when you’re nervous, make it a point to limit your chatter.

4. Come Early, Stay Late

Young workers have a lot to prove, but one of the quickest ways to earn respect and present yourself as a reliable, hardworking employee is to come early to work and stay late. Punctuality is very important, but coming early to work shows even more that you care and it may earn you credit when it comes to getting honorable assignments and perhaps being considered for a raise or promotion.

5. Don’t Abuse Your Privileges

If you work at a place that does not require you to punch in your hours, provides free parking, or allows casual fridays, then consider yourself lucky. Many companies do not give their employees such perks because they’ve been abused one too many times. Don’t ruin it for everyone by taking two-hour lunches or running personal errands every day during work.

6. Look Neat And Clean – Dress For Success

“People assume ‘professional’ means a suit, but it depends on the company or industry. Wear what the company requires you to wear. The days of rolling out of bed and throwing on a wrinkled t-shirt and jeans to face the day are long gone. You’re in the real world now, and that means you have to dress for success. Whether or not your workplace has enforced a dress code, you should always strive to smell clean and look tidy. Get familiar with the iron, find a good dry cleaner, and take out that tongue ring and hide those tattoos.

7. Mind Your Manners

Minding your manners at work goes beyond saying please and thank you, it also includes giving your undivided attention during meetings, answering e-mails promptly, showing appreciation to those who help you, and respecting others’ time. Also, don’t forget to clean up after yourself and ask before taking things from work, including pens and other supplies that belongs to your company.

8. Never, Ever Talk About Salary

Salary is a taboo topic that shouldn’t be discussed with anyone but your supervisor. Even if you work for the most laid-back company, it’s never really appropriate to talk about or compare salary wages with your co-workers. If you have questions or concerns about your salary, bring it to your boss and work it out in private.

9. Refrain From Gossiping

If you’re trying to make a good impression on your boss and co-workers and develop meaningful, trusting relationships with them, then steer clear of office gossip. Getting caught up in petty gossip makes you look unprofessional and two-faced. Even if everyone is gossiping around you and it seems like you’re in good company, take the high road and walk away from gossipers or change the subject altogether.

10. Save Social Networking For Home

There’s a time and a place to get on facebook and tweet about your day, but it’s not at your work desk. Sure, everyone needs a mental break here and there, but signing on to social networks may not be the best way to clear your mind and stay on track at work. Even if your company does not restrict use of these sites, you shouldn’t abuse this privilege by signing on every hour or facebook-ing when you should be working.

 

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06Jul 2015
Email

Email is mode of communication we use daily. E-mails are sent to specific individuals but they can reach unintended recipients through forwarding, copying and even human error. Be-aware of the content you put into an email.

Few important points to remember when using email:

Archive Your Email

It is a good idea to save your email messages, including your sent items, especially if you use email to communicate for a course. You never know when they will be helpful in proving that you communicated with an instructor or colleague.

Be Concise

Most people have a lot of email to read. State your point as quickly as possible to make sure it gets read. Be sure to include all the important facts, but be brief.

Do Not Assume Email Is Private

Forwarding email messages is common. Email containing confidential information may be shared with authorized others as well. Also, some system administrators are able to read all messages sent or received.

Do Not Write In All Capital Letters

It is generally considered SHOUTING.

Don’t Delete Prior Communication On Reply

When you reply to an email, it is helpful to include the previous communication you’ve had with that person. Usually an email automatically includes this at the bottom of your message, don’t delete it.

End With A Signature That Includes Contact Information

It is helpful to your recipients to have a signature that includes your full name, email address and phone number. Here’s an example:

Joe Blogg
joeblogg@abc.co.za
Phone: (031) 1233 345

Never Send An Email When Angry

Before sending a message, consider whether you would say what you have written to the person’s face. The detached nature of email can cause people to say things they would never say in person. Email can be forwarded, and cannot be deleted after it has been sent. If you are angry, pause and write your email after you have calmed down.

Use A Professional Email Address

All email addresses are considered professional. A personal email address may be filtered to junk mail (ex. funnyguy@yahoo.com).

Use Spell Check

Pay attention to grammar and spelling. While email is less formal than a letter, people will form an opinion of you based on how well you write.

Write The Subject Of The Email In The Subject Line

Writing “Hey,” “Hi,” or “Important Info” in a subject line will make your email look like junk email. Write a subject line that is short but summarizes the email (ex. “Query about PO NB001″).

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08Jun 2015

Microsoft offers a storage service called OneDrive. You may already be using OneDrive to store documents and other content in the cloud. This service is different from OneDrive for Business:

  • OneDrive is free online personal storage that you get with either a Microsoft account or Outlook.com. Use OneDrive to save documents, photos, and other files in the cloud, share them with friends, and even collaborate on content. You’re free to decide how you want to use it.
  • OneDrive for Business is online storage intended for business purposes. Your OneDrive for Business is managed by your organization and lets you share and collaborate on work documents with co-workers. Site collection administrators in your organization control what you can do in the library.
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26May 2015

Teamwork and Collaboration – Being able to work as part of a team displays one’s ability to get along with, and complete work-related tasks with, many different types of personalities. Teamwork and collaboration means Employees who play well with others. That means sometimes being a leader, sometimes being a good follower, monitoring the progress, meeting deadlines and working with others across the organization to achieve a common goal.

Flexibility – Employees who are flexible with their schedule and responsibilities don’t just say they’re a team player, they show it. That kind of can-do attitude is essential in the workplace.

Communication – With advances in technology, many young people are robbed of their ability to communicate effectively. Professionals need to demonstrate that they can communicate without technology by engaging with co-workers and clients in face-to-face conversation and sending professional emails. Effective Communication does not mean you have to be a brilliant speaker or writer. It does mean you have to express yourself well.

Confidence – confidence is knowing what you’re good at, the value you provide, and acting in a way that conveys that to others. Confidence is key when it comes to winning over both clients and co-workers.

Positivity – Instead of harping on others’ mistakes, show them the right way to do things and praise their improvements. The easiest way to give off a positive demeanour is to be receptive to others — and smiling never hurts.

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