Ajey Chaudhary has diverse experience in Global Talent Acquisition, specializing in attracting talent for fortune 500 companies. He is currently heading the Recruitment function for Prometheus Consulting. He takes keen interest in Photography, biking and reading in his spare time.
The extension in the lockdown due to Coronavirus comes as a mandate across borders. And while most businesses have mandated working from home for their employees, let’s admit- productivity cannot be the same throughout the day as we have in a work environment. At work, we meet colleagues, explore avenues together, brainstorm with team members while working on our soft skills at the same time.
I have self-quarantined myself for about ten days now, considering my husband’s work profile falls under essential services. In the beginning, we hardly got to speak to each other even when at home, which was starting to impact on my work as well. And while a good number of my co-workers were really happy with the prospect of working from home, there’s always a bunch of people like me who never found the idea exciting. But it’s testing times and to stay safe this is the best way out. So here are a few ways to stay focussed and increase productivity when in self-quarantine.
The time taken to travel to my office was never more than 20 minutes. So when working from home I happen to save that time, but how do I use it- No, not by laying in the bed for twenty minutes more, rather starting a little early than usual. I happen to be a morning person. Leveraging the absence of commute time to start work early gives you enough time to be productive, improves concentration (because of lesser disturbances), and allows for a nap break as well.
Your performance has a lot to do with the corner you choose to work in. I prefer to have a desk dedicated to my work requirements, with my greens around and phone far-far away. It’s just the two of us in here, so I hardly have any disturbances throughout the day. And yet, I find it difficult to concentrate because I am so used to people working around me and that’s how I like it. Your Home office should be in a place you feel the most comfortable and creative in.
The internet is your only source of communication during the lockdown. You may have found it easy to quarantine yourself, but as humans, we do crave for social interaction at some point of time. Make sure you use the available tools of communication whenever you feel lonely. I wouldn’t call myself a talkative person, but there have been days when I just worked on my PC and didn’t get a chance to speak to anyone. The mood would definitely hold back on such days.
This may not sound like something that could help increase your productivity at work, but, trust me, it does. I have always wanted to have greens all around me and that is what I started doing. The whole idea of seeing something grow gives me hope and brightens my space. That’s why I chose to set a schedule wherein I’d keep time for work and the hobby. If nothing, it is sure to answer a frequently asked question- how to stay motivated when working from home.
Take regular breaks
Self-quarantine may seem to have lessened the number of breaks you would take otherwise, but there’s still a lot you can do without coming in close proximity with others. For instance, I schedule my breaks around the time I need coffee or prepare lunch. That way, I am helping in household chores, and breaks are productive as well. Being glued to your screen throughout the day will only cause strain in your eyes and neck.
Everybody has a different way of unwinding. In these testing times, we need to stay put and keep ourselves motivated. Work from home is an opportunity for some and looks difficult for others. No one knows how long is it going to take for things to go back to normal. Creating a better tomorrow certainly depends on how you make remote working a good experience today.
Recruiting executives has never been as easy as it sounds. Despite what the common folks think, top talent doesn’t just jump from one company to another. Nor do brands want them because they take their existing companies to a level of success.
Selecting a person for an executive position needs a lot of research and networking. The recruiting team should make most of the resources available to find the best person for the job. One wrong decision could bring down the company and destroy the years of effort spent on building it.
To be precise there are three main factors that impact executive hiring. When you get all three of them right, be assured that you have got the best candidate for a top-level position.
Engage Existing Leaders
Don’t limit the task to the recruiting team. The managers and team leaders of various departments are likely to have an extensive circle of friends and acquaintances who could be potential candidates for the executive position.
Ask them to help you with the process of listing out eligible candidates. It is a time-consuming task, which not all of them want to be a part of. Don’t pressurize them to spend extra time or do something they don’t want to.
Provide them with the exact keywords to filter their LinkedIn connections and list the names that come up in the search. If they are comfortable, you can ask them to make their LinkedIn network private for a while so that you can do the job yourself. Give them the choice.
Research- Spread the Net Wide
Research doesn’t stop at looking at the competitors. While it does help, you want to see if you can choose someone even better, irrespective of the industry.
Make a list of questions and note down the answers to each of them. Don’t rely on the existing job profile or the profile of the competitor. Prepare a new profile to add more dimensions to the current one.
Give the task to the recruiting team with clear and specific instructions. Send mails with keywords for searches on various platforms. LinkedIn is not the only place to find a person for the executive position. Dive as deep as possible into the World Wide Web and tighten the net gradually.
Get External Help
While you and your team are capable of finding the right person, outside help will make it easier and open doors to new avenues.
Work with the executive hiring agencies, rather than handing over the task. Make them a part of your team. And if you have the resources, hire a specialist recruiter who handles only the specific executive positions. You might be surprised at the talent they’re connected with.
Prometheus Consulting is one such executive hiring agency in Delhi which understands that getting a Leadership vacancy filled up ain’t easy. Their streamlined process helps meet client objectives in specialized hiring solutions.
Startup businesses may not have to delve as deep into the entire process of recruiting, but that doesn’t mean they can get away with hiring anyone who has a good profile. For a business to grow, the company needs the right kind of leader. Following the same steps within the boundaries of resources will provide opportunities to identify and recruit the right person.
As a part of your employment, the emphasis is always laid towards abilities, training, and knowledge of specific skill sets. Quite often than never soft skills aren’t mentioned as a part of workforce learning or experience, but you’d be mistaken if you felt they held no relevance. Whether you are an intern, have a part-time job in hospitality or retail, or a team lead already, soft skills prepare you for better opportunities in your career.
To understand why are soft skills important once you start your career, it’s important to know what they actually are. Soft Skills include human qualities such as communication, interaction, creativity, innovation, problem-solving, etc, so you can use them effectively at your workplace. Communication, for instance, ain’t just about how we talk to other human beings. It’s the way you convey matters to your team, colleagues or associates via a particular media like in-person communication, digital media, electronic media and so on.
Here’s why soft skills are important you for and your team…
Any organizatio be it big, medium, small or a Startup never fails to encourage good communciations skills. At work, you need to hone your communication skills not only when engaged personally in a conversation, but also through emails as a person or a company. Knowing the difference between formal and informal communication is essential. And especially when you are a Team lead you need to effectively communicate goals and achievements to people around you or in a different time zone.
Consider a scenario where one member of your team innovates with technical skills and other is good at Execution. As a team lead both these people are important to you, but in a situaton where just one can receive a token of appreciation, whom would you choose? If you can't work in a team utilising your innovative skills the organization you work for will never make it big. And we all know, we grow only when the firm grows.
Flexible to changes
In a rapidly progressing work environment being successful would mean being able to adapt to changes easily, like a mold. When employers are looking forward to promoting you, they won’t bother if someone like you would suit the profile. All they would consider is if you can take charge and move the job title beyond what it already is.
Consider this situation: You have assigned a task to three people in your team wherein they are supposed to conduct a workshop successfully. A technical fault occurs, but one of them handles the situation very well. Wouldn’t you consider recommending the teammate for another task?
Like in a situation mentioned above, being able to make quick decisions and thinking on their own feet are important employee traits. The employees who display such soft skills are often candidates considered for promotion.
As much as soft skills might seem like something that comes complimentary with your job profile, in reality, it is one of those things that helped you bag the job. And it’s never too late to start working on these skills.
Prometheus Consulting being one of the best recruitment agencies in India helps you find the job which you are best suited for. You can always get in touch when looking for a change.
Do you think Hiring is easy? Here’s a breakdown of what goes behind closing a job vacancy.
There’s a lot that goes into the process of Hiring. In an endeavor to get the best, recruitment firms shortlist around 200-250 portfolios for a job profile. It doesn’t take the hiring manager more than a couple of seconds to screen through them because not all of these resumes tend to be on-point. Out of the screened resumes, only 2 percent of candidates are called for an interview and one gets the Offer.
When your dream company offers a job though your heart leaps with joy, you can’t help but ask yourself if it’s the right job for you. Your decision will affect the next couple of years of your work experience, career, work-life balance, and a great deal of your routine. That’s a breakdown of what goes behind closing a job vacancy.
Take these five points into consideration before you accept that job offer.
You may hold a good number of accolades that state your qualities as a leader, but how do you know if you are the leader your colleagues look forward to?
Understanding and acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses as an Executive can only help you be a good leader. You definitely would have come across people who would have clapped for a decision or said they expected better from you. Undergoing a round of assessments may seem like a futile attempt to tell you what you already know about yourself. However, these assessment tools help you analyze where you lag and how can you work on improving your leadership skills.
The Leadership Circle
When you hold a position where people are answerable to you, there are two domains that matter a lot- Leadership competency and Reactive competency. The Leadership Circle is an assessment tool that delivers a powerful scan of your leadership abilities, of how your reactive tendencies can be turned into creative tendencies.
Energy Leadership Index Assessment
A unique perspective on self-awareness and emotional intelligence the EDI Assessment gives you an insight into what percentage of key skills do you practice as a leader. Situational awareness and constructive criticism are important for a leader to appropriately respond to people they are in charge of.
When working as a leader, your most important asset is your team. As a leader, it is imperative that you maintain a healthy, vibrant, warm and welcoming culture to show your employees that you care about them. TINYpulse is a brilliant way to keep your team members engaged and the anonymity motivates them to use the tool freely.
The Passion Profiler
One of the most valid and reliable passion identification tools in the market, the Passion Profiler assesses an individual’s expression of purpose as work-related passion. These built-in passions simulate you to learn new skills, think creatively and grow as a leader. Because leaders are expected to build stronger and more innovative teams, they should be better equipped to inspire their teams to deliver outstanding results, and that is what the Passion Profiler helps you with.
Leadership Blind Spots
Let’s face it as much as we like to believe we know ourselves the best, we tend to overlook some of our weaknesses. These “blind spots” are especially dangerous they make leaders proceed in ignorance. Princeton Management Consulting team has come up with a Blind Spot Assessment to help identify blind spots in yourself, your team, and the sector you work in.
If research is to be believed Emotional Quotient is twice as important as IQ and technical skills for successful leadership. While there are a number of tools to determine EQ for a leader and the team, you can try this free assessment tool for EQ by IHHP.
Leadership Assessment Tools may give you an insight into areas where you need to focus more as a leader, and reinforce your skills. The results may or may not surprise you, but they’ll definitely inspire you to work on how to be a good leader to your team.
Prometheus Consulting gives you ample of options to prove yourself as a leader or manager. To browse opportunities, go to Current Openings.
It’s a competitive world out there, and one has to be careful when dealing with recruiting agencies. There have been many instances where people get duped by fake recruitment companies and consultants. Even the ones with years of work experience have been shocked to find out that the agency they trusted was not genuine.
You have every right to be wary of recruitment agencies, especially when it is difficult to differentiate between genuine and fake ones. But, by asking a few questions and observing the conversations you have with the agents, you can identify the authenticity of the agency.
Details of the Consulting Firm
A legitimate firm or agency will never hide any of the details related to the firm. Be it the office address, email, active website, social media pages, etc., the firm will be more than willing to share information with you. Cross-check, visit the office, talk to others to see if they have heard about the firm. All said and done using the power of social media to check their genuineness.
Most recruitment agencies don’t charge you for shortlisting a profile for you unless they are customizing something for you on your request. If any agency asks you for any sort of payment, it’s a huge red flag. Avoid that agency.
Sharing Client Information
There may be certain things the agency may not be at liberty to share with you like the client’s detailed information. Nevertheless, it will not refrain from providing you with the basic information. The links to the website, company profile, active social media accounts, etc. are some details you should ask for. If the agency refuses to share them or provide you with little or no information about the client, be sure that things are not right.
Job Profile and Your Preferences
A recruiting firm aims to assist you in finding the job of your choice. The agency should be able to match your preferences with the job profiles and suggest the ones that would grab your attention. If the agency doesn’t know about the specifications of a job or is not interested in your choices, but keeps pushing random offers at you, they are just looking forward to mint money.
A recruiting consultancy will help you in modifying your resume to make a favorable impression on the client company. The consultancy will also update you about your chances of being selected and will help you analyze where things went wrong if you don’t get the job.
The agency should be willing to share the salary details with you. Above all, trust your instinct. When something feels off or fishy, it usually is.
Prometheus Consulting is a recruitment agency that believes in one size does NOT fit all. It helps you customize your resume and accordingly proposes a job for you.
An employee is responsible for the growth of his/her career in any organization. If you want to boost your career, you will have to talk about your achievements. As long as it doesn’t sound like you’re bragging, go ahead and take pride in your hard work.
Self-promotion does play a vital role in advancing your career. There are certain opportunities where you can talk about your achievements and show the management of your talents. Meetings with the team, annual reviews, offsite events, project meetings, and discussions are some of the best instances to showcase your achievements without bragging.
You can always talk about yourself without stepping over the limit line. Here’s how you can do it.
• The right time to talk about your achievements is during the recruitment interview. When you have years of experience and tons of knowledge to go with it, you should make it a point to talk about them and get an advantage over other candidates.
• Just keep in mind that you don’t overemphasize your achievements. Talk about your work on a project when the topic arises. Let the focus be on the work you did and the results it delivered.
Don’t Use Comparisons
•The sure way to sound like you are bragging is by comparing your skills with others. Don’t ever do that. Stick to talking about your strengths, instead of others. When you are working in the same industry, possess similar sets of skills, and have a common goal, comparisons will not help you.
Appreciate Others’ Achievements
•When working on a team, it is essential to appreciate others’ efforts. When you accept that you are not the only one responsible for the success of the project, it will show you in a better light. This will give you the advantage of talking about your role as you mention their achievements. Others will recognize your strength in handling a team and being good at it.
Don’t Be Vague
•When you have to talk about your achievements, make sure you stick to the facts. Substantiate your achievements with solid facts and figures. Be direct, make it authentic, and use the power of facts to highlight your achievements.
And remember to be thankful for your achievements. A little humility can go a long way in impressing others. You will be promoting not just your skills but your entire self this way.
Prometheus Consulting is one of the best recruitment agencies in India that help you realize your achievements. You can get in touch with them if you are looking for a change!
It’s in the news over and over again. Indigenous leaders from all around the world are asking citizens to stay home and stay safe. India did remain unscathed for a while, but then our people started coming home from abroad and that is when the chain started. The fear of a global pandemic has affected the jobs and labor industry substantially.
Millions of citizens quarantined and a good lot locked within their homes has directly affected the Travel and Business industry. In China, workers are asked not to come to work or if at all they show up they are to do so with a Medical certificate. With factories locked down, production schedules have lowered and there is a shortage of products expected. China is the second-largest economy in the world. With factories idle and workers unable to continue a global ripple effect may take place.
Say, for example, iPhone’s manufacturing unit based out of China hasn’t seen any Operations for more than two weeks, resulting in a reduction of Sales and revenue for Apple. Now multiply the same by thousands for other companies. If the outbreak keeps growing at the same rate, it is quite possible that organizations may start downsizing to cut costs and survive through troubling times.
The global business impact of the virus spread is already being felt in many parts, with the world scrambling to control its spread. Australia is still reeling from shockwaves while other European countries observe a complete lockdown.
Talking of India, the China-originated virus has so far affected the Manufacturing and Exports sector that includes Electronics, Textiles, and chemicals. The govt is indeed taking necessary measures to protect the Indian economy from threat, but it is probably too early to say if the jobs sector is going to be hit. Let’s be optimistic here. Assuming that people from around the globe will listen and standby authorities, the virus will remain dormant and last for a while until when the scientists find a cure.
Prometheus Consulting is one of the top-rated recruitment firms in India, and we understand the pain of having to go through a job crisis with no fault of yours. Watch this space for more updates on the jobs sector.
The percentage of women in the talent pipeline may have observed a hike in the past three decades, but the gender gap is still seen from entry-level to top-executive positions. Significant strides have been made in creating more gender-inclusive work environments, and yet there’s a lot to be done when it comes to including women in managerial and leadership roles.
To shed some light on how gender inclusiveness can help organizations grow, here are a few advantages that women leaders bring to the table…
Flexibility to workplace
Time has proved that women as managers bring in several positive changes allowing team members to learn and grow with each other. These positive changes allow employers to address issues like helping employees maintain a healthy work-life balance. Flexibility (childcare, work from home, elder care, etc.) comes as a product of a healthy work-life balance for both males and females and was hardly heard of before women entered the workforce.
When we brainstorm with people of different genders, sexual orientations, and ethnicities we tend to work better. In a study when researchers asked top leaders about ways to increase the effectiveness of their workplace, they answered that the organization needs to start creating transparency and attention to promote women as Leaders to provide an outstanding base for the organization to grow.
Trust is quite a fragile thing in today’s high-visibility world, which easily implies that it’s become more important than ever to ensure that a company and its leaders act in an ethical manner. A senior Talent Acquisition executive at a renowned MNC mentioned that for any initiative, return om reputation- values and beliefs as an organization is as important, if not more so, as return on investment. By integrating and advancing both soft and hard skills, female leaders fuel the organization itself and drive sustainable growth.
Remember when Moms used to celebrate our birthdays with colorful ribbons and balloons? Mine would personally write a two-line invitation for all my friends. If experts are to be believed, women are great communicators as they respond more effectively to visual, verbal and emotional factors than men. A number of times it’s been observed that female employees aren’t comfortable talking about issues as freely to male bosses. Women leaders encourage team members to share their issues, advising them to encourage teamwork while maintaining professionalism.
Mentorship and nominations can be incredibly important for career growth and job satisfaction, so having an increased supply for any company can leave its employees on the edge. While studies have shown women having a more difficult time finding mentors, it is also observed that women make better mentors as compared to men.
A few decades back leadership was seen as masculine behavior. People have a notion that men make effective leaders. Maybe, they do. However, women leaders are more intuitive, understanding, persuasive, and work collaboratively to handle a team. There’s a fine line between being Authoritative and Participative as a leader. Women know how to juggle between the two.
Benefits of Hiring Female Employees:
A research-oriented study by the International Finance Corporation discloses that including more and more women to the workforce in companies not only assist to protect their human rights but it is great for the business as well. The research has reported the listed advantages that are attained from hiring women in distinct industries across the globe:
• An Access to The Commendable Talents Available:
The enormous number of prospective experts to sheath the vacancies has thoroughly increased from the lower skilled degree to the executive positions.
• Ameliorations in Relation to Innovation and Productivity:
There is an increasing proof that the coexistence of women and men in similar surrounding accounts for a creative squad or team. Diversity is a major key to the operations conducted by the organizations.
• Helps in Creating Strong Team Dynamics:
In a company, women frequently possess the efficient skills so as to unite the folks and garner the proposals and opinions. This is a competition that favours the generation of the teams, further optimization, and participation in the decision-making activity.
• Reduction in The Staff Turnover and Generation of Long-Term Relationships:
In contrary to the men, the general majority of the women can be multi-focused and multi-tasking. Thus, the companies can take a decision to be supportive regarding training with respect to hiring staff for the open positions or vacancies.
• Ensures Better Work Environment:
Women can highly relate to the appreciation and empathy for the others as they are generally focused on the individuals and requirements. Their exceedingly great willingness to strike a conversation and receive feedback helps in solving issues.
Though the working population in relation to women represent just forty percent of the total global workforce where most of them move ahead to begin their own business. The International Labour Organisation has estimated that about half of the productive potential of the women is unutilized that is forty-eight percent in comparison to twenty-two percent of the men.
Investing in the calculated initiative which supports the women at work is a situation that is constituted as a “win-win” situation since the employers, as well as employees, garner a real advantage. About one-third of the organizations that invested in the programs in the developing or emerging countries have ameliorated their advantages where thirty-eight percent expect earnings, in accordance with the survey performed by Mc Kinsey.
While some are said to be short-term advantages like a distinct level of stated absenteeism or reducing turnover, others are said to be long-term benefits which relate to earnings, corporate image, enticing higher innovation levels, and talent.
Hiring a good number of women assures that the workforce of the company is a thorough representative of their client base providing great knowledge on the preference of the consumer. Moreover, the population of the women worldwide impact up to eighty percent of the considerable decision related to purchase.
Private sector portrays almost nine out of ten jobs in the developing countries which play a basic role. Companies with higher women presence than men are a rarity despite the advancement made in relation to the equality of gender. In most of the industries like construction, mining, and energy, women share a minor position than men.
Few of the analysts approximately predict that the upcoming revolution in the economy might come across as a result of the particular role played by the women in the market and the business umbworld since the dynamics of the business are enhanced greatly with the female worker's incorporation.