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On-site Daycare Facility: Distraction or Focus for Working Mothers?

September 19, 2016 in Knowledge Cell

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Many companies are now helping their employees achieve work-life integration. One such facility is providing creches for working mothers. This service has been welcomed in many foreign countries and is now finally seeping its seeds in India. With the latest recommendation from The Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry, of every company that hires woman must provide a daycare facility, there seems to be a change taking place.

Day care facilities in companies like IBM, Ernst & Young, HUL, and others have been extending support to women workers. Sameer Khanna, head of HR at Ericsson, said: “In a situation where the industry is looking at strengthening the female representation at the workplace, and looking to create an enabling environment for women at the workplace, having onsite daycare facilities will be a positive step forward.” Many female workers have also applauded this effort as usually they are compelled to either quit or take a break from their work owing to motherhood. This initiative might help them concentrate more on their work without constantly worrying about their kids.

However, there is a flipside to this. The concern that arises is, whether having a daycare at work will help or hinder the focus of working mothers. The fact that their kids would be at close quarters might entice them to keep checking on their children, wanting to spend time with them. Especially for new mothers, who possess a natural protective instinct towards their child, this might come in the way of regular workflow, thus affecting productivity. While additionally, some people are not happy with this being a legal mandate. Calling it illogical and ineffective, Sasha Sanyal, senior vice-president, strategy and transformation, diversity and inclusion leader, Genpact, said: “Some firms may not have a very large number of women employees, and some may have space constraints.”

 In conclusion, it does eventually depend on each working mom. Whether they make the most out of this opportunity and help themselves achieve more at work. Or, they let their emotions take the better of them, ending up affecting their performance.

Get over yourself and move on

September 13, 2016 in Careers

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Choosing a career path and sticking to it requires immense focus. It is also important to keep note of whether or not your graph is increasing. If your growth suddenly becomes horizontal, it’s a clear sign that you need to move on.

While it is important to be loyal and committed to your organization, it is furthermore important to see if the company is still adding to your work. Not only moving on will benefit you, but it is also an essential step for the business. This is because, once you feel a certain stagnation set in, your productivity will go down and hence affect the overall output of your company. Moving a job will also enhance your experience and will benefit you as it’ll give you a fresher perspective on what you’ve achieved so far, and what lies ahead.

Here are some of the things you can do to make sure you and your organization make the most out of your leaving, in a positive and healthy manner:

  • Devise a strategy, with your boss – It’s important you do so, as this would determine the flow of work once you do leave. This is essential to your management and will also put light on how professional you are

  • Make way for others – your decision to leave can be a chance for someone else to shine. If you have someone in your team who wants that chance and is talented enough, let them know. This would also prove to be the best way to conclude your role as a mentor

  • Don’t lose focus – it’ll help you maintain clarity as to spend your last few days in your company and will keep you away from any form of negativity surrounding the transition

  • Stay at your productive best till the very last day – it leaves a great impact on your character as a professional if you leave on a high. This would also benefit you when you ask for your recommendation letter and if and when your future employer does a background check on you

How to deal with ‘unfriendliness’ after announcing your notice period

September 12, 2016 in Careers

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Getting a job – it’s an effort that we all make to attain a space where we can prove our skills and gain recognition for the same, literally and monetarily. While landing a job might seem like a task, it’s as much the same while moving on from it.  Whatever be the reason, exiting from an organization does not happen with just a snap of a finger. Once you’ve decided to call it quits, the first and immediate task is to inform the boss. And once this daunting task it over, it’s all about how you manage those 30 days of your notice period, with grace.

However, things might not always go as planned. Many times, moving on from a job might not be taken very well by your current employer. Such type of companies tend to have a certain ego about themselves. Once they feel their ego has been hurt, they tend to take your decision too personally and as a result act unprofessionally about your leaving.

Here are some of the unfriendly instances that you might encounter during your notice period and ways to tackle them:

  • While on your notice, employers might try and demoralize you by calling your decision to move on as wrong or foolish. Here is when you should become doubly sure and confident about your decision and drive your energies to achieve it

  • There are chances that once you give your notice, your employer might backbite about you to other peers. Don’t let this bog you down. Be upfront about it, yet avoiding any unnecessary arguments

  • During your notice period, you might suddenly be excluded from meetings and other important discussions. It’s best not to get distracted by these situations. Try to focus on what lies ahead of you instead of feeling left out

  • In certain scenarios, the final paperwork, and full and final settlement might be delayed on purpose just to harass you. If something like this does happen, do not get frazzled. You can approach the legal team for action, although this needs to be communicated subtly

  • Your inputs on an ongoing project or any future projects might not be taken seriously. In such a situation, just remind yourself as to why you are leaving in the first place and maintain the confidence that you have over your work

The Indispensable Trait of a Leader

August 22, 2016 in Services

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Leading someone, whether in personal or professional life, is an extremely sensitive and demanding task. It not only requires the leader to be just and motivating at all times, but also requires them him or her to master the skill needed for the job.

There are many competencies that when put together define a good leader. Among these, one of the most highly rated competency is that of having ‘high ethics and moral standards’ while leading.

‘Ethical Leadership’ is a quality that is derived from a conscientious state of mind that can identify right from wrong when making a decision, while also respecting the rights and dignity of others involved. Fair and honest leadership makes it easy to create a strong bond and generate trust among followers. Once this trust is established, followers automatically feel more important which boosts their self confidence and makes them more committed to the organization and its ethos. It is hence imperative that a leader take the opinions of his or her followers while making any important decision.

Being true to your principles and values is key to being an ethical leader. Nurturing this quality also makes the leader a better role model among the followers who can then adopt this attribute. Followers of ethical leaders identify more with the organization, thus improving its overall structure, functioning and reputation in the market. This also positively impacts the credibility and social standing of the leader as well as the organization and further imparts a sense of security among its stakeholders. Happier the stake holders, better is the growth of the company.

In recent times, many organizations have started understanding the importance of ethical leadership and adopting it into their work culture. Here are two successful examples of the same:

  • Zappos.com (leading online shopping portal in US)
    Tony Hseih at Zappos is one of those people who has managed to achieve and implement an ethical work culture. One of the way in which he has done this is by using the same cubicles that are used by any other employee. He also went on to reorganize the company’s structure so as to avoid hierarchy

  • Wipro (leading IT services corporation)
    Winner of “World’s Most Ethical Company’ by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining corporate ethical standards in companies all over the globe, for the 5th consecutive year, Wipro has established itself right on top for its ethical business functions. Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro has even drafted an entire manual called COBC – Code of Business Conduct, that is religiously followed by every employee in the organization. Their idea of ultimate transparency at all levels is what puts them on top in this category.

Ethical leadership brings with it a great sense of responsibility and its the accountability of the same that goes on to reveal whether or not it has been successfully achieved.

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