Biggest Mistake of My Life was when I Took that Job!

Biggest Mistake of My Life was when I Took that Job!

Taking up that job was the biggest mistake of my life. Let’s rewind the story to a couple of months back. I got selected in a renowned, classic multinational company. I was offered a hefty package which included my travel, food, even Gym! I was galvanized and said yes! I was earning while my other friends were still searching for the job. Dad was overjoyed. I was in the spotlight, my girlfriend, friends and even relatives were happy and wished me. Then, self-realization hit me hard! I was hardly 25 odd days into the job and only thing I was hoping for, were Saturdays and Sundays. I never enjoyed the work I was assigned. I started bunking, (like- school) I literally lost interest in the job and took longer breaks, like the one right now, sitting in the canteen- writing a blog! Related Read: I chose the life my father wanted for me! The only thing which was going through my mind every day was how to get rid of this job. So many times, I thought of quitting the job but all those who wished me, laughed at me in my thoughts. I didn’t want to put my future in jeopardy by doing something silly. My conscience reminded me of all the lies, fake behavior during my interview. Why would anybody agree with all the things the interviewer says?! I was the only one to be blamed. I decided to speak with my colleague who was with the company since last 4 years. He explained, “You know most of the candidates these days do what you did in your...
Standard Chartered Appoints Sachin Gupte as Head of Human Resources India

Standard Chartered Appoints Sachin Gupte as Head of Human Resources India

One of the largest British multinational banking and financial services company Standard Chartered Bank recently appointed Sachin Gupte as its new Head of Human Resources (HR) in India as per the report by Business World. Gupte will succeed William Paul, who retired after having a stint of almost a decade with the Bank. Prior to this appointment, Sachin was the Head of Human Resources, Global Banking (GB) and Transaction Banking (TB) at Standard Chartered. He has 16 years of service in the Bank holding various HR roles in Mumbai, London, Chennai and Singapore and has been instrumental in the restructure within GB and TB and also designed and implemented the talent strategy for TB. In his new role, Sachin will report to Zarin Daruwala, the Bank’s India CEO and Peter Hatt, Regional Head, HR, ASEAN and South Asia and Global Head, HR, Private and Commercial Banking for Standard Chartered. Standard Chartered Bank is one of India’s largest international banks with over 100 branches in more than 43 cities, a combined customer base of around 2 million retail customers and around 2500 corporate and institutional relationships. (Image- yimg.com) Related Read: I Never Looked Back after Setting Work...
I chose the life my father wanted for me!

I chose the life my father wanted for me!

I successfully completed my graduation and one of the top company was visiting the campus for a recruitment drive. Having scored 81%, I was super confident on cracking that interview. It was always expected out of me to be an engineer hence I took up B.E. I felt a little out of place in the beginning but eventually, friends, games, hostel life and the competitive streak filled the crack. In the fourth year, I started inclining a little towards Data Structure and Algorithms. And since I invested my four precious years trying to score good marks, getting a job was an ideal thing to do. Related Read: Drama at work cost the average worker 2.5 hours a day! Finally, that day arrived, I wore the best shirt and put on a nice perfume, dad walked into the room and gave me his vintage watch as a lucky charm. He said, “This is it! This job will make your career. It is a kickstart to your long-term goal of being absolute best at everything!” His words encouraged me, I always fancied that watch. “Its time,” said my friend as we went inside the room. There were 13 others like me who were keen to get the “dream job”. Finally, my turn came, I started off in style. The interviewer seemed happy with all my answers but somehow it felt that the closer I got to that job, the further away I was drifting from myself. I agreed to everything the employer said. He said, “There are no fix work hours, you might have to extend as well.” I said YES! “You...
How to succeed at your new job!

How to succeed at your new job!

Gone are the days when people use to struggle to get a job. There are lots of platforms like Naukri, Monster and what not to help you get one quick! Sending resume to top MNCs have played the part now it is time for video interviews.  But the real struggle now is to keep the job. In order to survive at your workplace, there are few things which need to be amended. First few months are enough for your employer to understand your potential, strength and weaknesses. To make sure you succeed at your new job, here are few things which will help you thrive. Know your employer: Utmost important point, to begin with, Some employees work without really knowing or understanding their employer. Taking the time to understand the organization’s mission, goals, strategies, and products/services will help you better understand your role within it — and the value of the job you provide. Be Goal Driven:  To be goal driven, you need to set the goals first. Work with your boss, determine what success looks like for you in this role. Set clear, quantifiable goals to achieve within the first three months and six months, and plot a path to tackle them. No matter what your job is, it’s important to be serious and stay focused on what you do —act professionally in all situations. Always remember, you are not being paid to ‘stay busy’ or even to ‘work hard’ but to strategically deliver on clearly defined goals that materially impact the mission. This is true no matter where you are on the corporate ladder. Meet and Greet...
Drama at work cost the average worker 2.5 hours a day!

Drama at work cost the average worker 2.5 hours a day!

Your company is wasting a lot of time on drama—according to my estimate, as much as 2.5 hours per employee every day. I know what you’re thinking. I speak with leaders from over 200 companies per year, and at almost every event I have, after I share this thought, someone comments: “2.5 hours of drama per employee per day? I just don’t see that in my organization.” That is because when most people hear the word “drama,” it conjures up pictures of a few highly emotional employees, heated team discussions and arguments, or heated watercooler conversations. My workplace drama definition includes anything that creates what I call “emotional waste,” mentally wasteful thought processes or unproductive behaviors that keep leaders or their teams from delivering the highest level of results. Drama includes complaining, judging, creating stories, gossiping, blaming, jumping to conclusions, meddling in others’ business, and simply put: arguing with reality. In 2015, I partnered with the Kantar Futures Company  to survey 800 leaders from more than 100 organizations that represent medical, technology, manufacturing and financial organizations about the time that they spend on drama. They reported spending 2.5 hours per day, per employee on drama. And here is what we learned about the percentage of time, per day, leaders were spending dealing with specific non-productive workplace behaviors:     32% – Addressing Ego Behaviors. These include your daily, “Got a minute?” conversations, which turn into 45 minutes of employee venting, much of which addresses things that have never happened or never will happen. It’s your time spent exhausted in mitigating workplace gossip, scorekeeping, and the energy invested in soothing employee...