Browsing MonthFebruary 2021

Is crying at workplace unprofessional?

Is crying at workplace unprofessional?

Yesterday, a senior leader of Congress, Ghulam Nabi Azad officially retired from Rajya Sabha and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi bid farewell to him with teary eyes. No one expects a country’s prime minister to cry in the Parliament, but he did choose to display his emotions without worrying about what the world would think. We all get emotional in our workplaces and tend to burst out in certain situations, while at the same time believe that crying in a professional setting is just about the worst thing one can do. Why is crying at work such a taboo? Anthropologists claim that crying violates ‘display rules,’ or cultural norms for self-expression and socialization. Fortunately, more people (including employers) today are recognizing that crying is part of human nature, and crying at work isn’t a denunciation of your professional abilities, nor it’s only a woman thing. Rather than telling your co-workers not to cryRead More

Employees – Customers – Profit – What comes first?

Employees – Customers – Profit – What comes first?

Some leaders believe that employees are the core of the organization and their interest should be given priority. They believe that if employees are happy and looked after, customers will flock, get retained well and profit eventually has to come. That’s what Vineet Nayar of HCL believed in and made the firm successful in all respects. Few leaders strongly believe it is the customer who needs a primary priority, hence the phrase – ‘customer is the king’ dictates all the business operations. Some organizations go to any extent to please the customers, even at the cost of the employee morale or willingness. So what about profit – does it stand a chance? Well, the ugly truth is that in the capitalist world, this is the strongest objective which the leaders want to drive but will rarely agree to. Sounds controversial? I know it is, but everyone wants profits – shareholders,Read More

Monday = Motivation – where the hell it is?

Monday = Motivation – where the hell it is?

It’s #Monday again and you are finding it difficult to #focus on your #work, by the time the week ends, you won’t know where the time vanished. You seem to be losing #motivation to be as efficient as you were? Well, you are not alone, this #pandemic has driven many to this state. Minda Zetlin in an Inc.com article recommends three things to bring your mojo back:1) Create rituals – rituals are habits, which you create consciously, to kick start the day and even to end the day. I start my day with my daily prayers and then a short meditation session and end the day with a long walk or a high-intensity exercise session. You can choose what suits you but something that lifts your mood and appeals to your sense 2) Reward yourself – once you complete something important or achieved any small but important task, reward yourself. It can be a small gift, a video game session or evenRead More

Corporates need to encourage diversity of opinions along with other forms of diversity

Corporates need to encourage diversity of opinions along with other forms of diversity

Slowly and steadily, corporate institutions have risen up to embrace diversity in workplaces. Diversity helps in fostering innovation, creativity and empathy, which is practically impossible in workplaces that are homogenous. Diversity in workplaces are more about gender, race, ethnicity, social cultures and even disabilities. However this makes only part of the overall pie of diverse workplace. One important element is allowing diversity of thoughts, thinking and opinions. Different backgrounds and thought processes bring unique viewpoints that helps the organization to take a broader views and decisions that are inclusive and well thought through. In 2004, Anthony Lising Antonio, a professor at the Stanford had said, ”When we hear dissent from someone who is different from us, it provokes more thought than when it comes from someone who looks like us.” But often, organizations and its employees fall into the trap of ‘Yes Boss’ culture, where employees tend to agree withRead More

4 Simple tips to ace your LinkedIn journey

4 Simple tips to ace your LinkedIn journey

LinkedIn unlike any other social platforms is focused solely on professional networking giving you access to rick user generated professional content. LinkedIn is today, where Facebook and Twitter were 5 years back with limited restrictions helping you reach more audience. The fact is that only 0.5% of users generate content on LinkedIn, and if the content is really good, it has a potential to reach even your 3rd level connections. Many friends ask me how I use LinkedIn and how I am able to write every day and how I am able to build such a large follower base, here are 4 simple tips: Your content needs to be audacious, engage on an emotional level, and also somewhat non-conventional and eyebrow lifting. Your connect should  be more personal in nature, include personal stories, life lessons, failures, something astonishing that others can learn from Post atleast 3-5 times per week. Don’t analyze and justRead More

Should you Boomerang?

Should you Boomerang?

Boomerang employees are those who join their former companies for a second stint. Companies hire their ex-employees because they see some clear advantages such as – familiarity with the company & culture; no training or onboarding required; assume they have improved from outside experience etc. HBR recently did a study to understand if the Boomerang employees were actually living up to the above assumptions. Their findings were quite opposite to general belief: Boomerang employees’ performance tends to remain the same. Also their reasons for leaving the organization for the second time tend to be similar to their first departures. Both internal and external hires improve more over time than rehires – their initial advantage of being familiar with company, culture, processes help in the initial years where they show better offtake than new hires, but later new hires do better Boomerang employees are more likely to turn over than bothRead More

Should Google and Facebook pay news publishers?

Should Google and Facebook pay news publishers?

Media houses and digital platforms have a symbiotic relationship. Media houses generate news and digital platforms like Google and Facebook display this news in their feeds. Platform users benefit because they can get all the news in one place; platforms benefit by increased user attention leading to increased ad revenue and publishers benefit as the platforms send the readers back to the news sites. While this issue was debated on both sides for a couple of years, suddenly Covid19 happened and many journalists lost jobs as well as media houses shut shops. Few tried to monetize their content but are yet to be successful in making readers pay for the content. Looking at the current state of news organizations, few countries have decided to force Google and Facebook to pay news publishers under competition rules. Though Google has agreed to pay news publishers $1 billion over the next three years,Read More