Every company goes through phases of ‘wow, business couldn’t be better!’ to ‘how on earth did we get here?’ and everything in between. For a new employee, the excitement is high and so is the motivation to work and do their best. It could take a few months, or even a few days. But this enthusiasm eventually dies down and work becomes more of a bore than a thrill. Performance starts to drop and you find your employees doing just the bare minimum of what is required of them. What then? Don’t fret just yet, there still is hope. Here’s how you can ignite that spark once again – just ask yourself these questions…
1. Do they think of you as one of them?
Managers are often perceived as cold and hard. Showing your softer side will make your employees realise you’re human too and that you too feel the same emotions that they do. It makes you more approachable and less intimidating. If they’re facing any difficulty at work, talking it out and finding a solution will definitely help things move along positively. At the same time, remember your employees are just people too. Allow them to have bad days and give them their space when needed. This brings us to the next point…
2. How well do you know your employees?
Take the time to talk to your employees one on one and get to know them – their strength and interests, likes and dislikes. A person is more likely to succeed in what they’re doing if they are enjoying their work. If someone’s forced to do something they don’t enjoy, they will be sure to lose interest and drive.
3. Does your team have a say in your decisions?
One of the biggest motivational factors is making the person feel valued. Take feedback and ask for opinions on certain topics before making certain decisions.
4. How interesting is their work life?
Make sure the work place has enough room for recreational activities like games etc. This not only boosts team bonding but it gives them a chance to take a break from work and return refreshed and with a clear mind.
5. When was the last time you said ‘thank you’?
A little appreciation goes a long way. Of course, you probably know this already. But how often do you thank your employees on a job well done? Just saying ‘good job’ in front of a group of people will do a lot to motivate him than you will realise.
6. Plan regular team building activities
When was the last time you all did something together, aside from work? Team building helps break the ice between employees and creates relationships which in turn makes work life easier. Employees will start to see their co-workers as more than just colleagues and hence develop feelings of respect and understanding towards them.
7. Do you know what’s really going on within your team?
Sit down with your team instead of sitting behind your desk, delegating work via email. Have team meetings, find out if they’re facing any problems and try and solve them. This not only shows them that you’re interested but that you’ve got their back too. Aside from this, more importantly you will notice whether there’s any build-up of negativity within the team and address it before it causes irreparable damage.
8. Do you treat them like kids or like the adults they are?
Do not micromanage. If they’ve been assigned a task, set a deadline and wait. Constantly checking up on them will show them that you don’t have the confidence that they’re capable of finishing that task on time. Let them take breaks when they need to, as long as they’re not taking advantage and they get the job done.
Building employee motivation is a huge challenge for most managers. Try paying more attention to the above factors, you will see a considerable difference for sure.
So you’ve been trying since forever to land a job at this company and you finally get called-in for an interview. That’s great! But don’t get too excited just yet, because now is when the real battle begins. Don’t mean to burst your bubble, but surely you’re aware that you aren’t the only one applying for this job. So how do you make an impression that outlasts the rest? Ace your Interview with these Fail Proof Tips!
Needless to say, you cannot waltz blindly into the interview room and expect to wow anyone. Knowledge is key here. Do thorough research not only on the company, but on the person who will be interviewing you as well.
It doesn’t matter if the office dress code is casual. You need to look like you take this interview seriously and not like you just rolled out of bed and into the office. You’re not one of ‘them’ yet.
Make sure you carry a pen and some extra copies of your CV and other relevant documents. “I already e-mailed it to you” will definitely give off a bad first impression.
Make sure you reach at least 15 minutes before you are expected. Early is definitely better than late. Give yourself some time to settle down and take in your surroundings before you get called in to the interview room.
Of course you’ve been preparing for this day for a while and you feel like everything is going perfect. Here’s where it could get a wee bit tricky. Interviewers sometimes ask questions with a certain aim in mind. Like maybe to see how good your communication skills are or to know whether you are capable of handling certain situations. Keep your answers concise and try answer in less than 2 minutes. Now when we say concise, we don’t mean a yes/no response. Support your answers with little incidents that occurred in your previous job, highlight your skill in handling the situation and how you tackled the problem and what was the outcome. Focus on your strengths, flexibility and willingness to work and learn new things and leadership skills.
Remember, the interviewer isn’t interested in your life story – no matter how touching it may be. He’s just interested in how you and your set of skills can contribute to the growth of the company.
At the end of the interview you will be asked if you have any questions. This is your time to show just how enthusiastic you are about this job. Here is where your research will pay off. Have a strong list of questions to ask based on what you have found out. Also ask questions like, “how would you describe your ideal candidate?” or “how do you measure performance?”
With the aim firmly fixed on increasing IT jobs in Goa, the State government has increased its focus on startups in Goa. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar while announcing allocations under the budget for IT, allotted about ₹169 Cr for the IT sector, including ₹15 Cr for startups with the aim of creating 4,000 IT jobs in Goa per year.
The Goa Government will also set up a Start Up Promotion Board in the coming financial year. ₹50 Lakhs has also been allocated to encourage incubation centres and entrepreneur development centres in the state to boost IT jobs in Goa.
While speaking about the budget allocation, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “There is no evidence that more regulations make things better. With minimising regulations my government will emphasise on ease of doing business initiatives in Goa and implement the business reform action plan in the state, to be among the top 10 Indian states through an e-governance platform, integrating and synergising all government departments and entities.”
He also stated that the government will focus on the implementation of the Goa IT Investment Policy 2015. Parrikar assured that the Chimbel IT Park would be completed in the next two years after taking all the stakeholders into confidence.
Apart from Goa, other state governments are also started encouraging startups. Recently, the Bihar Government announced ₹500 Crore in order to facilitate startups. Earlier the Odisha Government had signed a MoU with Invest India to promote state startups. All these steps were taken by the state government under Prime Minister Initiative Startup India.
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Crunching through CVs isn’t an easy task for an HR executive who reads through several boring 5-10 page CVs on a daily basis. However, the trend has been changing over the years, with the focus on single page CVs. The challenge now is – how do you peak the interest of your prospective recruiters for jobs in Goa, while packing in crucial information about yourself on a single page.
How do you impress the HR executive with just a single page ?
It may look like an easy job…. but it is not!
So… what’s the solution? … Send in a handwritten CV!
Once you’re done laughing through your teeth… here are some ‘advantages’ for you to bite down on.
If you think this is a joke. Think again, because it isn’t!!
We actually received a handwritten CV, and I being the lead recruiter for the company at the time was shocked at start, but I was extremely curious to meet the person.
After reviewing tonnes of boring CV’s filled with content ripped of the internet, this ‘handwritten’ CV felt refreshing. However, I must say that this was a stunt that was born out of pure laziness.
So we did schedule the interview, but the candidate was a no show… many dreams were shattered that day.
Nonetheless, this person actually went on to work for a huge multinational company, although he did not last there very long. He quit after a couple of months and ventured in the hospitality and food industry. He is now back in the market, looking for jobs in Goa.
This entire article was intended in a manner to highlight the unprofessionalism of the IT industry and IT job scene in Goa.
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