Health of HR Personnel | Why is it important

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Health is very important for any human being, we all agree. However, when it comes to corporate world, health of Human Resource becomes very important for the organization, for so many reasons. And when I say health, here I mean mental and physical, both. An Human Resource professional should be mentally & physically fit to function as the HR personnel. Here’s why:

Mental Health : Happiness Quotient

If an HR personnel is not happy himself/herself, it would be difficult for the person to manage grumpy employees, which by the way are always found around you anyway! Now happiness is a sate of mind, we all have heard of this. Practically speaking, happiness depends on lot of things and people around us. Family, friends, unknown people on the road, that security guard at the office gate, annoying office boy, colleagues and bosses! Adding to it, the things like a problematic shower nozzle in the bathroom, distasteful breakfast or no breakfast, the boring radio stations while on way to work, honking horns, irritating traffic, no parking slot, unclean desk etc. Any of these things and people qualify for a person to switch off instantly.

On top of it, imagine, if the person is already upset because of something that happened at home and he is running late to reach office and then something very silly happens while on the way or upon reaching office, tada, that is enough to set the person on fire!

Physical Health : Fitness Quotient

Now, when I say fitness, it does not only mean being slim trim and having cellulite free body. Fitness means, the real sense fitness, of mind and soul and eventually the body. If you have adopted an exercise regime, nothing like it, stick to it! If you haven’t but you are able to score better on fitness quotient, you’re still doing great.

Fitness, also means that your entire body is in right shape right from your hair, skin, teeth and the likes. Imagine, what does a bad hair day, like literally, does to you? What does a bad tooth ache do to you? What effect does that silly tiny zit on your nose has on you? These things might sound very normal in a person’s life but are significant enough to pull you down with your confidence and mood in a jiffy!

So mental and physical health of HR matters and makes a huge difference in his/her behavior at work. It affects the way he/she deals with the employees. It is as simple as that, if your life is set, if you are happy, you see the problems from a different perspective, based on which the solutions you would think of,would differ, your actions will emit positive energy and your decisions will bring in collaboration.

And it is not surprising to know that how these two quotients are closely connected to each other. If you’re eating healthy, sleeping well and smiling adequately, your brain is getting exercised inescapably. And if your brain is oiled everyday, the benefits you will reap out of it are profuse, you will enjoy your day, your work, engaging in discussions, meeting people, resolving their issues, finding out right ways, and more importantly fret less or not at all.

The below info-graphic sums it up accurately:

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So brace yourselves up, get up and get going. Eat healthy, catch good habits, stay fit and be merry. Once you are all that, you’ll never forget to spread the cheer, positivism and peace around you! The most needed for an HR personnel to do so, right?

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All In A Day, In One Life!

Read one of the tweets today which said “Constantly awed by women who manage kids, a job, workout, travel, parties, books and social media. Even listing all that tired me out” 

 

 

It made me think for a while, for the very reason that I kind of fall in this category. I work full time, a mother to a 4 years old with whom I craft & paint & read, I write blogs, attend tweets chats, have friends in life with whom I party and plan holidays, have a husband, of course, who apparently has no complaints of me not able to give him time 😉 , and I keep time for myself for reading books, reviewing them on my blog and well, that majorly sums my whole life.

The point is not that I’m doing so much. The point here is, yes there are people who manage their life, as they want to, in an easy manner and are mostly successful at it.

So how do people manage having everything, when we’ve been brought up on the ideology that you can’t have everything ?

I think the magic lies in keeping a goal of balancing everything and not to have everything! Some things that come to my mind, that I follow to achieve things that I want from my life are these:

Prioritize: I know, this is very commonly spoken about and must have umpteen articles and how-tos  about it on the Internet. But the problem is we all know, but we don’t really prioritize. There will always be 10 things expected out of you at the workplace in a day. There will be 5 things every day on your mind to be done in your personal life. And the fact remains, not all days it would be possible to achieve all those 15 things. So, the first thing we need to be really clear about is acceptance. Acceptance of the fact that there is only limited you can do, not because you are incapable of it but because not all tasks are under your control. Lot of tasks at workplace will have dependency on others, lot of commitments in personal life will have importance of other person’s availability. So, we need to accept that out of 10 only those which hold top priority of being done the same day should appear in your to-do list for that day. Also, you might as well be a great multi-tasker, but don’t over do it. Pay attention to each task likewise. This will save your time, I’m sure.

Plan: I think planning well and in advance really really plays an important role. Of course for impromptu tasks/events you can’t do much but if your other tasks are well planned, you are still better of of the sudden situation coming your way! Keep space for these uncalled for events in personal life or meetings in professional. And please make sure your planned activities should be timed, breaking the timeliness creates spillage of tasks and that’s where the mess begins!

 

List: You should list down your tomorrow’s task prior. If today you list down the things you need to do tomorrow in office, you’ll be in better shape to judge and commit for your personal things for tomorrow, vice versa too. Once the list is made, it gets glued to your mind, so you are aware that you can’t over commit or fit some extra tasks or maybe just take a break from office, nice feast right? 🙂

 

Image result for youYou: Never ever forget, in all this drill of managing home & office, it is  you who is important. Don’t let the YOU get lost in this whirlwind of life. Things will take place, time will run at its own pace, don’t miss to pay attention to what your YOU needs. Communicate with yourself, listen to your needs, there will be times when you’ll need a break from everything, give that to yourself, your deserve it! Your hobbies & interests are very important and should get listed in your life, as one of the priorities!

Feel: Finally, anything and everything can be done only if you really really feel passionate for it! If you are not passionate about it, you don’t want it. Its that simple !! So feel passionate for your work, your life, your kids and your spouse. All these complete you as a person. They are important ingredients that will help you live your life to the fullest! And most importantly, know your passion 🙂

I think it is very easy to balance, just that we need to know the knack of it all. Don’t challenge yourself, there is no competition of who is doing how much in their lives. It is about you as an individual, and as much you can do, is good for you. And if you cannot, don’t feel bad just because someone else can do greater than you 🙂

Live Lively, Feel Happy!

DIY Happiness Project : Bye Bye Stress!

Life’s short, we all have heard of this and know it very well! We’ve lots to do in this ‘short’ life and the time is always running out. It brings frowns on our faces, gathers on our foreheads and shoots up our blood pressure at times. In the recent past there have been many cases in corporate world, typically in IT industry, where in people have given up due to work pressures, some succumb to ill health and some to the extent of heart failures or brain haemorrhage

When I go through such news / statistics, I feel dejected, sad. There are pretty simple things that we as human beings need to do for our own peace of mind and happiness.

Work pressures will always be there, targets will always try to get you, bosses will always hover on your head and you’ll always run short of time! So, in this rush all you’ve to do is to just follow basic steps:

 

 

Smile: Smiling, is the least you can do to help yourself stay light and happy! Believe it or not, term it clichéd, but smiling makes things better if not right! Smile, it is free of cost!

 

 

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Music: Listen to your fav music, every day! You can do it while on your commute, when you’re at home after work. Even if it is for 15-20 mins, do it! The lyrical waves touch your senses and make you feel good from within, quite like alcohol 😉 but way better option than that! Music is the healer!

Deactivate: A yet another simple step towards happiness and attaining “nirvana” (pun intended) !! Deactivate that office email from your pretty expensive smart device, phone! It is very simple: You leave office, you should leave your work behind. If there is a dire need, people will dial your number. So, why do you need to carry your office to home and then give space for family/friends to complain? Your phone can be used for booking movie tickets or reading a book, explore that!

Detach: When in office, you are your designation. Like Manager, Supervisor, Team Lead, Executive etc. Once you step out, you become you, the person. Like Nupur or Ankit or Divya or Amit etc. The moment you detach your personality from your designation, you are out of the internal conflict within you and your life is simplified! Don’t take your ego to work and don’t bring your conflicts home!

Neither work is life nor life is work! It is a means of living but not the only thing to live by! We work for earning money, maintain our sanity and use & enhance our knowledge and experience. Let’s not change the purpose of working as ‘calling for ill health or losing mental peace’ !!!!

Follow these religiously for one month and see the difference, you’ll love yourself for making time for your family & friends and more importantly keeping yourself happy 🙂

 

Happy Working!!!

A mother : An HR Manager & A child : An employee ?

We all have known this fact and have many a times seen and experienced it that whatever the mother does or feels or thinks it all gets reflected on the baby who is still in the embryo. It moulds the baby’s nature and likes and dislikes to some extent. Hence it is advised to always be happy,think right,eat healthy and stay away from fights or some abnormal happenings in life.


The moment the baby is out in this world,it starts taking inputs from it’s surroundings..the people around and the environment plays an important role in the making of the tiny human being into a person who would be certain X or Y when he or she grows up. Children do pick up a lot from the elders around and again the elders are supposed to be careful to not fight in front of the children or not misbehave in any manner.Also to spread positivity and teach children good things and give them a wise school of thought !

Come to the corporate world. It matters a lot on how the way the employees have been brought up in their respective families and the culture and environment where they have matured.Secondly, it surely matters more as to how the HR manager is dealing with the employees and what level of maturity does the manager posses. Though you might argue that not every employee reports in to the company’s HR manager. Agreed,totally ! 

But I strongly feel that the attitude of an HR manager towards the organisation and it’s functioning matters a lot as to how employees perceive their contribution to the organisation. And employees will always look upto to the HR department in totality to learn or unlearn.Employees when not happy with their reporting managers or being at a cross with their managers,come running to the HR only.That’s the only place they have to come to..and if they are not being treated properly or consoled they will find a way out..that is exit the organisation for lack of understanding and care required from the company as a whole !

And there are times when you really need to pamper your employees and at the same time keep them walking on the tight rope of performance and targets…just like a mother does to her child..a balancing act of pamper and restrictions.

If an HR manager starts thinking in this manner,I guess lot of attitude problems will be solved at the surface level only. An HR is the woman of the family [organisation] who has all the strings and he/she has to be super careful before pulling or releasing any string ! 

For applying this thought one has to be totally committed to the organisation,which ironically is a rare thing these days !


MANAGEMENT Re-defined





Ever wondered what does ‘management’ really mean ?  May be some of you will tell me the famous answers stated till date for the M word.Let’s get the basic meaning here.

MANAGEMENT = Manage Men + Tactfully

Sounds right ? I’m sure it’s not taught in any class or is not mentioned in any syllabus book. Where did I get to know the hidden meaning of the word ‘management’? Well, honestly I don’t remember but I had heard it from someone almost 4 years back now…Point is I remember the meaning till date and I’m sure it’s stuck in my mind for ever !


A correction I would want to make here-in understanding the lingo-is that it means that manage men as in people,yes that means women too get counted in this phrase,for sure !


What people do in management meetings is something like this:

Or may be this:


But do you really think what exactly happens in those management meetings ? I have heard my employees saying that the meeting is nothing but a time-off for the senior officials to spend in a closed room where they get to talk about the weather,gossips,chai-biscuits and some news here and there. Of course,the tone is funnily sarcastic while saying this. But If you really think deep you will agree that the employees,specially the dissatisfied ones in the org,will always wonder as to what’s going in the meeting ? Am I being discussed ? Will my hike get affected by this discussion ? etc.


So to that I only want to say that yes,those meetings are really important.Not a time-off for the officials to chit-chat. There are business decisions taken and the future of entire organisation is planned and mapped inside. An employee needs to understand that his / her hike is dependent on the performance and not what the officials are doing inside the meetings rooms ! 


Playing the blame game

Have received this in an email and thought of sharing it here.. Must be an old carton strip doing rounds but those of you who haven’t checked it yet here it goes…

It only makes me wonder that do whatever it finally points to HR department ! I had a professor in MBA college who always used to tell us students that ‘There will always be an employee at your desk cribbing about something or the other and putting the whole blame on HR for that matter..so then be it a personal problem or whatsoever’. That time we used to wonder as to why our prof is saying this and we also used to think,sometimes,that we have chosen a wrong specialization ! But today when I have worked in corporate world I have realized and understood what prof meant when he had made that statement ! To quote one simple experience from my work-life..

I was generally chatting with one of the trainees in the office one day and catching upon his where abouts..[generally I believe in taking that simple ‘hi-hello’ morning round in the office at all work desks which keeps me updated about what’s the mood of the day of employees-Taken this from my ex-HOD] So while I was chatting with this ‘bacchu’ [term given by me to all the junior / trainee employees] we came to the topic of him having any girl friend in life.here is the piece of conversation:
Him: Nope 😦 [making sad face]
I: Oh why ?
Him: Because of HR !
I: [startled look] How ?
Him: Because you are not recruiting more people so we are loaded with so much work hence no time to go out and make GF !
A few days later when I bump into him again heres how we had a discussion:
I: So what’s up ? Now you have more team members in the project.Hows everything ?
Him: Oh very well !
I: [teasingly] So, now do you have a GF since you have time ?
Him: Oh no ! How can I ?
I: Oh ? Now what’s the issue ?
Him: Well, HR is not paying us well so how can I afford a GF !

So that’s it ! HR is the best bet to put blames on for anything and everything under the sun ! 🙂

Friendships in corporate world-A yes or A no ?

Friendships are bound to happen in any organizational set-up. No matter how much you tell yourself right from the start that ‘this is the professional set-up and no getting emotionally entangled here’ you are bound to make friends and not only that but get emotionally involved too. I won’t blame anyone here. Since this is a tendency of human nature. We human beings are bound to get into relationships at every corner or our life journey. Where we fail is to draw the line and keep things separate. If one is able to do that perfectly than nothing like it.
Point in case here is: Two college best buddies land up in the same organization and one is into HR and other is into specialized domain of the company from ‘finance’ as PG specialization. Both the friends are talented and equally good in their respective fields.
Over a period of time they both make a mistake. They fail to draw that ‘thin’ line between personal and professional and that’s where the process of drifting away started.
If you haven’t guessed it already let me tell you. It all goes around the promotions which take place in the organization one ‘appraisal cycle’. The HR friend obviously gets involved into the matter with a personal touch and the other friend doesn’t trust the HR friend totally! The case is spoiled. The results are clear. The other friend has to leave the company and go. Though the HR friend survives in the company due to the sincerity and the hard work but had put the reputation on stake for getting the ‘finance’ friend a promotion!
Two things that I think went wrong in this case:
One- HR friend should have not crossed the professional line to reach to the personal side and put her image at stake (which fortunately was saved due to the goodwill she had earned)
Two-Finance friend should have trusted her HR friend and should have taken the process as guided by the HR friend-After all if HR is involved-it knows the process best!
There is one more angle to this case which I don’t put as a reason why this chaos happened but could be the reason of all this rut starting actually. Both friends were girls! I hope I don’t have to explain further what I want to say here.
Since we are on friendships within the organization I would want to quote one more case and a discussion point here.
It’s about two colleagues-working in the same team- who turn out to be best friends over a period of time working together. Let’s call them N and S. They have the finest co-ordination and can work together for hours and efficiently. Also these friends are the best performers of the team. Both of them kept together are equal to 4 people in a team. So this is the chemistry they share work wise and personally too.
N leaves the organization for good and without disputes. Of course there is this insecure feeling for S in the organization and also the desire to excel and work like earlier times is slowly fading. Also both of them being together were much stronger a team than singlet. So one fine day, soon after N’s departure, S decides that she too wants to quit get into a new work place and environment. Not only because N is no more in the team but due to some team problems also creeping in slowly. May be these problems were always there but S never noticed them or may be never had time to pay a heed to them!
Okay so S decides to leave and wants her resume to be revamped. She approaches N for the same-they being buddies it was obvious!  They both work together on S’s resume.
Now the points to ponder and question are:
One-Do you think one should totally ignore the other team members and stick to only one of the friends always?
Two-Is right to make a resume of another person? (I mean not saying guiding in making the resume but actually making the resume) Shouldn’t it be the persons’ task, to make the resume, which is going to face the interview?
Three- Is changing job just because your friend is not working anymore with your in the team a right decision? Or leaving the organization because there are some problems creeping in the team?