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Overcoming the dreaded career rut

Work issues: woman overloaded with stuff at work

Many people get a mid-career slump after working for a long period – especially in a similar role or for the same company. If you’re feeling restless and detached from your work, it could be that you’ve hit yours. So, what to do now?

Doing the same job for many consecutive years without change can lead to a career slump or feeling as if you’re stuck in a rut. Your work starts to suffer because you’re not emotional or intellectually engaged with it anymore.
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What you can gain from being an intern


Being an intern can sound like a thankless task – doing the hard work for little or no pay. But there’s plenty you can learn from your stint on the bottom rung of the career ladder.

Interns can get a hard time of it – little to no pay, often looked down upon by the office, and made to do the jobs no one else wants. But for some industries, an internship can be a vital step in progressing your career.
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How long do I need to stay in my job?

VV 12 Jan

With working practices becoming more flexible and the ability to work from anywhere, you might start to get itchy feet in your current position. But how long do you need to stay in one job?

Having a varied career is important for both your personal development and in gaining a mixture of experience and skills to use throughout your working life.
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Staff motivation survey reveals which carrot works best


While it’s nice to know that your staff are enjoying the work they are employed to do, apparently this isn’t enough to make sure they stay motivated over the long term.

According to Ixaris’ 2013 Study of Rewards and Incentives, four out of five workers would like to see a rewards programme put in place to emphasise the fact that their efforts are properly appreciated.

Nearly 5,000 employees across five countries were polled on the issue – which aimed to delve deeper into what employers could do to motivate their workforce.

The results are worth reading, too – with almost 70 per cent claiming that they would happily put extra effort into the job that they do if they had the proverbial carrot dangling from the end of a stick.

However, it appears that the carrot shouldn’t simply come in the form of a cash bonus – with over 70 per cent saying that a financial incentive would be treated in much the same way as regular pay.

Similarly, gift cards for a specific retailer don’t go down too well with workers – with the research suggesting that many would feel disappointed if this was presented as their reward.

One option for bosses is that of an open gift card – one which can be spent anywhere as opposed to a single store or chain.

This alternative incentive was supported by two-thirds of respondents.

Similar research recently conducted by the Institute of Leadership and Management found that – contrary to the Ixaris study – job enjoyment was the main motivational factor for workers.

Other elements of work likely to keep staff working hard included emotional reasons, like how well each member of the workforce got on with each other and how they were treated by their bosses.

So next time you think about how to reward hard work, it might not be as simple as it seems.

Posted by the Secret Businessman