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Hiring Challenges in 2021—Short-Term and Long-Term Factors

After huge recent fluctuations in the job market—record low unemployment in the months before the Covid-19 pandemic, record job losses during, and record re-hiring in the aftermath—employers are facing more severe talent shortages than any time since we at RainmakerThinking began our workplace research in 1993. While the particulars differ by geography, industry, skill specialization,…

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The ‘yes’ people you want to avoid at work

There are three components to a successful “yes” at work: It’s well-timed It’s thoroughly considered It’s tied to a specific, actionable commitment We have all known someone with a reputation for saying “yes” to any new request or project, without considering these three components of a good yes. Maybe they want to establish themselves as…

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Set up every yes for success

Remember, every good no allows you to give great yeses—saying yes to collaboration, saying yes to an opportunity to add value and build a relationship. But to truly make an impact, you must set up each yes you give for success. Every yes deserves a plan for focused execution. The execution plan is the key…

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When to say Yes, No, or Maybe at work

To avoid burnout and overcommitment in today’s workplace, you have to be savvy about which projects you accept and which you decline. But how do you know when to say yes, no, or maybe at work? Here are some basic guidelines for when and how to respond to new opportunities for collaboration.   Say no…

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Turn every ask into an intake memo

Helpers want to build reputations for being helpful. They want to prove their value at work by showing their willingness to jump in and get things done—no matter what. But the problem is, these people wind up burnt out and overcommitted. They say yes to any and everything that comes their way, overbook themselves, and…

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Better predictions make for better decisions

How many times, upon realizing you’ve made the wrong decision, have you thrown up your hands and exclaimed, “If only I had known better”? Our wrong decisions, no matter how big or small, often feel like they can be traced back to a single choice between A or B. If only we could predict the…

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Five simple steps to achieving alignment at work

Keep your eyes and ears open for valuable intelligence up and down the chain of command. That doesn’t mean listening to and spreading gossip. It means learning from your direct reports about what’s happening on the front lines, from your boss about what’s occurring in the executive boardroom, and from everyone else about anything in…

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How to build a go-to network

The ultimate manifestation of go-to-ism in the workplace is finding and fostering a network of go-to people. Whenever you find go-to people, you want to approach those relationships with a service mindset. What can you bring to the relationship that will make that person want to work with you again in the future? There are…

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Helpers, experts, and rogues

Certain types of employees, more so than others, tend to jump into projects outside their normal jobs. I classify these people into three groups: helpers, experts, and rogues. Helpers get pulled away from their regular work because they are genuinely open and tend to be good at solving problems. And they usually have a hard…

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How to build better working relationships with difficult colleagues

There are plenty of good reasons to want better relationships with your colleagues at work. Pleasant interactions with coworkers generally make your workdays more enjoyable. Trust and respect among team members opens everyone up to contribute their best ideas. And you never know which connections will lead to new and amazing opportunities for you in…

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