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Corporate lessons from a cricket match 6

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India lost the only 20-20 match that they played in England to end their rather disastrous tour. While the loss on itself will soon be forgotten what made news was the way Dhoni decided to handle the situation. India needed 17 from eight balls. India needed anything, anything from Rayudu: a four, a two maybe. But Rayudu couldn’t manage to score. Two dot balls, one on leg, the other on

Office Mahabharata 6

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I received this interesting message this morning and decided to use it in my blog. Unfortunately (like a lot of very interesting stuff that we receive via email, texts whatsapp messages and face book posts) I am not sure about the origin and hence cannot give due credit to the person who originally wrote it . The writer has drawn interesting and funny comparisons to our everyday colleagues at work

Advantages of using a recruitment agency 3

I am in conversation with 2 clients’ simultaneously to build an employee referral program as part of their recruitment strategy. Companies have started focusing more and more on Employee referral programs as their preferred recruitment channel since it is more effective and less expensive. There seems to be a paradigm shift from the past when Organizations would be heavily dependent on consultants. The below post is written by guest writer

Before you ‘fire’ them, remember you have ‘hired’ them !! 5

Unlike in the past, we hear of employees being laid off a lot more often these days and rightly so. While it may not and should not be the first option it’s almost always in the best interest of the organization. We are all dependent on our clients and if we lose business it’s natural to ask the employees working on that particular project to leave. In a way they

How difficult is it to be nice? 5

I was travelling by Spice jet recently. Honestly, its not one of my favourite airlines as they have a general reputation of being delayed especially in the Vizag – Bangalore sector. But then, since I didn’t have any choice (there are no other evening flights from Vizag to Bangalore) I was forced to take it . I reached in time to find the girl behind the counter having a fairly

Start-ups face high attrition despite paying good salaries 5

I read an article that that featured in Financial Times with this heading and it got me curious. Excerpts: Indian start-ups are good paymasters with 82 per cent paying above the market median. Many Indian start-ups are doling out handsome pay packets, with junior level employees. However, Indian start-ups face attrition rate of as high as 21 per cent despite being good paymasters, says a study. According to the study

Do your Managers have scorecards ? 4

If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Improve It Tweet this One of the biggest challenges that organisations face today is that a high percentage of employees leave because of their managers, either directly or indirectly. How many times have you heard that ‘People Don’t Leave Companies …They Leave Leaders’! We have spoken to enough Managers and I can say this with a lot of confidence that no one wants

Are you taking your reference checks seriously? 8

As part of every recruitment process there is the mandatory step of conducting reference checks. Unfortunately this process is most often a cursory check and not given due importance. When is the last time you have heard of someone failing the reference check process? Tweet this. The reference check can actually provide very significant and valuable feedback about the hire which can be used very effectively while engaging the employee

A Good Attitude + A Good Aptitude = A Good hire 7

Organisations are continuously looking at inventive and innovative approaches to address their recruitment requirements. While technical skills are tangible and are well written out in resumes, identifying attitude in a 30 min interview continues to be a challenge.tweet this! The candidate for obvious reasons wants to put his best foot forward. He has probably role played most of the typical questions that would be asked during the interview and has

Managers need to recognise early warning signals 8

Retention is quickly becoming a major concern for organizations of every size and in every industry and most companies are now putting retention on that list of main concerns. Unfortunately, putting retention on that list of main concerns and doing something about it are 2 different things. It is very important that Organizations have a strategy around this and work around it. However, the first step would be to have

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