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5 REASONS WHY SOFT SKILLS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

All of the formal education that you acquire during your life culminates with the acquisition of hard skills – the skills (mostly technical in nature) that you need to do your job. These are the ones that matter the most and are listed in your CV. But the current needs of the employers are more evolved. Another set of skills that are gaining importance in the current discourse are soft skills – inherent qualities that make you gel with other people well. Here are some reasons why soft skills have gained a lot of traction over a period of time:

 

SOFT SKILLS BEAUTIFULLY SUPPLEMENT HARD SKILLS

Technical skills as a standalone are never enough in the current discourse of corporate jobs. An asset growth manager with all the technical know-how in the world cannot survive the industry unless they don’t know how to efficiently manage interpersonal relation with clients and colleagues. Almost every career requires at least the basic knowledge of soft skills.

SOFT SKILLS ARE HARDER TO ACQUIRE

Hard skills are what you devote your later school and all college life to learn, master and hone. They take a long time to learn but have a set path along which you can tread to master them. Soft skills pose an entirely different problem. Since they are not taught through mainstream media, they are a harder nut to crack.

Conscious effort, regular practice, and a commitment to self-development to improve your soft skills are at the core of it all. Your CV primarily will consist of various hard skills but soft skills are the differentiator that will eventually get you the job. If all the candidates have a similar level of expertise, soft skills are the tie breaker.

SOFT SKILLS ARE ESSENTIAL PART OF MODERN WORKPLACE

Listening, collaborating with others, presenting ideas and communicating with team members are what form the essential part of the spectrum of a modern workplace. To ensure optimum levels of productivity, collaboration and a vibrant and healthy work environment, you need to ensure a competitive level of knowledge of soft skills. In the end, it is all about surviving the cutthroat competition in this world.

SOFT SKILLS NECESSARY FOR CUSTOMER INTERACTION

Modern marketplace is known to have a large number of choices through mediums such as the internet available in smartphones, laptops and computers. In such competition, prices see low and convenience is also literally at the tips of the fingers. Customer service is hence often what sways customers to different companies. You should be able to effectively communicate with customers to be an indispensable and valuable asset to your business.

THE FUTURE WORKPLACE WILL RELY ON SOFT SKILLS

Automation and artificial intelligence are already shifting the wave of jobs to heavily rely on soft skills. Due to the introduction of cutting-edge technology, more and more tasks that require hard skills are on a decline. All this again makes the knowledge of soft skills very crucial to have. Current estimates predict that almost two-thirds of the jobs worldwide would eventually rely on AI and automation and ultimately soft skills by 2030.

Since we have harped on about the importance of soft skills, it also becomes imperative on our part to define what soft skills entail. Well, here goes:

Communication (oral and written)

Creativity

Problem-solving

Collaboration

Adaptability

Positivity

Learning from criticism

Working under pressure

To improve upon these above-mentioned skills, you can opt for online and offline courses or you can go through the actual grind by networking with people inside and outside your company. Challenge yourself to take on new tasks too.

A strong set of soft skills complementing your hard skills will effectively pave your way to a competitive and successful start to the career.

 

 

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HOW TO STAY ENGAGED IN YOUR JOB WHEN YOU’VE LOST INTEREST

You’ve been slugging it out at your current organization and you just realized something. You don’t care. You don’t care about the organization, it’s fortunes, anything really. The lingering doubt was always somewhere in the corner of your mind. But now it has amplified into something much bigger. Common signs are disinterest in daily affairs, apathy towards your projects and assignments and a complete lack of motivation to climb the corporate ladder. The reasons could be varied; you have found someplace better with a hefty package and benefits, you don’t enjoy what you do and want to shift career, you have the worst boss with pathetic work conditions or something entirely else.

With no sense of attachment to the job or the organization, theirs is less motivation for you to stay interested. This kind of attitude is noticed generally in people who have started serving their notice period. They are fully aware that they need not care about any of their actions or its consequences. Their apathy to projects, staff, employees and office rules is admired and loathed in equal measure by their co-workers.You now need to keep yourself from showing how very little interest or regard you may have for your job and place of business.  Even if you are now deciding to change jobs or find a new career, you need to ensure the rest of your time in this job remains consistent with your past. If you want to leave the job and haven’t started the notice period i.e. haven’t given your resignation, it is imperative that you at the very least pretend to seem interested.

Here are some tips for staying engaged,

Don’t confide in anyone

Even if you are bored at the job and are mulling a job change, it is not wise to start talking about it with anyone and everyone. These kind of office gossips are like forest fires ; everyone gets pulled in. People will start looking for flaws in your methodology and might even inform the boss about it.

Try something new. 

Even though you are a lot closer to the end of the job, strive to try something new. The best way to stimulate attention and interest at work is to engage in something new. Since you are doing stuff you don’t normally do, it does tend to make you more alert at work. It breaks the monotony.

Learn something. 

For the same reason that we recommended you to do something fresh at workplace, to get the proverbial juices flowing, enrol yourself to learn a new skill to perk up your work life. It really stimulates the brain and gets rid of boredom. And a new skill to write about in your resume will definitely not hurt.

Pay attention to your performance. 

Make sure that you don’t slip up in terms of performance. This can get you noticed for all the wrong reasons. Even if it consumes a bit more time and energy do try to keep your performance stable.

“Act” your way through the day.

Make it seem like that you actually care about what you’re doing. Ask questions about the projects, follow up on answers given and make positive statements about outcome. It takes a helluva lot of will power though.

Watch your office hours.

Even if you don’t feel like it, don’t shrink your work hours so that it is noticeable. People will start asking uncomfortable questions.

Watch what you say to yourself. 

What you talk about with your inner conscience can truly affect your opinions. Once you’ve established the fact that you don’t want to slog at your current job, make sure that you should not dwell too hard on it. It can only serve to make things worse.

The transition period between discovering the lack of spark and actually quitting for real can vary from person to person, sometimes extending to years. If that indeed happens with you then you need to make sure that you at least look engaged in the office on the surface. Fake it till you make it.

 

 

 

 

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Employee motivation in a nutshell.

A motivated man is like a man possessed, willing to go the extra mile, willing to give it his/her all. That kind of attitude is a boon at the workplace. So you need more employees of this kind. Sadly, this kind is rare and hard to manufacture.

We, at Careermarshal – one of the best job sites in India, bring to you some ways to push more employees to the brink of motivation and usher in productivity and efficiency at the workplace.One of the biggest reasons for less motivation among employees is dissatisfaction with a superior at work. So, being the boss, it is your duty to keep your employees primed up and ready for the job.

  1. Keep a nice demeanour.

It is no secret that appreciation brings the best out of us. When an employee is appreciated, they see more likely to do a better job and show better results. Hence, do not shy away from cordial greetings in the corridor, as they are very easy to do and have a large impact on the psyche of the employees, which in turn leads to more productivity.

A win-win for all!

When someone from the upper echelons of the office don’t properly greet a subordinate, it rings alarm bells in the minds of the juniors. They start having thoughts of being fired or demoted, which is not a good sign at all.

This politeness also applies in terms of talking to someone. Being on the phone or not making eye contact at all are not the best foot forward for you. Take care to make appropriate eye-contact with your subordinates while conversing. Research also points out that hiring managers judge potential candidates not only on their skills and achievements but also their mannerisms and behaviour. So, you need to up your ante in terms of behaviour department.

  1. You need a good credit-giving system.

The employees spend a large chunk of their day working for you – even more than their family. So it is only fair that they get their fair share of appreciation when it’s due. There will be instances when a certain employee will go beyond his/her call of duty to pull a rabbit out of a hat. That is when they should be sought out individually and appreciated amongst all. It will set a great example for others to follow. Appreciation is not only shown through mere words but can also be material. If the achievement warrants it, you can also give away bonuses, holidays, extra benefits or coupons. In this way, more people will be motivated to punch above their weights.

  1. Have fun and let others have it?

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

This saying perfectly captures the essence of the message that is to be conveyed. Organize fun events where employees can let their hair down and just have a relaxing time. Weekend parties, trekking trips, fun games and team-bonding exercises can do a world of good for your employees. All this gives a sense of belonging to your employees amidst the hustle-bustle of daily mundane life. They start admiring you and are more likely to concentrate better during actual work hours.

  1. Robust communication is the key.

It is essential to have proper channels of communication in the company – be it through weekly meetings, emails, calls or through an informal chat in the hallways. In an ideal world, your employees will be well aware of their responsibilities and duties, receive appropriate feedback on their performance from time to time and are well-informed and clear about the company’s vision. If you identify someone who is having a hard time keeping track of the information juggernaut, then you should intervene and help them with whatever the problem is. Keep transcripts of all the communication happening in a digital form that can be used when required. All of this is crucial for effective workings of a company.

  1. Benefits can seal the deal in your favour.

An important key to employee satisfaction and retention are the perks offered other than the salary, not to say that the salary isn’t important. Parking, health benefits (maternal leave and pay), free lunches, vacation days and retirement funds, generous tax rebates all form a very important part of the policies employees look forward to. They form the difference between good and bad job performance.

 

 

 

 

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Tips to Grow Your Employee Engagement!!

You’ve managed to assemble a very efficient and promising workforce full of competitive and mostly hard-working employees. A job done to perfection, right? Well almost, we say. A big task after successful recruitment includes methods you undertake to ensure employee retention. One of the first is employee engagement. Strangely, many organizations do not sufficiently invest their time and money into such activities. With an increasingly competitive market for skilled workers, companies need to pull up their socks and think about more such strategies.

Level of strategies and policies that might work depend upon how dedicated an employee is towards their organization. Engaged employees are those who are completely dedicated to the cause of the company and take responsibility of their work. They also are quite loyal to a company. They tend to stay at a company for long and usually become the leaders at the company.

Not engaged employees are those who are content with their job but only do what their job profile dictates. They don’t go above their station to effect changes in work ethic, structure or quality. They are not much concerned about the mission, goals, and values of the company. But armed with the right approach you can convert them to engaged employee.

Disengaged employees are the bad eggs of the company rooster. Not only are they not satisfied with their own job but they also try to propagate this negativity to anyone else in the company who cares to listen. They are not happy with the work and office culture. And they are stubborn in their ways as it is very difficult to convert a disengaged employee into an engaged one.

This calls for a growing need to engage your employees at a high level to ensure more productivity and better results. Here is how HR managers can improve their employee engagement:

  1. Give them proper resources to do their job

A company’s infrastructure plays a huge role in job satisfaction. You need to provide them with cutting-edge tech and tools to help them effectively carry out their job. Develop processes that are faster and easier so that employees can save both their time and yours. Do away with unnecessary and repeated paperwork because, honestly it is not doing good to anyone. All this can boost morale and end up increasing the productivity factor of your workforce.

  1. Provide tools through which they can continuously grow

A company with a work culture that offers growth in every sphere is an attractive bet to most employees. They want to work in an organization where they can see a rising graph in their career. Training that provides skills to the employees are highly sought after by employees. Organize training session on skills that are sought after – Data Analysis, SEO, Deep Learning, Marketing and such. Companies can tie-up with MOOCS like Coursera, Udemy, and edX to help foster transfer of employable skills to employees. All this will make them feel a sense of belonging to the company and they’ll develop a sense of loyalty as well.

  1. Recognition

Another way to ensure employee retention is by appreciating employees for good work. Try introducing a reward system in form of gift coupons and monetary benefits. Appreciate employees monthly who are doing a good job. This brings in a sense of competitiveness among employees that can drive growth as well.

  1. Open Communication should be encouraged

To connect better with the psyche and pulse of your employees, better communication should be sought. Surveys, team meetings and using suggestion boxes are some traditional yet effective ways to encourage open dialogue and airing of grievances which can be solved in a more nuanced way.  Encourage employees – old as well as new to put forth their ideas to take the company forward in a positive direction using new techniques and strategies. More communication can also foster a closer bond among colleagues.

  1. Disclose what’s going on

Make your employees feel a part of the whole process and enlighten them on what’s going on. Keep them on the know-how of the numbers on the company. Share every significant news – whether good or bad with your employees to make them aware that they are a part of the journey.

  1. Promote Company Culture

Every company has a set of customs that form a wide part of what constitutes their culture. Inculcate in your employees the goals, mission, and values which forms the crux of what is expected of them. Encourage them to fit into the system by listing down the benefits.

  1. Be engaging

Nothing works better than human interaction to make a job look easier than it is. Instead of drowning the newbies at work under paperwork, assign a senior who can help them in the day-to-day functions of their jobs. This can result in a spike in the productivity level of your company and happiness level of your employees.

  1. Regular feedback

Make it a part of your office culture to give feedback to employees every month instead of a year. In this way you can keep track of who is performing well and who is in need of some help. The employees too will feel encouraged to improve their performance and stand out.Timely review of their performance helps them in updating their skills and performing as per the company’s expectations. Feedback can be both formal and informal as well.

  1. Give them time to De stress

Making them work for long hours under constant pressure and deadlines is a sure shot way to build resentment towards work and you among employees. It is your responsibility to not let them stress so much that they buckle under pressure. Organize fun activities which are both fun to play and useful to learn. Take them out for outings or organize parties as an annual reward.

  1. Work-life balance is the key

Offer flexibility in terms of working hours ― if possible, do away with the traditional 9 to 5 timeline and instead encourage them to clock same number of hours at their own convenience at home. This could lead to higher productivity and contentment among the employees.

You can’t increase employee engagement overnight. It can be done by employing above measures or something else that you came up within a definite period of time. You can easily promote a happy work culture by using some of the above-mentioned strategies. After all, employee engagement is the first step towards building a happy workforce.

 

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How to turn around a bad day at work

There are umpteen reasons to have a bad day at work. Maybe you spilled your favorite steaming cup of coffee on your desk effectively ruining your day’s work. Or maybe something a little less tragic. It could be something as trivial as having a scuffle with someone during traffic, or just waking up on the wrong side of the bed.

Whatever the reason might be, we have got ways to turn that frown upside down.

  1. Sing at the top of your voice

There are enough research material to suggest that listening to and crooning along with your favourite song can lift up the blues in a jiffy. Even depression can be alleviated.Make a playlist under the title “Mood uplifter” or whatever works for you and add all the positive songs that race up your heartbeat and rushes adrenaline up your spine. Songs from artists like Avicci works wonder for turbulent moods.

  1. Pamper yourself with a hot shower

Drench yourself with a warm shower works wonder for tired and fatigued body and alleviates stress. It makes you feel relieved and at peace and gives you time to contemplate what went wrong with today. Take an alternate hot and cold shower and rejuvenate circulation in your body.Start with a warm shower and then slowly turn the temperature of the water as cold as you can stand for 20 seconds. Then bring the temperature back up again. Alternate this cycle for 3−5 minutes to start until you can slowly start to tolerate longer durations.

  1. Watch something funny over the internet

Study by University of Western Ontario has shown that people who watched something funny over the Internet were more productive than those who watched something that was depressing.Although your boss might not be convinced to let you watch funny cat videos on YouTube.Tune into something objectively funny and feel your day get better by a long shot.

  1. Interact with Animals

Try Petting a cute litter of puppies and you’ll feel the positive energy flow inside you. Their cuteness will make you go awww J. Although owning a pet is known to improve self-esteem and well-being, you don’t necessarily have to have one to get the benefits. Equine therapy is a scientifically proven way to improve happiness quotient. By animals though, we mean dogs, cats and hamsters and not huge ones like Giraffe or elephants.Chances are that someone in your building has a pet whom you can play with (with the owner’s permission of course!). Or you can go to animal shelters and volunteer. Those animals could do with some benevolent company.

  1. Hug your loved ones

Human touch as a form of therapy is underrated but is catching on among people. They are often employed as therapeutic touch to heal and help patients recover after a surgery in hospitals. Hence, don’t shy away from sharing such intimate moments with your partner, close friend or family members. Just hug it out!

  1. Practice deep breathing.

You might be feeling a rush of stress hormones that are ruining your day. Deep breathing has proven to be stress-reducing activity that can shut out all the negative energy you might be experiencing. Take a few moments to close your eyes. Practice inhaling deeply through your nose for a two-second count, pausing for two seconds, and then exhaling for another two seconds. This will help stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system, thus quieting down your stress response.

  1. Maintain a journal to write down what’s bothering you

Journaling helps you to get things off your chest and provide an outlet for all the repressed thoughts in your mind. You reveal your innermost secrets to a safe haven that is immune to trespassing of any other person. Just writing it all down will make you feel a lot better about yourself even if nobody actually reads any of it.  Start by writing whatever is bothering you and how you feel about it. Then write a few positive things that you’re grateful . It will give a positive spin to the troubled state of your mind and soothe all the irritated muscles of your brain to bring a sense of cathartic bliss. You can also ponder on what you did wrong and what you can do to make it right.

  1. Indulge in a light workout session

We understand that moving any fibre of your body is the last thing you want to do. But activities like light jogging, cycling or skipping ropes will help stimulate blood flow and the release of endorphins, the well-known “feel good” hormone.You don’t necessarily have to walk a marathon to feel the benefits; just go for a short walk and observe your surrounding to take the edge off your day. It is especially helpful if you walk in an area with lush green trees.Perform a simple routine of light squats, push-ups, and easy stretches. This not only gets you out of the chair, it also stimulates happy hormone production, increases blood flow, and boosts your mood.

  1. Detoxify yourself by logging out of various social media accounts

Social media has been instrumental in bringing you closer to far-off relatives, acquaintances and friends but it has had some negative repercussions too. Many studies correlate the higher time spent in checking social media accounts with spike in levels of depression among people because they make unhealthy comparisons to others, create a sense of inadequacy and despair and doubt. Categorically limit the time spent on checking Facebook and Instagram. At work, check them only if it is absolutely necessary. Keep in mind that what people choose to show on their social media feed is a shallow and highly inflated high-points of their life. They all have a murky underbelly that they refuse to put on open display for everyone else to see. Don’t obsess over others.

  1. Walk barefoot on the grass

Walking on dew-laden grass can be cathartic experience to say the least. You maybe working a desk job from 9 to 5 and don’t find much exposure to the elements of nature at all, except for staring at the default screensaver of Windows 7. Go to a nearby park and just take in the whole atmosphere. Grounding is the practice of exposing yourself to the ground, usually with your bare feet to help stimulate energy, improve immune function, and boost happiness.The theory states that the earth’s magnetic field can lower stress hormones.

 

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These workplace practices should be immediately erased from your system!

Like a lot of other things that we do just because it is a routine practice, there are plenty of workplace habits which we also follow just because we are conditioned to follow them. Offices are the places where we usually spend most part of our day. Therefore, it is even more important to focus on adopting newer ways of ‘working’ in the offices. The fresh ways should match up with the current demands of the environment. Here are a list of things that we often do in a workplace, but they should be erased from our systems completely:

  • Be a multi-tasker and a ‘multi-learner’

The startup culture has changed the working environment of the corporates in India to a large extend. Now a days, employees are encouraged to be involved in a lot of other activities and tasks happening around the company apart from just performing their designated KRAs. This means that as a new-age employee you have to be prepared to try your hands at new things. This is not the time when you can only do your work efficiently and return home with a lot of praises. You have to get involved in everything that’s possible in order to shine bright at work.

  • Working late so often

Well, the world is changing quite rapidly and we need to change our habits accordingly as well. Bosses are no longer impressed by employees who just sit in the office even after the office hours and work for long. In fact, the trend is a little different now, and the new age bosses expect you to be as proactive and quick as possible whenever the situation demands. Therefore, fulfilling the commitments on time, no matter whether you work till 9pm or till 6pm matters more to the employers now a days. Therefore, if you thing by sitting on that bench with your eyes on your computer for long even after the bell has rung, in order to get that much needed promotion then you may have to change your strategy.

Listed above are two of the most important steps to be taken in order to get rid of the old age practices of work. The world is changing at a rapid pace, and hence, you should also keep moving with the same pace in order to create your space in the corporate world.

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