Diwali is a huge festival in India and traditionally employers used to gift their employees with cash bonuses or gifts in kind closer to the festive season. Boxes of sweets, mementos and artifacts of different types and gift certificates for the employee to choose whatever she wanted was the order of the day. Now comes news that The Hari Krishna Exports Private Limited in Surat, Gujarat gave the most amazing gifts to their employees for this year’s Diwali.
In most urban families in India these days, it is fairly common to have multiple wage earners. There was a time, long ago, when the man of the house was considered the bread-winner and ladies generally stayed at home and looked after their families. Today, in India, 24 % of the work force is made up of women, 117 million of them. Most of them have children to look after even as they pursue their careers. They are truly Super Moms as they rush from place to place, balancing the demands of work and family as only they can.
How do you spend your lunch break, that is, if you have one at all? I came across this interesting article in Forbes, Jacquelyn Smith writes on, “16 Things You Should Do During Your Lunch Break.” Read it, it could do you a lot of good.
“Work From Home” seems to be the new mantra today. The number of professionals who telecommute or work from home is increasing by leaps and bounds. This arrangement certainly has advantages for both the employee and the employer or more commonly for the independent self-employed professional. Way back in 2008, I had this post “It Takes Two To Flex”. Continue reading
At one time, Bangalore was famous for its many traffic circles. Some of them were beautiful. Sadly most of them have vanished over time to make more space for the huge increase in traffic on the roads. One that still remains is the Sajjan Rao Circle, a popular landmark for those in South Bangalore. It is in VVPuram and has a host of small eateries which serve local delicacies to customers, some of whom have been frequenting popular haunts like the VB Bakery for decades. Continue reading
While some of us are ” larks” and are at our best in the early mornings, others are “owls” and come to life late in the evening when it’s time for the larks to call it a day. I am, of course, exaggerating to make a point, but there is a lot of substance in whether you are a “morning” person or an “evening” person. I would venture to suggest that team formation based on people with complimentary tolerances for time are bound to do better in the long run than those where everyone is of one type.
Global travel portal Expedia.com which has 31 million customers globally found in their recent survey that India ranked fourth amongst the vacation deprived on the world. I was not surprised to see Japan on top of the list though I was surprised to find the US at No.2 and Australia at No. 3. I always thought people in the US were serious about their vacations but I guess things have changed with the times.
It was way back in Feb 2008 that I wrote what turned out to become one of my most read posts. It was about ineffective team members. Isn’t it scary that oodles of cash, the best of technology or the hottest product idea get you nowhere if you are not backed by an effective team? A recent conversation with an old friend who is running his own business now highlighted that some things, like ineffective team members, simply don’t change!
Some things change. More people are reading books via kindle, iPad etc than ever before. More business gets done “virtually” through distance conferencing than ever before and so on. Came across Douglas Copeland’s article in the New York Times about ” A Dictionary of the Near Future” which makes for interesting reading. Yet some things don’t change..
Bangalore is the venue for an interesting event relating to technology start ups. On May 29 and 30, SiliconIndia organises Startup City an exciting event for those interested in conceptualizing, forming and running new ventures- particularly in the technology space.
The event has a CEO conclave where very experienced and successful CEOs share their thoughts and experiences on various aspects of entrepreneurship. The event promises to be interesting.
SiliconIndia is a networking portal started by alumni of IITs who have rich experience in the US. It offers its members opportunities to develop networks with like minded people and participate in various professional events such as Startup City