Of all the ideas that resurfaced in 2019, the 4-day work week is by far my favorite. After all, who wouldn’t like an extra day off work every single week? The concept of a 4-day work week dates as far back as half a century. Nixon first predicted it in 1956. As work productivity continued to witness … Continue reading Free Time: The Forgotten Dream
If you have worked in HR long enough, you have without doubt used the term internal equity/parity at least once. This versatile term can be put to use anytime a conversation around compensation creeps up. It can be at the time of hiring, internal transfer or at the much loved annual appraisal cycle when a … Continue reading The truth behind internal equity
Watermelon goals are green on the outside but when you cut it open and dig a little, bright red and juicy on the inside.
Life is unfair. Some people begin their career with a clear advantage. Your intelligence (measured in IQ) is inherited, so is your socio-economical background, height, appearance and core personality. As per Marc Effron, these together form 50% of the factors that predict success. Nevertheless, the other 50% is entirely in your control. It is this 50% that that the book hopes to address.
This is not yet another article advocating the benefits of a strength-based philosophy. We’ve seen many of those already, haven’t we? Gallup, Peter Drucker and the industry as a whole have successfully convinced me to believe that employee performance and consequently organizational productivity is positively impacted when organizations routinely focus on strengths. I’m sold! However, despite all the … Continue reading What does one do with the strength-based philosophy?
Early this year, the media went crazy. Every other day, pieces titled – ‘The open-plan office is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea’ or ‘The Open-Office Trap’ attacked my inbox and it hasn’t stopped yet. One quick Google search on open offices will tell you that the world hates them. But we always … Continue reading The office from the future
On 2nd March 2018, United Airlines President Scott Kirby attempted to spice up the life of his employees. The organization decided to get a little creative with their rewards system and messed with employee bonuses. In case you haven’t heard (which would be surprising given the stir it has created), the scheme was this – you take … Continue reading What was United thinking?
It is because external feedback and self-retrospection are the only two tools I have towards continuous growth and I’d be damned if I don’t abuse both.
Taking risks is essential. However, blind risks are fatal especially when your risks could ruin one’s career. Everyone loves to move up the ladder. You take a high performing individual at a level and move him up before he’s ready, he is bound to be happy. Fast forward six months and when he falls to … Continue reading Setting one up for failure
It's as simple as that. I have three articles that I love & given the season (Year end. Not Christmas!!!), it is really the best time to share. Reinventing Performance Management by Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall Let's Not Kill Performance Evaluations Yet by Lori Goler, Janelle Gale & Adam Grant The Performance Management Revolution by Peter Cappelli & Anna Tavis Yes, I realize that they are … Continue reading Three reads on Performance Mgmt