Workplace Distractions

No one likes distractions at work or in their personal lives. There are many different types of workplace distractions that can occur, and several reliable solutions for dealing with them.

Minimize interruptions from technology and personal concerns
Limit your technology usage to the essentials, as anything else is basically excess noise and can easily become a distraction. Resist the urge to check your social media or look at your financial accounts. Checking e-mail constantly can also be a large waste of time, as it can distract you from completing your actual work. Instead, try to only check it periodically and focus on completing your present task. Avoid personal calls while you are at work, and in general, avoid mixing with play with work. Keep your personal life away from your workplace as much as it is possible, so that you are not constantly distracted. It can be easy to get sidetracked by online blogs, and news as well, but try to limit your time spent on these things. When doing research, do not surf endlessly to find more information or data. Instead, move on to other task.

Organize your desk, drawer and files on your computer
It is both irritating and frustrating when you can’t find your own things. Say you want to write a memo, or important document on your company letterhead, for example, and you are not able to find your letterheads, this slows down your workday and adds annoyance that can bring down your mood. To make it easier to keep track of things, separate new work into an incoming work tray and keep only those tasks which you are working on for that day. Keep your pencils, pens, calculators and other office supplies in easy to access locations, and make sure your all devices work properly in advance, so that there are no disruptions to your routine once it is underway.

Evaluate the office environment
Do not wait too long to inform your superiors, if you find it difficult to focus because of loud workplace radios, people talking too loud or coworker’s phones constantly going off. If possible, move your noisy devices to far-off corner of your office or disable sounds on said devices. The design of your office workstation also plays important role. The chair should be easily adjustable and desk should provide good ergonomics for a desktop or laptop. The surroundings also contribute to being distracted. Things like cleanliness, wall coloring, furniture and furniture can disrupt or inspire depending on how they are set up.

Breaks and workplace temperature
It is important to have right temperature in the office. An environment that is too cold or too hot can make you tired or irritated. It affects your efficiency as well as the quality of your work. Also, sitting in one place at the office can cause your body to ache. To avoid this, try to get up from your chair and try to move around a little for a minute every hour. Eye strain is also an issue during long work hours. To address this issue, try to look away from the screen and look at something in the distance to remove the strain and re-focus your eyes. In addition, try to take your lunch or break on time as it gives you much needed relief and energy in the middle of the day.

Different opinions
Everyone has their own style and talent and will have different opinion on how work should be done. Those opinions can sometimes be bothersome, but try not to lose your patience, and understand when your methods are the best for getting the job done. On the other hand, be ready to adopt if you find any better work style and try to improve and learn more. But keep in mind that you cannot make everybody happy.

Avoid excess meetings
Meetings in the office are not useful all the times. Try to lightly encourage your superiors to evaluate whether a meeting is necessary before holding one or whether it is relevant that you attend each and every one.

Manage your time and space
If you don’t schedule your time properly, additional work can quickly overwhelm you, causing you to become confused and stressed out. If you need a quiet place for your work, ask for a quiet place or talk to your coworker about giving you some quiet time to finish your task.

There are plenty of distractions at the office, but there can be just as many ways to resolve it!

 

U. Lakhia | DBPC Blog

Tips for Effective Training & Development

Talk to your employees first before beginning any training. It’s a good idea to understand what kind of guidance your employees actually need. The best way to do this is to assess their performance and see where they are struggling, then ask them if there are any additional skills they would be interested in picking up. This is important because a more generalized training course may not be helpful for an employee who is only having trouble with a specific circumstance; for example, dealing with difficult or unruly customers. It is extremely important that the training directly addresses real issues they are having on the job. Otherwise, it will not only be unhelpful to the employee and the organization, but the employee will come to see it as frivolous and resent future training sessions. These talks are best done one-on-one if possible, as it encourages the employees to be honest without fear of judgement from their peers. Here are some tips for effective training & development.

Nurture employee strengths instead of just picking on weaknesses
Training can be great for helping workers overcome their limitations, but if all you do is center on their faults, then you may be overlooking their potential when it comes to the things they actually are good at. For example, constantly focusing on addressing someone’s phone manner during sales calls may blind you to the fact that they write amazing copy or that they’re great at managing large amounts of data. That isn’t to say that existing problems should not be dealt with, but it is equally important to help guide them into roles in which they can excel to the benefit of both themselves and the company.

Maintain constant communication regarding employee development
Training is not a one-off affair; it is an ongoing process. It is never truly “complete”, as a great company will give their employees room to consistently evolve their skillsets and take on new responsibilities and opportunities. Continue to talk to your workers and maintain an understanding of where their insecurities are and where they are continuing to do well. Constant feedback from both employee and employer is the key to making sure workers stay confident, happy and engaged.

The key takeaway for any employer is that company engagement is the most important part of any successful employee training or development. The company needs to be invested in developing their workers and provide them the necessary tools and opportunities that they need to further themselves and their careers. If you keep this in mind, you should see your company advance just as far as they do.

 

Lance | DBPC Blog

Explaining Employment Gaps on a Resume

Perfect employment histories are very rare. In most cases, there are gaps – a few weeks, months or years. When not properly presented in a resume, these “holes” can be red flags for employers causing the immediate elimination of the applicant from the pre-screening process. That’s why explaining employment gaps on a resume is a step that should not be avoided.

One may wonder why, but based on research, most recruiters or employers prefer to know the applicant’s full work history. Visible and unexplained gaps in one’s work history sometimes give a poor impression of the applicant as this can imply various things; for example, the applicant is not capable of landing a job; he/she doesn’t care about his/her career; he/she is hiding something or has other problems such as laziness, substance abuse, or even legal trouble.

There are several techniques that can be used in addressing this “lull” issue. For shorter periods like 3 or 8 months, one can reduce the visibility of the gap by only stating the years (no months) of employment. Observe the following:

Example 1: from to
Job 2
Job 1 December 2013 – present
January 2011 – March 2013 2013 – present
2011 – 2013

Example 2:
Job 3
Job 2
Job 1 August 2013 – present

March 2012 – October 2012
September 2010 – April 2011 2013 – present
2012
2010 – 2011

In example 1, there is a 9 month intermission between the 2 jobs; in example 2, there is an 11 month break between jobs 1 & 2, and a 10 month difference between jobs 2 & 3, but neither one is visible in the presentation. This way, the gap is masked and it is also easier for the employer to quickly estimate the duration of one’s stay in each job. Explanations for any perceived interruptions can be provided during the interview.

In the case of longer intervals, specifically those that span 2 years or more, a brief explanation, in parentheses, following the dates for each position should be provided. Examples would be “restructuring or downsizing,” “travel,” “consulting,” “volunteering,” “laid off due to economic circumstances,” etc. Hiatuses can also be explained briefly in the cover letter, but try not to direct focus on it. By doing this, the employer or resume screener will be provided with a valid explanation, and this will prevent them from assuming the worse.

At the end of the day, it is up to the applicants to decide what they should include or exclude in their resumes. Just bear in mind that employers or resume screeners will often read between the lines and notice small quirks and inconsistencies. If there are grey areas, they will not waste their time calling those applicants; instead, they will just toss any questionable resumes in the trash. Like it or not, this is the reality and one must better prepare for it!

 

M. Galvez-Ver | DBPC BLOG

Factors of Production

In ordinary terms, production is the act of manufacturing a final product. But from an economic point of view, it exists as a combination of processed involved in generating goods and/or services, we call it “factors of production”. Each factors is distinct and separate from one another but they all play an important role in the production process.

Land
Don’t be misled by the word, because “land” refers to all natural resources, and other extraditable reserves (gas, coal, oil), as well as trees and animals. It includes not just what is on the surface but also above and below the earth. In spite of its “limitations,” a country’s “richness” is oftentimes determined by its natural resources. Consequently, the productivity of a piece of land depends on several factors: fertility, improvements and/or developments, location (geography, population and market) and climate. As a resource, it is scarce and passive, which means that it must be cultivated and tilled. However, only land can produce something of value on its own. Its importance can’t be reiterated enough – one cannot establish any business without it and everything we use comes from it.

Labour
All human efforts that result in the creation of a product or service in exchange for a wage or salary are referred to as labour. It encompasses both the physical and mental tasks involved in production. One significant characteristic of labour is that it is inseparable from the worker. As such, its quality is highly dependent on the worker’s skills, education and training. People differ from the other resources as they are independent, with free will and subject to physical exhaustion. Additionally, land, capital and entrepreneurship rely on labour in order to be of value, which in turn gives labourers the bargaining power to demand better working conditions and higher wages.

Capital
We almost always associate capital with money but it also includes factory, property and equipment. However not all financial wealth is capital – only the amount utilized for further production is considered capital. It is used to pay wages, purchase raw materials and machinery and improve the land, thereby enhancing the productivity of land and labour. Unlike land, capital loses its value over time and is subject to wear and tear.

Entrepreneurship
The classical theory only recognizes land, labour and capital as the main factors of production. However, Alfred Marshall introduced a fourth component, entrepreneurship (organization/enterprise). Originally, it was defined as the process of buying and selling at uncertain prices. Over time, it has evolved into a coordinated element that combines, manages or brings together the other factors, i.e., money, raw materials, skilled labour, land and buildings – needed to create goods and/or services.

Every business must have all of these elements in order to complete the manufacturing process. However, having all these factors is not enough on its own. A balance must be created in order to attain optimal production and efficiency.

 

Z. Ricafrente | DBPC Blog

New Year’s Message

New Year’s Message from DBPC:

Looking back at the growth of DBPC Group of Companies over the years since its commencement more than a decade ago, we take pride in how far we have travelled, and doubly excited about an equally promising 2015.

DPBC has successfully transformed from a simple start-up entity to what it is now, a mature and well-respected firm. So many things have changed as we moved forward, but our commitment to incessantly delight our customers will still and shall always be our ultimate goal. We will continuously live by our framework — highest standard of quality and at par excellence.

2013 has been a challenging year but then again we have earned the trust and confidence of our clients. These challenges not only strengthened but gave us more determination and courage to build a stronger organization to benefit our employees, clients and community. Of course, we also want to share the credit to DBPC’s most valuable asset, our workforce. Their unwavering support, dedication, talent and professionalism positioned and propelled the company to a higher level.

As we start 2015, DBPC will uphold the freshness and promise of beautiful beginnings, pursue opportunities and improve upon the past. We will fortify our mission of delivering value and satisfaction to our clients by intensifying our services through innovation, training & development of our employees, and deployment of technology.

Thanks to our clients for their support and contributions to our business success. Wishing you a prosperous 2015.