Written about a century ago, this poem indicates that stress and struggle existed even then, although those pale compared to the frenetic pace we now call life. It is dizzying, the way one day segues into another. Too much to do in 24 hours we say, wish the day could somehow expand to 28 or 30 hours. No chance. In no time a whole year would have passed and we would have nothing to show for it. Round and round and round we go, taking ourselves off on a mindless vortex.
Every minute matters when you're a manager and are responsible for coordinating with employees, whilst overcoming issues such as limited resources and time. Having said that, between conference calls, employee issues, and day to day tasks, remaining mindful becomes almost impossible.
As the Chief Technologist of a pharmaceutical company, Rohit Aggarwal was given the responsibility to usher the company into enterprise-level human resource management. Up-till now they had been using a custom-made HR solution that was developed and deployed by a local software company in the mid‐2000s, but now the software could no longer accommodate the rapid expansion the company was going through.
Are some of your employees chronically late?
As a growing business, you depend on your employees to run your business operations efficiently. Late employees don't just put a dent in their own productivity, they can also cause a ripple effect, causing a sense of disenchantment and disillusionment among other employees.
Consider this ‐ You are the CHRO of a midsized company. Your company has been going through a profitability slump and it has been quite difficult to attract or retain top talent. Attrition is at an all-time high and competition is making the best use of honed talent from your company. You have presented all the figures backing this to the CEO but he is busy firefighting with the CFO. What more could you do to rectify this pressing problem ?
I was always keen on understanding what drove employees at work. My study brought me to a very interesting report. The report was primarily a study on employee motivation carried out by TinyPulse - a company known for its employee engagement surveys.
It has been a juggling issue for HR managers or business owners to manage employee's attendance and time policies. It is especially difficult in the Indian scenario where many things are consumed by the employee at an emotional level.
The hard truth of life that many of us face (or shy from) is change! Change is inevitable yet we would want things to be just the way they are. We do not want to get out of our comfort zone. We like the same old way of doing things. Of course changing would mean a lot of efforts. Efforts that go into training the new way of doing things and also unlearning what has been learnt and followed all this while. So how does one deal with change?