Second Innings @ Ex-Employer? What should be your strategy?

Second Innings! Not an unfamiliar tag these days in corporate world. There are many professionals who tend to go back to their previous employer and start their second innings. Sometimes, even a third one! Why they leave is a separate story in itself but when they decide to rejoin, that’s when some things become very important and should be paid attention to. It certainly feels nice to re-join an organization where one worked earlier and enjoyed the stint. I’m saying enjoyed, since that should be the major deciding point where in one decides to come back to the same organization, unless of course there is a dire need to without being mentally prepared!

So while you may bask in the glory of rejoining your old employer and feel at home, once again, there are few things you should keep a tab on and always bear in your mind to have a successful journey the second time as well!

1. Never show-off. That you’ve been here, so you know anything and everything about the organization. You must be right that you know lot of things, but since you left there were others who took over and there sure are changes taken place, howsoever tiny those are. Never keep bragging about your times in the organization, you may mention some things here and there, aptly fitting the conversation but the tone and intention should not be to show-off!

2. Respect the changes. Don’t say it was better earlier or don’t give an expression as if the changes are good for nothing. People who made the changes, certainly have some reasons behind it, try and understand them. Soak the new environment, be happy that you are back to your  organization and the only purpose you should carry is to take it to the next level, not go back to where it was!

3. Keep a collaborative approach. Never try to show an one-upmanship just because you’ve been there earlier and you are a know-all. You might be wrong in assuming that you are well aware of all things taking place under the roof, there might be things which exist now that you are not aware of. After all processes change, people change and the relationships change too!

4. Be ready to unlearn and re-learn. Don’t think that you need nothing to learn in the organization like policies, processes etc. Show the readiness to unlearn and relearn. This will show a positive side of yours and people will be more than welcoming to have you in their team. Collaborative approach always wins hearts and makes it easy for everyone to gel well and work together.

5. Be humble. Don’t use big names and say they know you so well that it will be easy for you to get through the maze of processes. Respect processes. It is about respecting your organization. Let those big names also respect your humbleness!

So get set to re-join your ex-employer. Have a fruitful and lovely stay, yet again! Good Luck!

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!!!

What’s your morning energy?

Every one of us is either a morning or an afternoon or a night person. Which means our energies are majorly focused at a particular time of the day as compared to the entire day.

I’m a night person if I’ve to consider 24 hours. At work I’m a morning person. I like reaching office as early as possible, when very few, or almost none is present. I like to have an hour or so for myself, to organize my day’s plan, prioritize my lists and look at the golden morning sun which is directly visible from my window.

<digression>By window I recall that so far, in my 9 years of work experience, I’ve been always lucky to have a seat near a window. Never asked for it, just got it 🙂 and have been thankful ! I love nature around while at work, which in concrete jungle is quiet unrealistic to wish for, which induces creative juices and positivity in my system!</digression>

I’ve not one but many times also found that in morning hours, I can accomplish 4 tasks in 2 hours as compared to 2 tasks in 4 hours (approximation) in the hustle of the peak hours.

Apart from the ‘silent me’ time at office at start of the day, I also want some energizing drink (don’t get me wrong peeps 😉 ) to accompany my fresh thoughts and pump ideas for the day. (To actually prove that I don’t mean anything else by ‘drink’ ,look at the picture below 🙂 )

Morning Cuppa Green Tea 🙂

So, here is my list of what I want at the start of the day:

-Nature

-Clear Desk

-Me Time

-Morning Cuppa

What energizes you in the morning,at work? Who / What are your sources of energies?

Manager: Don’t Mingle, Only Rule?

When it comes to being a Manager, a team leader, there are lot of dos and don’ts one is being told to follow.

A manager is a “person”, let us start from here. A person, who is a given a team to handle and to get the work done. The manager is responsible for enabling conducive environment in the team and maintaining the productive levels of the team members. The manager is a person the team members look up to for learning new things and practicing the existing.

Now in between all these roles, there is one more role a manager has to play and that is of being a mid hanger between the management and the team members as well as employees, yes I’m talking about an HR Manager here!

How does a manager motivate the team members? How does a manager bond well with the team members? Does a manager need to bond well with the team members at all? This could be a very subjective question as well as situation and persona dependent. Because behind every manager there is a personality which is functional. This personality has a great effect on how a manager conducts himself/herself and manages the team.

If one has to ask me, how I handle my team, I would say this:

-I balance: I pamper and I reprimand.

-I believe in giving freedom & space: Lining up the tasks and checking back on the deadline.

-I trust: To certain extent where team members know they cannot lie to me, in fact they need not lie to me!

-I mingle: I become like my team offline, on trips, on small vacations and on eat outs.

All this with a pinch of professionalism and boundaries. There is a very thin boundary line between a mingling manager and a professional strict manager. I do not believe in being only manager to my team. I want to connect at human level, know the person behind the role which helps me in understanding their potential and limitations. For me being a soft manager works well where in I don’t have to reprimand often and the work is done within stipulated deadlines.

There are times when I’ve been pointed out as the one who spoils the team rotten by pampering and being too soft. But as long as my team is working on my words and delivers on deadlines without fail and yet feel light and happy, my job is done! So be it because I’m a soft manager or whatever! The bottom line is met.

That said, there is no fixed formula by which one can manage the team all the time. There is some tweaking needs to be done in the way one handles the team, depending on the team members and the situation.

What is your idea of a good manager? Do you advocate maintaining distance and not mingling with the team offline? How do you get the team to trust you and follow?

Can HR have bad hair days?

We all know one of the greatest jobs for an HR professional at hand is ’employee grievance handling’. Addressing employee’s grievances is something that falls invariably under all the HR professionals umbrella and is an important task.

For any HR there are around, on an average, 200-300 employees (in a mid size organization) to handle directly. A huge team at hand and everyone has some or the other tiny / silly / serious / huge problem to share with HR. Also, with an expectation that HR will provide a solution and that too right away.

I enjoy being that ‘agony aunt’ for the employees around and I feel, from the bottom of my heart, that I was born to do this job. I’m happy most of the times I’m able to give satisfactory answers and doable solutions to the employees. I’m able to bring a smile on their faces and also make them feel comfortable and help them bounce back to their perky moods, feel motivated and get active and productive on job!!

But on the other hand, there are days and then there are days. An HR being a human being too, must go through bad hair days themselves, no? Has anyone thought of this? When in trouble, while feeling low, while feeling let down, whom does the HR approach? Where does the HR vent out? Who addresses HR’s grievances?

These questions cross my mind when once in a while I feel out of place. I feel where should I go and pour my heart out? Do you feel the same? Or do you always manage to be bubbly and have no bad hair days at work?

When I face the bad hair day, I usually prefer reading, listening to light music, shutting down work for a brief while, talking to employees around about them, calling mom 🙂 , eating chocolate!

On the contrary, do you even think the HR has the right to feel low, sad or demotivated?