Success is something nearly all of us want to achieve, but hoping and praying – while helpful from a spiritual or mental sense – won't get you there without hard work put forth as well. As we travel from A-Z, success is something you'll see is attainable, as long as you make the moves and put in the effort to lead you towards your goals.

We've already covered A – L, and if you've been following closely along, you're surely closer to success than you were before you started reading. Now at mid-alphabet, we're halfway to the finish line with tips and advice that will give you the tools to reach the places you're eager to go.

Continue on the path towards workplace success and use this guide as a navigator towards the top of the ladder!

Management Skills

Someone with superb management skills is already a step above the rest when it comes to reaching success. And if a person knows they aren't strong when it comes to managing time, resources, money, people, etc., they are smart enough to work with others who can aid in that area.

Proper management of work-related issues can be the difference between success and failure. Too much on one's plate, scheduling conflicts, and even when to make calls or send emails all factor into taking overall management into consideration and making use of all available time one has.

As per Skills4Work, "Efficient work management can be a force multiplier and has the potential to increase the effective working time." Leadership-Central adds the following time management advantages: reduces stress, helps you to remain focused, minimizes procrastination, augments productivity, and gives a sense of achievement.

A well-managed person is like a well-oiled machine. Always prepared and always ready to move forward.

Negotiation Skills

In just about every area of business, you won't be at it alone. Whether with others on your team, with clients, investors, or competitors, negotiation will be an important part of the program. Having successful negotiation skills are imperative to communicate with confidence and a satisfactory end result.

As per Business Queensland, "Negotiating requires give and take. Good negotiations contribute significantly to business success, as they help you build better relationships, deliver lasting, quality solutions - rather than poor short-term solutions that do not satisfy the needs of either party, and help you avoid future problems and conflicts."

EC Sourcing Group notes, "Contrary to what some believe, negotiation skills are not about beating the opposition out of the other party. In fact, the best negotiators are ones who are able to create win-win situations, in which everyone walks out thinking that the deal is a good one."

Negotiate for your benefit as well as a good outcome for all involved. True success extends beyond your personal gain.

Optimism

A "glass half full" mentality will get you further than one that sees the worst in people or situations. Entrepreneur suggests that "having a positive attitude can help us push through rough patches." And as any person in business knows, not everything will be smooth sailing all the time.

Entrepreneur recommends seeing failure as a new start. "When things go bad, our world gets shaken up, which requires us to grow, see new things and start afresh." Take a perceived failure or mistake and consider it a learning moment instead.

Switch and Shift adds that optimism creates a sense of clarity. "Workplace optimism emerges when there is progress. We understand why our work matters. We have clarity in the purpose of our work and how it contributes to goals. Clarity provides comfort. It provides reasons."

A positive attitude not only makes you feel eager to succeed, but it translates to those around you creating a harmonious and brighter workspace.

Stay tuned for more A – Z tips for success at work. The path to achievement starts with "A" and ends with YOU!

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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Did you hear about the Great Resignation? It isn’t over. Just over two years of pandemic living, many offices are finally returning to full-time or hybrid experiences. This is causing employees to totally reconsider their positions.

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