Sabbatical – How to get through it…

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Image Courtesy: WikiHow. Gauri a software developer, playing a key role in the design, installation, testing and maintenance of software systems in high pressure situations, at times clocking over 50 hours a week. She felt stuck in a rut grappling with exhaustion and discontentment. After wondering for months if while trying to make a career did she forget to make a life for herself, she finally took a break. Priya loved her job as a web designer, coding and modifying websites, from layout to function meeting client expectations. She became a mother last year and in absence of dependable support called it quits and became a stay at home mom. Different circumstances leading to similar situation, a break from work aka ‘sabbatical’. What is a sabbatical? Traditionally, a sabbatical involves a break from work for a mutually agreed-upon time frame between employee and employer. But a sabbatical isn’t always traditional. Only a handful of companies in India actually encourage and endorse the concept of taking a break. A person may take a sabbatical on feeling burnt-out or disgruntled at work but more often than not women are coerced into taking a break as a result of familial or motherhood responsibilities. Myths related to a sabbatical once you take a break it is improbable to get a job back. companies frown upon the gap seen in your resume taking a sabbatical equals to missing the bus and you can never catch up once you take a break you lose touch These […]

Building Bridges Through Communication

Image Courtesy: MeetingOne ‘’Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind’’ – Rudyard Kipling Working together as a team and being a team player plays a major role in smooth functioning and increasing productivity of an Organisation. Communication between Peers and Management becomes indispensable for the business. There are moments when conversing effectively seems like treading on a thin line. In an Industry that’s dominated by the opposite gender, talking firmly leads to being labelled as boisterous, whereas a calm tone earns the tag of being submissive. It is imperative to strike a balance and maintain the stance of being a professional. In my personal experience, it took a couple of experiences to set the limits and communicate assertively, yet politely. Functioning as a liaison between my Company and the Client, most of my day was spent interacting with people from different geographies, spanning across 42 countries. I learnt that the foremost task is to understand and respect the Cultural differences and communicate accordingly. For instance, I found my peers in Japan to be highly culture oriented and respectful in their conversations, while those in Turkey were extremely task oriented. I learnt to shadow their behavior and converse in the same tenor. While e-mail is an essential form of communication, over dependency on it leads to redundancy and waste of time. In case of differences, it’s best to have personal conversation than shooting strong emails. Involving people in decision making and encouraging them to talk their mind […]

Who told you more work is more productivity?

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Well, simply speaking- productivity is the result or output. But it’s a little more than result, its efficiency of result. Who told you, more work is more productivity? Productivity has many factors associated with it. Work is just one dimension to look at productivity. In fact we should consider many more aspects to productivity. Prudence of Time: Time and Tide waits for no man. Time is always hooked with productivity. Timely delivery is the key aspect to sustain any business. Hence it’s wise to be aware of time management. “Do, Delegate, Delay”- are essential elements of time management. Prioritize the job and do it right away. If you can’t do it then delegate it and get it done. In fact Dale Carnegie once said-“Those who don’t learn to delegate die young” .That simply summons the importance of delegation. Also say, if you cannot get many things done at a time, we can of course wait a little i.e. delay job and better concentrate on job at hand. Prudence of Work: The basis of the elements of time is Priority and Perfection. Always know what is important at the moment.  Higher the priority, earlier the chore needs your attention. But how much should it be done depends on the level of perfection expected. This level of perfection should be smartly decided. Always remember – Feed the Eagles and Starve the Turkeys. Not all chores require 100% perfection. In fact think on who decides standards of perfection. Always limit perfection based on […]

Stay Connected………..Within Reality

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What a privilege it is to live in an advanced era of today. Technology has probably made it possible to stay connected with each other irrespective of time zone, geographical boundary or economic status. We take the aid of wireless mode but are constantly wired with people around us. What an irony is that! However, as much as staying connected has helped us get closer virtually, it may have succeeded in pushing us away from each other physically.   A lifestyle where selfies, instagram posts and twitter posts compel us to open up about ourself in the most unusual way, we lose the warmth and naivety of human touch.  Social media is great for staying connected but often stresses us out more than keeping us in touch with each other. We succumb to pressures of trying to look our best for “likes” or fear to be judged for what we post or what we don’t post. So, somewhere the need to be naïve, real, vulnerable, awkward in front of people, among people is also necessary. After all these are the base emotions that help us clear our thoughts and emotions. Human connections are more than staying connected through the digital world. But while technology pushes us to get more and more into our own cocoon, the more we need to try and spread our web. Meeting friends, spending quality time with family, socializing, doing meaningful social services like charity, philanthropy, working towards the upliftment of underprivileged ….are few of the […]

Why women need to be financially independent?

Image Courtesy: Learning Child Let us begin the discussion from the past, say about two generations back, from the time our grand mothers were running their homes. By running their homes, I mean mentally and physically because the financial reins of the house were entrusted upon the men in the family. Man being the only earning member of the family, happily or miserably took care of all the financial needs of his family members. The women of the house looked up to the men for any need that involved money. And the women in my family, from that era, were quite happy following the same because that was how it was supposed to be. Only when a male member of the family was not able to earn a living did the women step out to support the family and that too came with a lot of restrictions.   Then came the next generation i.e. my mother’s generation. A majority of households still had men as the only earning member of a family. As earlier, a woman was still happy and satisfied playing the role of a housewife. If the husband deceived her, died early or in case of any other situation, the wife had no choice but to rely either on her kids or her extended family for both emotional and financial support.   In comparison to this majority, there existed a minority of women who were working and were happy being financially independent. They proudly shared the financial responsibilities […]

A life not so extra-ordinary may not necessarily be an unfulfilled one…

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Image Courtesy: Freepik About a decade ago, I was happily living my life in Bangalore. The city has everything that a 20 something could ask for. Moving from Mumbai, the city was much more affordable, it has a cosmopolitan outlook, lot of places to hang out and the city was safer for women than say Delhi. Yes, I was not growing professionally but other than that life was as happy as it could be. I was at peace with myself and my surroundings. To top it all I had a lovely apartment with a balcony overlooking a beautiful garden and a swimming pool. A Mumbaikar can not ask for more. Just as I was thanking the Gods above for the life I was living, the Gods played a cruel joke and sent across a job offer from London. Everything about the London based job was exactly what I was looking for: reputed organization, global role, growth and opportunity to be trained and to work with the best. However, those were only the pros, the cons were going away from friends and family, living in a city with one of the highest cost of living in the world, a place where you will always be an immigrant and a culture that you have to make an effort to get used to. When we are young we don’t necessarily understand the importance of the cushion of family (immediate and extended) and close friends in our life. We assume we can take everything […]

Stop Second-Guessing Your Decision of Taking a Career Break

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Image Courtesy: globomax.hu If I were to interview you and ask ‘Describe what you went through when you took a career break to take care of your child?’ Where would you start? Do you start with how your ambitions got axed due to factors beyond your control? Or how you miss talking about your field of work with an adult? Or why you even bothered to study so much when eventually you had to give up everything you ever worked so hard for? OR Do you start with how meaningfully you have impacted the lives of your kid(s)? Or how you have been able to provide your kid(s) a strong foundation and inculcate in them the right values for life? Or how you have been able and willing to forgo your career to give them your best personal care and quality time? You may probably respond with a jumble of these. And rightly so, since women give up a significant career or the prospect of having one when they quit in order to take care of kids or family. Let’s face it – we belong to a generation that is bogged by opportunities and the abounding choices only make our decisions tougher. We are educated enough to dream and pursue ambitions, yet many of us voluntarily take a step back to be able to nurture a growing child to our satisfaction. This paradox of choice is bound to plague us. What we need to do is acknowledge that these feeling […]

Money…..Matters!

Image Courtesy: eharmony A smile, a clap, a beautiful thought or a friendly gesture…..these are some of the the best things in life that are free. For everything there is a price tag attached. A dream of achieving  goal, an ambition of becoming someone, a tourist destination that is worth every penny, an asset that people would envy, a luxury that only few can afford. Money does matter!!!! But it always does not have to seem like a burden. The number of hours one can work and earn is limited but the number of ways in which money can be planned and spent is unlimited. Money comes and goes. However, Finance is what keeps track of money being earned and spent.   Saving v/s Spending: Investment is a kind of money saving technique. When a substantial amount of money is locked for a particular cause for few years, the assurance of that chunk not being spent is there. And it can further be used in future if required. Often investment in property, real estate, land, funds are good ways of stocking up money.  When it comes to spending, there are no clear rules.  Because what may seem a costly luxury to one, would be a simple item for the other.  But it would be good to follow a simple motto “Every penny saved is every penny earned”. So, spending wisely and as much as needed is a simple way of saving too.   Financial independence v/s Financially independent: Financial independence […]

A Shark In A Fish Tank

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Image Courtesy: Drawception Really, A Shark!!! My God …Poor Fishes. Similar is the reaction when I want to take up a Job. Poor kids, what will happen to them? How about house responsibilities, husband.. Who will take care?   Well, who should take care when a women goes to work? How should she manage? Is marriage a curse to career or career a curse to marriage? Do we enjoy marriage more or career more? Which is more important? What is the priority? How should I decide? Relax Ladies…Relax!! We cannot answer for everyone, we can only answer apt to our lives.   Since ages nurturing and caring has been part of women persona. Is it her true nature, might be. But mainly inculcated through social norms and psychological manipulations. We blindly take it as our duty because we see it in women around us. However there is no rules and regulations for duties of a women, wife, and mother. It’s all about how much you involve.   So how much should we actually involve? Those who really manage home know that it’s never ending job. The more you are at home the more work you have to do. So where should I stop? Now, there comes Mr Shark….. Introduce small shark to your lives to know when to stop. If you introduce a small shark in the Fish tank… All the fishes are active and fresh (for if they relax the Shark will find an opportunity to gulp them up). […]

Blogging Insights

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Last blog of mine (All about blogging) might have given you nuances of Blogging. If you are very serious about diving into it then this post is for you. Where to Blog? During initial days create a page of your own in a free blogging websites like Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, Livejournal  and so on. Each one of the sites has its own unique features. Learn about it and select the right choice. How to Blog? YouTube channels give you plenty of inputs on how to create your own blog and customize it according to your needs. Blogger– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa6MQxJOqv4 WordPress- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BMe5dre9M0 Tumblr= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_dNxPFdzD0 LiveJournal- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3owpQ7M9jM How to create a Fan Base? Despite how old you are into blogging make sure you write for other websites which accepts freelance writers to pour in thoughts. This helps you in building an audience base and enables them to trace your every move in the world of blogging. Sites that accepts guest blogging Communication is a major trump card in blogging. Once your post is live in portal, periodically address every comment or input left by the visiter.This helps you in building relationship with readers as well as gives a better understanding of the reader’s requirements. Don’t have any agenda while writing the more you make it simpler the higher would be the traffic. While writing quote some of your personal instance or mistakes that you have committed so that readers can relate it with them. How to Make Revenue? Blogging is into writing so […]