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5 Ways to Help Your Technology Employees Excel Using Feedback

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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When was the last time you gave instant feedback to one of your employees, good or bad, for something they had done? It can be easy in the workplace to hide behind emails, and to wait for more significant milestones like annual reviews and appraisals to give feedback to your employees. Worse still, opportunities to provide feedback can often fall by the wayside, especially in demanding sectors like technology. Who has the time to stop and talk about any issues they have candidly? Giving feedback directly to an employee is sometimes the last thing on a manager’s mind. In a results-driven sector such as technology, it can be...
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How Employers Need to React to Changes in The Finance Sector

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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The face of the financial industry is changing at an accelerated rate year on year. While this is partly to do with new digital technologies, the world of work, in general, is now unrecognisable to what it once was.  Globally, financial systems are in a more stable place than ever since the recession. However, successes do vary from region to region. In order to survive, finance companies need to be smart about how they endeavour to future-proof their business.  In this article, we look at ways in which finance companies need to adapt to an ever-changing environment. Recognising the Speed of Change Finance companies...
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How Long Should You Stay In Your Finance Job?

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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Whether you are just starting in your finance career, or you have already worked your way into a senior role, we all have aspirations for the future. Knowing what career changes to make, if any, at the right time can make or break your career. Working in the UAE can bring its own set of challenges at first, but for those who recognise the potential of this thriving job market, staying the distance can pay off. Under the financial umbrella, there is a considerable amount of disparity in the types of work financiers undertake. From accountancy, investment management, banking and insurance; each of these sectors...
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How to Build an Employer Brand that Attracts Great Finance Talent

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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In today's hyper-connected world, every company has a reputation, whether they actively cultivate it or not.  In a similar way that a commercial brand can affect the way a consumer feels about you, so too can your employer brand impact a candidate's decision on whether to work with your company. That's why leaders across every sector are now investing more time and money into effective employer branding exercises.  For a UAE-based finance company in search of Emirati talent, for example, your employer brand image can play a key role in getting the right kind of candidates for your organisation. The best candidates will naturally gravitate towards organisations that put their best face forward both online, and offline...
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Is Your Comfort Zone Getting In The Way Of Your Finance Career?

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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Here’s a good question to reflect on: when was the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone? Comfort zones exist for a reason; they provide a sense of peace and safety, and the confidence that comes from knowing what to expect. As such, they do an excellent job of protecting us from danger, impulsive decision-making, and potential embarrassment. However, the flipside is that our comfort zones also protect us from growth. Sometimes, a comfort zone is just a cleverly-disguised cage, holding you back from achieving your true potential. When you're "comfortable" in a position, you stop striving for greatness, which means that you stay in the same place rather than moving forward. Although...
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