Wednesday, November 28, 2018

How to get the best out of employees through ‘Leadership & Management’ training programs

There is a famous saying that one thing that is constant in life is ‘Change’. One place where this saying is completely apt is the workplace since the skills that were in demand couple of years back are no longer in demand. This change can be mainly attributed to the ‘Knowledge Industry’ that has witnessed rapid changes in technology, management & operational methodologies (Agile, Lean, etc.), cultural & mindset changes (that can be attributed to the startup wave). The business scenario has become very dynamic; hence it has become critical that business leaders & managers who are the pillars of the organization should be quick & responsive to change.

How does one adapt to changes and what additional role can business leaders play to uplift their organization’s brand & morale of the employees? Leaders, especially managers who are responsible for ‘business deliverables’ have to understand employee’s requirements (training, skill development, role change, etc.) and build a bridge between the employee & the human resource management team. Many organizations achieve these results by partnering with specialized Innovative WorkForce Solutions Company like ManpowerGroup since it helps them reduce costs, as well as utilize the deep-rooted management & functional expertise of consultants associated with them. An HR partners’ primary business would be IT companies recruitment, but since they work hand-in-hand with their partner organizations (who outsource their HR department); they are aware of the market trends & employee’s requirements.

In many cases, employees who are doing exceptionally well in their day-to-day activities might be lacking certain technical/managerial/leadership skills that might be a hindrance for them to move up the ladder. This is where HR partners like ManpowerGroup can act as a catalyst and pitch in to meet the employee’s demands for ‘career & skill development’. They offer specialized Management training programs that play a vital role in honing their skills, making them more productive, efficient and well-rounded leaders. Some of the programs that can be instrumental for employees are

Keeping up-to-date with changes - As per a research, in an organization; only 25% of the employees are more prompt & effective for change. The change would be technological change, role change, process change, etc. Employees do not want to move out of their ‘comfort zones’ and that mindset makes them less resistant to changes. Based on organization’s core business, employee strength & other important factors, the HR Partner comes up with a tailor-made training program to hone employee’s skills, build agility, and make an employee aware about their complementary skills. Such programs make them more proactive for change so that they can take up more challenging roles in the organization.

Leadership Development – Any organization would be delighted if they are able to identify leadership traits in their own employees since those employees have already proven their worth & the organization trusts them! Organizations only need to hone their leadership skills, communication skills, negotiation skills (for a business development role) so that they have an effective leadership plan. With such trainings, organizations can build their army of gen-next leaders who are hidden in some cubicles within the organization J

Self-management & Soft Skills - From a managerial standpoint, one of the most difficult things to do is letting an employee go, either due to employee’s under-performance or changing business landscape. Managers have to follow a more ‘humane approach’ and choose the right words in such a difficult scenario. However, a study shows that many managers are effective in getting the best out of their employees but lack the soft skills/communication skills.

The primary job of a leader/manager is getting work done from their subordinates and improper email/verbal communication could hamper the motivation of their colleagues. Leadership & soft-skills training is effective in inculcating ‘effective communication’ trait in managers & their subordinates. It also focuses on ‘self-management’ so that all the employees are more organized in their workplace.

In difficult scenarios, HR partners help the outgoing employee with placement service, skills development, through specialized programs so that their career is not adversely impacted due to changing business needs.

To summarize, ‘training programs’ can be effective to hone employee skills and bringing the best of them!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

How choosing the right Staffing Agency can help to kick-start your career

Every individual has unique qualities, but that quality can only be fruitful when it is applied in real life. The same thing is also applicable when someone is looking out for a job-change as he/she might have the right skills, but whether they would find a job which requires those skills depends on the methodology they use for job-search. Whether a candidate is fresher or experienced, he/she needs to use a mix of online and offline approach when looking out for a change.

Along with the core skills required for the job, candidates are also expected to have good communication skills since ‘right communication’ is the key to any business. There are many HR placement agencies in India but you need to choose the right placement consultants who can support you in your job search. There is a growing trend where many small-time staffing solutions demand money from candidates by promising a job. You should always check the authenticity of the HR placement agencies that approach you and take a detailed look at their history. Merely having a well-designed website does not make a staffing company genuine!

ManpowerGroup, a leader in innovative workforce solutions has been addressing the talent needs of their partner organizations by assisting them with temporary staffing, permanent staffing, leadership search, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). ManpowerGroup is a pioneer as far as staffing solutions in India is considered as it has clients spanning multiple geographies, multiple businesses (IT Services, IT Products, Manufacturing, etc.) and provides expert staffing services to Fortune 500 companies, as well as startups. It is not a conventional candidate-facing placement agency, but having been in the business of ‘staffing’ for many years, its HR-staffing experts have a deep-level of understanding about the ‘jobs & skills’ that are in demand. As per their research, organizations look for candidates that have the right mix of skills & attitude. Merely having a good academic background does not help, a job candidate should have the quench for knowledge.

As per a report by the group, 56% of the employers say that they can’t find the skills they need. This is because the job market is very volatile and skills that were in demand couple of years back have not lost relevance. As a job candidate, you need to constantly up-skill yourself since ‘up-skilling’ is the only way to stay ‘relevant’ in the job industry. Digital Technologies are playing a major role in creating new jobs that never existed, a couple of years from now. It is advisable that job candidates utilize the plethora of free material relevant to their ‘domain & expertise’ on the internet so that they are up-to-date with the latest trends in their domain. When it comes to job search, candidates should utilize the power of ‘online business networks’ since they can connect with other professionals having similar expertise. There are many employees in an organization that have leadership skills but are yet to take the leadership plunge. This is where ManpowerGroup can bring the transformational change in your organization by identifying next-generation leaders from within the organization and imparting management training programs.

In a nutshell, there is a talent shortage in every industry and organizations try to fill the talent-gap either by grooming internal employees to make them future-ready or hire external talent when they are unable to meet the talent demand from within the organization. As a job seeker, it is advisable to stay ‘relevant’ and employ the right mix of ‘online & offline’ when you plan to make the next ‘big move’!
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