Teryl @ Work

Jul 19 2016

3 things to do BEFORE you sign your new employment contract

1. Consider additional costs you might incur so that you know what take home pay is the basis for negotiation

  • Benefits you might be losing eg Canteen
  • Distance from home
  • Higher transport costs
  • Additional child care costs for earlier drop off/later collection

2. Ask to see a copy of a payslip

  • Most companies will be happy to do this to ensure there is a clear understanding of take home pay
Teryl @ Work
Jul 15 2016

or sign a new contract…

1. Confirm your notice period

  • A lot of companies allow 30 days from date of resignation, but many ask for a calendar month

2. Check your restraints

  • If you are joining a competitor
  • If you are joining a client

3. Find out when your last payment will be transferred

Teryl @ Work
Jul 13 2016

The exit interview is not the time to tell your manager that you would have stayed if...

When you are serious about your career, and really enjoy your job, except for one key component, take the time to talk before you resign.

While sometimes the grass is greener, more often than not you just inherit different issues at a new company.

Resignation 1

Teryl @ Work
Jul 7 2016

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy – Unknown source

We all want different things from work:

An Ideal Workplace - The dream & the reality 1

The list is diverse and, if you do some research, there are significant differences in the combinations of goals that people have.

And this impacts on the workplace they want.

The most significant feedback I have received over the years is:

Teryl @ Work
Jun 29 2016

How we love to elaborate… Both in our personal and business lives. It is rare to find somebody who simply answers the question.

In sales, it is becoming more and more critical to just say yes or no. If you want to embroider afterwards, by all means, but tell the client you can or you can’t do it, first.

Salespeople - Just answer the question

That’s what they remember, the yes or the no.

Teryl @ Work
Jun 6 2016

So the deed is done! Your resignation letter is in your boss's hands, and you are wondering whether you made the right decision.

In fact, you are now pretty sure that you have made a mistake, but withdrawing doesn't seem possible either. What to do?

Whatever you are going to do needs to be done as quickly as possible, but do take a moment to think it through. First of all, this is not a counter offer situation, you just simply know you don't want to leave. So its not a negotiation, its a discussion.

Teryl @ Work
May 31 2016

If I were 22

May is my birthday month, so a time for celebrations and introspection.

In interviews, I often ask our applicants to pretend they are 60, and look back on their careers. Their dreams range from leaving a legacy to being able to retire by the age of 45.

At 22, I had taken my first steps on the career ladder. I had been promoted from being a PA and Installation Secretary (setting up PoS installations for NCR’s large retailers) to becoming a full time programmer.

Teryl @ Work
May 23 2016

Is 2016 the year of mainstreaming Business Intelligence and Analytics?

In IT circles, IoT and Analytics are mainstream! In the real business world, there appears to be an appetite and a genuine need, but the question is “Is it really happening?”

I have rather belatedly read Ajeet Singh’s article – 2016 Anti-Predictions for Analytics, and found it very interesting. Some of the statistics mentioned were a surprise eg 99% of data still being on premise.

Teryl @ Work
May 11 2016

Meetings, meetings and more meetings

We all know that every meeting should follow a structure if you want it to be effective. More importantly, you want everybody at the meeting to want to be there, and to be able to see the value, otherwise it is just more words that take time out of your day.

The following "W" questions are a guideline that help me:

  1. Why are we having this meeting?
  2. Who needs to be at it to be effective?
Teryl @ Work
May 4 2016

From programming to business challenges

Back in the day when I was a Business Analyst, I was sent on an Advanced Programming course.

We learnt how to follow a business problem from start to finish using logic and flow charting.

It is amazing how often I use this method to understand problems, sometimes just in my head, sometimes on paper.

I also learnt that if I shared the problem with a few people, and brainstormed, the answers came even more quickly.

And at home...

Teryl @ Work
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