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Workplace discrimination is a serious offence and not only against the company policies, but is against the law and it can lead to legal complications. And surprisingly, slight apathy from the employer can lead to loss of the whole business altogether. So any complaint from the employee about gender discrimination or racism should not be ignored and has to be looked upon seriously.

Discrimination can be on the basis of race, caste, nationality, sex, disability, age and pregnancy. In order to foster the law, employee has to be made aware of the law against any such discrimination. And slight doubt about the same has to be dealt with carefully with the help of the HR. There is a proper law made on discrimination and harassment at the workplace by the state.  So it’s evocative, that an employee should not bear the discrimination and harassment, but raise their voice against the same. And in order to do so, you have to strictly deal with it:

  1. Know the law: Ideally every organization makes its employees aware about all the laws and policies of the organization. So keep a note of all the laws and when you are feeling discriminated, you can always go back to your handbook and check the process of complaining about the same.
  2. Talk to the person politely: Just to reconfirm and to personally sort out the issue, try to talk to the person directly who is harassing you, after continued polite initiative from your end, that person does not change his behavior, its time you take the next step and complain your issue to the manager and the HR.
  3. Follow up: As already discussed, any complaint on discrimination should not be over ruled and for that you have to follow up continuously. Keep a track of the progress on your complaint whether it has been taken care of or has been ignored completely. If ignored completely, you can seek government help on the same.
  4. Hire a Lawyer or seek legal help: As discussed, if you do not get satisfactory help from the organization and after continued follow up, no action has been taken, you can always hire a lawyer and seek legal help from the government.

 

Having said that, a proper process has to be followed in this case because of the legal actions involved and any mistake from your end can wreck your career as well. So keep a note of all the incidents as and when it happens when you felt harassed and discriminated. When asked for furnish all the notes and narrate each and every incident. Also keep a track of when did you file a complaint to the HR department and how long it took for them to take the process further or have they taken the complaint seriously at all.

So all these things has to be kept a note of and then deal with the harassment and discrimination.

Multi tasking has become indispensable to grow in an industry. Not only at workplace but, in every walk of life multi tasking is important to grow in the fast pace of competition. Earlier, work was allotted to people based on their capacity. However, in order to minimize the resources yet get the best result, people are trained in different fields and these results in multi tasking.  The trend of multi tasking started from the BPOs and call centres, where an associate had to take calls at the same time resolve the issues and concentrate on customer satisfaction. Likewise, this trend has been taken forward and is followed in every organization.

Multi tasking helps in completing tedious tasks at ease and saves time and increases productivity at the same time. It helps in prioritizing the work and simultaneously concentrating on multiple projects. Having said that, sometimes, multi tasking can leave you confused and unproductive, if not planned and implemented properly. So it’s imperative that, when you multi task, avoid overdoing to finish the work early and end up leaving everything half done. To avoid any such complications, one has to effectively multi task:

  1. Plan your day: The most important way to effectively multi task, is to plan your day. A proper planning will help you complete all the work on time. Sometimes when you have loads of work at your desk, time is always insufficient. When you plan your day, you can easily manage time at the same time finish the work on time. So multi tasking in a planned way will help ease the work and increase productivity.
  2. Prioritize your work: As discussed above, proper planning will help you multi task easily, likewise, prioritizing your work will help you finish all the important work first and then complete the other not so important work later.
  3. Don’t be over confident: if you are good at multi tasking, it’s normal that you might feel confident and feel that you can finish all the work on time. And this over confidence can leave your work incomplete. This can lead to unproductively in your work.
  4. Don’t dawdle: When you have prioritized your work, try to finish on time, instead of procrastinating. As discussed above, overconfidence can dishevel all your plans and yon can end up dawdling your whole day. So don’t delay or postpone your work, because you are good at multi tasking.
  5. Don’t overdo: overdoing something, can lead you to confusions and stop the pace of your work. So even when multi tasking, do it at your comfort level and as per your calibre. So, anything overdone can wreck your image altogether and your boss might lose confidence on you if multi tasking.

So, all in all, multi tasking, if done effectively can help ease your work and finish it on time. But if, not planned effectively, can lead to a bad image altogether. In a way, multi tasking at a certain level, is always helpful. One should not cross the limit of the same and try to overdo in order to impress the boss and end up in poor productivity.

One has to face difficult and negative people at every walk of life. Especially working in the recruitment business, you have to face them almost every day. Your boss, your co-worker, your employees and as an HR, you have to deal with all kind of people and move ahead in your career. That is the trait of a true and hardworking HR.

However, how will you identify, who is a “difficult to deal with” employee, someone, who constantly complaints about the workplace or their co-workers, or boss, or the job itself. Sometimes, even the employer has to face the negative impact borne by these difficult and negative employees. Having said that, one can’t just get rid of these people because there has to have a reason to take any extreme step. And because the employee is difficult to handle, is no good reason. There are people who are always cynical about anyone and everyone in the organization. The moment they meet someone they have a judgement and they have a view for them and they live in that fancy views and ideas and refuse to come out of that and try to talk in a positive way.

Every individual has a different trait, some adjust to the environment and some constantly complain about the same. Let’s discuss ways of dealing with these employees in a professional manner:

  1. Don’t get carried away: When an employee comes to you to complain about anything, don’t get too carried away and start believing on whatever they say. Because these people have a great convincing power and they make you believe that they are being tortured in the organization. SO you can always listen to whatever they say and tell them you will help them, but learn to draw a line and give them the message loud and clear that, you cannot do anything against the rule of the organization, but suggest them to be positive, which is near to impossible for them. However, you can talk to your senior management about the same.
  2.  Identify the problem: One has to understand the reason why a person has become so negative about a particular person or the organization. SO try to get into the route of the problem and get into their shoes and try to understand the reason behind.
  3. Talk positively: In order to defuse the problem, you have to adopt a positive attitude and try to always talk positively. When every time, the other person is negative and you are positive, his negativity might slowly diminish and they might take a positive attitude as well. However, this can happen the other way round as well, because negativity always takes a toll on positivity. So try to concentrate only on positive attitude and don’t let your mind divert from your point of view. Stand stiff and confident on your point of view and don’t get convinced by the other person.
  4. Identify areas of change: When talking to these employees, you will notice a common word or a sentence they will use on almost everyone. SO identify the mindset and areas where you can change them. And try to change their mindset and behaviour towards negativity.
  5. Stay calm and composed: When a person whines continuously about the co-workers or boss or organization, its mundane that the other person gets irritated and angry at the same time, so be a good listener and Stay calm and composed and do not react in a negative manner, always wear a smile and try to explain them your point of view.

However, one has to understand that there is no fire without flames. There may be some flaws which the other person recognized and that gave a negative impact on them. So try to dig deeper into the issue and try to find out the reason what has created a negative impact on that employee and suggest improvement on any flaws.

Lot of people are apprehensive working with a start-up company, majorly because they do not hold any brand like other big MNC’s do. Working with renowned companies is always a dream of an individual, but when it comes to visibility, growth and other factors, one has to wait for decades to get noticed and appreciated in large organization irrespective of how well you perform.

However, for some the name of the company is trivial, what matters to them is growth and long term commitment with the organization and so they prefer start-up companies over big organizations. Working in a start-up company is a learning curve and people tend to become multi talented for reasons that they have limited resources and so they come in front and initiate some of the work which is not their forte.

Having said that, there are lot of advantages of working in a start-up:

  1. 1.      Growth: Before joining a company, the major factor which an individual looks upon is the Growth. Unlike large companies where one has to wait for decades before they get a promotion, small and start up companies has good growth exposure, for reason that being a small organization, the resources are less and so one might get promotions quite frequently.
  2. 2.      Visibility: Working in a closed environment with limited employee strength, there is more visibility as compared to large organizations. In large organizations, there is less or no visibility at all for reason that too many employees are there and you effort gets unnoticed because of that. In start up and small companies, your work is recognized and rewarded in a very short span of time, which might take ages in a large organization.
  3. 3.      Office culture and politics: When in large organizations, the culture is altogether different and office politics is quite prevalent. And one has to adjust to the culture in order to survive there. However, the culture in small organization is altogether different. Because of the limited strength of employees, the chance of politics or buttering and other tactics is quite lucid. So there is a huge difference when it comes to the work culture in a small and large organization.
  4. 4.      Leadership: It’s a huge responsibility for an individual working in a start up company for reasons that your performance directly affects the reputation of the company as well as the clients. And so a sense of ownership and leadership is imbibed in you as soon as you join a start up. Also, one gets a chance to lead a team at an early stage which gives them more scope to grow and prove their calibre, which is not possible in a large organization.
  5. 5.      Commitment: There is always a commitment issue when it comes to working in large organizations, may be because of the above reasons like growth, visibility, promotions and other factors which if goes against you, you don’t want to  stay in that company for long term. At the same time, in start ups, because your work is appreciated and visible, you would want to stay longer in such companies and watch them grow in leaps and bounds.
  6. 6.      Packages: Sometimes as compared to large organizations, the package offered in start up is more reasonable and acceptable. There is a cliché that in large organizations, they pay peanuts and make us work like slaves. However, in small organizations, the package also is as per market standards sometimes.

So, this is a debatable topic and one can’t come to a logical conclusion on which is better, but definitely there are some advantages as discussed above, which goes in favour of start up companies. Having said that, the large companies are also going that extra mile and taking steps for employee satisfaction which is a huge breakthrough for the reputation of the company, also for some people brand and name matters a lot and so they prefer large over small organization. In either case, there are some advantages and some disadvantages and as mentioned it is a debatable topic.

SO all in all, a start up is also not a bad choice and one can learn and grow a lot in these organizations.

Working in a monotonous work environment and in the same cubicle sometimes becomes insurmountable. And on top of that the boring wall colors of your cubicles make you feel low on energy. So in order to make your workplace colourful and bright, employees these days try to embellish their cubicles and make them look lively.

However, this has become a trend these days in corporate and people have a cubicle decoration competition. The themes also differ based on the festival. Like, if it’s Christmas, people decorate their cubicles with a small Christmas tree or a Christmas theme decoration, or Diwali theme. So the themes, gives you more ideas and help you keep changing it from time to time. At the same time, your cubicle looks organized and neat and tidy. So let’s discuss some ideas on the same:

  1. Wall colors: You can change the colour of your cubicle walls not by painting but by different wall decorations, Canvas art, and other oil paintings. Also you can change the wall of your cubicle with temporary wallpaper, which is easily removable and doesn’t leave the walls dirty.
  2. Don’t overdo: We understand that a cubicle with some decorations will look lively, but don’t overdo anything which will look unorganized as it will divert you from working, and also make your cubicle look dirty.
  3. Enough lighting: As already mentioned above too many embellishments can make your cubicle dark and you will not get sufficient lighting. SO decorate it in a way that you have enough lighting and it looks spacious.
  4. Size matters: In many companies, the size of the cubicles differs. Some have small and some have big cubicles. You will have enough space to decorate a big cubicle, but the major challenge is to decorate small cubicles. SO get ideas and designs which will make your small cubicle look big. Like try to decorate it more with white colour as white makes a small room or cubicle look big.
  5. Photo frames: The best way to personalize your cubicle is to put a photo frame with some happy moments involved, this will keep you lovely and happy whenever you feel low.
  6. Theme decorations: A theme decoration is something which gives you vast ideas. As already discussed, if it is Christmas, decorate your cubicle with small Christmas tree and Christmas balls around. Diwali is the festivals of lights so, get some artificial lights and light your cubicle with bright colors. Then we have New Year theme, Independence Day theme with your country flag and some nice posters on the walls.
  7. Quote of the day: Your cubicle can also have a small white or black board where you can write inspirational quotes every day. It inspires your co workers and you as well to work with full enthusiasm.
  8. Trophies and awards: Your achievements are worth flaunting so why not display them. SO organize your trophies and awards from your present organization which will motivate you to perform well every time and add on the trophies.

 

Lot of options are available these days to decorate your cubicle and make it look different and lively. At the same time it also motivates your co workers to do the same and the whole office environment will change drastically.

Getting up early in the morning and strolling to office, and then the same monotonous routine at work might minimize your interest to work over a period of time. But, we all know that, this is part of life and we have no choice left but to follow monotony. However, we can make our work life little more interesting and try to combat the boredom at work.

Ideally, for most of the people every day is a routine to them, but just that some take a toll on your day and some subside by the day. And on top of that, after the weekend, this becomes even more prominent and so people have named it as Monday blues. But one has to try and make every day as interesting as your first day and try to be as energetic. But, for that you have to fight the boredom at workplace.

Having said that, there are many ways to beat this boredom:

  1. Learn new languages and skills: While at work, the organization provides different training programs. SO enrol yourself for a new program like different languages, new skills, some academic programs etc. This will keep you busy and help you learn new things and languages to communicate with your clients and colleagues. It will be fun and learning at the same time.
  2. Help your co-workers: Instead of sitting continuously in front of your system, try to mingle with co workers and initiate help if any. Interact with them. This will not only help you get out of the boredom but also help in interacting with your colleagues.
  3. Spare some time: You are not a machine which has to work continuously to prove your productivity. Out of the 9 hours of work, you can spare some time for yourself and try to do something constructive like preparing a fun activity for the weekend, browsing about places for team outing, you can read a book or write an article in your free time. There are lot of things that can be done in the spare time which will help you get over the boredom.
  4. Plan a team outing: You can suggest ideas to your manager for team outing and places which will be a great fun to visit. This will bring in some energy in you and bring in some life in your boring day.
  5. Discuss topics of your interest: It is not necessary that when you are at work you have to discuss only about your work. You can always take a break from work and discuss topics of your interest with your colleagues or manager. This will divert you from the routine work and help you get over the boredom.
  6. Organize your cubicle or cabin: You can also try to organize you cubicle and try to decorate it and make it livelier.
  7. Participate in extracurricular activities: This is the best way to fight boredom. Enrol yourself to other curricular activities across the organization. Initiate to be a SPOC (single point of contact) for all these activities.  Then manage the programs and activities in the office. This will keep you busy all the time, at the same time, help you combat boredom.

 

There are many more ways to fight this stress and boredom in the office. Always try to be active in all the activities at your workplace and you will always feel energetic and healthy. Also, this will encourage you to go to office and work at high spirits.

With the growing competition in the market and a glut of opportunities and talents available, the demand for fresher has also increased. There was a time when corporate used to hire only experienced candidates and I used to feel, how a fresher can stand the competition with no experience at all. I guess this was also one reason why people opted for fake experiences and get the job by hook or by crook. But with an unstable market conditions, not all can afford an experienced candidate for reasons like: they are way too costly; they have their tantrums and many more reasons. So the big companies and even the small ones for that matter realized that a fresher is an investment for the future. And so the trend of hiring fresher is in the boom.
IBM, TCS, Infosys, Mphasis, Microsoft and the list continues. All the big daddy’s of the IT world hire fresher these days. There are lot of advantages of the same and that is one reason they have gone extra mile to give equal opportunity to the fresher at the same time get the maximum benefit out of it. After all no company runs philanthropy and so they see their benefit as well. Some of the benefits are:
1. They are less expensive: Freshers as compared to experienced candidates are inexpensive because they are new to the market and they are hungry for a job and to learn new things. Also the corporate doesn’t benchmark the fresh candidates unlike experienced where they have a benchmark for the best candidate available in the market.
2. Can be moulded: Because they are right out of college, they show interest to learn and can be moulded as per the corporate culture. At the same time, they have a passion towards new job and so they try to give their best.
3. Stay long: The crunch of the matter is that any company big or small hires a candidate to build a long term pact with each other which is quite notional in the present scenario and people tend to hop jobs as per their comfort. And with a fresher the risk factor is less for reason that they would stay with the company for long duration. Because they need a platform to prove, they would definitely make the best use of the platform and continue to be.
4. It’s a win-win situation: Hiring fresher is a win –win situation for both the candidate and the employer for all the above reasons discussed. Apart from that, the fresh faces itself make the office environment lively and fun. Their excitement is inexplicable and they thrive to dive deeper into the subject to prove their credibility and performance. And this is quite evident in their behavior. They are sincere to whatever they do and this in turn reflects in your business.

These are the reasons why corporates are going for campus placements and hiring freshers. When it comes to hiring fresher’s the hiring cost also is quite thrifty. Unlike experienced resources where the hiring cost touches the sky and on top of that the compensation paid to them. With such an unstable market, there is always a budget constraint for any company and that is another reason fresher’s are given more leeway than experienced candidates. There was a time when a corporate used to hire the best resource available in the market with the compensation best in the industry or whatever the candidate demanded. But in the last few decades there has been a sudden plunge in the market and is shaky till today and so they are playing safe and hiring fresher’s to keep the business running at a minimal cost and maximum benefit.