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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

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