Question: I had to resign recently for failing to meet quarterly targets. I was told that stakeholders were not happy with my performance. When I asked my boss about the benchmarking process of setting annual delivery targets, he didn't offer a clear answer and blamed the management for my exit. When I took up the issues of target-setting with his manager, it upset my boss. I have lost my job since business HR partners proved to be ineffective. I am now looking for a fresh work opportunity. However, I am not getting much positive response, perhaps because of the age factor (I am 45 plus). How should have I handled the situation? 'AdWise' workplace counselling: ‘How do I get my juniors to work the way I want?’ S Ramesh Shankar replies: I empathise with you since you have lost your job. One of the most challenging roles for a manager in any organisation is to do “objective” performance reviews, give timely feedback and support team members to achieve goals. … [Read more...] about ‘AdWise’ workplace counselling: ‘I was sacked for not meeting targets which weren’t set!’
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At some point in their careers, your employees will reach a breaking point: Are they happy with their jobs and careers, or is it time to move on, to try something new? Too often, companies are letting excellent employees leave, rather than enabling them to reach their full potential. advertisement advertisement Take the example of Michael, a finance director who left his corporate accounting career after 30 years because he was no longer motivated by his work. After a volunteering stint with an organization that needed both his accounting skills and his personal passion for photography, he found a new drive to do accounting work when and where it made a difference. He now works in accounting for small nonprofits where he knows that his skills are helping others and having a positive impact on the world. Michael’s experience allowed him to discover how his accounting career can, in a small way, change the world. That he had to leave a good job with a good company in … [Read more...] about Purpose-driven leaders will occupy your workplace in 2020: Here’s how to maximize them
Most economists agree that advances in robotics and AI over the next few decades are likely to lead to significant job losses. But what’s less often considered is how these changes could also impact social mobility. A new report from UK charity Sutton Trust explains the danger, noting that unless governments take action, the next wave of automation will dramatically increase inequality within societies, further entrenching the divide between rich and poor. There are a number of reasons for this, say the report’s authors, including the ability of richer individuals to re-train for new jobs; the rising importance of “soft skills” like communication and confidence; and the reduction in the number of jobs used as “stepping stones” into professional industries. For example, the demand for paralegals and similar professions is likely to be reduced over the coming years as artificial intelligence is trained to handle more administrative tasks. In the UK … [Read more...] about Robots and AI are going to make social inequality even worse, says new report
When the men in black walked into her restaurant one Friday morning and sat at the round table in the corner, Brittany Porter knew exactly what they were. Pale, skittish, aggressively tattooed, they wore black T-shirts with a cryptic white logo over their hearts. One had a razor inked along his left jaw and two SS lightning bolts dripping next to his eye like a double set of tears. One wore a handgun on his hip. Porter went to the table, smiled and asked what they wanted. It was just after 8am. Two of the neo-Nazis ordered chicken nuggets. On Facebook the night before, Porter read about the group of racists who were coming to eastern Kentucky to hold a rally. They had chosen an economically struggling stretch of coal country with a population that was 98% white and that had voted 80% for Trump. In their propaganda videos, the neo-Nazi leaders had talked about the scourge of drug addiction in Pike County. At 30, Porter knew Pike County’s problems. She herself was a recovered … [Read more...] about Is there a neo-Nazi storm brewing in Trump country?
What is holding women professionals from taking risks after a certain age? Is there an expiry date to the success of a woman's career? A few months ago, I remember watching a Malayalam film How Old Are You? in which the lead character wins a chance to meet the President of India for an interesting question her teenaged daughter posed the minister during a school visit. The interesting question was -- "Who decides the expiry date of a woman's dreams?" While the answer to the question is a quest in self discovery, in a recent report for the Department for Work and Pensions, UK-based pensions' expert and campaigner Dr Ros Altmann said she was told that "for women, talent progression stops around age 45." We spoke to a bunch of professionals -- hiring experts, women leaders and trendsetters back home in India to understand if a woman's career really ends at the age of 40. Men vs women: Is there a bias? In India, human resource professionals often get briefs from their clients … [Read more...] about Does a woman’s career end at 40?