Thursday, November 30, 2017

NextGen Work- A Positive Future

Labor market dynamics are shifting rapidly: populations are aging and skills needs are changing faster than ever, driven by technological progress and globalization. The gap between the skills people have and those employers need is widening, polarizing workforces and populations around the world.
The ‘Monday-Friday 9-5 job for life’ has moved on and much of the jobs growth over the last 10-15 years has occurred in non-traditional, alternative ways of working. We are in the human age now and NexGen work is nothing but a shift in the mindset of workers who are now more open to working in a different way and redefining the term “Job”. Workers who look for Flexibility in their work, location, working hours, etc. make them the NextGen.

A recent report by ManpowerGroup, "Gig Responsibly: The Rise of NextGen Work," examines the growth of various non-traditional work arrangements, including part-time, contingent, contract, temporary, freelance, flex and others. ​Results from the report show that, for 81% of respondents, non-traditional work arrangements are a choice, rather than a necessity.

The Gen next is working longer, learning more each day and most importantly seeking a better balance between work and home.

Some very interesting finds of the report are that 87% of people are open to do NextGen work  in the future. People and organizations want new ways to get work done and are adapting quickly to meet the requirements. Non Traditional ways of working are being liked by the workforce.  The number of people working in gigs is still only a small part of the labor force. However, those seeking flexible, non-traditional ways of working are significantly greater.

The next generation values quality over quantity in their work and want meaningful work, including recognition for good performance.  For organizations hiring on-demand workers allows businesses to adjust their staffing levels and access a wider, more specialized talent pool without a large financial investment.

The report also show that emerging markets are most open to NextGen Work: India and Mexico are leading the way with 97% of people open to freelance, contract, temporary or independent contractor work.  People are choosing next gen work for many reason by the top 3 are: To earn extra money, developing new skills & balancing between personal & professional life.

Whether it’s young graduates trying to break into the workforce, mid-careers trying to balance caring for newborns, teenagers or older family members, people want careers that are more agile than the old job-for-life, full-time model.

NextGen Work is a global phenomenon, and from a worker’s perspective, it’s a positive one. Openness to alternative work models varies by country, impacted by a myriad of factors from the rigidity of labor regulations and the role of trade unions and collective bargaining, to the attitudes and mobility of workers. NextGen worker will work on their own terms and flexibility but most importantly will responsible for some great innovations.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Be a fit Business Traveller

Traveling for business can be challenging. It's easy to fall off track when traveling for work. Not only you get out from the comfort of your home, but you're also faced with work-related stressors, including long days of sitting in meetings, aches and pains from airline travel and, potentially, a battle with jet lag. But you don't have to neglect your fitness even when traveling for business. Let us consider the following tips for staying fit on the go-

Drink Up
Because of the lack of humidity in cabin air, flying can be very dehydrating. Quench your thirst by drinking enough water while flying and try to stay away from anything caffeinated or alcoholic. Travel with a refillable water bottle, herbal tea bags or water flavor drops to add some variety to your fluids and avoid being tempted by other drinks during transport, meetings, or at your hotel.

Embrace your surroundings
Even if you're "on the clock," it's important to find some time to explore and sightsee. Simply taking a walk in the neighbourhood surrounding your hotel is enough to get your blood pumping and give you an opportunity to take in some of the local flavour.

Explore your adventurous side
If you have some downtime between sales calls, seek some adventure. Find a local hiking trail and head out into the woods for a break from the modern world. Go swimming in the hotel pool. Rent a bicycle and go for an early morning ride before your first meeting. 

Use a pedometer or fitness tracker
Keeping tabs on your physical activity is a great way to ensure that you don't fall completely off track while traveling. You don't necessarily need to hit your usual targets, but watching your numbers and adding an evening activity is a great way to counterbalance a slow day. 

Traveling is a great opportunity to try new types of physical activity and to explore an environment that may be very different from your usual surroundings. If possible, hike in the mountains, go tubing in the river or swim in the ocean. At the very least, walk downtown in a big city and try the local cuisine. The possibilities are endless when you're in a new place – so seize them!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Motivation at Work!!

Work won't always be fun. In fact, work can be a chore. Motivation is rather elusive, isn’t it? Some days you feel it, and other days you can’t grab a measly corner of it no matter how hard you try. Keep in mind that your job and career is up to you, you can find all the motivation you need. Let us have a look on some of the ideas to kick-start your daily mojo.

Find work that interests you 
Finding your motivation requires a little thought and reflection. In order to be motivated, you have to know what triggers it. Doing work that is interesting and fulfilling is one of the best ways to ensure you’re staying engaged and motivated.

Do not drain on the small stuff
There are certain things you just can't control, Everyday there are things that probably irk you, but don't let those negative feelings sap your motivation. One way to drive out the negative feelings is to stay focused on achieving your own goals and your priorities.

Read Daily
Make sure you carve out time in your day to read. The most successful people in the world attribute their success to reading a lot of books. Developing a daily reading habit is one thing that’s likely to have a long-lasting impact on your thought processes, ultimately inspiring you in all areas of your life. 

Set a Quit Time 
When you find yourself low on motivation, pushing through may not be the answer to getting your best work done. Take a 15-minute break. You’ll feel more refreshed and more productive when you allow yourself some down time.

Communicate with productive people
Sometimes having a small conversation with one of your peers can perk you up for your next meeting or task. Associating with productive individuals allows you to observe and pick up some of their healthy productivity hacks. And because productive employees tend to be more positive, you may catch some of that too.

Ask for feedback 
Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in our daily tasks that we don’t realize the subtle ways that we can potentially improve, nor do we recognize the areas where we are adding the most value. A feedback can usually allow you to get answers to the performance related doubts that bother you. A positive feedback instantly charges your morale and gives you the required push to go the extra mile.

Learn a new skill
Identify a skill relevant to your current role that interests you, and pitch the idea to your boss. Especially if it’s something that will benefit the company, they might even be willing to fund your training or allow you to use work time to develop it. It’s a win for you to add value to the employer, while also adding value to your marketability.

Regaining your motivation won't happen overnight. It's a process you'll continue to work on at every step of your career. Once you keep yourself inspired, you'll more easily identify when you feel yourself slipping into exhaustion or boredom. Keep working on your motivation, to reach and surpass your goals.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

No Matter What; Get on With Your Job Search

A job search can produce a lot of anxiety. Today, there’s so much information available on internet that it can easily overwhelm you.  Once you get through the preparation process of getting your resume and cover letter together, you still have work to do. There’s applying, networking and the much dreaded interviewing. No matter how unhappy you are in your current job, your search keeps getting pushed to the bottom of your to-do list and the needle never moves.

Not able to figure out what’s really going on? Or could it be time to evaluate the mental roadblocks getting in the way? Let us have a look on some tips to ease out these fears.

Let go off those fears-
Everyone, no matter what career lifecycle he/she is in, fear, worry and insecurity comes natural with a job search process. You may have started the search with a lot of enthusiasm that over time turned into disappointment. This is common. Like countless other job seekers, you may be afraid of not being good enough. These feelings present an obstacle to confidence when you’re in the thick of a job search. Take time to reflect on what's really going on inside, work towards your skills which help you regain that lost confidence.

The best deal is to invest in your strengths- 
We often compare ourselves to others rather than focusing on building ourselves. As you work to overcome your fears, concentrate on figuring out what you bring to your next employer. Think about your successes over the years and acknowledge how these are derived from your talents. When you focus on what makes you special, you will not only fuel your job search but also develop a positive attitude, which will help you attract and land opportunities.

Drop those assumptions-
It’s good to think that you deserve the best, but do not assume that it will come easily. This is simply not the case. In truth, the search for a new job – especially one that you really want – will take extra efforts and more time than you may think. Be organized, tenacious and committed. While finding work you love is not easy, the reward is worth it. It’s up to you to drive that process to closure using good project-management skills.

Don’t let your fears paralyze your job search. Take control of them, acknowledge your strengths and get moving. It’s going to take work but if you crush your fears; more opportunities could come unexpectedly down your road.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New hires? Increase their productivity quotient.

For a new hire, the first few weeks on the job are critical; it is exciting and scary, kind of like doing the tango. It can make all the difference in their first impression of the employer and in how long they decide to stay with a company. Whether the new hire is just starting their career or is a seasoned business professional, everyone needs guidance at the beginning of a new job.

Ensure your on-boarding process is easy and effective for your new hires. There are some easy ways to expedite this instead of having to spend all or part of the first shift doing it.

The welcome Docket
This is a first-hand experience for the new employee and to become familiar with the organization, the department and the team members they will work with, and how their job relates to the larger vision of the company. Provide all important policies, dress codes or other things expected of employees, including administrative information as well. It should be a fun read by including the culture and trivia about the company. It might take a little more of your time but a personalized kit too creates that exhilarating feeling on the first day at work. Ensure they all have necessary documents with them without any follow-ups.

Provide and share goals
To keep the new hires motivated, it is helpful to give them some predetermined goals to accomplish in the first few months. Don't assume they already know their goals. This will provide clarity just in case, and will help get them involved in their work right away. Having clear expectations will also boost their confidence immediately. Keep in mind they should be reasonable and attainable goals. Be sure to clearly express what you expect of them. You could set some basic goals for all new employees and then talk to them about personalized goals as well. Helping your new hires start their job on the right foot will play a big part in their motivation, regardless of their level and position.

Provide support. 
It is critical to be available for your newly hired employees in the first several weeks. However, this doesn't have to take too much time out of your schedule. Take the initiative to check in with them for 15 minutes each week to see how they are feeling with their workload and team and provide sincere commendation. Introduce them to more experienced employees and if you have a mentoring program at your company, make an introduction as well. They will feel more like a part of the team and will appreciate the personal interest.

The on-boarding process doesn’t have to be always difficult. Make it a good experience for the company and the new employee. Deliver clear direction, support and maintain a proper communication. Employees who believe that management is concerned about them are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Take it easy on your perfectionist inclinations at Work!!

Are you a perfectionist? A healthy balance of perfectionism is usually a good thing. As a professional, you want to give 100 percent at your job. You want to make sure that your clients and all key stakeholders are happy and that any task you are handed is completed to high standards. But for some professionals with perfectionist tendencies, this can provide extra stress. The need to create perfection at every turn starts to impact your productivity, stopping you from getting things done and leading to a string of missed deadlines., Gradually it starts to impact your sleep and health, thereby turning you into an irritated nagging individual.
Like so much in life there’s a balance to achieve, a level of output quality that you can live with and those around you are happy is at times good to go with. If you’re struggling to control your own perfectionism, here’s how to rein it back in.

Use your skill set wisely.
Perfectionists have a special skill set that allows them to provide high quality, and a high level of detail at their jobs. While we all have some level of perfectionist tendencies, some find it harder to control the tendency than others. Determine when it is appropriate for you to use your perfectionist tendencies to their full potential.

Learning to say No.
There are positive and negative ways to say no, of course, so learn how to turn down work that you can’t handle with grace, professionally and positively.

Stick to the objective in Hand.
Most of the time the important thing is getting things done, something finished, rather than aiming for perfection. At the end of the day every task is different. Some projects demand total perfection, others are more forgiving and just need to be done to a standard that’s good enough. Knowing the difference can change a perfectionist’s life for the better. Having a solid, detailed brief and a strict timescale for a project helps perfectionists reel themselves in and keeps other people’s expectations under control.

Learning to delegate
It is just not possible to do everything on your own. Delegating to other people has considerable business value. Making them feel trusted and respected, helping them to grow in their role, feel more confident and take their skills to the next level. It’s really important not to criticize colleagues whose work is less than your version of perfect.

Knowing everyone is different

It’s important to understand that everybody is different. When you understand other people’s motivations and working styles, it helps you treat people with more respect and also helps you dial down the enormous amounts of pressure you apply to yourself. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Develop your Leadership Skills- best thing you can do for yourself and your career.

You can leverage the key fundamentals of successful leadership in order to impact your team and become the leader you desire to be. No matter where you are on the career ladder, it is never too late to start or continue developing your leadership skills. Leadership is often described as a set of behaviours and skills which can be trained and enhanced, just like many other skills.

Leadership is about stepping up and becoming the kind of person others aspire to be.  There are ways to create these opportunities for yourself—no matter where you work. There are many tips, depending upon every individual, however, few traits needs to be engrained to be successful.

Doing the best job doesn’t require a spectacular Title.

Being a leader has nothing to do with your job title. You don’t have to be the boss or have a corner office to be a leader. Leadership today is not about title; it is not about the position you have in the organization. Every day, you are faced with situational leadership opportunities that allow you to demonstrate that you can take charge and bring people together with a common goal. A good leader doesn’t need a title to make their point.

 Preach what you teach.

The best leaders are those who lead by example. Putting in the extra time to get the job done shows passion and commitment to a common goal as well as loyalty to the team and the organization. If you want your team to work hard, you must work hard yourself to gain everyone’s loyalty and get them to follow your lead.

Prioritise and set that Goal.

Good leaders focus on the solution, rather than the problem. They are very focused on the objectives that need to be achieved and they use their energies to develop a plan and strategy to achieve these objectives. They are good at prioritising so that the most important and urgent things are done first.

The Onus is on you, Take it with pride.

When things go wrong, they don’t just start pointing fingers – instead, they are not afraid to take first-person responsibility for the team’s actions and consequences. This shows integrity and gains people’s trust.

Develop your People. It is a part of the process of developing yourself.

Great leaders build people, empower them, trust them to create a stronger team – which benefits the organisation overall. They achieve this by being a keen observer of human behaviour, so that they learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different members of their team, and a deeper understanding of team dynamics. They then use their communication skills to empathise with each of the team members and build relationships with them and between them.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Human Intervention is irreplaceable!!

The fact is, for decades our work has been replaced by automation, either in industrial units or by computers, with time new techniques and technologies replaced the old ones but we have always found a way to adapt. Today Adaptation is the key. Skills to develop to help you keep your job- Let us have a look...

A job that follows the conventional steps follows the route to automation. Conversely, any job that requires creativity or where human-to-human interaction is vital cannot be automated. A machine will have difficulty addressing the consequences of a problem at hand, creative thinking, most importantly problem-solving that requires empathy and patience. They lack the ability to interpret the emotions. Creating an advertising campaign requires a higher level of creativity and understanding of human psychological traits, which would be difficult for robots to replicate. Motivating a team or group to implement procedural changes isn't something a robot could manage, either.

The real risk isn't losing a job, but losing certain functions of your job that are easily automated. This will require you to adapt and possibly update your skills for next-level responsibilities.

Develop skills that make you matchless.
Robots are great at repetitive tasks, searching data, or any task that doesn't require adapting, creative thinking or making decisions. Even a basic understanding of coding or any specific STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skill enhances your ability to understand the root cause of a problem. One who can creatively develop solutions to address interpersonal or operational solutions is on an edge. And don't discount the soft skills. Soft skills range from interpersonal communication to complex problem-solving with dozens of skills in between. Learn how to negotiate, speak in public, resolve conflict, build cohesive teams or think like a designer.

Developing emotional intelligence adds to this advantage. Emotional intelligence includes your self-awareness, self-management, empathy and social effectiveness. Honing skills within these areas not only improves your performance, you also enhance skills artificial intelligence can't compete with. Your ability to motivate, influence and assess people makes you a valuable asset to any team.

Ready, set, learn.
Be optimistic about technology and have a positive attitude about the use of automation. Invest in training during your weekends, spare an hour or 2 while you are at work. Now where to find relevant, training to invest in?
Check professional associations for webinars available to members. Professional sites and training portals host various courses. Ask around and see if anyone can recommend local, in-person classes. Have a look at the training your employer offers. You may want to investigate shorter-term leadership programs, interpersonal skills or classes that include experiential learning. Identifying a mentor with strengths in areas you are looking to improve allows you to practice and get immediate feedback.

Step out, Practice flexibility, Insist on what you deserve.

In the coming times, the nature of jobs will continue to morph. If you keep an open mind and are receptive to change, it will be easier for you to survive in the tumultuous world of work. Your employer will expect you to bring value to the table- the type of work you do and the role will look very different after several years. As you consider new opportunities, look for companies that celebrate flexible work offerings, learning and innovative opportunities that give your brain cells the much needed feed, encourage a collaborative work culture and offer resources for your professional development. Companies that offer these benefits are more likely to help you stay a step ahead of the robots. At the end of the day, it is up to you to manage your performance, skill development and happiness at work.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Are you employable and future ready?

Automation, the buzzword nowadays, has not only brought in a number of benefits such as task efficiency, increased productivity, reduced cost, raised earnings, it has also given way to the increasing demand for skilled labor.

Yes, the developed age of artificial intelligence and robots is on the verge of a skill crunch!

And, there is only one challenge: the rapid shift of technology change has withered longevity of a particular set of skills acquired by IT grads.  The shelf life of a skillset is no more than a few years.   Recent surveys on hiring outlook for the Indian IT industry report that automation and technology shifts have resulted in a talent crunch for niche skills.

Below are a few solutions to the IT skill gap that will keep you ahead in this fierce competition:

1. Increase your learnability: Technology is ever changing and so is the workplace. Your learnability shows your ability and desire to grow and upgrade yourself to the new challenges in your work life. The tech giant doesn’t really care much about GPAs. But it really expects you to have the right analytical and logical skills. So, get going on brushing up those areas. There are a lot of e-learning providers that offer courses on what the market demands.

You can increase your learnability by following a few things, such as: find your area of interest, find a friend/buddy to learn with, reward yourself and nurture yourself through the accomplishment of positive change.

2. Mind your language: Yes. It’s English! Effective communication is the key to success in the corporate world. Work on your fluency, sentence construction, pronunciation, and basic grammar as this will go a long way in a cross-culture team communication or client handling.

3. Shift your attitude! Being the master of your own career, you are responsible for ensuring the relevance of our skills and the persistent cultivation of our careers. Keep evaluating skills and capabilities periodically and grow those skills that are relevant. Online job posting sites will also give you a fair idea around the skills in demand in the market. One smart way to cultivate your career is to think in terms of “career option value”, making yourself marketable for multiple emerging career possibilities by constantly adding to your own profile of transferable skills, networks and experiences.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The “Digital” way of Job search

Advancing your career or changing jobs comes with numerous challenges. Today, the pool of candidates is vastly competitive. Hiring managers will analyze your resume, past professional experiences and social presence, so standing out is the key. Tidying your “Social Media Profiles” while Job Searching is imperative; put your best digital foot forward in your job search.

Today social media has caused a paradigm shift the way conversations are done. In the past decade, it has slowly blurred the line between personal lives with professional life. This can be easy to forget, until you start a new job search. Here are tips to cleaning up your profiles.  

Keep a check on your profile privacy settings
Facebook provides a range of settings to allow your profile to be completely public to totally hidden. Most people will seek something in the middle, which allows their profile to be found in their network while keeping your posts private. On Facebook’s homepage, click on “privacy check-up” to see how your posts appear to others and adjust your settings accordingly. Other accounts such as Twitter and Instagram don’t allow this range of privacy settings, but allow you to make your public accounts private.

Consider secondary professional accounts
Social networks were originally created to connect with friends and family, but have since made their way to include colleagues and business associates. If you prefer to keep these worlds separate, you can create secondary social media accounts for “friendly” business associates. If you do use a professional account, fill out the profile with your work information and include a professional headshot.

Scrutinize your history
Even if you choose to keep your accounts public, it’s a good idea to scan your social media history for any posts you may have forgotten about. This may flag any potential posts that you may want to delete. Keep a note of this.  

Use workplace social tools to communicate in the office
Social media is convenient; nevertheless its use should be restricted at the workplace. Fortunately, there is an alternative for those who wish to keep the convenience of social media within the workplace focus of email. Interoffice communication tools like Hangout, skype, Google Drive etc. for Work provide the group collaboration, while creating a place just for work. 

Share for the job you want
Social media can be an asset in this regard, not a liability. Use your platforms to follow the companies you’re interested in and share their content if it’s interesting to you. This will showcase your interest in the organization and you will equally benefit with the latest updates about the organization that you are looking as your future employer. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Be the best version of YOU at work.

We'd all like to excel at work and land that promotion we deserve. Whether you are just starting in a job or been there for years, there are characteristics that employers notice. If you are seeking a promotion or setting yourself up for other career opportunities, it’s time to freshen up the list that will help you stand out in a positive way.

Self-motivation- If you are self-motivated, you will work until things get done.  Something better is always the goal. Self-motivation is of great help in fulfilling your own objectives along with organization’s goals. This includes your own training; take a class or ask someone for help to learn something new. Desire to learn new skills and proactive approach to solve issues by leading without a title is something that can help you to prepare for the next role.

Positive attitude- Positive thinking is the key to motivation. Employees with a positive attitude will always think of ways to accomplish their task in a well defined manner. Those who are upbeat and optimistic are more enjoyable to work with and much more likely to stay employed. Your attitude makes a difference. It triggers a healthy thought process, enabling you to think wisely and logically.

Work with integrity- One of the most sought after and hard to find characteristics – integrity. Doing what is right even when there is pressure to take another path. Be honest, trustworthy and virtuous in all work encounters. When you can offer your employer transparency and honesty in your work and actions it adds a great deal of value.

Passion for the job- Are you passionate about the work you do? Do you show it? To carve a niche for yourself, it is essential that everyone around you sees that you are invested in your work whether it is in your daily work or executing big decisions. Passion is contagious and gets attention. It is an example to those around you, it is a leadership quality, and your management team will certainly take notice when it is obvious in everything you do.

Bring confidence- Be confident. It’s a good trait but make sure to temper it with a humble nature. When you are confident in your job you are more likely to offer suggestions that can have a great impact. A confident employee does not mind sharing the limelight to help build the confidence of those in their team.

Have a life outside your work. High stress is bad for you and your job performance. Being tired slows you down and reduces the quality of your work. Set aside time for relaxing, regrouping, and stepping away from the daily grind.

Friday, April 21, 2017

“Network” your way to new opportunities-

Many of us dread walking into a social event and introducing ourselves to a group of strangers who are apparently the experts in their respective fields. Talking with these people and making quick connections may come easily to some but prove to be quite difficult for others.

Does the idea of networking summon up feelings of anxiety, nervousness or panic? What do you say? Who do you speak to?  You end up furtively glancing around the room looking for someone-anyone--who looks even vaguely familiar? With this comes the pressure of making the right impression or delivering the perfect elevator pitch which only makes the networking process even more daunting. But networking doesn’t need to be such an intimidating experience. With few pointers you will be calm and focused on making the most out of networking opportunities, no matter how introverted you are.

Being “Genuine” works
Networking is about being genuine and authentic, building trust and relationships, effective networking is a skill that should be with facilitated with ease. It should not come along with a burden of a mandatory attendance or detailed conversations. Take it easy and make the most of it.

Keep a “Track”                       

Networking doesn’t necessarily commence meeting in-person. Value your connections on networking sites too and focus on making introductions that matter. These connections of your field might share your interests and end-up sharing space with you at the events. Make a list of people who would have value to you, but more importantly, that you can also add value to, and plan your attendance where they will be. It works in favour to have an element of trust and a controlled setting already or else these cold handshakes may be limp attempts.

Take “Initiative”
There is no guide to a great opening statement- To get the conversation started, few collected words- "May I join you" or "What brings you to this event?" works. Do not wait for someone to approach you. Listen intently to their replies. Be a very good listener – as it can be an excellent way to get to know a person.

Prior home-work- “Familiarize yourself”
With a bit of research on the speakers and guests, you can pre-plan the conversation starters as and when you get an opportunity to interact with them to avoid thinking on your feet. Google the speakers and attendees, check on LinkedIn, research their website, get familiar with who will be in attendance. It will help.

Remember to “Follow-up”. 

Do express that you enjoyed meeting at the event. Networking is where the conversation begins, not ends. If you've had a great exchange, ask the best way to stay in touch. Some people like email or phone; others prefer social networks like LinkedIn. Get in touch quickly after the event to show you are interested and valued the conversation, reference something you discussed, so your contact remembers you.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

That first day of your work- Make sure you nail it!!

First day, first Job - one of the most memorable days of a career’s voyage. Want to make sure you start things off on the right foot? Let us have a look at some of the curated pieces of advice for thriving that first day at your new job. 

“Positive” Attitude 
Nothing works better than having a positive attitude on your first day. Let your enthusiasm speak out for being part of the team and the organization. The exhilaration and positivity that you radiate will go a long way for this new opportunity. 

“Professional” Attire 
A well-groomed person is sure to leave a positive impact- A definite “Hit” with your co-workers. It’s a good idea to check your closet to make sure your wardrobe is supporting your efforts to make an affirmative first impression. 

Be a good “Listener” 
Listening can be one of the hardest skills to learn. If you have a legitimate contribution, put it across in an assertive conduct, do more listening and absorbing during those first days on the job. It will help you learn, give you greater clarity, grasp the data and information shared during the exchange and most importantly develop those initial notes that you would require later on to do your best job. 

Prepare and ask “Questions” 
A genuine desire to learn is appreciated by one and all from the fresh recruits. You need to know everything which will help you to be successful in your role, get you acquainted with the organizational culture, policies and procedures. Prepare your list of questions which will help you build your own repository to do a spectacular job at work. 

Always “Appreciate” 
Show your appreciation to everyone who helps you learn the ropes during your first days on the job. Recognizing those who have helped you get acclimated will show your gratitude, which will do wonders in the days that follow. 

Stay “Organized” 
Everyone has a system that works best for them. Keep a track of important events- meetings, appointments, assignments, and projects. Get an organizer or planner that helps you to be abreast of all your work. Your outlook or Apple calendar with reminders set for important deadlines; excel spreadsheets or just a simple to-do list at the beginning and end of every day are few ways. 

“Learn” everything about Your New Employer- 
A lot of brimming is done during the interviewing process, however, there is always a lot more to learn once you are on-the-job. Grab those organization collaterals, employee handbook, policy documents and study them. Gather all those reports and read as much as you can to become knowledgeable about your organization. 

“Productive” time with your Boss- 
Schedule meetings with your supervisor to keep him/her informed of how you have spent your initial days. In addition to helping you stay on track with assignments and deadlines; regular conversation with your manager builds relationship and helps you learn things that went a miss from your end. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The real world- Life skills young professionals should aspire to hone!!

There are some skills that you develop as you advance in your career, nonetheless, given the agility required to manoeuvre the highly competitive space out there today and to help you navigate through this, we have outlined few skills, if mastered; you are surely off to a good start. 

Manage your “Time”- There will be several instances in your life when you aren't juggling with multiple personal and professional priorities. Time-management skills are a must, unless you want to feel constantly frazzled. Prioritise your work wisely; attend to things that warrant your attention on an immediate basis but stick to your meticulously drafted to-do-list. This will increase your productivity, keep you motivated and make you feel more enthusiastic for your next assignment. 

Take that “Feedback” for good- To be successful in your career you need to be willing to accept feedback other people give you and think about ways how you can develop yourself. If you need to put across your point, pen it down with reasons and talk it across. A mutual and healthy discussion goes a long way in your professional journey. 

“Ask” to perform a good job 
Learn to speak up for the things that you want. Have a discussion with your supervisor on your views. It is important to perform your job effectively and what you want out of your career in general. 

Be “Resilient” 
Challenges shape you. A dreadful situation always shapes you for the better and you have the best of your memories as to how you performed while you were going through your troublesome times. Learning how to be flexible and resilient will help you cope with obstacles in your career and as such will help you recover easier and quicker. 

Good to “Communicate” 
Communication skills are vital in today’s job market, learn how to make small talk, or better yet start a discussion. Conversing with your colleagues, you may end up having learned something new about your organization, successes, exchanged interesting opinions, or established an important connection. Demonstrating interest with your fellow social groups will always be helpful. 

Get your “Writing” on track 
An email sent to a colleague or submitting a project report; the ability to convey your thoughts in writing is crucial. The ability to organize your thoughts into a coherent form to target a particular purpose is the most effective way possible and half of your work is done. So write well. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Start to a Successful Day

The way you start your day often sets the tone for the remaining part. Today, we are living in a heavily task-driven world. What you can accomplish within eight-nine hours will determine whether you rise in the ranks or capture a market segment. Fortunately, these tips for what to do in the morning can help. They don't just set the tone but they train your brain to work hard and stay in a zone of super-productivity. There are many more but let us take a look at these few. 

1. A checklist 
Before you ever login at work or get coffee, think about a few things you want to get done. Start prioritizing them before work even starts. 

2. Pen down your entries. 
Our brain needs written reminders. Productive people write in a journal in the morning. Write down your priorities for the day and your big successes from yesterday. 

3. Self feedback. 
Look over your notes and review the big challenges and the big wins; remind yourself about why something hasn't worked or why you did such an excellent job on a given task. 

4. Plan it Plan your long-term goals but live in the moment. 
Set your daily goals to kick-start the day with a bang. A productive day will automatically set the tune for the week. 

5. Pick that loophole once a week and work on it. 
That’s right! You need to evaluate what’s not working today. Pick one area that has been pending for long and is now becoming a hindrance to your short-term or long-term planned projects. It can be anything such as discussion with your management team, scheduling your social media posts, or that long held internal meeting, and make some progress on that area of improvement. 

6. Stay focused by managing distraction 
Distractions can be overwhelming, mainly because we can't address all of them. Stay resolute at work by managing distraction, drawing healthy boundaries, and eliminating opportunities for procrastination: Is it a phone that keeps buzzing? Constant on-demand work requests? Office noise? Pick one thing and fix the problem. It helps you concentrate and give you a sense of accomplishment and progress. Learning to overcome them is one of the best things you can do for yourself. 

8. Give those few tasks the boot. 
Every task is important on your to-do-list, though few of them require your immediate consideration. Your ability to stay focused is a worthwhile thing to cultivate and a critical factor in your success. Getting things done on time is imperative. Go ahead and jettison a few things that can wait. The benefit is that it creates a renewed focus on the things you really need to do. 

9. Your guilty pleasure is important 
Self-motivation should be the way. So, each morning, pick something that you really like—A nice read of your favourite blogger, ordering a new blend of coffee, going for a run--and make a plan to partake. It helps you focus on the now because you know there will be a reward later.