False self employment
Misclassified as an independent contractor: When can you be considered to be self-employed?
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Being self-employed initially sounds tempting to many workers: Free time management, no boss, and the prospect of potentially more money and a new challenge. However, many self-employed people and their clients fall into the trap of false self-employment. What risks does this kind of employment relationship entail for both sides? We answer this question and explain which criteria help to recognize...

Misclassified as an independent contractor: When can you be considered to be self-employed?
DISC assessment
The DISC assessment: Outdated test or useful tool?
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For many years, the DISC assessment has been a popular tool used by companies to improve their management style, collaboration, and sales. If you know which of the four DISC assessment types match your personality, you can gain valuable insight to improve your work and influence your career development. But the test has also been under scrutiny.

The DISC assessment: Outdated test or useful tool?
Internal Audit
The Internal Audit: Quality Assurance for Business Processes
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The bigger an organization is, the more difficult it can be for its management to keep an eye on all procedures. An internal audit – a quality assurance and consulting activity that analyzes business procedures – is helpful in achieving this. The purpose is to ensure the optimal implementation of the organization’s objectives while avoiding unnecessary risks and by complying with applicable...

The Internal Audit: Quality Assurance for Business Processes
WOOP Method
WOOP Method: Achieving Success Despite Obstacles
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Just think positively and it will all work out? No matter whether it’s a business or private context, hardly any plans succeed with that approach. The WOOP method combines proven techniques for achieving goals and establishing new habits. Rather than simply ignoring potential obstacles, the WOOP strategy explicitly accounts for them in its plans.

WOOP Method: Achieving Success Despite Obstacles
Gap analysis
Gap analysis: the starting point for successful strategic planning
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Often in projects, the actual execution of something will differ greatly from the original plan. Using gap analysis, you can see just how much they will differ from the outset. It is the first step on the road to adapting a strategy to fit real-life situations within a company. With this method, you can avoid financial downturns and business setbacks from the start.

Gap analysis: the starting point for successful strategic planning
Giving Feedback
Providing feedback: How to give constructive feedback
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Giving feedback is part of professional communication – no matter whether you’re a manager, coworker, or customer. Feedback gives people the opportunity to understand whether a collaboration is working well and where there is still room for improvement. But if you give feedback, there is a risk that the recipient will feel personally attacked by the criticism. Feedback rules help to minimize this...

Providing feedback: How to give constructive feedback
Conjoint analysis
Conjoint analysis: can a product establish itself on the market?
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Conjoint analysis is conducted before launching a product on the market to obtain information about whether it will be competitive and which of its attributes would contribute to this. A variety of potential product designs are presented in a customer survey, and the survey participants are asked to indicate which one they would choose. The results reveal consumers’ priorities.

Conjoint analysis: can a product establish itself on the market?
How to apologize for late replies
Sorry for the late reply: How to write apologies for a late reply
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Everyone forgets to reply to less important emails at work occasionally – or even puts them off deliberately. This may be the case if you be the bearer of bad news, for instance. But if you want to avoid making a negative impression, you shouldn’t just ignore these emails. A well-formulated apology for a delayed response can help you to convince customers, business partners, and coworkers of your...

Sorry for the late reply: How to write apologies for a late reply
Cost estimate template
Cost estimates: Samples and recommendations for companies
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With many services, it is common to first obtain and compare several cost estimates before making a final purchase decision. Writing a cost estimate has long been part of the daily routine for many business owners. In our guide, you will find out what you need to keep in mind, and you can download our practical cost estimate templates free of charge.

Cost estimates: Samples and recommendations for companies
ISO 50001
ISO 50001 Energy Management
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Reducing energy costs while protecting the environment: The international standard ISO 50001 can help you to use energy resources more efficiently in your company. An energy management system run according to ISO 50001 is designed to monitor and continuously improve energy efficiency. So, what is ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 Energy Management