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20 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR JOB

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Everybody is elated when he or she secures a lucrative job. There is usually a sense of fulfillment and joy in the pride of achievement. The next thing is to be looking ahead to further achievements. However, if care is not taken, the euphoria of a good job might becloud ones reasoning and eventually culminated to a job loss if caution is not applied. Here are some of the things we need to guide against for us to remain effective, efficient and relevant on the job:

  1. Be punctual at work
  2. Avoid eye service
  3. Don’t argue with your Boss even when you are right- use wisdom to put in your points and be polite in doing this
  4. Obey or follow instructions
  5. Stick to the schedules and don’t break company policies
  6. Give sincere and quality service
  7. Get along with others
  8. Be cheerful and helpful
  9. Don’t look for shortcuts
  10. Don’t take offence when you are criticized constructively but use it as a springboard for improvement
  11. Minimize your complaints and don’t be lazy
  12. Drop your problem at home –don’t wear it to the office
  13. Take pride in your job
  14. Don’t envy those ahead of you
  15. Don’t demand reward for every service rendered.
  16. Train your subordinates
  17. Share your experience with others
  18. Take responsibility for all your actions
  19. Give official documentation a top priority
  20. Be honest and maintain your integrity.

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6 SIGNALS TELLING YOU ARE STUCK IN A STAGNANT  CAREER

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Your career is very important to you as it is to other people. Nobody wishes to be changing position or career randomly like a chameleon. But the truth is that as times go on, one thing or the other may lead to you reconsidering your stand in a job or career and unless you take a decisive decision, staying in that job may no longer give you self fulfillment which may subsequently leads to frustration or a bleak. Below are early signs or signals that you are stuck in a stagnant career and needs to move on:

  1.      When every single day looks like a Monday
  2.      You are getting abused
  3.      Your skills and contributions are no longer important
  4.      No increase in salary, welfare not improved and there is no role change
  5.      You are bored on the job or at work
  6.      You have lost touch with your family and friends.

 

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HOW TO PREVENT FRAUD AMONG YOUR STAFF

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Allowing fraud or embezzling of funds in a company may bring down the establishment if caution is not taken. Fraud is common among staff dealing with finances in any organization. Small or big businesses are prone to fall prey to this swindle if they do not have a policy or system in place to prevent it. Find below some tips to adopt to protect your business from unethical staff members:

  1. WATCH YOUR INCOME RECEIPTS- More than one person or employee should be involved in counting or verifying incoming receipts. Make sure all incoming cheques are duly endorsed. Buy a “for deposit only” stamp and use it on all incoming cheques.This will prevent an employee from cashing them. You should personally investigate customers’ complaints that credit has not been received for payments. Get a copy of the front and back of the customers’ cheque and be sure it was deposited in your business account.
  2. LET YOUR ACCOUNTING EXECUTIVES OR ACCOUNTANT TAKE VACATION OR ANNUAL LEAVE-Any employee embezzling from you may need to make unbroken effort to conceal his act of stealing. Many small business owners are surprised to to discover loyal employees who never take vacations and never stay home-sick-are really stealing from them. The reason for these people to be in the office uninterrupted may be to cover a complicated ‘transaction’. Make it compulsory those employees who perform accounting/bookkeeping take vacation every year and should be at the end of month when the books are closed. Let a neutral person at this crucial period review your books and scout for discrepancies.
  3. CHANGE YOUR EXTERNAL AUDITOR WITHOUT NOTICE-There is the tendency that your regular or known auditor must have been compromising with your books. It is possible that he or she ,owing to familiarity with the staff has been shielding them whenever the exercise takes place with a cash reward. Call for a neutral person abruptly once a while. It is not easy to compromise with a total stranger. Don’t let the audit comes the same time every year; it should  be unscheduled and a surprise
  4. BE FAMILIAR WITH YOUR ACCONTING RECORDS- Frauds commonly occur when you do not supervise your accounting books. This makes it easy for an accounting officer to keep cash and receipts. As an entrepreneur, you must be familiar with your company’s bookkeeping and record keeping system. Let your accountant show you what you should look for or go for a remedial training or bookkeeping class for you not to be in the dark. Do not completely trust someone else to oversee this vital part of your business. By this, you can easily review the books and make sure nothing is amiss.
  5. PROTECT YOUR ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE- Restrict your accounting software to only the officer in charge. Password the computer and the software and don’t put the computer that holds your books on your network.
  6. CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD FREQUENTLY-Don’t be careless with your company cheques. Keep them in a locked drawer or cabinet and don’t give out the key. Use pre-numbered cheques and check for missing cheque numbers frequently. Have a “voided cheque” procedure in place that requires you (the owner) to validate all voided items. Request all cheques above nominal amount to have two signatures(one of which is yours). Do not ever sign a blank cheque.
  7. ENDORSE EVERY PAY ROLL CHEQUES PERSONALLY- Scrutinize the cheques to be sure you know all the people. If you doubt a name on a cheque, secretly hunt for the person and keep a weekly count of the number of people on your pay roll and match it against the number of cheques you have. Be sure changes are not made to the company’s payroll master file without your approval and signature. You can also have a separate account for payroll and deposit the exact amount on your payroll in that account. Do a prompt monthly reconciliation.

8.COLLECT YOUR BANK STATEMENTS PERSONALLY-If this is possible(though may be stressful) get your monthly bank statements personally  as pre-arranged with your banks. Study the cheques meticulously. Examine the payees, signatures and endorsements on each cheque. Keep an eye out for likely fraud such as:

  • Cheques where the payee listed does not match with the name in your register
  • Signatures that look forged
  • Missing cheques, or cheque numbers that are b out of order
  • Cheques made out to cash that are larger than the amount you allow for petty cash
  • People you don’t know or cheques to suppliers
  • Cheques made out to a third party but endorsed by someone in your company.

By –Chinwe Nkem

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10 WAYS TO CREATE A WORKPLACE THAT PEOPLE WANT TO LEAVE-By-Idowu Tunde

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There, are some places of work that employees want to stay as long as they are comfortable and progressing irrespective of  pay packets. Also, there are many workplaces that no sooner workers are employed than they long for how to opt out.

Below are 10 tips of what can create a workplace that people want to leave not minding even the huge pay packets:

  1. Leave people out of the loop and never involve them in decisions or problem -solving.
  2. Dump solutions on them without context or background.
  3.  Always say  and demonstrate that your people are children, lazy  or criminals and thank God that you are there to stop them from stealing the rug…..
  4.  Discourage flexibility of approach and tell people what to do and how.
  5. Fail to match work to competence and give people the wrong job.
  6. Talk rudely and derogatively to your employees in public  in the name of correction.
  7. When you play selective justice or favouritism , divide and rule among staff.
  8. The welfare of your staff is not always taken into consideration but only to work and everything centres on yourself and your family.
  9. When you always threaten your staff to resign at the slightest mistakes or provocation.
  10. When as the boss, you break rules at will without recourse to policy but blames others for it.

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