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6 Hobbies that will help you become smarter at work

Jackie Jacobsen No Comments

We all participate in some type of hobby that we enjoy doing. There are some hobbies that are beneficial in helping us to become smarter and will benefit us in our work practices. There are many different hobbies one can partake in, but there are six that are shown to be helpful in increasing ones intellect, which can transfer over and improve the efficiency within our everyday work tasks and/or responsibilities.

1. Learning how to code

Within every job today there is some digital component involved and it is for this that learning how to code can give one a significant edge in the work place. Some of the most basic codes are known as HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). By learning this it will help those to understand web design, social media, and product development. It is very easy to find lessons online in how to do this, all you will need is a computer and access to internet. One resource you can try out is a webpage known as Codecademy.

2. Learning a new language

There is no such thing as knowing too many languages, especially if you are a frequent traveler. By learning new languages it can benefit by making communication in foreign and local lands easier. It has also shown that learning adownload (9) language can help improve brain power and slow brain aging. These benefits can help in the workplace by being able to be more alert as well as being able to communicate to a wider range of clientele, employees, business partners, and etc. from different cultures.

3. Blogging

The more you write the better your communication will become. One way to do this is through a blog, which as we know is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style. By learning how to articulate your thoughts effectively on paper (and online) can help communication skills become stronger overall. Blogging also helps you to become more proficient in how to use your grammar and vocabulary as well as assist you in understanding your own specific writing style. For online blogging it provides an easy forum for feedback and can help you continue in consistently growing as a writer based on how others perceive your work overall.

4. Reading

No matter what kind of book your reading whether it is Harry Potter or the Hunger games it is proven that reading can help reduce stress, which in return helps you to feel better about yourself. Reading can also increase all three types of intelligence including crystallized, fluid, and emotional. That increase within those types of intelligence can help with problem solving, being able to put different pieces of knowledge together to better navigate everyday life, to detect patterns, understand processes, and being able to accurately interpret and respond to others feelings. In the work setting these different skills translate into better understanding how to make things happen and better managerial skills.

5. Work out your brain

By participating in activities such as Sudoku, puzzles, riddles, board games, video games, card games, and etc. it increases ones neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is what encompasses a wide variety of changes in neural pathways and synapses that is basically the ability of the brain to reorganize itself. Also the nerve cells respond in new ways that increases neuroplasticity, which allows us more ability to see things from different points-of-view and understand cause and effect of behaviors and emotions. With this it helps us become aware of new patterns and cognitive abilities are improved. Also increased amount of neuroplasticity can help prevent certain conditions such as being less prone to anxiety and depression while learning faster and memorizing more. download (12)

6. Meditate

Studies imply that we can control our own brain waves and be able to feel whenever we want to through meditating. Meditation can be used to relax in your personal life, but it can also be a benefit in your professional life. For example meditating can make you feel more powerful right before a negotiation, be more confident when asking for a raise, or being more convincing during a sales call. The general idea of meditating is that the brain can develop further and you can make that development on purpose. To add to that different activities stimulate different areas of your brain, so you can work on becoming proficient at your strengths as well as improving your weaknesses. Also meditating is a benefit because it focuses on self-improvement of the brain. This is a good idea and/or practice for anyone who feels they are at professional peak, are ambitious professionals, and of course entrepreneurs who are looking to maximize their potential.

 

Sources: Entrepreneur and StyleFox

 

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10 Things every employee should know about their company

Margie Davis No Comments

Regardless of which department you belong to, knowing these 10 things about your company will make you more valuable to the company.

 

1. The company’s current share price (if it is publicly traded)

 

2. Market share or growth over the last two years

Has your company grown at all over the last two years, and if so, by how much?

 

3. Primary product brands or services offered

Do you absolutely know everything that your company sells? Can you name them all off the top of your head?

 

4. How the company makes money

In a company that provides a variety of products and services, it’s still important to identify the top sellers.

 

5. How customers are being satisfied

What purpose does the product or service hold for the customer, are you meeting their needs?

 

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6. How the product is manufactured or service is delivered

Understand where the product or service is coming from, what does it take for it to be delivered to the customer.

 

7. How products/services are developed, marketed, and sold

What’s the company proposition of value? What do you sell? How do you sell? These are all essential questions that should be answered.

 

8. Customer retention and attraction strategies

After a sale is completed, what does the company do to encourage a repeat consumption?

 

9. Key suppliers and customers

Knowing who they are will enable you to prevent faux pas with key clients or suppliers. These are people that keep your company running smoothly, don’t jeopardize it.

 

10. What gives your company a competitive advantage?

A key question! You know the products and the services that are being sold, but what is their competitive advantage amidst your competitors? Are you selling what other people are selling? I certainly hope your answer to that was not ‘yes’.

 

Sources: PaulSohn

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