Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Profit doesn't come in monetary terms only


Continued from part 3: Claustrophobic Environment can take a Toll on the Health of an Employee 

When I analyzed the situation I faced at my workplace I came up with these few points:-


1. Change the age-old practice of Restriction

The observation:- The age-old practice of keeping employees engaged in one particular domain of work for a long time creates a feeling of dissatisfaction and frustration among the workers. In this situation, if a newcomer comes and asks for more, the seniors get concerned. The management tries not to offend the seniors by giving the new employee the required exposure that would enhance his/her skills.

The solution:- Companies should arrange for new pieces of training at regular intervals to keep the employees engaged, up-to-date, and interested in their work. When seniors get to know new things they will invariably allow their juniors to do the same. This type of culture is seldom nurtured here.

Friday, 7 August 2020

Claustrophobic Environment can take a Toll on the Health of an Employee


Continued from Part 2: Self-Teaching was a Way to Attain My Moksha

Claustrophobic Environment took a Toll on My Health

The office premise where I used to work had a peculiar structure. The office space is divided into a two-storeyed one by using a false ceiling and floor to make way for more employees.

Employers of such companies surely love saving money! Even though they make crores of rupees at the end of the day, spending money after employee safety and comfort is a trivial matter to them.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Self-Teaching was a Way to Attain My Moksha


Continued from Part 1: Was your manager competent enough to guide you in building your career?

Self-Teaching was a Way to Attain My Moksha

Being a student of Eco-Stats-Maths and creative in nature I always wanted to work in a data-driven field related to advertising. Unfortunately, I never got any guru to guide me on my career path. I am a self-taught person who believed in rigorous self-teaching as a way to attain my moksha. I rigorously self-trained myself in these so that I could get a suitable job in the digital marketing field.

I took a four-year course in commercial and visual art from an Art College and then trained myself in Web designing and Multimedia. All these to make me understand the trade and how the whole thing works.

Friday, 17 July 2020

Was your manager competent enough to guide you in building your career?



I have had a few weird and unusual experiences in my life, especially, in the workplace. Those experiences compelled me to wonder about the work ethics that are followed in these places as many of such practices adversely affected my career as well as others too.

But before beginning what I endured let's read a story first:-

The Story of a gem-cutter


Once upon a time, there was a gem-cutter who was not so skilled in his trade. But he was a favorite of his master.

One day his master gave him a very precious stone to cut into a beautiful piece of jewel. The gem-cutter could not do it properly. He broke it into several pieces.

His master realized his mistakes and soon replaced him with a skilled one. The new gem-cutter collected the pieces of this broken gem and cut each one of them beautifully. They are now smaller in size but they shone brilliantly.

The mistake done by the jewel shop owner was that he relied on somebody based on favoritism and not on the skills he possessed to perform a task and this led to the disastrous result.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Three Signs Your Manager Demonstrates Toxic Behavior


When you first leave the professional world, you may want to become a good employee and do everything your boss tells you. But how do you know that your workplace and employer are toxic?

Sunday, 5 July 2020

When agency people could not find anything to undermine my merit, they looked for personality disorders.



Based on a true experience of a dedicated worker who just could not give up...

A few years back, I got a job as a social media executive in a reputed IT firm. I was chosen to work for them after successfully completing a course in digital marketing from the institution run by the same company. I was practically thrilled at first, but soon realized I had made a mistake. 


The beginning of the journey

Being a creative minded person I took a risk of training myself in commercial art even after completing post-graduation in Economics from a reputed university. At the time when all my friends have established themselves in their career path, I was still struggling to stand on my feet. Yet, I did not give up.

Before joining this new company, I was working as an advertisement professional and had already gained a fairly good level of experience (a total of 4 years) as a visualizer-cum-copywriter-cum-designer. My last drawn salary was 12K in hand. After 7 months of gap due to an accident, I was compelled to accept a meager salary of 8K in hand in this new firm. I had no choice, as I needed a job badly to finance my medical expenses.

I was told by my seniors that I had to work hard to prove my worth to the company. Then only my salary will be raised. I thought after years of exploitation in advertisement firms who were paying me less, I now will be able to prove my worth to the world. What a damn fool I was to believe in those sugarcoated words of my seniors! 

Because of my experiences in advertisement agencies, I was given the task of helping my senior designer in his assignments. I had to do visualization and make him design the posts accordingly, find the right images for him so that he can do the designs, and also do the pending works of him whenever he took leave.

Apart from that, I had to write tests for social media posts, design social media posts, conceptualize new campaigns for each and every project that came, check the social media content of other contributing content writers in my team, plan, distribute and execute the assignments, etc. Sometimes I was also given the assignments of other teams too when their designer or copywriter was absent. Practically I was working 24x7. But neither I complained nor did I give up. A salary of 8K was too little to motivate anybody in this field to work in this manner. But I did so to gain experience, improve my skills, and increase the salary to a level that is considered 'a standard'.

The ordeals begin

When I started excelling in my works, my seniors got frightened. They would device peculiar plans to distract me from my work. Plans like making noise while I am working, avoiding me when I am talking to them regarding work or any kind of normal discussion, hardly discussing with me about campaign ideation, etc. were executed. It was often observed that my senior designer would spend time gossiping with others. This led to a loss of time and workload used to build-up. I started feeling the pressure. Taking leaves without informing me was another plan devised by my designer. This would put me in an awkward position when the time for prompt delivery was needed. All I had to do was to speed up my service and do two different types of works parallelly. 

This resulted in both physical exhaustion and mental exhaustion. After around one year I started to realize that they were deliberately making me feel exhausted in this manner so that I feel compelled to put down my resignation. I hardly took leaves to relax as I observed that my team lead was not in favor of that before me completing the one year cycle. But she allowed the designer to take leaves often. This was nothing but to build-up more and more pressure on me. Yet, I did not give up.

When they could not find any other means to deter me from my dedication and the quality of work I delivered, they started irritating me in every possible means so that I feel uncomfortable and lose temper and they could prove I have a personality disorder. And that I am a rude person, misfit for that team, and incapable of handling certain situations. Yet, I did not give up.

My salary rose to 11K in hand after one year. But by that time I felt I need a break and some fresh new types of work. I requested my team lead to consider me for new types of assignments like SEO works and PPC works so that I could learn and deliver more. She refused several times. This broke my heart.

The feelings

You know when you give so much to your team and your team lead refuse to allow you to excel, things definitely go wrong inside your mind. I started feeling that I am being fooled and exploited by each and everyone in the team. And then there was that designer who deliberately created ruckus over a heated exchange of words. He complained against me calling me rude. All were got up cases. Then on a fruitful day, things got worse. A group of content writers deliberately disturbed me during work by making noise. I complained to the team leader who took it as an opportunity to disgrace me in front of others. A short temper loss, an argument with my team leader landed me in a situation where she called me "a psycho" in front of others. I was made to sit in a corner of another room, away from my team, alone, for the rest of the month. By that time I had already put down my resignation when I understood I had nothing to gain from this team and the company.

So much of the effort went to gutter. My dedication, my experience level, my eagerness to work hard, my output quality, was not what I am made of... to agency people like these, what matters is the level of bootlicking and submissiveness I showed to them. They are afraid of ambitious and real good workers. Why not! Their own lack of qualification and competitiveness would thus get revealed by people like us.

Conclusion

Most of the agency people here don't like improving their skills in what they have been appointed but improving their skills in office politics for certain. When they could compete with one they collectively device plans to destroy the person's career by deliberately proving he/she is unworthy to the eyes of the higher authority. 

Again most of the companies in our country and especially in the region where I live, fail to recognize the real contributors in their offices. Bootlicking has got into the nerves of so many here that it has practically become impossible to shine among them with your own abilities and experience levels. The HRs hardly go deep into the matters to understand what is really going on inside the team. The mental and physical health of a worker is nothing but a utopian concept here in this country and we, who are sensitive people, had to deal with these situations by either totally giving up jobs or try to become another submissive bootlicker like them.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Nepotism In India


Animosity towards nepotism has again revived due to the untimely demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, a vivid and successful Bollywood star. People were taken back when they got to know about this tragedy. Who knew someone who had it all was going through so much that the only choice he had was to take his life. Such is the condition of the industry that is Bollywood. This malady is for the outsiders who have no acting or film industry links. This is not limited in Bollywood but also in almost all areas of importance.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Growing Up As Heather - Part 3

After Buff passed away Emily and Kotton became friends. Watching them playing outside just made my day better. There was not a moment that we did not laugh. Kotton would get Emily in trouble for running through Debbie’s flowers! There was one time where we actually caught them sleeping side by side together one night. 

Sunday, 28 June 2020

How micro-management can destroy an entire team in an office


Teamwork is all about the synergy between the members. Any individual no matter how adroit he is can't accomplish all by himself. A robust team will always deliver. But if the members are not allowed to work in an unrestricted environment,  the efficiency of the team as a whole will fall. When the leader or manager tries to control or take everything in his hands, the one's under him are sure to despise his methods and won't like to work there. Micromanagement is the perfect example of this shortcoming.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Growing Up As Heather - Part 2


Buff

Meet Buff. He was my first dog in my life. He was there when I came to Debbie and Kirby’s house. He was dropped off at their house when he was a puppy during a thunderstorm. No one claimed him. So they kept him and took care of him and made him part of their lives. 


Thursday, 25 June 2020

Growing Up As Heather - Part 1

Hi, this is Heather! 

I thought it would be a good idea to take the time to talk about how I grew up so that you get an idea of who I am. The only way you will get to know me is if I share with you some memories I have and how I grew up. My story starts out differently from others and I honestly believe that is what makes me special. The reason why I would like to share my story with you is that I want people to know that I lived a good life. And I want to share the lessons I learned along the way with the people around me. So here is my story I hope you enjoy and know me better as a person as well as a writer with you all!



Wednesday, 24 June 2020

5 Indian laws you must know to fight cyber bully


Cases of cyberbullying are rising sharply as social media has become easily accessible and is no more exclusively limited as smartphones have bridged the gap between social media and the simpletons. People have zero tolerance when someone speaks against their notions and they lash out aggressively to shut down others. They don't consider what ill consequences their actions can lead to.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Tips for First Time Office Bearers


The new office experience is dreadful for many. There are many questions that may arise in one’s mind. What to wear to look confident? Or how to start a conversation with the colleague? The nervousness is very normal for a newbie. Here are some tips that can help new office bearers and highlight their positive traits.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Want to become a successful Team Leader? Follow these 5-factor rule!


If you are aspiring to be a successful leader this article is for you. Like it or not, every word and action of a leader remains under constant watch. A person who can project himself as a saviour and not just a survivor during any turmoil gains confidence among masses which is a prime quality as a successful leader. Let’s begin.

Friday, 19 June 2020

Key to happiness for Introverts


You're not the only one who engages themselves in a self-struggle for being introvert. Stop blaming yourself and learn the art to embrace this trait of yours. Everyone is not born to become a social butterfly. Accept yourself the way you are. Celebrate life every day with some useful tips to be happy.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Make Your Work Space Livelier with These Simple Decor Tips


The office arena consumes a big part of the week in any employee’s life. Such places affect the mental and physical health in a good or in a wrong way. By giving the office a lively look their mood can be lightened. This in turn gives the company a better performance. You can go through the basic ideas for office decors to make it livelier.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Workplace Ambience Can Affect Employee Attitude And Productivity

Employee well-being is strongly correlated to employee productivity and performance and workplace ambiance play a great role in motivating them. Whether you agree or disagree, it is a proven fact.

An employee spends 9 hours or more of their day inside the office premise. They sit there for hours, combining creativity and intelligence to produce results for their employers. They need a workplace environment that is conducive in order to create something unique and add value to the production. Hence, the ambiance of the physical workplaces, be it government or corporate, plays a significant role in an employee’s life.



Employers often neglect these aspects while building office suites. They cramp up space with as many sitting arrangements they could make. It is because when they build their offices they are focused on the number of employees they are going to hire and the profit they are looking to make, and not employee well-being or his comfort.

Let us explore further the effects of different workplace ambience on the productivity of the employees.

Friday, 22 May 2020

How Ego Clashes in Office Destroyed My Career - Part 1


"Workplace ego clashes happen for various reasons," says Dr Lisa Matthewman, Principal Lecturer in Occupational and Organisational Psychology at the University of Westminster. "They can be the result of a conflict of personalities, professional jealousy or communication problems. Sometimes they happen when someone is trying to establish themselves as the alpha female or male.”

In my 10 years of corporate life I have experienced enough of these ego clashes that compelled me to leave the corporate world forever. I will share some of these painful experiences with you today.

Monday, 6 April 2020

COVID-19 - A clear warning that today's civilization is 'playing with fire'

Corona Virus outbreak in 2019-2020 has brought the whole world economy into a standstill. People all over the world are now busy trying to survive under a locked down situation with limited ration. They are hoping for the corona virus pandemic to end so that they can go back to their normal life again even after a heavy loss of human lives in various countries.

But are we not forgetting something? Don't we need to consider the fact that this outbreak of a contagious disease is nothing but a warning by Mother Nature to the humans?

Mother Nature has been sending us messages after messages with the ongoing climate crisis and widespread pandemics of viral disease outbreaks that humanity was placing too many pressures on the natural world with damaging consequences.

Over the last few decades it has been noticed that human infectious disease outbreaks are rising. Scientists are relating this phenomenon to the transmission of transmittable diseases from animals to humans that lead to epidemics and huge number of deaths. In recent years there have been Ebola, bird flu, Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers), Rift Valley fever, severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), West Nile virus and Zika virus ourbreaks - all cross from animals to humans.

But how do these transmissions of diseases happen? Read the blog here.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Democracy fails where political ignorance is bliss

When I was young, I was taught that democracy is the best form of government because it is better than a dictatorship – the most exploitative form of government. The people living in a democratic country have the right to elect their representatives to run the state. When you give one vote to the person who promises you certain good things, and you let him win elections, you get a good government. That is the popular notion.

Vote in an institutionalized democratic country happens at regular intervals, mostly in every 3 – 5 years. During election time, we all are bombarded with a lot of information, news, rallies, agendas, and promises of ruling and opposition parties, etc. We get overwhelmed, and when the prime time comes, like responsible citizens, we visit the polling booth to cast our votes in favor of our favorite candidates. But the problem is the average voter doesn’t know how to vote, and that’s why in most cases, democracy doesn’t function well. The very way we perceive democracy and choose our representatives leads us one step closure to the failure of it.

A full adaptation of this blog topic was published on The ArmChair Journal with the title: Democracy fails where political ignorance is bliss on 14th March 2020.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Mythical monsters in modern disguise

At first, I thought it might be the job post I shared on groups. Yes, the post was related to the steel and metallurgy industry. But nowhere in my post, I mentioned that I belong to the same field. The guy must have made a mistake.

So to clear his doubts, I asked him to show proof of where he has seen my name is related to the steel and metallurgy field.

To my utter dismay, he replied with a nasty slap.

“Aapne change kardithi mere picture lene se pehle” (You have changed it before I could take a screenshot)

These are social media trolls, some "monsters in disguise" the number of which is increasing day by day, like zombies, infecting others and making their victims suffer from mental agony.  It is unlikely that such malicious behaviour will be removed by imposing strict laws.

A full adaptation of this blog topic was published on The ArmChair Journal with the title: Social media trolls: Mythical monsters in modern disguise on 17th February 2020.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

When would Indian grooms stop looking for ‘Homely girls’?

I first heard this term ‘homely girl’ in 2002, when my friend Ritu got married. She was only 23 then. Her sister’s brother-in-law liked her very much and so proposed her for the marriage. After completing her bachelor’s, Ritu was married off to that guy. Later I came to know that the person liked her, mainly because she was homely. And indeed she was. She was a gentle-natured good looking girl, an expert homemaker, and could well mingle with children.

That was a long time back. I was very young then and did not give any heed to the concept of ‘homeliness’ then. Neither did I try to make myself a ‘homely character’ like my friend Ritu, acceptable to all members of the society. I thought it was just an old-fashioned concept meant for those who are eventually interested in making a family and not a career. I firmly believed that well-educated guys with modern outlook don’t believe in such a concept. But I was wronged several times later in my life. Even today, I see many urban guys in our society want ‘homely girls’ for marriage.

India is progressing. Yet, when the question of marriage arises, the groom and his family prefers a "homely girl" as their "bahu".

A full adaptation of this blog topic was published on The ArmChair Journal with the title: When would Indian grooms stop looking for ‘Homely girls’? on 14th January 2020.


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