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What Makes You a Bad Manager ?

What Makes You a Bad Manager ?
“Never waste a good opportunity to learn from a bad manager.” Employee turnover is maximum attributed to bad management by managers and it is crucial for the managers to learn to be emotionally emphathetic. What makes a great manager? Great managers exhibit the following traits: Connect people to purpose – They create a clear line of sight between the work of the individuals, the team and the larger company vision. Give feedback – They give timely and impactful feedback by emotionally investing themselves in the employee growth. Support career development- Follows a tailor made approach to suit the needs of each employee, guide and support them to grow into a better individual personally and professionally. Communicate effectively – Through open communication they inform, connect and engage team members. Try to first understand why your employees aren’t motivated They aren’t tied to the visionThey don’t know how their work has an impact on the big pictureThey aren’t clear on expectationsThey aren’t getting consistent feedbackThey don’t feel like a part of the teamTheir passions/strengths don’t align with the work they doThey don’t feel trustedThey are not good fit for the company cultureThey feel burnt out What makes you a bad manager ? Don’t micromanage – Micromanagement takes away the enthusiasm and energy from employees by creating the impression that they are not be trusted, valuable or even in control of their own projects. Don’t be a bully – Don’t publicly humiliate or privately threaten your employees. Don’t be a saboteur – Don’t take credit for others’ ideas and blame others while jobs are not done well. Give a fair share of recognition and appreciation to employees. The cost of a bad manager – Employees with a negative impression on their managers leave the company at the rate of 56% more than the usual. Okay, now, here are some really useful tips to handle a toxic work environment for employees who suffer under the influence of a bad manager! How to Handle a Toxic Environment ? Plan an exit strategy even if it is not tomorrow. Make plans to get the ball rolling. Keep your space positive– be it your desk, wall, cabinet or locker. Create a list to help you stay focused – this will help you to create a plan so as to avoid negative situations as much as possible. Leave work at work – leave the negative energy at work. Try to create healthy habits and routines along with coping methods to replenish your energy Keep a log of things that are happening – you might not know when you might need them as evidence, such as emails, screen shots etc., Stay away from the drama– don’t get swallowed up in the toxic energy. Talk to a trusted friend or co-worker about what’s going on, but don’t ever get caught up in the...
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DIY Work From Home Tips For Success

DIY Work From Home Tips For Success
Find yourself working from home and wondering how to do it right?  Here are some authentic DIY work from home tips backed up by some beautiful images from Pinterest and Instagram to support the argument. From – Cozy.happy.home The past few days, this space has been my hangout, my plant jungle, my work space, my lunch spot, my barre studio & ultimately, my inspiration!.Which space in your home are you getting the most use out of and what’s that look like for you? From – Lady Decluttered Everyone’s home office is different and used differently, but we have one thing in common, we want that home office organized! From – Theeverygirl Work-from-home lunches can be even better than office lunches because you don’t have to worry about getting them to the office, food getting soggy while sitting around, or getting judged by your coworkers for bringing homemade celery soup like I did. A lunch break should be, in my opinion, something to look forward during the day—a nice little break with a meal you look forward to eating to let you really step away from work. From – Lovelylivingdesignco I adore this space. I like that the desk is near the window, I love the plants and green chair against the white. It looks light, airy and a great place to work.  From – Lifeasmama Printable daily planner to keep you organized. I love all the colors on this planner. There’s lots of room to write things that absolutely must get done, to-do lists, who you need to call, things you need to do in the morning and during the day, how much water you’ve drank and what you’re thankful for.  From – Clean & Scentsible Add some fun to your weekly goal list to keep you in high spirits. From – Bromabakery Let’s face it: working from home can mean days without leaving the house, wearing the same shirt three days in a row, and wearing cotton 95% of the time. Which is great and all, but it’s also great to have a roster of cute-but-casual outfits for the work from home entrepreneur– ones that require minimal effort, but maximize your style. From – Loveshanta  As we are still settling into our new norm and practicing social distancing, some of us have the privilege of working from home. We are still figuring out how to be the most productive and make the best of our days at home. I created and implemented a work-from-home schedule for myself and wanted to share it with you...
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Personality Development Checklist

Personality Development Checklist
To me personality development is “objectifying your existence through constant self analysis, find the strong points that lead to growth and cater to weak points to better oneself.” You may be an introvert or extrovert, but that's what defines you. Personality may differ from individual to individual- but that’s the beauty of it. An introvert can be stable and grounded while an extrovert can be insecure and weak. This goes to say that you can’t entitle a person based on their personality type as each individual has few characteristics dominant in them and few characteristics subtle. The manifestation of characteristics is attributed to the environment in which the individual is exposed to and nurtured in and ofcourse some are inherited. The thing which many are not aware of is that “you can introspect yourself to find what kind of a person you are.” This will help you in the betterment of yourself and see you through both in your personal life and career. Read this wonderful article that lists down the 10 great characteristics of introverts which they may not even be aware of.10 Quality Traits All Introverts Have, Even If They Don’t Know It Personality Types Study finds 4 main personality types — which one are you? Read this article that clearly defines the five personality traits that people fall into and the unique characteristics that define the type. Discover your personality type. Take the Myers-Briggs test. Personality Development is not Leadership Most people relate personality development to leadership. It is not so. Don’t define yourself based on  what others think about you or the feedback you get from them. Self Discovery Self discovery is the most important part in this whole journey. Your flaws may not be flaws after all and your so-called strengths might be weighing you down. There are lot of personality tests available that are introspective in nature and have ratings based on your answers. Personality Tests Personality tests work well as a starting point for self-discovery by providing results you might not have concluded on your own. Here are a few things that will help you to make your day! Use the mornings to focus on yourself and plan activities that will make you productive as well  happy Start your day… wait, wait- no whatsapp, emails or jarring repeat videos pl.  Again,coming back to the point, start your day with simple breathing exercises followed by a ‘five minute meditation’ session. Just concentrate on your breathing pattern and you’ll be amazed to feel the tension melt off from your system making you more buoyant. Go for a good coffee, I have to admit, I like it real strong with half sugar, followed by a nutritious breakfast. Mind you, healthy food is the key for a healthy mind. There, your day has started off well. Follow the 80/20 rule Only 20 percent of what you do everyday produces 80 percent of your results. That’s right, I’m talking about quality time. This is where planning takes a front seat, so as to prioritise the tasks for that day. Eliminate the things that do not matter during the workday – they have a trivial effect on your productivity. Tackle your challenging tasks before lunch You heard it right! The energy you have in the morning time stands unparalleled and you have to channelize this brimming energy to achieve most important tasks for the day. You can go for your payment follow-up, clear pending payments, plan your forecast for the coming week, track the orders  that have lined up… literally anything related to finance. Meetings and correspondence can be dealt with later, in the afternoons. Stop Multi-Tasking Do...
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4 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Business

4 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Business
Starting a Business: You’ve probably read countless articles about it and believe you’re finally ready to take that big step. A word of caution though: once you step into the entrepreneurial waters, you’ll quickly realize that nothing has really prepared you for it. There’s so much more to it than just a good idea. It takes a lot of research and planning to prepare for starting a business. In this article, we help you save that precious time by bringing you 4 things you need to know before starting a business. Understand the Laws and Regulations One of the most important things when starting a business is to familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations that affect you. What kind of business permit or license will you have to obtain? What are the legal requirements for starting your business? How much will you need to pay in taxes? Compliance with the law is essential because you don’t want a technicality holding you back once you embark on this journey. There is a lot to consider from filing tax returns and paying your staff to protecting your business with insurance. If you can’t figure out all of these things on your own, seek help from a reputable accounting firm. A professional can guide you through these laws and regulations and help you figure out if you’re ready to start a business. Additionally, a skilled accountant will be a great ally later on in helping you manage your finances and not over-paying on taxes, etc. Is There a Demand for Your Product? Before you spend all your money on developing a product, have you researched the market? Is there a demand for such a product or service? What about the competitors? This might be hard to hear but there is a chance your product isn’t so great or needed so your first step should be to find out whether there is a market for it. Countless new ideas and products are introduced every week, month, year. But how many businesses actually succeed in surviving the first few years? About 80% of businesses survive the first year while only half of all businesses make it to the fifth year. You’ll need all the information you can gather so that you can make small adjustments to your product/service accordingly. Thorough market research will provide answers to the above-mentioned questions and give you an insight into whether it’s worth spending more time on your idea or not. Research your competition carefully. But don’t get discouraged if you discover that there are many other businesses with similar ideas. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be in the same business too. If the market is thriving, surely there is a place for one more great product. Planning Your Business Don’t Spend More Than You Need When starting a new business, most people give up a lot to finance the idea. Many get into debt, spend too much too soon and showcasing poor money management skills. This matter also requires good research. You need to know what to spend on and what can wait until your business grows and brings profit. It may be tempting to get your new office decorated, purchase some new equipment, and software, but don’t rush this. Instead, think about the necessities, what your business needs in the beginning. Make a distinction between what you must have and what would be nice to have. If you hurry up and spend all your startup money on fancy equipment and unnecessary things, you will find yourself in a pickle when a real need emerges and you can’t pay for it. Create a list of the...
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Tips on How to Get Your Career Back on Track after COVID -19

Tips on How to Get Your Career Back on Track after COVID -19
In the past few weeks, the world has experienced dramatic changes in several ways. The job market has especially been walloped, experiencing job cuts work opportunities being hard to come by.  6 signs that the future of work is here today – gigster“A great overview by Gigster CEO Chris Keene on how the gig economy is transforming work in the enterprise by making it more customer-centric and high performance. Don’t miss the stories of companies actually doing this.” Gigster, brings together top talent from all over the world to help companies grow! This article reiterates the fact that “Work from home is the new normal.” How to get your Career Back on Track: The COVID-19 pandemic might put your career on halt for some time and affect you in ways you didn’t expect. You’ll find yourself in the valley of hard decisions. During a crisis, the urge to hide is strong, but instead, it should be an opportunity for positive change. In the place of panic and fear, take this time to prepare for a career comeback. Here are some tips you can use to reinvent yourself in the marketplace once the crisis is over.  Prepare Mentally Most organizations are doing the best they can to retain their employees. Unfortunately,  others may have no option but to let them go. If you suffer a job loss during this time, don’t lose your self-confidence.  Just because one opportunity slipped off your hands doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough for another one. Work on your confidence by analyzing your strong career skillsets. Avoid the temptation to sulk or hold a pity party for yourself.   Gauge Your Career Options Picture Credit: Pixabay When there’s a national or global economic turndown, it’s essential to be realistic and well-informed about your career options. Do you expect a transition from your current job to another? If, so, consider the types of transitions possible.  Your options include getting a different career within the same industry. You may also look for a similar job in a different industry or change your job and industry altogether. Here’s a great place to get started and you can find one that’s looking for your specific skills or experience. Here, your decision will significantly be influenced by trending job openings. Even as the economy seems to slow down, some industries seem to do really well. Most of them remain unaffected since demand is inelastic to price and income changes.  Don’t Despise a Returnship A returnship is more like an internship that targets experienced professionals. The most significant difference is that you don’t end up back at the bottom of the ladder. It lasts a few weeks to a few months, and your level of experience determines your remuneration. During the returnship, you’ll be provided with extra training and membership. You’ll be in the best position to reacquaint yourself with a new work culture as you improve dormant skills.  Different companies are launching formal returnship programs, and you may as well take advantage of them. It’ll allow you to see if it’s the right career path you want to make. If it is, you might even end up getting hired.  Think Small Businesses Picture Credits: Pixabay Having your mind on small businesses could be in one of two ways. First, you may have tried to get hired by big companies without much success. Large organizations use resume systems that may filter out your resume.  This is where you change your tactics. Express your interest in small businesses looking to hire new personnel. Most of them are willing to take chances, and once you’re in there, your chances of growth are almost guaranteed....
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