Great people make great organizations. This is universally true, no matter what kind of business the organization does, and what its size. Having great people in organizations is like a sportsman having an optimum level of fitness. Just like how injuries or illnesses impede her ability to…Continue
Added by kate smith on August 11, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments
Leadership, as we all know well, is the biggest factor in an organization. It is the most significant ingredient in an organization’s success or failure. An organization is known by its leadership ability, just as a nation, too, is known by it. Some organizations, like nations, have shown exemplary…Continue
Added by kate smith on August 10, 2017 at 5:46am — No Comments
Workplace violence is one of the most serious issues facing the American workforce. Workplace violence manifests itself in a multitude of ways. Threatening to carry out or carrying out an act of physical violence, intimidating, harassing or disrupting the activities of colleagues at the workplace come under…Continue
Added by kate smith on August 9, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments
Ransomware is a malicious software that attacks the vital IT systems of organizations. Most ransomware attacks come in the form of normal mails, eliciting that the user open an attachment. When unsuspecting employees or individuals do so, the virus blocks their access to files in the system. The attackers unlock or release the access to the files only when the ransom, usually in the form of money, is transferred to their account through surreptitious means. Hence the name.
Added by kate smith on August 8, 2017 at 5:49am — No Comments
The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) can be a good metric to have in an organization. It is not really a new concept, as it has been in use for about a quarter of a century, when the Harvard Business Review published a paper on this topic from Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton. Initially developed by these two; the BSC was hailed for introducing the human element in conjunction with the financial aspects of the organization, calling for alignment between the two disciplines. This fusion was…Continue
Added by kate smith on August 7, 2017 at 7:09am — No Comments
Let’s admit it. Not all bosses and coworkers are pleasant. Many are, but many others are offensive, uncooperative, jealous, rancorous, cantankerous and what not. In workplaces, in which we spend a major part of our lives, having to deal with these kinds of people is necessary, because it is unavoidable. People have given up their jobs or changed the track of their professions only because of such colleagues at the workplace.
This kind of situation is certainly not a very likeable one,…Continue
Added by kate smith on August 4, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments
No organization can be more blessed than those whose employees want to contribute their best and feel excited and motivated to come to work, are absorbed in the work they are doing, and feel like giving new and fresh ideas that work. Employees who go out of their way and…Continue
Added by kate smith on August 3, 2017 at 7:11am — No Comments
Most managers and employees learn the skills related to their work and try to excel there. While there is no argument on the need for this, there are a few special skills that employees at all levels, be it managers or the sub staff, need to learn and be familiar with. It is a skill that is useful to such an extent that the organization that imparts these skills can save itself from physical ruin and save its employees’ lives.
What is this skill that it so important? It is the…Continue
Added by kate smith on August 2, 2017 at 5:17am — No Comments
With telecommuting and remote working gaining in popularity as a mode of work; it is essential for managers today to add one more skill to their resume: the ability to manage remotely located teams effectively. This ability is not rocket science or a faculty present in only select individuals. It can be developed over time, with practice and persistence.
When managed efficiently, telecommuting is a great benefit to organizations, as employees will be working in a more…Continue
Added by kate smith on August 1, 2017 at 5:50am — No Comments
Managing workflows is a serious talent. Managers and many other employees are required to handle umpteen tasks, all of which need to be completed at more or less the same time. When tasks are scheduleding tightly, most of the doer’s attention is concentrated purely on getting the job done. This is no doubt important, but most people do not plan for a contingency.
Whenever jobs or tasks are lined up in close…Continue
Added by kate smith on July 31, 2017 at 6:03am — No Comments
Meetings, meetings and meetings. Many organizations seem to have unlimited numbers of meetings all day, to such an effect that meetings have more often than not become the butt of office ridicule. Many jokes about the total waste of time that meetings do the rounds. Sample a few of them:
We will continue having lots of meetings until we find out why no work is getting done.
Lonely? Don’t like your work? Then call for a meeting. You can see people drawing pictures and…Continue
Added by kate smith on July 28, 2017 at 5:00am — No Comments
Onboarding starts with the induction of the new hires. It includes their acclimatization with all the important aspects of the new organization, such as the business, the organizational culture, the people, and the environment. Since onboarding is such an important activity; it is not right to think that it is just yet another of the many tasks that HR does. It goes a lot more beyond paperwork and…Continue
Added by kate smith on July 27, 2017 at 6:07am — No Comments
A 100-employee business spends an average downtime of 17 hours a week on just clarifying communications. In the process, it ends up losing over half a million dollars annually on this exercise. The reason: Lack of effective communication. This is at the heart of the problems that most organizations face. About 70% of small to mid-size businesses admit that communication is their primary problem.
Added by kate smith on July 26, 2017 at 7:36am — No Comments
Getting emails announcing that you have been selected as a winner of an online lottery from a distinguished company and will be winning millions of dollars is an almost quotidian occurrence. While the fact that people do send out such mails in this age is surprising; what is even more surprising is that many…Continue
Added by kate smith on July 25, 2017 at 7:09am — No Comments
Employee handbooks are a great way for organizations to state their policies vis-à-vis employee behavior. On the one hand, they are a simple and reliable guide to letting employees and other people connected to the organization in one or another way about many aspects of the organization’s…Continue
Added by kate smith on July 24, 2017 at 6:58am — No Comments
Dealing with the Resident and Non Resident Alien Payroll is a different ball game compared to other usual payrolls. When it comes to the payroll, the laws that apply when making payments to an alien are different from those pertaining to a non-alien. Further, there is a difference in the application of laws for resident alien and nonresident aliens.
An alien is one who, under the immigration laws, is…Continue
Added by kate smith on July 21, 2017 at 6:33am — No Comments
As professionals, we seem to be hard-pressed for time always. We seem to be running from one task to another and seem to be racing against time during most of our activities. Though this situation seems to be the case with most people around the world, some people have the talent of managing time better.
What makes them different? How do they leverage time better, when we all have the same 24 hours in a day? Is there a way to manage time more efficiently? Is it a skill that is…Continue
Added by kate smith on July 20, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments
Isn’t pay essentially about statistics, since pay programs are designed and administered around math, which is central to pay, right from the structure to the analysis of data?
Statistics has a vital role to play in compensation. Statistics professionals and practitioners have to possess the nous needed…Continue
Added by kate smith on July 19, 2017 at 7:25am — No Comments
Influence is one of the biggest factors in both our personal as well as professional lives. It is but natural that we get influenced in one or another, direct or indirect manner. The members of the family we grow up in and the people in the neighborhood or the school are some of the sources that influence…Continue
Added by kate smith on July 18, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments
College courses or MBA seldom teach us is how to conduct and manage difficult conversations. Managing these difficult conversations is all the more important in an economy that is becoming highly competitive and is consistently keeps pushing the workforce to higher levels of performance. This pressure brings about an increased sense of anxiety among workers. Managers and supervisors at all levels are finding themselves in situations where they must take their reportees into…Continue
Added by kate smith on July 17, 2017 at 6:12am — No Comments