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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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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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Flexi jobs: The future of workplace recruitment

No longer do companies want full-time employees to sit on the ‘bench’ and await new work. They would rather hire people on contract, based on the work they already have on hand. Welcome to the new age of staffing. Call them flexi jobs, flexi staffing, contract jobs or part-time jobs, but they are here to stay. Not only does this flexible working arrangement work to the company’s benefit but also help the employees take off for a few days or months to pursue their other interests like photography, backpacking or just rest for a while to recharge themselves.

 

Flexibility and gaining a competitive edge is driving the industry to go for a flexible work schedule that fosters part time work and powers contract employees. According to the Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), the growth in contract staffing was 10% in 2017 and is said to rise to 12% this year. “The ISF has predicted that the 2.1 million temporary workers presently in the organised sector will increase to 2.9 million workers by 2018, making India the third largest market in the world,” said Adam Pode, Director of International Research at Staffing Industry Analysts.

 

That’s not all with flexi jobs. According to one ISF report, the Indian IT flexi staffing industry crossed $3 billion in 2016-2017 and is expected to witness 14-16% growth in the next three years. And this extends to all states and sectors across India. The ISF should know. Some of the topmost companies in India are part of it and make up 20% of the total market share. 

 

One other study by ISF found that 60% of the companies who were making use of flexi staffing were more capable of withstanding revenue dips and remaining in business. The justification isn’t without reason. The employees get to do short term projects for a limited period, so they can take a break from work, and get back to working on a new project that will give a shine to their bio and also upgrade their skill set. They get the same pay and perks as the permanent employees but they don’t have to remain stuck with one company or job for long. They do have the option of joining the company full-time if the company and the candidate find it mutually beneficial. But otherwise, the candidate could just take a break from the contract job. 

 

The majority of people opting for temporary jobs happen to be under 30. And it’s understandable. They are new to the workforce and want to try out all their options and also indulge in their hobbies before family life and financial responsibilities take over their life. Although the IT industry is the primary driver of flexi jobs, the other sectors queuing up include retail, telecom, pharma, hospitality, manufacturing and agriculture.