Do you know how to stay happy at work?

If at the start of the work week (Monday) you have an overwhelming feeling of sadness, anxiety, and/or stress means you might have a case of the Monday blues. If it can happen once in a while then it is OK but too frequent then you should think of changing your job.

This is a sign that you are not too happy or satisfied with your present job. If this is a feature in most of the jobs that you held before this you should see what the problem with you is.

happy employeesIntrospect with your job skills, colleague behavior, job timing etc. Why you cannot be happy at work. Why you are unable to cope up with your work.

Here are few points about how to stay happy at work:

  1. Make priority list

First and the foremost make a priority list of the task you have to perform today. Start your work with the most important task that should be performed. Starting this way you will decrease the burden on yourself as time goes by.

If possible try negotiating for extensions for those works that you think will not get completed today from your higher authorities.

Do not make it a habit of taking work to home. You may need it sometimes during the peak season. Whatever is finished in working hours is finished. And what is left can be continued the next day. Work is a continuous process without any end.

  1. Think positively

Many people are in a habit of seeing only the negative side of what they or others do. Try to focus on things that you really like in your job. Try to include more of positive things in your work. Positive thinking will enhance your work capacity and make you happy.

  1. Combine passion and work

Sometimes it happens that doing the same and repeated work is often boring. Few people get restless doing the same thing over and over again. Find how you can make your job more challenging, interesting and fruitful.

See for avenues where you can combine your passion with your work. Like if you have a passion for seeing new places then you should try for traveler’s blog writing jobs.

Always think how you can make your role more interesting to yourself and others. You can volunteer to improve the skill set of your subordinates during office hours.

  1. Change working routine

Does your company allow you to work flexibly? Then you can choose to work from home one day in a week. This will give you much-needed change from your regular work but this should not mean, time to relax throughout the day.

You will have to show output even if you are away from the workplace. If this option is not available in your office you can talk about it with your manager.  Many office/factories work in three shifts. If your workplace allows you to change your shift, then take the shift you are most comfortable in.

  1. Upgrade your skills

If you feel that you are under-skilled for the work that you are doing. Or you fell your present skills are getting obsolete. Then join some course to upgrade your skill set. Staying ahead in your work will make your job secured. And it will be an added advantage on your CV, in case you want to switch.

  1. Develop network of friends

Meeting people and making workplace friends will help you know the perspective of the company. People will be interested in your opinions and you will be interested in their opinion.

You can also organize an outing or picnic. To get more familiar with persons of other departments who are on the same wavelength as you. This will create your interest in your workplace.

How to deal with a poor performing team member?

team memberA project is divided into a number of groups. Each group is assigned a task, which has to be completed within certain time frame. The team leader is the head of each group.

It is team leader responsibility to see that the task is completed in an effective manner and within the stipulated time.

Team leader assigns the task to all the members of the team. These tasks are usually interdependent on each other.

Team leader monitors the progress of the team on a daily basis. He coordinates, guides and helps the team to achieve the target.

The team consists of members. Some members are good performers and some are not. The team leader should note that if any member seems distracted or bored. Is performance of star member up to the mark?

The team leader should not ignore these early warning signs because this uninteresting or boring performance will influence and will spread to other members. This spiritless performance of one member will have an effect on star performers of the team too.

How should team leader deal with such a situation? First thing is to give it a top priority. If a team leader is busy still he should find time to solve the issue otherwise the performance of the whole team will suffer. He should approach the matter is a considered manner. He should not straightforward lambaste the team member because it will aggravate the problems.

The team leader should try to find the basic reason of non-performance by the member. Why a star performer is not giving promising results. Here is how the team leader should go about it.

  1. Find the main reason

Be open and straightforward, and tell your team member that you have noticed a sharp drop in the performance. The member may react inadequately or unfavorably to the announcement.

But team leader should be calm and gentle. He should try to find the real reason for underperformance and not the superficial one.

  1. Recognize the problem

If a member or employee who has served few years in the organization, it can be the case of mid-career crisis. If the member shows no sign of interest in his work then his performance may drop suddenly. Not ready to take new or challenging work. Feels exhausted or has mental fatigue.

  1. Give a patient hearing

The team leader should give a patient hearing to what member has to say. Let him completely finish his side of the story before you say/ask something. Better give him more ear than your tongue. Put up with a simple question so as to reach the root of the problems.

  1. Monotonous nature of work

Sometimes it so happens that the member is bored of monotonous work. He may need more challenging work than what he is presently doing or he needs to upgrade his skill set so as to fulfill his task at hand. His promotion has been overlooked for quite some time.

  1. Extend a helping hand

A team leader should try to judge if he has been assigned work which is overloaded or he needs time to relax. The member is fed up with monotonous work and needs more challenging work.

Talk with the member and let him know that he is a valuable resource for the team and for the project on the whole. Talk regarding his likes and dislike of his present role. Evaluate his work profile. And if possible make necessary changes. See to it that you do not talk much about his personal life.

  1. Measure progress

As a team leader, you can do a lot of things but ultimately it is the results which should show. If there are no results all the efforts will go in vain. So be sure to track the progress of each member of your team on a continuous basis. Be sure to share feedback with all the members.

If the whole team is active, it will enjoy the task assigned to them. The task can be completed cheerfully and on time.

Do you know today how to become a better person tomorrow?

If you want to improve tomorrow, you will have to ask right questions to yourself today.

Self-introspection or self-reflection is the key to all personal development. People inclined to think that they will have to read right self-help books or attend seminars. But actually, personal development can happen anywhere, anytime and in any moment.

betterThere may be few things that might be holding back. To get to the root of the problem, you will have to ask right questions to yourself.

Many go for self-reflection at end of the year or month or week. To look back how things went, analyzing, what worked and what did not. Above all what one has to improve upon in next year or month or weeks, so on continue growing? That helps to become a better a person tomorrow.

Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself, at the end of a year or month or week.  It will prompt you to think about how you can continue to improve.

  1. What were you doing a year ago?

Though it may seem absurd question it helps to look at the thing in better perceptive. Your answer can be something like. A year ago, I was living in Delhi. Doing 9 to 5 job.  Unsure of the future. Today I am living in Mumbai. Working with fast-moving people. (And things like that).

  1. Do you enjoy how you have been spending your time?

Do you enjoy your day to day work? No amount of money or external rewards will make you feel more satisfied and fulfilled.

On looking back do you feel like a burden? Then you would like to offload your burden in coming year or month or week.

  1. With who would like to spend most of your time?

Your friends or people with whom you spend most of the time rub on you.

Are you spending time with people who enrich your life or are a drag on you? That is are people asking from you more and giving you less. Segregate these people and spend more time that enriches your work and life. This will help you to be a better person tomorrow.

  1. How is your money spending?

Money is the thing that motivates you. It helps you do those things that you want in life.

The old age saying “money saved is money earned” which is very true even today. Many people see only the earning part and neglect the saving part.

Go through your accounts to see how your spending habits are. If you can control those impulses of spending money, you can become a better person tomorrow.

  1. Five points that can balance your life 

a) Career: What you do to earn your living? Do you wish to change?

b) Fulfillment: Are you connected with yourself and ground realities?

c) Community: Are you surrounded with people, those who enhance and inspire your interest, learning, etc.

d) Personal health: What you eat, how you do exercise, fitness etc?

e) Relationships: Family, close friends, casual people.

These five points should be checked on regular basis. Maybe you are spending too much time with family and friends and neglecting work. Or you are so busy in work that you are neglecting family and friends. Do ponder how much time you are spending. You have to balance all the five points so about become a better person tomorrow.

How to Boost Trust in Business Relationships?

Business is about relationships. One does not do business with numbers or organizations or firms. People are involved in the business. Hence business comes down to relationship – individual relationship. A relationship involves customers, vendors, suppliers, employee, employer etc.

business relationship

For business relationships to grow and be productive, trust has to be developed first. It is the base of every connection. Trust is a positive emotion. And a firm belief in the reliability, truth and ability or strength of someone.

The movement a person is not trusted by a team, his chances of success within that group is diminished. One has to build and maintain trust in the business relationship. And is important for the owner and his organization’s success.

Trust is can be understood and influenced. Here are few situational factors that one can look into to increase trust level and that will have a positive outcome.

  • Similarities: If the other person believes that you are like him, then he is more likely to trust.
  • Mutual concern: Will they stand by you, and look for both’s interest.
  • Interest alignment: Are you and your business client in the same boat? If yes, he will trust you.
  • Capability: If you are competent to deliver what you have promised.
  • Predictability: Are you predictable and do what you say.
  • Communication: Constant, open and honest communication builds trust.

How to boost trust in vendors?

In a business cycle, there are ups and downs in cash flow. There are times when the company wishes to release vendor’s money. But since it faces cash crunch it is unable to pay its vendor.

To build trust in vendors it is better to call regular meetings and clear your cash flow. Let each vendor know how much and when will he be expecting payments. There are chances that few vendors will not agree. Let them know the mutual interests are in staying together.

How to boost trust in customer?

Building relations with the customer is to fulfill the promise made to him in due course of business. Better start with small contract. Deliver it on time. See that you work well. This develops mutual trust. Once you fulfill your promise you will be getting more contracts from him. Later on, you can take bigger and bigger contracts.

How to boost trust in employee?

Employees are the base of any business. Business culture should be such that it supports the employees. And looks after their interests. Management should set up reasonable expectation from the employee and this should be communicated to them.

This, in turn, makes the employees feel secure in their positions if they meet the given objectives. Management should make the employee feel secured.

By creating various opportunities for teamwork, group outing to reinforce the feeling of shared experience.

Trust in business is one of the components for a better relationship with the vendor, customer, and employee. It can be influenced by the leader. Hence a leader should understand the various component of trust building. And create a constructive environment.

Top Ten Management Lessons to Learn from Lord Krishna

Lord Krishna is a spiritual master for the modern management more than a Hindu God. He is the ideal, motivator and a strategist in every sense. From whom everyone can learn a lot. The universe is witness to his wondrous work. His teachings are endless. His names and genre are unaccountable. He is such kind of leader and motivator, who imparted valuable lessons to all. Lord Krishna has proven his excellent management skills and charismatic leadership. He has given his teachings throughout his exemplary life and works. Let us take a glimpse of management strategies of Lord Krishna on such a few wonderful aspects:

Lord Krishna

  1. Share your knowledge

There is a saying in Hindi that knowledge grows by sharing. Every leader must have a quality of sharing only then he can become a successful leader.

As we known Krishna as a Sarvagnya. He does not hesitate to share his thoughts as being ‘omniscient’. This happened that once Arjuna refused to fight with his relatives (Kauravas), then Krishna told him the purpose of the Mahabharata war, remove his fear and clear his doubts, taught him to get focused on his work and goal. This is the reason that today we read it in the name of Bhagavad Gita.

  1. Stick to your goal

During his life, Krishna had three main goals in the life, to which he fully sticks. His first goal was “paritrayana sadhunam” – which means “welfare of good”. His second goal was “vinashaya dushkritam”- which means destroy evil (thought) and the third and final goal was “dharma sansthapana” – it means to establish and strengthen the good principles. As a manager, he expressed that the organization should have clear cut aims and should not allow anyone to control their senses and stick to their goals.

  1. Planned and strategic approach

Lord Krishna was a strategist who used the problem-solving approach in his life. Mahabharata was won by Pandavas with his strategic skills. It proves that a person who is skilled in planning or strategy will definitely win in the war and politics. A proper planning and taking action is essential to achieve or get long and short-term goals.

  1. Excellent management

Krishna alone could have finished the Kouravas in a few hours, but he did not do so. Rather he stood as a teacher and made Pandavas to fight the war. It is the final quality of the good manager, who reflects his vision.

  1. Never take sides based on relationships

Being a supporter of religion, Krishna never took sides on the basis of relations. Therefore, Krishna provided gave equal opportunity to take them. Since Duryodhana knew this, he had come to Krishna. He again decides to be fair and urges Arjuna to make choice between himself and his whole army. Arjuna chose Krishna, and the whole army was chosen by Duryodhana.

  1. Skilled thinker

Whenever Pandavas were de-motivated, Krishna was there to motivate them. Apart from this, in the interaction between Pandavas and Kouravas, Krishna deliberately broke the conversation.

  1. Down to earth behavior

Being the supreme of this universe, Krishna was living a simple life as a common man among the people. He played with the catapult, gollas (guarding the cows), became a friend of Sudhamma, and the most important, he has become a charioteer of Arjuna, which tells about his behavior down to the earth.

  1. Tactful strategist

As a smart strategist, he never broke any rule but bowed down the words of the rules against the powerful Kovaravas for the benefit of Pandavas.

At the end of the Bhagavad Gita, for the sake of the uplift of religion, and to destroy the unrighteousness, Krishna was never ashamed of taking any action nor did he fear anything. Even if it was destroyed, it would be creative. But Arjun was worried that those who are fighting are his own family, and there will be bloodshed. Not only did Krishna inspire him to fight for war, but emphasizes creative destruction. Despite facing the vast Kauravas, he guided the entire army of Pandavas under one command and they were victorious.

This is the best lesson, which people should know about being a part of corporate life!!