Author: Somesh Kaashyap

Freelance jobs on a rise in India

SUKRITI YADUWANSHI More than 50% of the working population in India comprises of the millennials. The ‘TimesJobs Hiring & Engaging Gen Z’ survey suggests that employees of the current generation prefer that their work is digitalised, and this is driving them towards freelancing. The millennial employees prefer flexibilities at work hours or even best – working from home. This...

Leadership lessons for 2018: Avoid these 5 traits that make you a bad leader

AKANKSHA.PRIYA Who does not want be a ‘great’ leader? Be it work or life – most of us harbour a desire to be an effective and popular leader. While one must certainly strive to be ‘that’ leader, it also helps to know the qualities that are required to be a good leader. Many of the world’s greatest leaders, in both business and in life, share many common traits t...

Mercer joins hands with edX to provide online learning solutions to employers

Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth, and career, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: MMC), and edX, the leading nonprofit online learning destination, announced today that they have formed a strategic alliance bringing together Mercer’s consulting expertise in helping organizations build their workforce for the future with e...

Here’s how Marvel Series can teach you work-life lessons too.

 By Akanksha Priya Are you a huge fan of Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Doctor Strange and other Marvel Series heroes? They can teach you a great deal about being extraordinary at work too. Let’s take a look at how you can use their inspiration to empower your day to day work-life: Spider-Man “With great power, comes great responsibility” Spider-Man...

Does your job require frequent traveling? Know these disadvantages too

AKANKSHA.PRIYA Many jobs require one to travel frequently. This can be on account of finishing business, expanding business, closing sales calls, expanding network, meeting or other purposes. The professions that include a lot of traveling are sales, computer technologists, high-level contract negotiators, event planners/managers, accountants and auditors of all kinds, and public relations etc. Th...

Hiring a Leader: The role of a business leader

Sanjay Kumar , CEO, Elior It is a moot point whether leaders are born or made, but there is no denying – at least in the modern-day business environment – that it is their responsibility to develop future leaders, who will go on to assume positions of increasing complexity and scope. We are fast and approaching a demographic tipping point – baby boomers are exiting the workforce ...

5 ways to make the most of a networking event

Networking events can often be very useful for meeting new people and expanding your professional contact base, but such program are not just about exchanging business cards and shaking hands. Brinda Dasgupta talks to experts to find out how to turn meetings with people at networking events into lasting professional relationships. Do Your Research Knowing the background of the speakers and other a...

5 ways to improve team morale after disappointing appraisals

When the annual performance rating or salary revision is not up to an employee’s expectations, it may impact morale and lead to lower productivity at the workplace. Brinda Dasgupta finds out ways for senior leaders to keep employees engaged at such times and help them maintain their enthusiasm for work. Keep open communication Reinforcing the contribution of employees is key. “Highligh...

You can withdraw EPF for treatment without doctor certificate

NEW DELHI: Over four crore members of the retirement fund body EPFO can now withdraw funds from their EPF account for the treatment of illness and purchasing equipment to deal with handicap without medical certificates. The Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme 1952 is amended to do away with the requirement of submission of various certificates and proforma for seeking advance for treatment of i...

To tap into Gen Y ideas, leaders become mentees

MUMBAI | NEW DELHI: Last July, Pepsi-Co India launched YCom — a forum of millennial elected by their own members — as a parallel board to the executive committee. The aim was to ensure that Generation Y has a strong say in decisions that shape the company’s future. Since then, YCom has been working on various areas, including reverse mentoring the executive committee on digital technologies....

Five ways to stop being a populist at workplace

People become associated with taking on heavy workloads and being pushovers, which makes other colleagues take advantage of their willing attitude. Brinda Dasgupta brings you tips from experts on how to stop being a populist at work. 1) Recognize the Symptoms If you are constantly saying ‘yes’ to work when you actually should say ‘no’, you will only encourage this to happen...

Five ways to make a complacent team member work harder

A complacent employee is one who is satisfied and comfortable with the way things are progressing, and does not want to take initiative to make them better. Such an employee exists within a false sense of security and misplaced comfort, and can be detrimental to the overall functioning of the team. Brinda Dasgupta offers tips from experts on how a leader can nudge a complacent team member to work ...