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How to combat fatigue at the workplace

Fatigue or being low on energy all the time could be a medical problem. However, if it’s not, then it’s all about using more energy than you have. Sounds sheer common sense? Yes, but when has it been commonly used? Therefore, here are life hacks to fix fatigue at the workplace to maximise productivity and help you bridge the demand and supply gap in energy levels.

Watch your diet

What you eat is who you are. Therefore, avoid food rich in carbs because that’s usually the reason for low energy. If you are able to balance your diet or stick to whole foods and avoid processed food, you could have all the energy you need at work and outside. This is usually plain common sense, but it depends on the individual requirements and energy usage. Therefore, you have to find the sweet spot that works for you and replenish your energy reserves to balance the energy deficit in your body.

Water, water, nowhere

Sometimes, all you need is just some water to combat the low levels of energy. Therefore, hydrate yourself well if you feel low on energy and you should be good to go. And remember, to take water in sips and avoid gulping it down. That’s not the way to quench your thirst. It should be slow and steady.

Breathe well, meditate

When you are stressed, the first casualty is usually the lungs. They receive less energy and your mood goes for a toss as you experience shortness of breath and feel tired. That’s when you should go for this easy-to-use hack that works like magic. Just take a few long breaths and you should be okay. Deep breathing is the best way to combat stress and tackle fatigue and the feeling of tiredness. Similarly, some mindfulness exercises and meditation will work well. By this we mean, eating food without thinking of anything else. Taking a Pomodoro break every five minutes for every half an hour or one hour. Closing your eyes and listening to soothing instrumental tunes. Or anything else that immediately destresses you. Take care of your stress and energy levels and you can take care of your professional and personal life.

Step out for a breath of fresh air

Simple hacks have far better ways to relieve you of stress, fatigue and low energy levels. Just step out of your office and take a walk around the city block or around your workspace building. Just a slow walk works wonders. And if there’s a park, step inside the green environs and breathe fresh air. Even if you are just sitting on the park bench and not really walking around, it will do you enough good to replenish your energy levels and bring excitement into your life. Spending time with nature has known health benefits, the biggest of them being the ability to boost your immunity levels.

And finally…

Most modern-day practices are impacting our health, mood swings and stress levels. If we closely watch what we do, we should pinpoint the exact reasons why we are low on energy. The moment you realise who or what they are, you can either prioritise your daily to-do list and weed out the unnecessary and energy-draining activities or just take an afternoon nap of just 5-10 minutes. Just put your head on your work desk and lie down without any interruption and you should be sufficiently recharged for the next four hours. Once you investigate your current practices, you will realise that a sound approach is one where we modify the way we work and live. And that just takes a little of bit of common sense. However, for that to happen, you need some ‘me-time’, which is something only a walk in the lap of nature will give you. Therefore, it’s time to shut your mind out to the outside and look within. Picture yourself at the happiest moment in your life or a place you want to be in the hills, by the river or a cosy cottage. It works like magic.

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How to get the next contract job after losing one

Company restructuring, business failures, cost cutting and performance issues are some of the reasons that result in job losses. Once you are asked to stop coming to work, you realise that you also lose your daily routine and a steady salary, making you a nervous wreck. However, instead of sorting out the issue at hand, you end up wallowing in pity, watching TV ad infinitum and sinning on sweets and ice creams like there is no tomorrow. Follow these tips and you should never become a homebody again, at least not for months at a stretch.

 

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SHARE YOUR SORROW

Many of us are so ashamed of the job loss, no matter the reason, that we forget to share it with people we meet. That is the biggest mistake. If you assess your previous jobs, you realize that perhaps the workplace was not really a good fit for you, or you were not given what you were capable of. And this job loss was a blessing in disguise. This should be your line of thinking as it cuts through to the core of the problem: your strengths and how the next company can benefit from your skills. Once you have this figured out, sharing your plight becomes that much easier. Instead of bitching about the sad state of affairs in your company, you could tell anyone who bothered to ask about your job status that you lost your job, and now you want to do something in a particular arena to go up the ladder. This usually gets you the assistance you really need rather than just someone sharing their handkerchiefs or paper towels at the dinner party. This sharing should happen with the other friends who have lost their jobs too. If it’s a company restructuring, usually there are many more people who lose their jobs. In such circumstances, all of you can weep on each other’s shoulders and formulate a strategy to survive this one. Care and share, as it always works.

 

DON’T SPLURGE

Saving is earning, and this becomes more pertinent when you have no monthly retainer to turn to. Cut down on eating out, entertainment, unnecessary shopping, dial down your internet and cable TV plans, and perhaps even cancel your Netflix subscription to prevent yourself from binge-watching. Instead, cook like you’ve never cooked before. Go for a walk in the neighborhood park instead of using a personal trainer and be happy with your current smartphone instead of going for the latest and greatest. In addition to substantial savings, what this actually does is inconvenience you to such an extent that it will goad you to get a job now instead of wallowing in pity and feeling hopeless.

 

UPSKILL YOURSELF

If you look at it the other way around, job losses have their merits. For one, you can take a break and have some me-time which you never did for all those years you were married to your job. Just make sure you don’t overdo your vacations or resting time. Once you’ve tuned in to reality after the much-required break, what do you do? Look around to do what you have always loved to do but couldn’t for want of time. It could be a course you needed to take to upskill yourself. This will not only get you into the groove but also put you in the learning state of mind where anything becomes possible.

 

RATIONALISE YOUR LOSS

You cannot escape from the inevitable question of why you lost your job. Here is where you need to view at the query objectively and answer it sincerely. However, try to be positive in whatever you have to say, because just passing the buck will not be appreciated by anybody. And you should never burn your bridges by antagonizing your previous company. You never know how they could help you later in life. Once you have your answer figured out, ensure that it’s a professional and not an emotional response. Your recruiter will appreciate you for your rank honesty and straight from the heart talk. If you are feeling pessimistic or queasy about this question, think about answering this question: What positive lessons have your learnt from your previous job and what can you do better in your next job. If you can answer this thoughtfully and sincerely, you might excel at your next job interview. Good luck.

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5 ways to become the best company to work for

People make organisations and not the other way around. A firm that takes care of its employees will not only insulate itself from attrition but also rake in the moolah. When the employee morale is high and they are inspired on a consistent basis to do better than yesterday, a company’s revenues can only go north. Without further ado, here are ways to make your workplace the best it can be. If you are looking for a job, here are ways to find if it’s just what you needed to grow in your career.Company

STOP OVERCLOCKING

If you have an Android phone, you can overclock the processor and it will become much faster at the expense of your battery life. What’s more, it could get heated more quickly. Something’s got to give. Similarly, at the workplace, if you make people work overtime without proper compensation or work environment, they could quit or fall sick all the time. An employer who cares to ensure this doesn’t happen will reap the benefits of looking after their workforce. It could be as simple as providing adjustable standing/sitting tables, so people don’t mess up their backs. Or snooze rooms to catch their forty winks. Or be allowed to take as many breaks possible, so long as they are meeting their deadlines and doing their job well. Similarly, instead of boardroom meetings, you could go around campus and engage in talks. Companies can provide bonuses to employees who complete certain health challenges or have an in-house physiotherapist whose only job is to fix the aches and pains of the employees engaged in sedentary activities. Of course, who doesn’t need ergonomic chairs, keyboards and mice?

BELONGINGNESS

Just creating a fantastic-sounding vision and core values is not it. A company has to walk the fancy talk. That translates to allowing every employee, no matter the designation or seniority, to suggest things for improvement. Importantly, there should be a screening committee whose only job is to look at these complaints, suggestions and feedback and act on them. Since employees are closer to the job they do, they are also the best people to tell the company how that work can be done better. Not only will this make the employees happier but also make the firm more productive and importantly, more human. Want to know where employees love to work the most? Forbes has one such list.

ACCOUNTABILITY

No information in the company should be beyond a person’s pay grade. That’s real transparency and accountability. When the employees learn why the company is behaving in a certain way, they are able to figure out the process more humanely and put their heart and soul into it and make it work as they now share a common goal: to drive business productivity. When each department is functioning independent of each other, there is no shared vision, and employees who have nothing in common can never be driven to do better. They get plain bored and leave.

OWNERSHIP

When an employee is good and wants to get better, the company should ask them to own the department and run it their way. If the person takes it up, it shows that the company not only trusts them but also allows the spirit of innovation and decentralized power. Importantly, the firm is turning an employee into a business partner who is showing signs of an entrepreneur. Tomorrow, that same person could quit the company and become a raw material supplier for the organisation he worked for. And the firm is much happy to deal with them rather than a new or even a far more accomplished supplier because they know what their former employee can deliver. This is how companies can encourage entrepreneurship.  For those who have it in them, the organisations should give them a free rein, so they can do more, and be more.

BALANCE WORK AND LIFE

Work is worship, but don’t let that make you sacrifice your time and that of your family’s. Balancing work and life can go a long way in ensuring peaceful existence. Take up a hobby. Pursue your other passions. Get a contract job fromWork Flexi. With a fixed term contract, you get to do what you want and take a month’s break after completing your term. The best part? Work Flexi will pay you one month’s basic salary, so you can rewind, reboot and restart your next job or pursue one of your many passions. That’s real work-life balance.

Welcome home. Welcome to work flexing.

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When should you gladly accept a job offer?

If you are the best man for the job, you will be snowed under offers. Should you go for the company that offer offers you the best pay package? Or the best work environment or a generous mix of both? Things are actually not that simple, because each of the companies offering these packages could be hiding behind a vicious work environment. Therefore, think holistic and proceed with caution by following the tips given below:

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Observation

If you are really keen on joining a company but have one niggling doubt about its work culture, it’s best to do some sleuthing before accepting that offer letter. Just park yourself outside the office building just before office hours. Notice the body language, the talk and the urgency with which employees do things or say something. Observe them at the end of the day and watch out for their facial expressions. They will either sport happy faces or relieved faces who prefer the comfort of their home. However, you can’t make a conclusive decision just based on this, so read on, to see if your assumption adds up.

 

Be candid

Sometimes, particularly if you are a prized candidate, it helps to be more candid and in-your-face. If the company trying to woo you finalises your candidacy, ask the HR person for examples that are the best testimony for their core brand values. If they share some heartwarming stories without any hesitation and with much passion, you know they are standing by their ideals. Tick that checkbox.

 

Endorsement from past employees

LinkedIn is the best tool to ask old employees who served in a similar capacity that you are going to occupy. Their experience will not just be about the work but also regarding the culture, the subordinates and the superiors who made all the difference, for better or worse.

 

Peak in

One walk through the office will give you some indications on their work culture too. Ask for an office tour; they will not deny that to a potential recruit. If you see spaces with people collaborating furiously or largely absent from desks or completely immersed in their work, every scenario gives off a certain vibe. Feel it and judge if it’s positive or negative. For example, if there are too many personal items on a person’s work desk, it could mean that this employee is either a long-time worker or plans to stick around for long. It shows that they like their job or they have no other option but to stick to this job.

 

Lunchtime is the best time

Sometimes, it’s best to check out the office during lunchtime. You could observe all the clues outlined above and this one. See if the employees are happily chatting each other up or are they working and eating at the same time. If it’s an isolated case of eating at the workdesk, don’t bother. But if you spot too many people indulging in this, it talks of a certain unhealthy pattern where the company loves workaholics without giving them enough time to feed themselves. What’s worse is a company that does not allow people to talk to people from other departments or mandates that each employee eat at their workdesk only.

 

Go to the loo

Yes, but not to help you arrive at a decision of accepting or rejecting the job offer but to look for more cues. If the toilet is clean and tidy, with enough toilet paper, it indicates an organised workspace. If it’s the reverse, you wouldn’t want to work here.

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Are you manager material?

Sometimes, a few people like to remain followers while they let others to rule over them. Even the best minds need supervisors who can bring out the best in them. However, there comes a time for promotion where you have to leave your field job and get stuck to your chair. Or better still, stop working and start managing. Are you that manager? Here are four ways to find out if you can step into the shoes of a leader.

 

Are you a teacher?

You’ve been at the grind for far too long to know everything about it. Which is why, people come to you with questions. If you like answering them with relish, you are just what the HR personnel ordered. You are manager material. On the other hand, if you feel that people are throwing a spanner in the works every time you decide to tick off things on your to-do-list, you might reconsider that offer of a manager’s post. Perhaps, you are better off as a follower of the herd.

 

Learn to trust others

If you have a penchant for perfection and realise that no one measures up to it, you will end up micro managing everyone if you become the manager. Usually, this is frowned upon. It shows that you don’t trust your subordinates, and they will, in turn, not trust you. Two, you like to control everything and will not allow them to learn on the job. You should give your juniors some leeway to err and learn, rather than always try to make them stick to your style of working. Everyone should be only responsible for the end result, not how they get to that destination. If you can lose control over them and still make them meet their deadlines and be just as qualitative, you’ve got a team you can lead with pride.

 

Groups should excite you

By that, we don’t mean being extrovert. We meant a team member who likes to hear out everyone on what they have to say about a problem or challenge you are facing at work. If you like brainstorming sessions and endless strategy meetings, you are manager material, because you appear to thrive in others’ company. That’s what a manager’s job is all about. Everything you does away from the seat is more important than what you do at your work desk.

 

Celebrate your team members’ wins

If you find yourself squirming every time any team member wins a new contract or does something laudable, you are definitely not manager material. In a team, if you are the senior most person and you love it if someone younger to you has done something great at work, you are the doting manager they need. All a manager needs is empathy and sympathy to do his job well. And for that to happen, you need to have a paternal instinct, who can only celebrate others’ wins and feel part of their story. That’s when you can say for sure that you are leadership material as you consider your juniors your budding students who need all the encouragement they need to advance in their careers. Step up. Take your managerial job. And if you’ve not been offered one, it’s time to change jobs and get to that position in a different firm. It’s time.

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6 ways to speed up decisions in big offices

Innovate or die is as much a reality for startups as it is for the big daddies of business. In the age of big data, cloud computing and digital marketing, speed is the need of the hour. Blackberry and the old Nokia are the best examples of this. So how do you infuse the startup culture in big organisations? Can there be such a thing or is it just a magic word that goes around and comes around? Well, it’s not. Here are the ways you can accomplish this, provided you have the vision and appetite for innovation.

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Become a co-working space

Did you know that IBM, Honeywell, Nike and Microsoft have co-working spaces within their campus? Yes, and that’s not just because it’s trendy and makes business sense but also because different people in a different setting spark off ideas and get inspired. When it’s a beehive of activity, you are more clued in to things. There are people investing in a chair and table at co-working spaces because it provides them an opportunity to network with people from other companies. It’s like having a conversation at a water cooler but with one big difference: the entire office is one conversation canopy.

No hierarchy, please

Sometimes, hierarchy used in extreme, kills innovation and transparency. And that’s what happens in big organisations. There are so many department heads and so much red tape that the voice of the person at the bottom of the ladder never gets heard. How many companies still have a line that says, “If you have a problem, write to the CEO”? Here is where big organisations need to become more open to ideas because they can come from anywhere and anyone. Feedback, both negative and positive, is critical because you create solutions around that. Champion innovation across the spectrum of your organisation. Anybody who has a better idea to doing things should be heard and it should become the manager’s mission to extract the best ideas from everyone, without fear or favor.

No partitions, please

Cubicles and just about any separation from one desk to another kills communication. When people don’t talk, ideas freeze up. People get closed up and fight their own demons without seeking assistance from another person. Here is where an open office with rows of tables and chairs and no walls to separate them will work like magic. The workplaces should be designed in such a way that everybody becomes accountable and everybody can be seen. Not only do checks and balances happen automatically but it also kindles team building and entrepreneurial thinking. And it’s not just the workplace design, it’s also about allowing the employees to choose their workplace. They can step into a huddle room and just take a quick brainstorming session or just sit in a meditation room and meditate before that dreaded boardroom meeting. All of these help them to do more.

Invest in tech

Artificial intelligence, data analytics and every other new tech is mighty helpful. Invest in it because not only does it remove routine jobs from the hands of people, like maintaining a diary of things to do, the processes to follow, but also frees up time of the very same people to do more: T. H. I. N. K.  Yes, let the machines do the math while you can focus on the data they give you about consumer habits, employee behaviors, and so on. This will save you time on deep diving into research and development because that is being handled by tech, while you can focus on the big ideas to give your company the breakthrough they are seeking.

Fund startups

An organisation can grow when it can recognize a good idea from anywhere, even if it’s just a startup. Did you know that Whatsapp just has five employees on board and look what a success story it has become, having been recently acquired by Facebook. Funding startups or mentoring entrepreneurs is one way of showing your employees that you value innovation above all.

Open an innovation garage

Yes, we are talking about starting an incubator that can be within the organisation or separate from it in a different physical building. Usually, they compete against each other for funds, but what is really required is to set up an incubator that aligns itself to the company’s larger goal, so that the two divisions don’t work at cross purposes. Once the goal is one, the method and the medium can be different and doesn’t matter. However, remember to recognize the incubator not just an experimental gig by the company to keep up its trendy avatar. The incubator should actually be as much about creating prototypes but also about marketing them with the necessary business model, operations, distribution and so on. Here is the real innovation where the process should recognize a winner when they see it. When this kind of innovation culture sets in, out of the box products will happen automatically.

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How to use social media to land a contract job

Much of the candidate profiling and recruitment is happening online these days. Which is why, it’s important to ensure that you have the right profile to attract recruiters towards you. According to one survey, 70% of the employers polled in the sample study used online research to choose candidates. More significantly, 57% clearly indicated that they don’t call candidates for the next round of recruitment who don’t have an online presence.Contract Job

LinkedIn: The most used tool is this professional networking platform. If you are not here, you are in no way qualified for a job. Landing a job anywhere requires you to create an account here and keep it updated throughout your life span. Sharing posts of your dream companies and their employees is one way to get on their radar. Interacting with them is next. Just make sure you don’t it so often that they get the impression you have ulterior motives. Only comment or share if you really feel for it. Look for mutual contacts and get introduced to potential employers through your friends and friends of friends. If it’s an Inmail message, customise it to suit them and their requirements. Don’t use the default message to connect on Linkedin. That’s a definite put off unless you know them well.

Twitter: This is a great place to interact with the employees and decision makers in the company you want to work for. The best way to find them is to use hashtags and keywords in a field you are most passionate about. Following such people will not only let you understand their thinking but also give you an opportunity to engage with them by replying to their tweets and retweeting them if you agree with what they have to say. This not only helps you gain confidence in your chosen field but also offer you common talking points. Using social media to get a job is the best tool available at no extra cost to you. Imagine following a person on Twitter and engaging with them on Linkedin.

Facebook: This is where most people end up washing their dirty linen in public. By posting rabid party pictures or making offensive political or religious remarks, you are landing on the wrong side of employment. No one wants a gadfly who barks up the wrong tree. And no one wants an irresponsible person who doesn’t care about what others think. Therefore, make sure you hide comments you don’t want others to see or even better, delete all your offensive statements. And when you are out and about enjoying a party, keep your phone photos private.

Too much of anything

Don’t try to be on every social media under the sun. Most times, you end up posting a few updates and forget about them. But those stay on as you forget to delete them. If they were offensive posts, it could land you in trouble. So keep your professional presence in just a handful of networks you really enjoy and delete the ones you hardly use. If you are a freelancer or the sole proprietor of any firm, it’s important that you have a website that positions you the way you want the others to view you.

And Finally…

All of this doesn’t mean you throw away the traditional ways of landing a job. Make sure your resume is up to date and you are going to all the networking events that offer jobs, contacts and references. Before we forget, make sure you have a professional-looking photo and not one where you are pulling a face or making weird gestures. One wrong move can turn away recruiters. A headshot against a neutral background is best, so nothing distracts the viewer from you. One good way of landing a job is staring right in your face. Follow job search experts like workflexi.in. If you are looking for contract jobs, this is the best destination. So follow us and you will never be disappointed.

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4 ways to inspire your employees

Many times, if there is always some fire-fighting or feud inside an office, it’s because of a chaotic or confused leadership. When you send out confused signals to your employees, it saps their creativity. And when you try to micro-manage everything they do, it has the same affect too. So how can be hands-off and yet be hands-on? Here are ways to inspire your workplace and keep your contract and permanent employees firing on all cylinders…

 

Inspire Employees

Many of the work force is employed by small and medium businesses. Which means, much of their employee strength is anywhere between 5 and 50. So how do you manage a tight set of employees and retain them? By inspiring them and keeping them engaged with you even outside the regular office setting. The vision and mission has to blend in to your style of working. And the more informal the setting, the better it is for your employees. Just having an informal workplace will not do. The approach should be just as informal.

 

A lot happens over java

Yes, coffee or tea, it’s the best way to start your day with your employees. Not only will they tell you what’s bothering them, you will get to know first hand, their problems and possible solutions as well. The moment you begin to empathise, your approach to your vision and mission becomes that much more humane. What you say is not as important as how you say it. Anything said over a cup of coffee will be way better than impersonal office mails. 

 

Walk around the columns

Yes, it’s not just the water-cooler conversation you should eavesdrop upon but actually get down and dirty by chatting up with people at their work desks. Or in the pantry and loo. Yes, the more informal, the better. And the chatter should not be your agenda. It can be as simple as, ‘Hey, what’s got you so excited today?’ to ‘What’s bothering you today?’ If it’s work, you can give them effective suggestions based on your extensive experience and if it’s personal, you can use your EQ to calm them down, and perhaps even solve their problem by just being a patient listener. Pray why? Because most people have answers; only nobody bothered to hear them out completely. When you do, you score brownie points. And if it’s a problem that concerns a larger team, you can call them out and have an immediate brainstorming session right in the middle of the office where you are as much a team player as the others. 

 

There’s no such thing as a free lunch

Yes, that’s what the business managers will tell you and they are right. You should make the most of this principle too. Sometimes, you should go for lunches with your employees. Chat with them in their place of comfort. That’s when they will be their real selves. It’s not like you will uncover major business tricks, but it will help to make the team gel well even inside the office. As a boss, you will become that much more communicable. If you work in a big office, you are still working in a small office. There are only so many people working on your project. That’s your office staff for you. Work with them and make the most of your lunches.

 

Sharing and caring helps

Being approachable is as important as sharing what you know. It could be an anecdote or your own humble beginnings. But what it does is make you human. And that’s just what the employees need, so they don’t hesitate to talk to you when circumstances permit. You should be perceived as accessible. That itself will keep many managers on their toes. They know that if they don’t do their job well, their subordinates can walk right into the CEO’s chamber.

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5 reasons why EQ will land you a contract job

Hiring is easy but firing proves costly. Not only will it lower employee morale but also affect your company’s productivity levels. All your time to pick your candidate goes to nought when you realise what a bad hire that was. And statistics reveal that cost of replacing an employee is six to nine times the sacked employee’s salary. That’s what The Society for Human Resource Management says in one of its many predictions on workplace practices.Contract Jobs

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So what makes for a great hire? Statistics reveal that a high amount of Emotional Quotient (EQ) plays a bigger role. They say that 90% of top performing employees have high emotional intelligence. 

Therefore, if you plan on hiring contract employees, or if you want to be hired on a fixed term, these are the qualities you should possess.

 

Watch your body language

What you say should mirror your body language. Studies reveal that much of our communication is non-verbal. Therefore, how you behave during interviews is crucial to nailing that job. The confidence in your voice comes next. The gait with which you walk across the room to meet the interviewees, the awkward pause before they ask you to sit down or you ask for their permission are all giving them hints on your emotional intelligence. An ideal interview room is one long rectangular size where the interviewees at stationed at the end of it, so they can judge your body language as you come over to meet them. A person who is wedded to his work but lacks the social skills needed for a job will not get the job and his body language will announce this to his hirers even if he doesn’t. A person with a higher EG will mirror what his inside to the outside and vice versa. And that’s when his body language will be in sync with what he truly stands for. And such people exude an aura that immediately catches people’s attention. If you are the recruiter, learn to read the body language. And if you are a recruit, don’t fake it; you will be exposed within no time. Just be yourself. If you are good, you will be hired.

 

High vs low EQ

So how do you judge a person on the EQ scale? For one, there are four things to look at. Are they aware of who they really are? Can they manage themselves? How socially-aware are they? And what about their relationship management skills? These cardinal rules are especially handy when you have people who are equally qualified for the job. That is when you should apply the EQ rules and pick the candidate. The simplest example of this is picking a person who repeats your question to understand if that is what you meant, you know that this person knows a lot about better relationship management.  

 

 

Think outside the office

 The CCTV footage outside the interview room and where the candidates are interacting with the other candidates and the front office assistants give you a ringside view of the candidates and their personality profiles. Here is where their EQ is in full display. Unknowing to them, if you monitor their body language out here, you will get a clearer picture of who they really are. If they are masking their real identity, it comes undone after the interview. And if you’ve seen them before the interview, you have already seen their real self. How the candidates behaves with the others and how he treats the front office assistants goes a long way in how he will treat the workplace after you hire them.

 

Avoid the usual set of questions

What’s on the biodata should be avoided. What you should ask is something that will make them introspect; take a pause and answer. It’s like throwing a googly at them to see how they respond to a question they never expected. Here is where their true body language will be in full display. The confidence in their voice, the passion in the subject they are talking about and the warmth and kindness they bring to the discussion is what separates a winner from a loser.

 

Feedback can come from anyone

Sometimes, when you are still not sure whom to hire, particularly when there are two candidates who appear equally deserving, there is another thing you can do. Ask all the people the candidate came in touch with: the HR executive, the receptionist, the clerk, the fellow employees and the job consultant. All their feedback will help you arrive at the best possible summary of where this guy’s EQ stands compared to the others.

 

And finally…

There you have it. The rule of EQ demands that not only should the new hire have it but also the person who is hiring them. It works both ways. So the next time you hire someone, remember Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s oft-quoted remark: “I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work directly for that person.” Surround yourself with greatness and abundant positivity will follow you all around.

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How to ‘live’ the good life

A contract job suffers from just one thing. The inability to provide job security. But then, it’s not something the truly exceptional need to worry about. If they are good at what they do, they can work for six months and take the next month off to pursue their many passions. This way, they can come back to work on some other project for the same or different company. Not only will this break the monotony of a 9-5 job but also get you do what you have been wanting to do in a long time. Take a break and climb the Mount Everest, for example. 

 

Which brings us to ‘functional’ resumes compared to the existing chronological variety where dates play a significant role and not the job you did. It’s time to not only adopt the contract culture but also emphasise the work you did rather than the time you spent at a particular company. Make sure your resume demonstrates not only the quantitative part of your work experience but also the qualitative aspects to them. 

 

It’s time to be multi-faceted and not wedded to one company doing the same thing over and over again. It’s time to take a break and do something new with your job. You could upgrade your skills and get a better pay at the same company or get into a completely different field just because you can. What’s more, you can do one better. You can work on contract and also become an adjunct faculty to transfer your knowledge to the future generation. It’s your way of giving back what you’ve learnt. And only a fixed term contract job allows you to do that. 

 

So whether you’ve worked for just a few days, months or years, you can turn that into your unique selling proposition. Focus on the job you did rather than the duration and you’ve landed your next job. Just remember to focus on work that is relevant to the job you are applying for. And don’t forget to talk about the attributes and goodwill you carried into your every job. If your co-worker or boss expresses deep gratitude to the work, your future employer will realise how helpful, creative or hardworking you were. And that could be a great value addition to the job you are applying for. 

 

If you are a habitual contract employee, it exemplifies traits few possess. That of accomplishing tasks in a brief period and be able to mingle with a new set of people to achieve your goals. It showcases your interpersonal skills and the fact that you worked in a team full of strangers.

 

Contract jobs are for those who are serious about what they do. They give their best in the shortest possible time, so they can do something better after that: pamper themselves by pursuing a hobby or fulfilling a long cherished dream. 

 

Just the way contract jobs are redefining workplaces, it’s time our resumes did that too. Focus more on the jobs and attributes you brought to your work and pay less attention to the duration of your work. That doesn’t really matter in a world where you can chase multiple careers. And that’s precisely what WorkFlexi.in offers. A fixed term contract job after which you also get a month’s minimum basic pay, so you can look for a job in the meantime without worrying about your living expenses. Welcome to a new world where you can LIVE and not just EXIST!