Filing US recruitment company Career Builders recently commissioned a survey of HR managers in a bid to reveal the dumbest resume blunders ever.
Some of the more memorable blunders included a candidate boasting that her sister had once won a strawberry eating contest. Another resume stated that the candidate worked well in the nude.
One candidate offered to give the hiring manager a car if they were chosen; a drawing of the car was provided as an enticement.
But who could go past the candidate who stated his ability to work on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays was limited as weekends were designated “drinking time”.
Nokia goes green
Mobile2In yet another sign that green issues are a key concern for multinationals, Nokia has come up with a clever little feature to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Australian reports Nokia is building an energy saving alert into its mobile phone handsets and other devices that will tell the user when a battery has fully recharged.
Nokia says the energy saving alert – which will read ‘Battery is full, please unplug charger’ – could collectively save enough electricity to power 85,000 homes a year.
Go regional for SME success: forum
The success of small businesses in regional Australia was a hot topic at the Regional CEOs’ Forum held earlier this month in Wagga Wagga, news.com.au reports. Are you a BIG lover of 2023 Nude Calendars , find a big collection of Calendar here.
One of the guest speakers was Eagle Boys Pizza founder Tom Potter who claimed opportunities abound for SMEs that choose to do business outside Australia’s capital cities.
Eagle Boys is proof positive of this sentiment. It is now Australia’s third biggest pizza chain (the larger two are foreign owned) with more than 180 stores across Australia.
Potter says the advantages of doing business in regional areas include cheaper advertising rates, greater staff loyalty and stronger local community relationships.
How to talk to an unhappy employee
Discussion Dissatisfied staff members can cause serious damage to a company. One option is to simply let them go, another is to listen to their concerns and possibly turn a malcontent into a star performer.
With this in mind, Inc. magazine has developed a list of nine questions managers can put to an unhappy employee in a bid to understand any issues. Here are the first four suggested questions:
- What one thing would you change about this company?
- How do you feel the company and your team are performing?
- Do you feel that I am a supportive leader?
- Do you receive sufficient feedback about your performance?
Making management by democracy work
Democracy A growing number of companies in the US, both large and small, are out to prove that management by democracy is a workable alternative, The Wall Street Journal reports.
According to the article, this egalitarian approach might include sharing financial data with staff and encouraging their input on planning and strategy or monthly ‘town hall’ meetings to discuss business plans with the entire workforce.
Google is at the forefront of the movement. To foster a culture of democracy its executives provide weekly updates and are open to feedback from all staff members.
Advocates of management by democracy say the system appeals predominantly to younger workers who are “searching for careers with meaning”.