All Things Career and HR
Once an HR professional, almost always an HR professional. Branching out and starting my own consultancy now has given me the added advantage of working with a variety of industries and their HR challenges.
I am passionate about Talent Management, especially Career Development, Performance Management and Employee On-boarding . I also share practical information about Recruitment, Job search, Employee-Employer relationship and other workplace topics. My posts have been quoted by multiple sites and business magazines.
Here are links to some of my posts from PayScale, LinkedIn, Business Insider. For more recent posts, click here.
Working for a micro-manager is frustrating and stressful, and can make it hard to get anything done. The first step toward improving the situation is understanding why your manager acts the way he does. From there, you can learn how to adjust your own behaviors in order to take back your time and enjoy your work again. More
You’re excited about your new offer. It’s with a good company and in your field of interest. You just need to sign a few documents here, a few contract forms there, and you’re ready for a new beginning. But there’s this one other document, a non-compete agreement, which you stumble upon just as you’re getting ready to turn in all your forms. What does it mean if you sign, and what can you do to protect yourself? More
Most companies have a rigorous annual performance review and a softer half-yearly check-in, just to see how things are going. You, as an employee, have a lot riding on the performance management process of your company. That number or letter you get at the end of the year decides your raise or your next promotion, and possibly the next career move you want to make. So how can you make the system work for you? More
When you are negotiating your salary for a new job, don’t just focus on base pay. Look for these additional factors that could impact your take-home salary and savings. More
According to a 2011 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 51 percent of organizations surveyed reported that there had been incidents of bullying in their workplace. Here’s how you, as a manager, can prevent bullying and make your office a healthier, happier environment. More
If you’re having trouble motivating to go to work in the morning, you might hate your job — or you might be the victim of workplace bullying. Anyone can be a bully at work, whether it’s a boss or a co-worker or a client. If you’re a target, it’s important to recognize your situation and respond appropriately, in order to minimize the damage to your psyche and career. More
Spending most of the day at work could lead to relationships beyond the professional kind. CareerBuilder’s annual survey on office romance found nearly two in five (38 percent) US workers have dated someone who worked for the same company, and 16 percent said they have done so more than once. But office romance is very complicated and risky, especially if the relationship doesn’t end well. More
Relocating for a job, crossing borders and settling into new cultures is the norm now. But even so, changing geographies – is a big deal whatever your lifestyle; whether you are single or with a family. While a new geography means broader exposure, global experience, personal and professional enrichment; it also means moving away from your comfort zone, starting from scratch and in many cases, rebuilding your personal and professional connections. More
Whether you are new to the organization or to a new geography, (please refer to my previous post on job relocation here), understanding your new environment, work culture, spoken and unspoken codes of conduct are important aspects of settling in. Even as you learn about your new job, here are a few tips that could help you settle down faster. More
Work-life balance could mean different things to different people. It’s never too late or too early to define your priorities and create clear boundaries around them, so that you are able to maintain a near perfect (nothing really is perfect now, is it?) balance in life. Because, as Nigel Marsh, author of Fat Forty and Fired,says, “If you don’t design your life, someone else will design it for you, and you may just not like their idea of balance.” More
The Human Resources department can be as strategic or as tactical as the organization empowers it to be. The scope and delivery of the department depends largely on the freedom and autonomy it is entrusted with. More