The Advent of Generation Z

The Advent of Generation Z

Summer holidays were joyful when we grew up, we had plethora of activities planned and most activities planned in advance. The idea of freedom had taken its course on the first day of our exams and it reached crescendo right after that last word penned down in the exam hall. That was freedom! We yearned and studied hard for that freedom. That moment of absoluteness. Oh, the activities like early morning jogs, cycling, cricket, etc. Such was the pleasure of imagination!

With time being what it is, the futurist me will only retrospect and cherish those moments of childish joy. Times have changed, we used cycle to travel 10kms and legs to travel 2 kms. The boom in the economic market has changed our lifestyle to unimaginable ease, with it, comes this whole new level of thinking. A thinking that could change the momentum of history and defy the very fabric of the universe.

For my readers who are new to generation Z, these are people who were born in between 1999-2000 who are going shape the future of nation states. The population of generation Z in India especially, estimated to be around 475 million by 2019 which is phenomenal considering we are the second biggest populated country in the world. For all these years, we spoke about population being such a bane to the future of our country, however, with this special case, we are inching towards a bright and prosperous times ahead.

The demographics of our country comes at a time when there is a global paradigm shift in innovation. The millennial’s looked for “what is in it for me” whereas the Gen Z-ers look for solutions as per the problems they personally face. Which in turn takes birth in the form of technology and gadgets. They would frown upon any system that binds them to one particular ideology. They are the ones who would be more open to take risks, try something new and hustle.

We would see a huge inflow of people who would be more interested to take up a contract job than a permanent job. Permanent jobs are boring and tend to curb their creative senses. Taking up a contract job is far more stimulating than the mundaneness of everyday routine which a permanent job conveniently renders.

The year 1497 marks one of the greatest landmarks of world history with Vasco da Gama landing in Calicut, likewise, will Gen Z-ers create that dent in the universe?

Workflexi.in Partners With Kaptco

Kaptco Inception

We had this amazing opportunity to meet up with Kaptco Talent Solutions, a leading contract staffing company in Bangalore today.

Kaptco was founded by Karthikeyan Murugan in the summer of 2010. Although they started off as a company catering to BPO’s, they quickly figured their niche in the telecom products/solutions startup industry. They leveraged their core strengths in this niche and helped at least 4 telecom product/solutions startups scale up to 200-300 people companies.

The learning from that success is was recognizing one’s niche and sticking to it is the go-to thing in today’s world. It is true for individuals as well as organizations. Truth be told, contracting in India is still not matured and contract jobs are still frowned upon. Being mindful about contracting in India and sustaining a business in cut-throat competition is an art by itself.

Kaptco Ideology

Startups typically have limited bootstrapped budgets before getting funding. Thus, hiring the right resources is one of the key challenges any startup faces. That is where Kaptco adds value to businesses. They have a streamlined process of identifying key talent and training them to match business requirements.

Workflexi partnered with Kaptco in the capacity of providing resources on contract who are immediate joiners and qualified, validated job seekers.

Conclusion

Staffing is a zero-sum game, it has to be fast and maintain quality. Clients expect speed, quality and price. Successful vendors/partners like Kaptco help strike the right balance and thereby add a little extra to the seemingly ordinary job of hiring.

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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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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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7 Effective Ways to Delegate Work

If you’ve been a good employee and rise up the ranks, you no longer remain a cog in a big wheel. You become an essential part of the wheel itself as the manager, supervisor or team leader. However, management is an art and not all can master it. Here are seven quick ways to delegate work to your subordinates and ensure better productivity, accountability and equality.

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THE BIG PICTURE
Delegating work is not to make the supervisor more lazy. It’s to empower their employees and also make them learn something new. However, mundane tasks also come with the package, so the manager has to delegate tasks in such a way that there’s a good mix of the challenging and mundane. Here is where delegating an entire work load is better than giving small parcels of it. This is true in most startups and quite achievable. However, in bigger organisations, it might not be that easy. In such cases, you can give them micro tasks but involve them with the team that is supervising the overall work, so they get the bigger picture. A person who is made part of the entire story will play a more proactive role, and the quality will be way better compared to work that’s done in isolation.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
No matter how small the task, always make the employee feel important. It may be minor work, but the contribution is major. These small cogs make the big wheel, so once the subordinates are made aware of the size, functionality and scope of the wheel they are reinventing, they will be more driven to realise those goals. A task delegated without a master plan will never be as effective.

ENSURE CLARITY
Most delegated tasks don’t measure up to standards because of one weakness: the lack of proper communication and hand-holding. You have to observe and perhaps even walk through the task with the employee until they know what they are doing. Saying is one thing and doing is another. Your idea of the job could be different from theirs. When you show them, rather than tell, the execution will be that much more closer to what you had in mind.

SHOW THE BIG PICTURE
To ensure your delegated tasks are being done in just the right manner, it’s even more helpful if you show the employee what you are expecting from them. For example, the bank’s firewalls should never be breached again. Or provide an artist’s drawing and tell the mason to replicate the dome design.

AUTOMATE THE REPORTING PROCESS
Nobody likes micro managing. Once you delegate the tasks to your subordinates, make them complete the key milestones of the job at the specified time on a collaborative tool like Google Docs. This way, you can keep a track of the work in progress without asking them every time.

SUCCESS PARAMETER
Once the delegated task is completed, it’s important to go in for a performance appraisal that is free from subjectivity. And this can be achieved if you have a clearly defined checklist that the task has to fulfil. With such a measurable yardstick, nobody can accuse of being too difficult to please.

REWARD
No task should be given without a reward at the end of it. And these need not be monetary all the time. You can acknowledge the subordinate’s work in front of everyone or send a mail cc-ing everyone in the office or you can put it up on the cork board. Or you can give their name in the credit lines, if they played a key role in the corporate film or documentary you produced.
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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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Contract Jobs: Six Ways To Work Smarter Than The Others

You get better pay but you also work more. Or you are paid less but still made to work more. In either scenarios, the only way to strike the right work-life balance is to work smart. Not only will you be more efficient at your contract job but also less tired.

Take the help of tech

Even if you are tech-savvy, there are many of us who still rely on paperwork and post-its. It’s easier to just make a note and clip it on the cork board or stash it in a folder. But it’s not easily traceable or trackable. Having all of this in a digital software could come in handy. From scheduling to maintaining a calendar to ticking off the to-do lists, it’s the best way to be organised. You won’t miss an important deadline, event or instruction. Everything is readily available and in real time. Importantly, it reduces clutter. And there are automated tools that allow you to auto-schedule routine work as well. Some can even serve as your virtual assistants.

Message management

Emails, voicemails, SMSes, snail mail, bills, and other forms of messaging system like Slack, Whatsapp for Business, Google Docs and so on can take a heavy toll on your productivity. This is particularly true for creative people whose minds need to be on the task at hand. Any form of distraction will lead to an interruption in the flow. Similarly, when you are busy brainstorming over your business strategy, one email can impede the progress of your thoughts. So what do you do? Group all the messages into different levels of importance: important, not so important, can wait, delegate, delete, file, and so on. Not only will you be able to clear all your emails in a jiffy, but also get time to focus on the job at hand. Another way to do it is to come to the office half an hour early only to check all the office mail. Set the next time to check mail in the afternoon and again in the evening. If it’s really important, people will call you anyway.

Find the sweet spot

Everyone has a different time when they are the most productive. Some prefer the early hours of the day and some prefer evenings or nights. Depending on your preference, ensure that you stay off the social networks, mobile phone and water cooler conversations around that time. It’s time to be productive, not talkative.

Breaks are important

It’s not all work and no break. Getting away from work, even if it’s just for a few minutes, works like a charm. Your brain is rested and you come back with renewed energy. You could do a brisk walk, do some office errand, drink water, tea, coffee, snack, or just chat with someone who is not from the same profession as you do. Anything that takes your mind off your immediate work is a good stress buster. And sometimes, just closing your eyes or staring at the ceiling works just as fine too.

One man army

It’s great to shoulder all the burden and do everything that comes your way. But sometimes, it’s best to delegate it to someone else. This will not only lessen your burden but also empower the other person. When will they learn if you don’t give them a chance. By doing this, you can focus on the most important things and leave out the least crucial.

There’s no such thing as perfection

Mistakes happen. Everyone is human, including you. You shouldn’t over work to the detriment of your health and those of others. Don’t be tough on yourself and on others. It’s okay to be near-perfect. Never try to be perfect because that usually leads to a dip in morale, high stress, depression, micro management and energy loss and low productivity.

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Contract jobs: How to get them, the right way

Unemployment can make anybody insecure and lose confidence. The job market is tough today because there is more demand than supply. It’s become more competitive than a decade ago. So how can you stand out from the crowd and make your presence felt to the employer? Here is where the situation demands you to be proactive and inventive. No point in sitting down and accepting the rejection. If you are a job seeker, consider yourself a challenger.Contract job

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FIGURE OUT YOUR USP

Imagine yourself in the employer’s chair. Why would he hire you? Take your time to come back with an answer. Once you are sure you can confidently answer that question and show the employer that hiring you is the best return on investment he can hope to achieve, you have a winner on your hands.

GO OUT

Staying home and being the quintessential couch potato will only drive you nuts. Instead, chat up with long-time colleagues, partners, friends and associates. Go to some networking events and social get-together. You never know who might take interest in your skills or give you a solid reference or recommendation. Being out and about also makes you lose your inhibitions and become more confident. Networking events catalyze that as you meet new people and exchange positive vibes.

REFERRALS

Companies pay more importance to referrals, and so do their employees. Who wants to hire a complete stranger when they can get a friend they already know. Fewer ego issues and far better productivity. Instead of looking for a job on LinkedIn, you should search for the job you want in the ‘people’ search category. Since we add so many strangers to our network, we don’t realize that there are potential employers and employees you could work with. With this nifty tip, you will not only know the vacancies in a particular company but also a way to get recommended by one of their own employees. This will help you to filter companies that have a vacancy but not worthy enough. If your contacts had worked in that company and tell you to avoid it, you can move on to the next company instead of getting hired and regretting the decision.

CONQUER THE WORLD

Sometimes, due diligence works wonders. But for that, you also need a generous dash of confidence. Nothing can beat good old fashioned research. Find out the top 20 or top 50 companies you want to work with. Get to know their key department heads. Find out about their requirements. Fill up their application forms and send a personal cover letter to each of them with a hard copy of your resume. Make an appointment with those who acknowledged receiving your application, dress in your best and make an impression. When a candidate is so thorough, well prepared and personable, the chances of getting hired increase substantially.

SHUT OFF FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

Any kind of information about you on social media could be bad for you. Your political, sexual or religious leanings are best left unsaid. You never know what could trigger negativity among your potential employers. Therefore, avoid putting out any such views online. The better bet would be to not have a social media identity under your real name. It’s best to avoid the client from researching on you and finding a ton of information that could go against you. Like your feminism stance, your anti-government remarks or your penchant for travelling at the drop of a hat.

AND FINALLY…

Stay active. Remain positive. Don’t just sit at home. Mine the internet. Interact with friends and strangers. Never give up. You will be hired only if you try.

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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

Contract Jobs

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.