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19 September 2007
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20 September 2007

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WE POSTED: Is being a chocolate buyer "the best job in the world"?

BLOGGERS SAID: "Not sure if the attraction is 'what' you buy or 'who' you work for. During summer, with all the holiday travelling, I wish I was a travel buyer and could take advantage of bargains and staff rates."

WE POSTED: An article says small gestures, such as giving employees business cards, is the best way to boost staff self-esteem. Is this the case?

BLOGGERS SAID: "I have a set of business cards. Unfortunately someone decided to order them without my name on, with the central switchboard number, and the departmental email address, which is managed by another office in another building. I don't think it was great for my self-esteem or for building a professional attitude and appearance."

"Business cards, an up-and-running computer, a telephone and appropriate reading materials - all of these should be in place when a new employee first starts. It is good for the employee's self-worth, shows the employer cares and that the professional etiquette of the company is organised."

"I find business cards quite troublesome in these days of electronic diaries. My days at a national procurement organisation also saw me getting through too many job titles during reorganisations to ever get close to halfway through a box of them - I've always found them a waste of money and an annoying reminder of stressful events at work."

WE POSTED: How can procurement be best presented to non-buyers?

BLOGGERS SAID: "Use your really juicy procurement stories (the poor suppliers, noncontract incidents, etc), but without naming names and causing a stink. Use what suits the audience (standout savings for finance, reduced supplier numbers for the administrators, etc) to encourage an individual's interest in their needs as well as those of the organisation."

"I applied the 'keep it simple, stupid' principle and focused on the what, when, who, where, why and how. This seemed to go down well, because it kept it brief and to the point, as well as getting the message across. If you're doing a presentation on procurement awareness, I would focus on the why and how elements. This should create understanding and ultimately buy-in."

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