We’ve crossed the one year mark since countries around the world began enforcing lockdowns in some form or the other; one year of living with restrictions and work taking a 180-degree turn. For organizations that survived and thrived, there’s never been a better year to show employees that they value more than just profits and … Continue reading Annual Review: Organizations & COVID-19
I first read about leveraging ‘fear of missing out (FOMO)’ to pull employees back into the office in a Fast Company article. And once I read it, I couldn’t get it out of my head; for two major reasons–(1) I am often a victim of FOMO and (2) marketing has a long-standing success of leveraging … Continue reading Will FOMO bring people back into an office?
It has been one year since the world changed due to the pandemic. One complete trip around the sun with a virus piggybacking on us, and we survived. It has been undoubtedly a journey we never imagined embarking on and a difficult one at that. Now, as we make plans for a new future, there are … Continue reading Reinventing Employee Experience and Workplace Culture Post COVID-19
The world changed in 2020. I am not a prophet and cannot determine whether the changes are for better or worse. What I do know is that the change is irreversible and we will never go back to exactly where we came from. With all the events that took place over the last 12 months, … Continue reading Events that changed the world of work in 2020
And it’s upon us yet again. Call it what you may – annual performance management, talent review or plain old appraisal season, you cannot escape it. Yet, of all the years gone by, the 2021 annual appraisal cycle promises to be, by far, the most agonizing of them all. Individuals within organizations have begun raising … Continue reading It’s appraisal season….or is it?
When the concept of remote work first made its way into the workplace, there was much debate on how the pay structure should be designed; should it be lower than those expected to turn up to the office given they do not need to spend on travel or should it be higher because of lower … Continue reading The paradox of privilege
Four months into the pandemic, I stopped watching the news. The everyday tracking of numbers, vaccine trials and stages of lockdown did not help with anxiety. Now into the 8th month, I am back to tracking numbers. As we enter what is being popularly called the third wave of COVID, it isn’t hard to notice … Continue reading The Third Wave
For all those who claim that remote work is the future of work, is a great equalizer and saves organizations a lot of real estate costs, I beg you to consider my pains. I know I am not the only one. I know Google has extended its WFH until July 2021. When the pandemic lifts, vaccines are democratized and the world is safe again, if you keep me from working from an old-school office environment, I can guarantee I will likely kill myself. (Ok, I am kidding. I’ll live). P.S: For all those pro remote workers. It’s been four months now. When does it get easier?
Ever since the world entered a lockdown, one thing has been clear – the mental well-being of employees has been put to test like never before. Layoffs, furloughs and the uncertainty of the future have helped accelerate mental breakdowns. For those fortunate, it may seem like a sin to complain but while productivity has shown … Continue reading Five steps for mental well-being during the lockdown
I have always been fascinated by the care packages advertised on my Instagram feed. While I must admit I have never put one together, I did always consider it a good way to show a friend or family member that you cared. However, the last place I expected a care package to make an appearance … Continue reading Care Packages: Wellness in a box?