Do women get a fair chance at workplace?

Gender Equality seems to be media’s darling these days and every week one or another company gets highlighted for its women friendly practices. The reality on the ground is strikingly different. Women start careers in business and other professions with the same level of IQ, education, and passion as men. Though in the end few […]

How To Be A Quick Learner

Our brain is an expert at making logical connections when it encounters an issue; now this may work if you have previously encountered and tackled a similar situation. When you hit a roadblock with a new issue, a good starting point is to ask “Why” five times and see how many causes you can come up with. This increases the odds of a better solution because you can see more connections

Why 360-degree Feedback Is Better For You

Usage of 360 degree will push you to confront the issues and negative feedback head on, rather than dismissing it as one of the events, additionally it gives you more courage to deal with developmental and critical feedback.

Why You Should Work For A Startup

On one hand, is a high-paying job position at a reputed organisation in your choice of field. On another hand, is a job proposal from a small startup that has just kicked off. You've seen their work, trust their mission and liked their approach, but you aren't really sure whether you want to take the risk of working with a startup.

Why You Should Move To Reduced Workweek

The benefits of moving to a reduced workweek are multifold, starting with healthcare, reduced stress, Increased happiness and productivity coupled with the chance of being employable in the next decade.

An Easy Way To Identify Training Needs

It’s important to put wings behind real business needs and use the training dollars judiciously, this will not happen unless you use a filtering mechanism to identify the hitherto hidden training needs. A popular and effective means of identifying the training needs is the usage of “interview”, Interviews can provide you with an in-depth view of the specific skills that need to be honed or learned. These are some of the candidates whose input would be worth its weight in gold.

How To Improve Your Listening Skills

Humans have the ability to think more than twice as fast as they talk, leaving the mind to wander whilst it is listening to someone. At the workplace, more and more multitasking is happening and interruptions abound, this too has impacted our listening skills quotient.

How To Turn Negativity To Positivity

At times life may be wrenching and testing your will power to the limits, everything may be off track and each passing day piles on more of it. Even in the darkest of the days, there would be moments of joy, however small and inconsequential it may seem. Pick any three tiny golden straws that made you smile

Eleven Ways to Shine In Your Career In 2015

Going by the popular sentiment and all the reports, it seems certain that more jobs will be created in 2015 and newer opportunities will come to the table for all of us. New year is also the time for making new resolutions, more often than not, only few of us will make a pointed effort to sharpen their career and take benefit of the impending opportunity.

Career Lessons from Steve Jobs

Steve could look at things differently and question why was it that way, he always believed in simplifying things and getting the past the usual no, which comes first. While developing I pod, he designed most of the applications to start working in three clicks, rather than making his customers go through the maze.

Career Lessons From Warren Buffet

Buffet says, “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get. I won the ovarian lottery the day I was born and so did all of you. We’re all successful, intelligent, educated. To focus on what you don’t have is a terrible mistake. With the gifts all of us have, if you are unhappy, it’s your own fault.”

How to Find An Awesome Mentor

Whether you are a newbie or a pro in your profession, having a mentor will definitely help you to propel your career trajectory. A mentor is someone who “shows you the ropes ” and helps you in navigating the corporate maze without getting bruised or disheartened. Oprah Winfrey says, “ A mentor is someone who allows you to see the light inside yourself.”

Career Mistakes you need to avoid

Careers are fragile and small mistakes done repeatedly can chip away any edge that you have built painstakingly. Building a career is like running a marathon , where you need to be in the race for the longer haul and each step counts.

India Job Market in 2014 & What’s Next in 2015

Wait and watch policy kept the hiring market subdued in the first quarter of 2014, thereby limiting the increments and bonuses, which were rolled out in April 2014. The only exception was the Startups market, which saw hordes of dollars flowing in, the sector continued offering larger than usual pay raises and kept the job market warm.

How To Find A New Job Secretively

The challenges encountered by a job seeker are numerous, not to mention that applying for a leave raises the manager’s eyebrow, especially when the job market is seemingly moving up. If that was not enough, some of outdated and narrow minded HR professionals go to any extent to track job hunters, I know of one […]

Emerging HR trends for 2015

The HR Trend Institute distinguishes eight trends influencing the domain of organisations and people in organisations.
The table below gives an overview of the eight trend areas.

Looking at the trends and following developments in the market, I tried to capture some of the emerging HR trends for 2015.

No more performance reviews
Finally organisations are sensing that they […]

Being More Creative At Work

Creativity is a very valued skill as it is one of the biggest building blocks of innovation and organization’s that lack innovation are not able to match pace with the market realities and challenges. In the modern age, a premium is placed on people who are able to exhibit creativity, however many of us are […]

How To Reduce The Sting of Appraisals

We are about to enter the month of December and are getting ready for the year-end rituals. One of the biggest annual rituals performed by most of the organizations is the “Annual Appraisal Ceremony”; more often than not this leaves a bitter taste in the mouth of the appraisee with the appraisers leaving no stone […]

Building A Winning Sales Culture

Sales is the lifeline of any organization and having a fully engaged sales team driven by a great sales culture is the most important pillar of sucesss. A positive, nurturing sales culture makes a world of difference within the sales organizations.

What is making you miss all the deadlines?

Generating results and timely delivery of assignments are one of the two biggest factors that shape the career of an individual, the room for error is minimal and any shortfall is detrimental to the modern day career. As a member of the corporate clan you don’t work in a vacuum, your assignment is mostly a […]

A Career Blooper Is Not “The End”

Career bloopers can come in many colors, may be you have been passed over for a promotion, you have been moved out of the most prestigious project the company is working on, or you have been disciplined and it has been put on your personal file by HR. If you are facing a hard time […]

From a KFC-reject to $21 Billion in net worth – Jack Ma’s life

Ma started his career as an English teacher and failed in numerous ventures, including being rejected for a job in KFC, before he founded Alibaba in 1999. Today, he is China’s richest man with a net worth of over $21 billion.Whilst the world and the Chinese diaspora dance in festivities after the listing of Alibaba.com and coming very close to legendary Wal-Mart’s market cap on day one, […]

How To Manage A Virtual Team

Similar to a conventional team, a virtual team consists of a group of people who interact to complete interdependent tasks and work towards a common goal, however instead of meeting in the same office, the team members work in different places, often at home, and in different time zones, They may never meet their coworkers […]

How to Build A Dream Team At Work

A super achievers team is a highly cohesive, diverse and aligned group of performers each skilled in their own domains. These teams speed- up the learning and growth of its members and It’s fun being on it, as everyone achieves more. So how do you go about building a super achiever team at work?

At the new- age workplace […]

How To Negotiate With Your Colleagues

More often than not in organizations, one party wins at the other party’s expense, leading to strained work relationships. The organization gets divided into silos and opposing factions try to score over each other in subsequent rounds of fire.

Why are Negotiation Skills Important

More and more organizations are moving to matrix reporting structures, forcing managers to […]

Work- Life Balance Is Not Relevant Anymore

 

Work- Life Balance is dying as a concept, In the ninja world of corporate you make Work, Life & Family choices and the ratio in which you make the choices has its consequences. You or your family pays the price or enjoys the benefit.

The Problem with Work Life Balance

The problem with Work- Life Balance is […]

Your Manager Wants you to be more collaborative – What to do?

Workplaces host professionals from diverse educational, cultural and experiential backgrounds. It is normal if there is a clash of opinions between employees. However, the management always wants everyone to  have a collaborative attitude. Everyone has to work as a single team and bring out a product that showcases the best of each individual’s expertise.

While we understand […]

Giving Feedback To Super Stars In Your Team

Over the years I have met scores of senior executives, one question that I would get from them every year would be – “ What’s the best way to give feedback to my super stars on their performance, they are already on cloud nine.”

Managers want to recognise their stars and help them do even better, […]

What Do Millennials Want From Their Careers

Those born between the 1980’s and 2000 are considered Millennials, and they seem to have developed specific characteristics – from the way they live with parents, to structured lives, to contact with diverse people, to the way they want their work life to be.

Important work characteristics of this emerging group include working with diverse people, […]

6 Things Which Will Improve Your Peer Level Relationships.

Natural competition between work groups, driven by narrowly focused departmental goals and strengthened by reward systems that promote silos, make it tough for employees to develop good  peer level relationships.

Career coaches and veteran CEOs alike understand and constantly stress on the importance of managing peer level relationships at work. In fact, this is one of […]

Why Companies Should Not Keep Salaries A Secret Anymore

Employee salaries and the process of giving pay raises remains a secret and few are privy to the closely guarded process, sadly it remains archaic even in the modern day age. Disconnect between compensation and performance is one of the biggest contributors of employee angst and subsequent employee disengagement.

Due to lack of transparency, most of […]

How To Do Brainstorming For Problem Solving

Chances are that you would have come across the concept of using Brainstorming at one time or another in your corporate career. Brainstorming is the most used and abused word in the corporate corridors. If done in a fit and proper manner, the benefits of using brainstorming for problem solving are immense.

What is Brainstorming?

Brainstorming is a conference technique by which a group […]

How To Create A Strong Online Brand For Yourself

Personal branding is all about creating your own reputation. It targets people who judge you by your online profile and on whom you want to make the best possible impression.

With a good personal brand, potential clients or employers will recognize your name, your work and your professional and personal qualities. Everyone likes to be known […]

Why Leadership-Development Programs Fail To Deliver Results?

With over 20,000 books and millions of articles about the critical elements of leadership and its overall impact, the issue of leadership really must be important to organisations.

Most organizations have lavish budgets and allot lots of time and effort on improving employee and manager capabilities and also nurturing new leaders. In the USA itself, companies […]

How to Improve The Quality Of Your Decisions

In your career, one thing is for sure that you will make quite a few decisions. Good decisions will bear fruit for some time and the bad ones will haunt you for a longer time, a really bad decision can even cut short your career. Nothing tests your leadership skills more than your ability to make […]

Why HR Needs To Move To Mobile Recruiting

The world has skipped a generation of evolution and has moved to smart phones faster than anticipated, by mid of 2013 India outpaced Japan as the third largest smartphone market in the world. Interestingly most of the smart phone users are using it for activities beyond making phone calls and apps constitute a big chunk […]

How To Succeed As A Freelance Web Designer

Freelancing in web designing is a dream for many professionals with an artistic bent, but this field isn’t just about the talent you have. Successful freelancing depends on your business savvy and ability to commit and deliver on time.

Self-employment is a great thing, but many don’t choose it because of the financial and career-related risks […]

How To Make A Career In Journalism

The idea of weaving stories through mass media has found a newborn interest in our new generation. People enjoy moving, taking risks and coming up with stories that matter. Media is perhaps the strongest industry in any country and good newsmakers are in high demand.

However, a job as a journalist comes with immense challenges and […]

How To Make A Great Impression In An Interview

It takes less than a minute for people to assess and make a first impression about the personality of a stranger. When it comes to getting a job and placing yourself before the interview panel, you must be extra careful not to disappoint.

There is never a second change to make a great first impression and […]

The Makings Of A Great Salesperson

Convincing people to buy things that they’ve never heard of or probably don’t need is not an easy job. While many sales people struggle to get though the process, some can masterfully hook customers and sell products and services with ease. So what does it take to be a great salesperson?

This is a timeless question […]

How To Negotiate A Higher Salary For A New Job In 2014

In your job selection process, you will naturally look forward to negotiating the best possible salary from your employer. So how do you get a salary befitting your qualifications and skills and the recent upswing in market demand for talent? Yes, the job market has finally started picking up, with 34 of 42 countries surveyed […]

5 Traits Of A Great Performance Management System.

Performance management positively impacts employees’ performance and productivity.  Data from Development Dimensions International – an international major in the field of HR Consulting, shows that the percentage of goals achieved by employees increases substantially when a formal performance management system is put in place.

With a good performance management program in place, managers indicated that employees […]

How To Make A Successful Career In Social Media Management

Social Media has removed the information asymmetry between companies and consumers.In a rapidly changing & increasingly globalized world , organization’s are constantly looking for ways to improve their products and identify relationship building opportunities with their customers. In the same fashion consumers are increasingly providing their opinion and seeking value for money. The sharing effects of social […]

Being Positive & Happy Makes You Healthy

The powerful link between emotional outlook and physical health is no secret. “I didn’t believe in it when I started out 40 years ago,” says Martin Seligman, PhD, one of the preeminent experts in the field of positive psychology and author of the new book Flourish. “But the data has grown year after year, and […]

The Realty Of Recognition Programs and What To Do About It

Companies with recognition programs are highly effective at improving employee engagement and have 31 percent lower voluntary attrition than their peers with ineffective recognition.

Tips For Entrepreneurs: Thrive In Business Despite Hard Times

Entrepreneurs may be independent in comparison to those in service, but they may face tough times. How do you thrive in business even in hard times?

Do you want to turn entrepreneur to become your own boss or because you do not relish working under others? Entrepreneurship can be very fulfilling and exciting, but there are […]

How To Start A New Job

So you managed to land a job after a long struggle and many interviews. You are feeling over the moon and thanking your stars that the ordeal is over. Right? Not really. Don’t beguile yourself into thinking that you are finally over the hump. Even after getting the job you wanted, you should be mindful […]

How Leadership Style Impacts Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement & Leadership style go hand in hand . Everyone knows that an inefficient leader produces a dissatisfied, unproductive employee. On the other hand, good leaders produce committed, engaged and productive employees.

Is Employee Enagement Important?

A study of 160,576 employees working under 30,661 leaders in different organisations around the world showed that the average commitment […]