Author Archives: Manoj Shekhawat

7
Oct

What you see may not be the reality

A lovely little girl was holding two apples with her both hands. Her mum came in and softly asked her little daughter with a smile, “My sweetie! Could you give your mum one of your two apples? ” The girl looked to her mother for some seconds with no expressions on face, then she suddenly took a quick bite on one apple, and then quickly on the other.

The smile on the mum’s face faded. She tried hard not to reveal her disappointment .

Then the little girl handed one of her bitten apples to her mum and said, “Mum, here you are! This is the sweeter one.”

Moral of the story : No matter who you are, how experienced you are and how knowledgeable you think you are, always delay your judgement. Give others the privilege to explain themselves. What you see may not be the reality.

17
Oct

Thought for life

SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”

DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?” replied the man.

SON: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”

DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily.

SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”

DAD: “If you must know, I make $ 100 an hour.”

SON: “Oh,” the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow $ 50?”

The father was furious, “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down and started to think: May be there was something he really needed to buy with that $ 50 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door. “Are you asleep, son?” He asked.

“No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy..

“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier” said the man.

“It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $ 50 you asked for.”

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. “Oh, thank you daddy!” He yelled.

Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father..

“Why do you want more money if you already have some?” the father grumbled.

“Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied.

“Daddy, I have $ 100 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?

Please come home early tomorrow I would like to have dinner with you”

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

It’s just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts.

Do remember to share that $100 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.

But the family friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family..!! ♥

Have a Great Day Ahead 🙂

 

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23
Jul

Your Desk Is Making You Stupid

Sitting around all day isn’t just making you unhealthy. It might also be making you dumber.

Your desk, scientists reported recently, is trying to kill you.

According to the New York Times, scientists discovered that when we sit all day, “electrical activity in the muscles drops… leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects,” and sadly even getting regular doses of exercise doesn’t offset the damage. But now there’s new evidence of the harm of sitting. Not only is it making you fatter, it might also be making you dumber.

Sabine Schaefer, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Germany, recently looked at the effect of walking on working memory. Your mother may have warned you not to walk and chew gum at the same time, but when Schaefer compared the performance of both children and young adults on a standard test of working memory when they were sitting with when they were walking, her results contradicted mom’s advice. The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest sums up the research results:

The headline finding was that the working memory performance of both age groups improved when walking at their chosen speed compared with when sitting or walking at a fixed speed set by the researchers. This was especially the case for more difficult versions of the working memory task, and was more pronounced among the children than the adults. So, this would appear to be clear case of mental performance actually being superior in a dual-task situation.

Or in other words, rather than assume that walking while thinking splits your mental and physical resources, leaving less to devote to each, the scientists actually found “an increase in arousal or activation associated with physical activity… which then can be invested into the cognition,” according to the paper reporting the research. Walking increases your resources of energy, which you can then invest in thinking.

Why didn’t walking at “fixed speed” have the same effect on working memory as walking at the subjects’ preferred pace? The scientists speculate that, “walking at the fixed speed, which was considerably slower than the preferred speed in both age groups, might simply not have been fast enough to increase arousal sufficiently to achieve an effect,” or that the need to “pay some attention to adjusting one’s walking speed to the speed of the treadmill” interfered with the main memory task.

Of course, not every mental activity can or should be performed while walking, but this new research reinforces anecdotal evidence and other research findings that suggest being too tightly chained to our desks is bad for our minds as well as our physical health. Science shows we often have creative breakthrough when our minds are disengaged from the problem we’re wrestling with, hence the common experience of getting great ideas while relaxing in the shower.

Getting up for a walk or a jog is another way to achieve this sort of head space–after all, it worked for Einstein and Charles Darwin. (Beer, apparently, also helps.) Other studies have demonstrated that even five minutes outside in nature can improve your mood and self-esteem.

21
Jul

What measures can be taken to curb the attrition?

Human resources account for roughly 30% of total costs in a BPO and with the attrition rate at around 40% (on the upper side), companies would have to utilize their manpower efficiently if they have to be competitive. BPO Firms have a very high attrition rate which reflects on the poorly expenditure sheet of the company as well as on the project deadlines. Employee attrition is the real threat in any organization. There are many reasons why employees choose to move on to other companies, sometimes leaving their present company in the lurch.

To find out the reason and the solutions for employee attrition we need to calibrate the agenda. Some of the responses we received are:

  • Recruit the right person to begin with: this is not necessarily the nicest person or even the one with relevant experience of ALL aspects of the job on offer, but should be someone with the potential to do a good job and who will be stretched at least a little by the job (if they have any drive and the job is just more of what they have done before, they will leave). On the other hand, if the job is a boring, repetitive one, then look for someone who takes a pride in doing their job well but doesn’t need variety or a challenge.
  • While you are recruiting, think about what they are going to get out of the job: there is no point in recruiting someone very ambitious if you know you are not going to be able to offer them the challenges, variety or promotions they need,.
  • Once you have appointed someone, take some care over developing an induction which will make them feel welcome and provide them with essential information. There is some research which says that as many as 25% of new starters decide, on their first day, that they will not stay with the organization – what a waste of time and effort to recruit someone who has no interest in the organization right from the start!
  • Don’t overwhelm people with information but do make sure that they know how to get about the premises and where the facilities are; for example, where do they leave their personal belongings, do they have to bring their own refreshments or does the organization provide drinks, etc., where are the toilets (no-one wants to feel like a school child having to ask if it’s OK to leave their desk and where is the cloakroom on their first day in a new job), are car parking spaces available and do they have to park in a specific place, how to get into the buildings if, for example, there are key-pads on the doors which require a code to be entered. The list is long, but thinks about all the things you probably take for granted but that a new person can’t be expected to know.

You could appoint a ‘buddy’ to befriend them on the first day or two, introduce them to people and show them round. A friendly face is always welcome.

Make sure new starters know where to find the company’s policies and procedures and try to give them a little time to familiarize themselves with them. Once you have recruited and inducted your employee, give them some responsibility and give them the training to be able to do the job well. It is also important to ensure your managers are trained to manage well: surveys suggest that many more people leave because of their line managers than because they don’t like their companies.

Ensuring that people are treated consistently (not necessarily the same, but any differences in treatment should be for a good, and preferably transparent, reason) and with respect also helps, as does giving them information about the company (before they hear misleading gossip on the grapevine) and ensuring at least one senior manager always has his or her door open to employees who want to discuss their concerns.

Staff surveys and staff/management consultation groups can also help to identify potential problems before they cause people to leave.

About me
Creative-Enthusiastic-Positive and People oriented HR Professional. My 10 years in HR as an assistant, then generalist, and now manager, have allowed me to grow and develop professionally and as a leader. Currently I am working as a Sr. Human Resource Consultant with few Start-ups. I am helping them Strategically in building best HR Practices. I have experience in below areas of Human Resource – Talent Acquisition (Recruitment & Selection), HR Policies & Procedures, Talent Management (HR Generalist), Performance Management System and Training & Development.
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