Things You Should Know about Probation Period

Employees are the backbone of a company. They are an invaluable resource that can yield productive results to a company. However, finding the right candidates who can fortify the foundation of the organization and deliver results is like finding a needle in a haystack. For long, recruiters have resorted to policies of hiring and rating employees that are paltry. For example, offering a permanent job to a candidate based solely on his performance at the interview. While it may be an idea that is widely accepted, it also has an element of risk, as candidates might fabricate the truth with the veil intention of getting through the interview process in order to secure a job.probation period

A similar policy of rating employees is the “Bell Curve Method of Performance Appraisal.” The fundamental principle with the policy is to plot employees on the normal distribution curve and classify them as top, average, and non-performers. However, the efficacy of the policy has always been a question, and most companies have begun abandoning the policy as it didn’t transpire into achieving desired results.

Employers, nowadays are cautious and have started using the safety net of ‘Probation’ in order to gauge the potential of a candidate.

What is probation period:

Speaking in the parlance of a workplace setting, probation is a temporary status given to the newly hired employees. It is a mutually agreed time period in which a company manager or a supervisor evaluates skills and abilities of the employee. Apart from the skills, there is also a close scrutiny on other attributes of the employee such as work ethic, discipline, reliability and social quotient. However, a probation period is not just a tool for evaluation of new entrants.

Probation Employees who are a part of the organization can too undergo probation on being promoted to a new position. And in some cases, an ex-employee rehired after a long duration of time may undergo probation as well.

Duration of probation period:

Duration of probation is a variable parameter. There are various factors, which are taken into account for deciding the same. Generally, it can last from 30 days to 1 year, but it can be extended in circumstances such as transfer of an employee to a different job, the true potential of the employee not being exposed to the recruiters, if background investigation of employees holding critical position is not ratified, etc.

DurationAn employee can also be removed from the probationary status if he/she exhibits formidable performance, and can be given a raise or a promotion as well.

Probation evaluation:

In most of the cases, evaluation of an employee is undertaken by the supervisory officer, which is conducted in two stages :

  1. Mid probation evaluation

  2. Final probation evaluation

Mid- probation evaluation:

The probation period evaluation takes into account employees’ integration with the company and progress so far. In case of eminent degree of competence displayed by the employee, he is recognized and encouraged to continue working. While if there is a gap in achieving desired competency, shortcomings are discussed and the employee is provided the required support to fill the gap.

probation evaluation

Final- probation evaluation:

The manner in which the evaluation is conducted is similar to the former. If the employee has demonstrated a stellar performance on all the levels, a meeting is called one week prior to the end of probation and he is offered a permanent position. On the contrary, if a candidate fails to demonstrate his competency for the role, he is informed at least three weeks prior to the end of his termination. However, these conditions are not the same, and may vary in accordance with the policies of different companies.

Termination of a contract:

Employers are within their rights to terminate an employment contract of employees. The employee is liable for a termination if he fails to deliver on his commitments, lacks the requisite skills to carry out the job, display behavior that is considered unsuitable in order to maintain the social fabric of the company.

Termination of a contract

In such cases, the employee cannot claim unfair dismissal, because companies do have polices that are supportive of taking actions. However, there are provisions in policies that are incorporated in the employee handbook in cases of unreasonable termination of employees or termination without following the standard protocol. Thus, in case of wrongful dismissal of employees, they are protected under the umbrella of Equality act. Consequently, employers can be required to pay damages if the case is taken to the employment tribunal.

Benefits of probation to the employer:

Probation ensures a comprehensive assessment of the employee. It is an effective way to gauge the potential of the given individual. In business, where a lot of money and reputation are at stake, it is always beneficial on the company’s part to invest their money and resources in an optimal way.

benefitsTherefore, the companies do have separate departments that look after managing human resources, and implement policies that constantly strive to achieve the goal of sustainable development.

Benefits of probation to the employee:

The benefit of probation is not confined to the employer but also to the employees. Probation is a good medium for the employees to know about their shortcomings. With continuous assessment and a positive feedback mechanism, there is always a room for improvement.

benefits for employee

For inexperienced candidates, it is a good avenue to acquire new skills. Also, the training and development that an individual goes during the probation can certainly add value to their existing skill set.

Therefore, probation is an important indenture between an employee and the employer. It is a common practice for companies to hire individuals on probation, test them on various fronts, and impart training so that the entire act collectively adds to the benefit of the company and the employee.

How Men and Women React to Success & Failure at Work

There are many differences in men and women both biologically and fundamentally. The changes in them are congenital. How they react and behave in a particular situation is totally different. If you observe both these genders since their childhood, you will realize that each of them interpret messages differently. Even their behavior is influenced by myriads of factors with no similarities. When men and women go through their development phases, each gender starts developing its own set of thinking. They may have the same liking for sports though, but their reasons of participation in the activities are totally contrasting.Men and women at work

For example, boys are more inclined towards manly sports whereas women toward feminine sports. The former ones, taking an active part in any activities with the feeling of dominating opponents. The latter ones consider sports an opportunity to build relationships. Boys become aggressive while competing and do not hesitate in getting into conflict with opponents. Girls, however, stay calm and are nice to others, even their competitors. The masculine genders love to take control of the activities they are participating. Despite being competing fiercely in the sports, they follow the orders of their team leaders. Boys learn to develop and meet goals while indulging with sports activities. Girls learn to collaborate.

Based on the thinking and reasons of participation in various sports, we can easily form an analogy with the workplace. The differences between them has a major impact on the way we take our work.

1. Team Concept

When both men and women have totally different outlook towards sports participation, how can they hold the same view when it comes to working as a team. For men, working in a team is being answerable for the tasks assigned to them. They are only concerned about finishing off the given tasks. They will not take time to learn how is the other team members doing. Even they complete their tasks much ahead of the scheduled time, they will hardly take any initiative of helping others and enjoy the spare time pursuing their personal interests of hobbies.Team Concept

Women are not generally like men. For them, being a team player means working collectively with the team members, and providing help to someone who is struggling with the given tasks. What the women learned during their development years are implemented by them at the workplace. They feel a team culture is one that shares ideas with each other, resolves conflicts, and works collectively towards achieving the goals.

2. Taking credit for success

Success is the ladder to climb high up the hierarchy of an organization. This mantra is very well imbibed by men. When men achieve success, they don’t hesitate to take credit for that. They also gloat over their skills and talent applied for the achievement. Every good beginning and happy ending is all because of their skills and talent. Others don’t even have a say or contribution in it. This is what they believe. They have a deep yearning inside them of becoming a hero and when the opportunity comes knocking, they don’t fail to grab it. On the contrary, when success eludes them, or they fail, they try to pass the buck to others. They go to any extent in framing others for the failure and saving their own back.Taking credit for success

On the other hand, when women succeed, they point towards the team work. They give credit to the entire team and never shy away from asserting or attributing success to the team. Any good results for them is because of the contribution of all. And when they fail, they take the onus and boldly accept the responsibilities for failure. They may even take the blame on themselves and say that they haven’t given their 100%.

3. Problem solving

Men and women have their own ways to solve problems. The former tend to seek for solutions personally. For them, providing a solution to the problem is like reserving a birth for the next promotion. They go to any length in resolving the issue and prove their competency. This gender sees a problem as an opportunity to grab power and control over others. When authority is bestowed upon them, they are ever ready to take and implement any type of initiatives.Problem solving

Women take a different approach for solving a problem. First, they gather input for the solutions from their colleagues, ponder over it for a while, and then offer the solution. They are never bothered about losing or gaining authority over others. Moreover, they love the whole process of getting involved in the solution seeking process.

4. Liking for the processes

Women enjoy each and every process to get closer to the goals. They never miss even a single step though the goals elude them. They love being a part of the whole process and less focused towards the goals. These working class is more inclined towards what goes into the process rather than the goal. Liking for the processes

Working at their own pace and learning every ins and out of the processes are things women love the most. Men, however, stay focused on the goals. For them, the processes matter the least and reaching to the set target as soon as possible is the priority. They are motivated for the goal and apply total energy for attaining it.

5. Hierarchy & relationships

Men have high regards for hierarchy and set their eyes on the top most slot. They are comfortable in following the orders of the higher authority and see themselves in that position in the near future. These working class love to work in an environment where there is a set hierarchical system. Following a standard protocol is what men believe the most and abide by it. For they knew once reaching the top of the hierarchy will generate the same kind of respect for them in others. On the contrary, women develop a tendency to pay heed more to relationships than hierarchy. It’s not that they don’t follow orders or behave as per their own will. They only apply what they have grabbed and experienced throughout their development years. Women enjoying sharing goals and building an understanding among their colleagues.

These behaviors and attitude of men in the workplace are enough to conclude that the way they grow and learn things during their childhood, makes a huge difference in how they see success and failure at work. Success for women is not primary. They love to build relationships with colleagues and help them. Men are flexible to accept any authority and following the company’s protocol. But their aim is always reaching to the top slot of the hierarchy.

Am I Ready to Apply?

Whether you will get the job or not is a different matter. But the whole process of applying for the job gives a mixed feeling of joy and nervousness. You are happy that the opportunity you have been waiting for so long is up for your grab, and at the same time you are skeptical about making it or not. Unwillingly, you are compelled to don a skeptical attitude. Nevertheless, the journey of applying and going through grueling rounds of interview is enjoyable.Ready to Apply

But before seeing yourself talking to the interviewers, there is one long and tedious process you have to complete. And it’s the job application. You may have the necessary education, training, and experience for the job. Still, you cannot save yourself from getting goosebumps when filling out the job application. It’s a standard procedure all employers, regardless of technical or non-technical position follow. There is a better reason for asking candidates to complete the job applications. As you are not yet introduced to the employers, they have to know about you. And this can be done only by asking you to share information about yourself through the job application. Though candidates have to fill information about themselves, the very first sight of the job application makes them nervous. Some companies have the documents as lengthy as five to six pages. Seeing such a long document with lots of columns and check boxes makes people feel whether they can fill out everything on the job application, or is compulsory to fill them all.

Before starting using the pen on the job application, you must familiarize yourself with the contents most employers would want you to share with them.

Your interest

Though most of the employers prefer asking “Why have you chosen our company, or what is your interest in working with us?” during the interview, they still want to be sure if you are really interested in working with them. Therefore, they include one column in the job application wherein you have to express your interest.Your Interest

It is their way to analyze if you are motivated and mentally and emotionally prepared to work with them. And it is good for you also because unless you are making your mind to work with the company, you won’t be able to enjoy your tenure with them. So, decide first why you want to join the company and express your interest openly.

Education

This subheading may irritate you, especially when you have already covered it in your resume. You need to understand that the employers want to cross-check since there are people who provide false information and the details in the resume and one that provide in the job application do not match.Education

They also want to ascertain that you are honest and doesn’t cheat on others. So, ensure that the education information you have provided in the job application are similar to the ones in your resume. Besides major degree, it is necessary to include any relevant certification program attended. As some jobs are related with other in some way, the employers may utilize your education and offer you additional responsibilities. As you are handling duties other than your education, you are sure to get a promotion and salary hike than your peers.

Work Experience

This is another sub heading you may feel redundant. However, it is important to prove your candidacy and helping employers decide whether you are fit for the job or not. So even if you feel that you have already included your work history in your resume, do not skip this column and fill out completely.work experience

The information is useful for employers in assessing the kind of work you have done. You must add the work done at previous employment, projects undertaken, and special contribution. It also helps in viewing your career graph and how you move ahead from one position to another. You can also add other experience that may be utilized on the job. For example, any volunteer work done during your degree program. The company may use this experience in running a fundraising campaign or for organizing an exhibition of their products.

Eligibility for the job

It is important for employers to know the background from a legal point of view. For that, they need to know your SSN (Social Security Number). This helps in finding out about your past and ascertaining if you have been involved in any criminal cases. Further, it is also important for employers to know whether you are legally permitted to work in the United States.eligibility

If you don’t have any SSN number, you will not be qualified for the job even with experience and education you have. It’s is not just for their safety, but also of other employees. If a person with criminal mindset and charges is working with them, it can create a dent in their reputation. However, any arrests not amounting to convictions may not prove you a criminal. So, don’t hide anything because even if you do, your social security number will disclose it.

References

You have to collect references before applying for the job. Employers will ask you about people who can assert something about you and who knows you well. So, speak to people you know and have worked with you about providing their names in the reference column. Mostly, employers want references of people from the same field you are in. For people who work daily with you for years are in a better position to speak or write a few things about you. The employers will not mind even if you have provided the names of your previous employers in the reference sections. Providing names of your previous and present employers will also show employers that you have left the job on a good note and they are familiar with your attempt of job searching.references

It is always good to be prepared for applying any type of job. Whether you are experienced or not, you have to ask yourself “Am I ready to apply?” If you understand what employers want to read in your job application, you can easily convince them about your education, work experience, and eligibility for the job.

Job or Career? Choice is Yours

At least once in our lives, we all reach a crossroad where we find it difficult to choose between a job and a career. If you haven’t, then you are lucky. But if you are sailing on the same boat as others, then we can try helping you take the right decision. First of all, you need to know the difference between a job and a career. Though these words are used interchangeably, there is still a subtle difference that many of us are not aware of. Having a clear definition and understanding of the terms is necessary. It will also help in introspecting oneself and deciding whether one is a job person or a career person. So, let’s start by unraveling the hidden meaning of the two words.Jobs or Careers

Difference between a job and a career

Though a job and a career are persuaded with a motive of earning money, the meaning of both these words are not the same. The job is a term used to say the kind of work you are doing currently in order to earn some cash. It could not be permanent at the moment, and you might shift or change it in the future. It could also refer to a business exchange that is done for money. For example, if someone asks you to do a job of dropping a parcel to a particular location, and you agree to do it in exchange of money. A job of this kind may not come to you everyday and is called temporary. But you can also take a regular job in which you can earn money every week, bi-weekly, or monthly.

Job vs CareerA career, on the other hand, is something that you can pursue for a long time. The word that is more closely associated with career is ‘profession.’ So, a career is something that you want to do continuously till the time you retire. In career, you have the chance to move ahead to the next top position and keep growing your income as well as your position. For example, an engineering job can be considered as a profession or career, whereas working in an auto garage that you are going to change or possibly may shut down in any time henceforth due to some problem, could be termed as a job.

On the job, you are least bothered about the designation or job title. All you are concerned about is earning money and clear your bills. Not that you will not love what you are doing, but you would hardly put in your passion or think about moving ahead. If at all you get any free time in the job, you will utilize it in pursuing your hobby or doing things that are not connected with the work.

In the career, you are ready to put in efforts and do all the sacrifices needed to inflate your paycheck. Because you know that the hard work is going to benefit you only in a way of promotion, high pay, and good job title.

How to choose between a job and a career?

Although choosing between a job and a career is a personal preference, it is necessary to know which would be more stable for you. Moreover, the economy of a country that changes every year will also have a major role in this regard. For instance, you will be happy doing a regular job, say, of a bartender. The restaurant you are working at is doing good business as well and you are getting regular payment for the job. But the same cannot be said for the next month. There is a chance that the government would increase service tax and add additional taxes as well on those who eat and dine outside. And when the business goes down, the restaurant may start laying off and you could lose your job. Holding the job will also depend on how good employee you are. If the employer sees you as a hard worker and an honest person, you will retain your job.Job and Career Choice

Holding onto a career for long is not easy as well. To build a career, one has to invest lots of years in training and collecting experience and skills. And as you become ready to take on that career, the economy has spelled havoc on that profession and it is on the verge of extinction. If you can take extra pain and strive to hone your skills to achieve the next stage in your career, you might stabilize your career.

Where is more money – in a job or a career?

Hands down, a career will give you more money than a job. However, there are certain job that can pay you more than a career. In a career, you will have a fixed earning that is decided at the time of employment. You can also obtain in increase than the previous employment depending on your experience. Whereas, on the job, your income will change every week as the hourly rate may change according to the nature of the job.money in a job or career

However, there are some people who choose a career not just for money. They pay more heeds to their passion and interest rather than earning money. Since doing what they love to gives them satisfaction, they seldom think about earning. Even though they may not be financially sound.

So, choosing between a job or a career is solely your choice. It depends whether passion and interest are important to you or just earning a living.

Do This Before Going for an Interview

Getting a call for an interview is a happy feeling. The recipient only knows how it feels to be called for discussing the possibilities of employment. After all, the efforts put into drafting a killer resume and an effective cover letter are about to come to fruition. However, being called for an interview is not a guarantee that you will be offered the job. There are still a few hurdles to be crossed in order to get the offer letter. It will also depend on how you fair in the interview and whether the employer is impressed enough to have you in the team. If you are serious about the job position, you have to prepare thoroughly like you did in crafting the job application. At this moment, there is no space even for a minor mistake, since it can cost you the job.Before Going for an InterviewThere are many who have fumbled when bombarded with questions by the recruiters. This has happened even to the most experienced, qualified, and skilled people. If you don’t want to miss the opportunity of being hired for the company you have dreamed of working with for so long, then do these things before going for an interview.

Gather facts about the company

No matter what job position you have are going to be interviewed for, one common question the interviewer will throw at you is “what do you know about our company?” There is a better reason why this question appears in every interview. The recruiters want to know how well prepared you are. Are you familiar with the work culture or not? Do you relate to the visions and goals of the company or not? Do you know the type of business the company is in? When you are clueless about these things, the hiring managers will certainly suspect your interest in working with the company. It will also expose your unprofessional attitude. Further, it will not only put you in an awkward position, but also embarrass you. Not being prepared will surely work as a deal breaker and there will be no time for you to repent.Gather facts

Therefore, to ensure you don’t make a mockery of yourself and while away the golden opportunity you have been waiting so long, be prepared as if you are appearing for a final examination. Collect all information right from the name of the company, to the business, vision, goals, number of branches, and sister concerns. Believe it, there are a few candidates who have appeared for an interview without even knowing the correct name of the company. While we are confident that you will not commit the same mistake, a prior admonition will help you in avoiding appearing silly. Try also to know the name of the person/people who are going to interview you. When you address them by their names (of course using professional greetings), they will be impressed with you.

Read the job description thoroughly

Call it a haste or oversight, we all tend to miss the important message when going through the job description. Nowadays, companies make it clear most of the things the job position entails and the type of skills and abilities they want. This helps them to save their time as well as of the candidates. The main intention of companies in providing the job description is to have a suitable candidate for the vacant position. They want only those candidates to apply who consider themselves fit for the job.Read the job description

Hence, before going for an interview, read the job description carefully like you did when applying. It is the best homework you will be doing in order to get through the interview. Since recruiters take time for scanning resumes and calling suitable candidates, there is a chance that you might forget the duties and responsibilities of the position. Reading once again will help you to recollect the requirements of the company. Try to collect some examples from your previous employment that you can speak at length in the interview and prove yourself fit for the job.

Practice answering some basic questions

Remember, there will be some interview questions that will be not be related to your skills and experience. You may be skilled and experienced in satisfying every query of the interviewer though, but they will also need to taste your overall attitude, maturity, and professionalism. The key to impress the recruiters is to hold the abilities in answering a few of the common questions that will come to you either at the beginning or during the interview. Try to get answers to the most basic questions such as: Why do you want to join our company? What made you apply for the job? What are your good qualities and bad qualities? Why do you choose this profession? Why should we hire you? Where do you want to see yourself five years henceforth? What do you aspire for in your career? Whom do you idolize and why? Why do you want to leave your present job?Practice answering

Be ready for at least 10 questions of these types. You can get answers easily on the internet. However, it is better not to emulate them, and try to come up with your own version. Ask yourself the reasons you have applied for the job and everything that made you to choose this company as well as the profession. You can also recall any childhood incidence that influences you to become what you are now. For example, you can say, “when I was in eighth grade, I saw a horse lying attended at the roadside when coming back from the school. It was hit by a running vehicle and writhing in pain. I immediately called 911 add passed on the information. Luckily, after a few moments, an ambulance arrived and took the horse to the nearby hospital. That made me think ‘what if I had not seen the horse and called for help, the horse would have died.’ That incident had a deep impact on my mind, and I decided to become a veterinarian.’

Know competitors

Monopoly in business is a rarity these days. There are bound to be several companies doing the same business and trying to grab shares of competitors. Though the market is huge and with high potential for growth, companies that can handle the heat of competition can only survive. Consider the market like a jungle where all the predators are waiting for the right opportunity to pounce on their prey and satisfy their hunger.Know competitorsBeing a professional, you have to be aware of whom you are competing with. The competition in the market is different than that you will face in the office. For this, you must have a solid understanding of the market conditions, the marketing strategies and recent news of the rival companies. When you are familiar about the moves of your rivals, you can surely win the battle. Being cognizant about whom you will be fighting with for a business share will also show the hiring managers that you are serious about the job.

Ready your outfit

The day you receive the interview call, rush to the tailor or a shopping center to have a new outfit for the ‘D’ day. Since dressing properly is vital when appearing for the interview, you need to have a proper outfit that is neither tight nor hanging loose on your body. In case a new outfit is not within your reach at the moment, check and select the best dress you have in the closet.Ready your outfit

Try the dress a day before the interview to fix anything that needs to be amended. Check the shirt if it has all the buttons intact and there are no loose threads jutting out. Also, check if there is any old stain or mark on the shirt due to spilling of tea, sauce or any other liquid. Also, check your shoes and see if they are in mint condition to be used on the interview day. Don’t forget to have a look at the pairs of sock. A smelly and run-out socks will dampen your confidence.

Give a visit to the company a day before the interview

Knowing the location where you will be interviewed a day in advance will help in measuring the distance you need to travel and the traffic as well. As most companies prefer hotels to interview candidates, it is likely that you will not be called at the company for the interview. Even though you have been to the hotel, or know the address of the company, try to visit the location. By driving to the location you will know if you are following the right route, or whether you need to take some other route due to some construction work in progress, and if the traffic is worse than you expected.visit to the company

When starting from your home, note down the readings on the speedometer of your vehicle and the time. When you reached the location, calculate the number of miles or kilometers you have traveled and time taken to reach. As you have measured the distance, time, and discovered the route, you can start at the right time the next day for the interview. Also, have a buffer time of 30 minutes at your disposal since you are expected to reach the interview location half-an-hour early.

Going for an interview with a strong knowledge of the company, the interviewers, the competitors, the skills and experience, and the challenges to face is a perfect way to show your interest and seriousness for the job. Moreover, it will also help you to appear different from other candidates and impress the hiring managers. So, take these things seriously if you have an interview coming shortly and rest assured of securing the position.

How to Become a Star in Your New Office

So, you’ve joined the new office and are clueless as hell as to how to get along with everybody? It is quite a task to become popular in your workplace in a very short time. Moreover, it is also difficult to get used to a new environment and new colleagues in a jiffy. Unless you are an extrovert, you are in the new office due to your contacts, or you simply take to people as plants do to sunlight!become a star in the new office

Getting along with new people and fresh work concerns looks extremely daunting to a reserved person just like getting acclimatized to a new country is.

However, becoming a star employee isn’t too much of a task if you’re passionate and interested about your new work. Work becomes play when you do what you love. However, few of these thumb-rules could help you become a hit among your co-workers and colleagues. What’s more, you can surely get noticed by the top-end managers too:

Bond with people, but don’t flatter them!

Make your seniors know how badly you wished from your college times to work in this organization. But know your limits while doing so. Do not indulge in flattery and needless buttering.Bond with people

People can tell flattery from genuine praise. Go light on the sweet words. Be precise and to the point. This will save time of both the parties from getting wasted on undue sugar-coated words.

Invite colleagues for coffee:

This tip is the best way to get to know your colleagues better. Furthermore, enjoying coffee with your team members is also a nice way to break the ice between you guys.coffee

Inviting colleagues over weekend is also a great way to spend time with people whom you’d be working for the years or at least months to come. Getting to know the temperament and attitude of the people you work with is as useful.

Be the problem-solver and not the problem-creator:

Just as it is important to be in the right place at the right time, it is also important not to be the reason for problems in your workplace.Problem Solver

Try as far as possible to neither be the problem-creator nor the person responsible for the problem. Be the proactive person, ready to be the on-site trouble-shooter. Assuming responsibility for solving the problem rather than adding to it or being a passive onlooker is unwelcome and unsavory too.

Likewise, try to be the go-to-person in the office. This could be your shortcut to becoming popular among everyone in the office. Being in the shoes of a problem-solver could make you the keeper of everybody’s issues and problems in life. This could in all likelihood make you a one-stop solution for every relationship and life problem.

Improve your communication skills:

Work-life is a polar opposite of college-life. Grades and not communication mattered in the academics to be rated as a star student. In the work-life, communication and performing your duties well is what matters. Good interpersonal skills and being a master of all trades matter in work-life.communication skills

Strong interpersonal skills are helpful for the employee to know his colleagues and bosses in the new office in a proper manner. Being able to communicate with both the parties is what helps keep smooth communication and ultimately helps each employee to execute his duties well.

Ask your seniors or colleagues when in doubt:

Clear your doubts and the questions clouding you about any issue related to work. It is better to ask and clear the doubts rather than assume things. As it is rightly said, “It is better to ask and clear your doubts, rather than come across as dumb by keeping quiet.Ask your seniors

It’s completely okay to ask questions about the many things one doesn’t know related to the office owing to being new on the job. Again, not knowing every darn detail is absolutely normal being a freshman in the office.

Meet your deadlines on time:

It is absolutely essential to follow this tip to the tee for gaining status of a star employee in the office. Employees who follow deadlines and are people who take their work commitments very seriously are always priced by their bosses.Deadlines

Likewise, set targets and see that you adhere to them, come what may. Trying to make your boss’ life easier by following the deadlines, and submitting reports on time may help making the boss’s work easier. Just doing your work properly and precisely in a mistake-free fashion guarantees you get noticed by the bosses.

Organize activities in the office:

Organizing recreational activities in the office whenever the need arises is akin to a stress-buster. Doing so only helps in diverting one’s mind from the tiring work. Also, taking off a few minutes from work helps the person to return to work with a refreshed mind and body.Office activities

Making others participate in such activities could help bring out the hidden talents. And also help you show off your event planning skills.

Do not waste your time in unproductive activities:

There are perhaps countless times that you have decided to start working on something and it doesn’t really gain initiation because some other activity takes up your attention.Unproductive Activities

Similarly, do not while away your time in meaningless gossips about anybody or anything which isn’t related to your work. Instead, focus all of that attention on completing your work and gain the satisfaction of having completed your work efficiently.

Make use of pen and paper for recording details:

Even if you aren’t a pen and paper person, get into the habit of taking down details in meetings and training sessions. Committing everything to memory isn’t feasible as everyone doesn’t have an elephant’s memory. To top it, committing things to memory may only cause you to forget tiny details, which may or may not be really that important.Paper Pen

Recording details on a notepad allows you the liberty to refer it in the future, if necessary.

Maintain a positive disposition:

It is important to maintain a positive and happy persona howsoever difficult the work gets. After all, no one likes to work with a sad person, ready to crack up even under pressure.Positive

They say, “cry and the world will leave you, smile and the world smiles with you.” A sunny disposition helps you conquer the world and also keep the world in a joyous mood. Maintaining a positive and happy mood in the office is directly proportionate to the work the boss is able to squeeze out from his employees.

Be willing to put in efforts for the company:

Chipping in to help the company in times of its’ need is a very important trait an employee can inculcate. Doing the tasks irrespective of his own job description is a very valued characteristic any employee can have.

This quality helps the employee to heighten his credibility and worth to the company. He would be looked upon for being valuable to the company over a person who just does what is expected of him and packs off for the day. Putting in efforts more than what are required could also improve chances of promotion for the employee.

Starting a new job is just like exploring an exciting theme park. You get to learn new aspects as you progress further inside. Being able to shift the useful information from the useless ones is paramount while doing so. Becoming a star employee shouldn’t be the sole aim of any employee. Being able to function properly and to be of value to the company irrespective of your job description is important. It is not only important that you deliver what you are expected to but do a bit more of what is expected of you. Ultimately, you will get noticed if you perform well.

How to Spend Time After Work

A man’s company decides his character. Similarly, the way he spends his free hours can be a fine parameter to judge his personality. His habits, manners, and the way he fills-in his hours after work is a deciding factor about his attitude towards life, in the truest sense. Whether he goes bungee-jumping or ends the day doing yoga or ends up swiping left and right on Tinder to find someone for the weekend, it reflects his character. Nevertheless, how one decides to end his day post work is his prerogative.Time After Work

What is necessary to consider is the way in which a person spends his time after work – be it a weekend or the evening post work, somehow contributes towards influencing the direction of his career. People who are successful are those who have made an intelligent investment of their time post work. Just like them, the others too should spend their time intelligently. Moreover, it’s also important to be able to complete the work and wind-up the day in a positive manner. Keeping the work concerns in the workplace and taking out time for personal relationships also helps to maintain the work-life balance.

Head to the nearest tennis court:

Playing tennis is an extremely beneficial workout if you do not wish to head to the gym. Tennis is said to provide a host of health benefits to the players.Tennis court

Spending a couple of hours post work playing tennis is a good way to exercise your muscles and get rid of unwanted fat that has developed as a result of your desk job. Moreover, it increases your body co-ordination, agility and sharpens your reflexes, increasing your fitness to face a new challenging workday. There are also chances that you will find new business contacts in the form of your tennis partner. Go ahead, wield your racquet for health as well as career benefits. And also gain the satisfaction of having devoted your post work hours in a productive way.

Go for evening workouts:

Though there are no proven studies or researches to show that evening workout is more beneficial over morning workout. What is important is consistency in workout and being able to stick to the workout regimes chalked for you by your trainer.Evening Workouts

Evening workouts by far are when the body is at its attentive best, as contrast to working out in the morning. Gyms also offer interesting and fat-burning alternatives like Zumba dancing, Aerobics, Pilates, etc. in place of the usual machine exercises. So, enroll with your partner and have a good time bonding and burning fats on the go.

Tune in to your favorite music:

Whether you are an Elvis Presley fan, an admirer of Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, or the more recent Adele, Taylor Swift or Jennifer Lopez, music is a great way to unwind. Music is an amazing tool to soothe your nerves and calm you of your stress.Favorite Music

The choice of music everyone hold is unique just like personalities. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer country music or pop over jazz and rap. Being able to tune out your worries and stress after a long day in the office is necessary.

Have a quiet evening with a glass of wine:

An evening spent with a glass of wine and introspection about your work and life in general is as calming as sitting by a tranquil lakeside.glass of wine

Charting out your future career plans, spending some time on career mistakes and ways to avoid making them again, and few unfulfilled career goals are some of the worthwhile activities. This could be beneficial in order to get clarity on where exactly you stand as well as your future plans in terms of career and work-related priorities.

Watch entertaining sitcoms on the tube:

Having a roaring laughter-filled evening in the midst of sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory, O.J. Simpson or the hugely popular Two and a Half Men are a great way to spend an evening without moving away from the realms of your home after a long hectic workday.Entertaining Sitcoms

Decoding the mysteries of super-thrilling crime dramas on Netflix is another intelligent way to spend your evening and increasing your analytical abilities too.

Read a book on Kindle or in a physical format:

Spending the remaining part of the day with a book is a much better option than going clubbing with friends or your better half.Read a book

It is said that books are like time machines that can take you to places without leaving the chair. Reading a suspense thriller or a science fiction, or a digital copy on your Kindle is an amazing way to forget your stress and work woes. Reading also keeps your mind active and as well prevents the onset of Alzheimer’s. Increased focus and concentration are added benefits books impart to the readers. Moreover, books also heighten your imagination and analytical abilities, helping you in your job.

Learn a foreign language or a musical instrument:

Enroll yourself in courses like that of foreign language or learning to play any musical instrument. Researches show that studying music is proven to increase your concentration level, improves your memory and coordination and also known to impart better time management skills.Learn

On the other hand, a foreign language gives you an addition to the strengths in your resume. It will also give you the edge to switch careers and start a new career as a foreign language interpreter, if you ever want to. The knowledge of a foreign language could also be profitable for moving up the ladder in your current job.

Unplug the electronic devices you use:

Electronic devices are a boon as well as a bane to mankind. Over-use of these gadgets can deteriorate things much more than one could imagine. Electronic devices have the capability to hinder the communication and thus also the quality of relationships one shares with his/her family and friends.Unplug

Unplug the iPod and enjoy communication with your loved ones. Communicating with your family members would surely be an endearing thing rather than looking at graphs in your company reports.

Create social groups:

Create groups of like-minded friends based on your common hobbies and interests. Plan a day in the week convenient to everyone for meeting up and planning activities revolving around the common hobby.Meeting friends

Meeting friends and people from your social circle is a natural stress buster. Participating in group activities with them not only increases your team spirit and the capacity to work as a part of the team, but also help to rejuvenate you.

Sharpen your culinary skills:

Cooking is a therapeutic activity and an interesting hobby to cultivate. Join classes post work to learn to cook foods of cuisines foreign to you.

Who knows learning to cook Chinese, Mexican, Italian or some other continental cuisines could help impress the hubby or his/her family! Knowing to cook such a varied and popular cuisine could also help you plan dinners for family,friends, and colleagues on special occasions right from the comforts of your home without spending a bomb.

Spend time with your pets:

Pets are by far the most loyal and true friends to man. Spending time with them is the most endearing way to rid yourself of stress from everyday work and office concerns. Have you ever noticed why pet-owners are extremely cheerful and energetic the whole day? It is only because of the furry animals that keep them active. Having furry animals as pets is also known to have different health benefits, including reduced anxiety and a lessened risk of a heart attack in the future. By and large, pets are a huge reason of joy for the owners. Pets as a whole are messengers of joy!time with your pets

To sum up, the way you choose to spend your time post work decides the future direction of your career. Likewise, it is important to choose your activities wisely instead of whiling away that time in resting. Extracurricular activities help you to unwind and prepare for the challenges of a new day ahead. Choosing activities like those mentioned above could also decide a career path. Being able to channel your time and energy towards fruitful activities is necessary to lead a healthy life and a long career. Choosing activities to relax is paramount. So, make sure to choose wisely.

Things to Consider Before Applying for Social Media Job

Social media is a ubiquitous commodity these days. You can see everyone from a 70-year-old person to a high school student using it anywhere and everywhere. The popularity, easy access and its mass appeal are the reasons behind social media being widely used across the world by individuals, businesses, and political parties. The new features added to it regularly make it more interesting for the users.Social Media Job

Social media, however, not only means Facebook and Twitter, but also a wide array of other new applications added to the online communications channels. It has expanded to photo-sharing sites like Instagram, Flickr, and professional sites like Linkedin. In the light of this, there are many vibrant job opportunities on the social media all thanks to the mushrooming start-ups in several sectors. Social Media Managers, Public Relation Managers, Event Planners, Advertising Managers, Media Planners, Website Blogger and many more such new job profiles that have come onto the social media horizon, thus fanning the interests of youngsters. This brings into the picture, things to keep in mind and the parameters to consider while applying for any job profile in the social media job market.

Following are a few pointers to keep in mind before taking the plunge for applying for a social media job:

Know the history of the agency you are applying to:

The applicant would do well by finding out more about the organization and its history before appearing for an interview. Looking up the Internet about the company, its past work and campaigns, the response it garnered, its clients, etc. will help the applicant in facing questions if posed by interviewers.history of the agency

Employers appreciate a brief research done by the applicant about their organization. So, it becomes necessary for the applicant to do his homework well.

Apply for the job, only, if your personality suits it:

Have clarity about the job profile beforehand. You do not want to work in an organization, where you perhaps could be a misfit because of personality clashes. For instance, if the job is of client servicing, and you do not fit the profile being an introvert, you are in for a lot of disappointment.personality suits

To avoid frustration in the future, it is better to look or to be precise, study before you apply!

Having a unique personality always helps:

A social media job demands not only the conventional attributes and requirements, but also something more. Having the requisite skills and academic degrees isn’t enough today. Being able to juggle multiple roles for the organization makes you a more viable option as a potential candidate for the job.unique personality

In the same vein, having skill sets suitable for the job, is important. Being a good communicator, having excellent negotiation skills, a creative mind, and an over-all enthusiastic personality will help you to stand out from others.

Tip: Having all such skills could help you land the job as the PR manager, advertising executive or client servicing executive.

Knowing the basics of social media is important:

It is not just important to know how to handle a Linkedin or a Facebook page. Likewise, just knowing to make status updates, tweeting or re-posting is not enough. Knowing technical details is very important. Just scratching the surface like every other common user is a big no-no.basics of social media

But it is important to know the basics of the tools made available on social media. For instance, it is important to know how to garner more re-tweets on Twitter, how to use the other social media platforms for publicity through HTML linking, managing feedback, etc.

Tip: Having the technical know-how may help you to get a position of a social media strategist.

Creativity gives you an edge:

The ability to generate unique, catchy and attractive content for garnering more hits and visits stands very important for any organization. Nobody wants to visit a run-of-the-mill website for any of their requirements, be it even for something as trivial as shopping for groceries or checking out artwork online.Creativity

The ability to create powerful visuals with maximum recall value helps in accelerating the views and hits on the page. Your creative juices certainly need to be flowing for this. The job applicant needs to be having loads of creativity to generate visuals that include images, infographics, videos, illustrations and information in an interesting way. Social media is a powerful tool to drive business growth.

Tip: The ability to generate creative and memorable visuals can fetch you a web designer, or a social media writer position.

Ability to manage effective conversations online is a need:

As mentioned before, it’s not enough to have a Facebook account. It is important that you know how to create wonderful Facebook pages of your organization. Giving maximum information to the visitors through the use of brief and short content is what matters in today’s world of instant gratification.conversations

Effective customer engagement, solving their queries, fulfilling their requirements and trying to get repeat customers is one advantage the social media affords to modern businesses. Also, it is important to target the correct social media website. For instance, Facebook will give you a lot of customer queries, but Linkedin will give you more conversions and thus business. Websites like Linkedin guarantees your business creamiest of customers. The person also should be able to monitor the discussions on the online forum of the organization, cutting out trolls and abusive language.

As a matter of fact, if you do not derive interest in customer engagement, then you are not cut out for a job in social media.

Tip: Having great communication and conversation skills could help you start your career as a social media or engagement manager.

Analytic ability and proper use of analytics tools:

Social media is all about getting new customers and boosting sales of the product of the company. Social media managers, thus need to be adept at knowing the pulse of the audience who is the online viewers. By experience, they ought to understand whether the audience wants more of videos, blogs, articles, listicles or email newsletters.Analytic ability

Similarly, knowing how to access web analytics tools for monitoring the traffic and measuring response to your page and promotional campaigns is extremely useful. Trying to understand the basic hacks of using analytics tools such as Google Analytics, User-testing, Chartbeat, Spring Metrics can improve your odds of landing the social media job you have been longing for since long! The knowledge of web analytics is extremely important for improving the reach of the website.

Being ahead of your competitors helps:

Staying updated on the happenings around you is a good sign. Employers around the world always prefer a candidate who is well-informed about the news rather than a person who is ill-at-ease with current affairs and the like.
Being well-opinionated and having good factual knowledge makes the recruiter’s job easier.

Tip: Being well-read about current affairs and events is an add-on.

Knowledge of Content Management Software

Knowledge of Content Management Software (CMS) is essential to create blogs and the verbal as well as visual information displayed on it. The CMS is an open-source used for hosting and making the information readable to the final reader. WordPress, TinyCMS, Refinery CMS are a few content management platforms, a social media manager should be aware of.Content Management Software

Knowing how to access and use CMS enables the social media manager to enhance your website and make it more readable, appealing to the viewer.

The digital media has come of age and is creating multiple job opportunities. However, another important thing is to be able to recognize them for reaping their benefits. It is extremely important to keep your eyes and ears open for getting leads for the same. Keeping the above pointers in mind, one can have a fantastic career in the social media industry, which requires a bit of everything-passion, creativity and loads of hard work.

How to Work with a Younger Boss

With age and experience comes authority. It also provides power to coordinate and control the younger workers. However, the power equations have changed these days. Power is mainly in the hands of less experienced, and newly minted management graduates fresh from the Ivy League Schools. Gone are the days when boss meant, a senior aged person grunting at his juniors for getting the work done. The numerous startups mushrooming in the IT sector have also contributed to a trend where younger people are leading the older ones. Such a trend is bound to kick in clashes and differences in opinions among the leader and the people he leads.Younger Boss

The folks in the company who are extremely senior have a hard time dealing with a change in leadership. They are getting instructions from people half their age, getting orders from people who have lesser experience or even skill-sets less superior than their own.

In such circumstances, it is extremely important to have a free-flowing dialogue with the concerned bosses to have a satisfactory work-life. This also helps the senior employees develop a good rapport with a younger boss. At times, the younger bosses can also learn the ropes from the older fishes. Learning to deal with a boss, who probably could be your son/daughter’s age is beneficial to both the parties.

Know and appreciate his or her capabilities:

Do not harbor doubts about the person who is your boss just because he is younger to you. Harboring a grudge or preconceived notions about his or her capabilities will not help in any ways.appreciate

Doubting the leadership abilities of the younger boss and judging whether he or she is fit for the job is but natural. Age in no way can completely decide one’s caliber to become a boss. They have been appointed as the boss because they possess certain skills, qualifications and the ability to lead people from multiple age-groups. Just because the boss is younger by age doesn’t mean he won’t make an efficient manager.

Speak out your mind:

Speaking out and expressing your thoughts on the issue of power shifts into the younger hands is necessary to unburden you, even partly. Having pep talks with colleagues at work or with your spouse could help you understand the situation. They could also give you ways to deal with the issue more objectively.Speak out

Such pep talks will help you to maintain a stable mental make-up, but also won’t harm your productivity. Bottling up your feelings and frustration over having to report to a person very much younger to you can otherwise be taxing.
A healthy discussion with friends, and spouses who have undergone similar issues also helps.

Evolve with the technologies:

The electronic age today is all about 5G, automated technology, pings, email communication and all things tech. It is a bit daunting for the senior folks to get comfortable with the use of new technology, since they have used generic things all their lives.Evolve with the technologies

Using the instant messenger services, referring to digital calendars, using online planners for appointments and reminder purposes is seldom the cup of tea of the senior folks. The condition is exactly opposite in case of the younger bosses. They prefer to communicate with their colleagues through a simple ping instead of going to the desk personally. Communication through video-conferencing with people in offices on the other side of the globe is a thing they can do with a click.

Thus, putting in efforts for getting a hang of the technology doesn’t harm either. It will only help you in connecting with your younger boss, in a better way. Remember, making use of technology also indirectly translates to increased productivity because of time saved using other modes.

Share useful information with the boss:

The senior workers are an asset to the organization due to their invaluable experience in their work and also their experiences in handling unsavory situations and people. So, being senior to the newly appointed boss who is younger in age, you need to give him certain helpful information which he doesn’t pose and you do. Dispensing information not only underlines your seniority but also increases your respect in the eyes of the younger bosses.Share useful information

Giving him information about a certain client or a similar situation and how you handled it, will certainly help. However, do not take this as an opportunity to sing paeans about your indispensability to the organization. Be precise. Something like this could be apt: There was a similar glitch few years back relating to XYZ client, who is extremely fussy about the work. We had handled it this way and this was the outcome.

Contribute to the company’s growth utilizing your experience:

Having seniority in the organization owing to your age and experience gives you an edge over the bosses who are considerably on the younger side of age. Having talks about life-in-general and the life outside the office will help you develop a rapport with the boss who is the age of your son/daughter.company's growth

Your age also means that you have a trove of life-lessons and experiences as products of the mistakes you committed. Sharing profound real work-life experiences with your boss could probably shape their world-view. Such open chats also widen the horizon of the younger people in power.

Don’t generalize younger people

The senior workers tend to classify the younger ones in particular stereotypes. Looking at the latter type with the same frame of mind is quashing your mind. It is necessary to understand that not all younger bosses are arrogant, surgically attached to their gadgets, or have inherited the position just because they belong to a particular family.Don't generalize

The younger bosses do lack experience, but are in no way are novices in the field. They are intelligent individuals and it is unfair to reject their ideas, just because they are coming from a person who’s younger in age. Their ideas could possibly have fabulous outcomes too.

Never resort to derogatory remark:

The young age of the person in the boss’s shoes doesn’t give you any license to make him look bad or the opportunity to insult him. Avoid phrases like, “This isn’t your cup of tea,” “You won’t understand all this…,” “I would have done this had I been in your place,” so on and so forth at all costs. Remember, the bosses even though very young, are intelligent individuals and not kids. Trying to make him act according to your instructions is insulting to their abilities. It is the indirect responsibility of the experienced folks to guide the younger bosses. Share your knowledge, but do not over-emphasize your point. Pressuring the bosses into accepting any particular idea from the seniors is a no-no.

Focus on the skills you have:

Instead of fretting over the fact that you have to report to a boss younger in age and experience, choose to focus on the skills you possess.Focus on the skills

Focusing on the plusses is anytime beneficial than wasting time thinking about petty and unwanted things. It is important to feed your brain positive stuff to be able to properly focus on work. Remember, having achieved seniority in your career, you are the one in a winning position. Just concentrate on your work and better things will happen automatically.

Be the go-to person for the boss:

The boss being a younger one in age will always be in need of some valuable pieces of advices. Learn to dole out advice, suggestions and possibilities to him/her on the basis of your wide experience.

There are chances he/she could accept any of your ideas/suggestions and may appreciate you.

Learn to respect your boss:

In this context, albeit the boss being a person having very little experience of handling people needs to be treated with reasonable, if not utmost respect. It is a give and take relationship where your vast experience aides him in his work and his new ideas impart a fresh outlook to the work.respectBeing able to respect the boss despite a huge difference in your age is a matter of pride. Respecting his ideas and authority also helps him to function smoothly as a boss.

Learn to let go

Seniority and holding a superior position for years together entitles a sense of belonging in any senior employee. The dedication and their drive for perfection makes them tolerate nothing but work done to perfection. They want nothing but work which is flawless and is completed in time.

On the other hand, bosses belonging to Gen-Y are 30 something and extremely aggressive, fiercely ambitious and even prone to mistakes. That said, they also have different immediate goals and priorities to be focused on.

Learning to be able to switch off from work after the work-hours is essential to lead a balanced life. Learning to enjoy and savor the finer moments of life, instead of being immersed in a laptop screen at home takes away the joy of living. No work will ever be able to replace the joy of time well spent with your loved ones.

The senior employees bring their vast experience to the table which makes them invaluable to the organization. Whereas, the younger bosses help to get a fresh perspective to the work with their new ideas and academic talent. Both are different sides of the same coin. Ultimately, it’s not the age of your boss, which really matters, it’s how he or she manages a team that really does. What is really important for both the senior and the boss is to be able to keep all differences aside and maintain a healthy work environment.

Workplace Productivity Killers

Workplace productivity is nothing but measuring the efficiency of employees. It not only helps in detecting how skillful and valuable employees are, but also in evaluating their performance monthly, quarterly, and annually.

While putting in efforts and utilizing work hours aptly are imperative to enhance productivity, it is also necessary to keep honing up one’s skills. Since organizations are formed to make profits out of their business, they will never give a second thought in firing non-performing employees.Workplace Productivity Killers

Moreover, the management can easily detect such employees by using the productivity parameter. Therefore, the employees should try to adapt themselves to the changing needs of business so that they can prove their value to the organization and secure their position in the organization.

To stay with the organization longer, it is absolutely necessary for an employee to be productive and identify the elements that encumber them. Identification of such elements and ironing them out of their schedule ought to be carried out by employees regularly. By adhering to this practice, it will help them in accomplishing daily target.

This helps him work on them and thus improve the amount of work and target completion in the whole day and subsequently in the ensuing weeks. This and will indirectly translate to improving productivity.

Taking stock of bugs which interfere with everyday productivity is a small step towards increasing work efficiency on the employee’s part.

Following are some of the workplace productivity killers:

Overuse of a cellphone

Whoever invented a cellphone would never have thought that it could also hinder production. People have skirted away from the actual purpose of the invention, which is to use it during an emergency. Today, rather than using it for meaningful conversation, it is more used for unnecessary chatting and logging in to all sorts of apps and games.Overuse of a cellphone

People have got so used to this small electronic device, that they never realize that overuse of cellphone is eating away their productivity. If employees stay away from this device during work hours, they will never face any issue.

The internet

A treasure trove of knowledge, but also a distraction.

The internet has become an office equipment for any big or small company. It is used for internal and external communication as well as running a product campaign on social media.The internet

Despite its many benefits, it has also become a source of distraction due to the ocean of information stored in it. If employees stay connected to their social media account and waste time in chatting, surfing through unwanted websites, and digging in personal emails, productivity is bound to decline. Hence, employees should use it for work-related purpose only if they don’t want to get a harsh memo from the HR.

Online shopping websites

The internet has offered lots of convenience to people, one of them is online shopping. Many online shopping websites have mushroomed over the years for providing the users with ease of shopping from home or anywhere. While online shopping does save time and a few dollars that people spend on fuel to reach the brick and mortar stores, it also eats away a good amount of time surfing through the website pages.Online shopping

Browsing through multitudes of pages to find the right product for gifting a loved one or even buying for one’s own use consumes a lot of precious work time. Time wasted on such useless endeavor in turn gets reflected in the poor work quality.

Engaging in gossiping

Employees wasting time by the water cooler talking about XYZ, gossiping about somebody’s personal life, discussing details about new or existing employees, backbiting derive nothing in terms of productivity. It only harms the reputation of the gossip-spreader. If such information falls on the ears of the bosses, it creates a negative impression of that person. On the other hand, the person who is the subject of gossip only gets free publicity.Engaging in gossiping

Indulging in gossiping thus reduce productivity and also increase harboring of negative feelings like jealousy, negative competition, grudges in employees’ minds about their co-workers.

Social media

Logging into Facebook for wishing a classmate or acquaintance, or checking your Instagram feed is harmless. But letting the social networking sites interfere with your work-life is uncalled for. While social media can be a boredom-buster, it could also eat up into a lot of time of your work-hours.Social media

Besides, it is also possible for the boss to monitor the employee’s online activities and know whether he’s spending excessive time socializing on Facebook, Tinder, Snapchat or Twitter. Even worst, he could probably be standing right behind you when you’re criticizing him on your Facebook account.

Talkative co-workers

Chatterboxes are co-workers who are notoriously infamous for being loudmouths who want to talk about any and everything on the planet. What annoys more is sharing of their boring life details with you.Talkative co-workers

Dealing with such a coworker with diplomacy is the key to maintaining amicable relations and also not coming across as a blockhead. Giving an ear to a co-worker in the break time to hear out their rantings about their personal life or problems is fine to a certain extent. Instead of pretending to be busy, make them understand the fruitlessness of rants and complaints.

Ask them to focus better on their work in hand instead. If such chats find their way into your work environment, then be prepared to lag behind in your targets and work. Talkative workers often stray the concentration of the employees.

In the same vein, nosy co-workers are also a big headache and another addition to the productivity killer list. They are extremely inquisitive and won’t shut up till you tell them everything about the date you went on and the meeting with his or her parents. Dealing with such co-workers is an add-on to your job. You cannot really avoid it even if you change the job.

Temperature

 Accept it or not, temperatures in the office affect your productivity.

The temperature in the work environment does affect work productivity of an employee in an entire workday. The temperature in the office should be such that it is fine for everyone. Neither should anyone be feeling stuffy and nor like one is sitting in the polar regions.Temperature

High air-conditioning not only lowers the productivity of the employees, but also could be affecting their health. Studies show that the colder office environs are linked to a lower productivity rate.

Frequent Meetings

It is important to limit the number of meetings until absolutely required.
Team leads and the people who have employees reporting to them should avoid the temptation to call meetings for any trivial reasons.Frequent Meetings

Meetings should be called only if absolutely necessary and for seriously important issues only. Calling frequent meetings only hampers employees’ productivity and focus on the work.

Frequent breaks

Tea break, coffee break, smoke break, lunch break….the list of breaks in an entire work day is mind-boggling and endless. Employees on their part should limit their breaks in order not to waste time. Such breaks not only take your mind off the work, but also contribute in wasting your time thus hampering productivity.Frequent breaks

Instead, short breaks with a definite time span must be incorporated into the employee’s schedule. Employees ought to know what time to return to their work station. Breaks need to be carefully scheduled.

Recreational games

 A productivity killer in disguise.

Many IT companies have various in-house games for the employees to help them refresh from the everyday monotonous work.games

A pool-table, a place for table tennis, an enclosure for playing squash all sure are games planned for employees to up their productivity. Unfortunately, such games only reduce the focus of the employee on his work and increase the sense of competition among workers.

The games are undoubtedly great ways for the employee to tune in out of work for sometime and to rid him from his work stress. Since the employees get engrossed in playing them, there are chances they could forget about their work for a while. Recreational games are seen to have become productivity killers as they take the employee off the work for a lot of time.

Faulty ergonomics

Harmful for the human body in the long run.

Faulty ergonomics causes the productivity of a person to reduce substantially, which means the person isn’t really comfortable the way furniture, workstation, and other necessary things are designed and installed. Moreover, it also leads to back injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, wrist injuries, numbness, etc.Faulty ergonomics

All in all, trying to combat productivity killers ought to be a team process. Discussing the elements that are acting as encumbrances with each other can fetch a solution. The employee needs to identify and try to work on overcoming those elements that kill the productivity in the workplace. Doing so will increase the person’s productivity by leaps and bounds and make him more valuable to the organization in the long run.