Tag Archive: Careers

‘We Can All Play A Part In Preventing Age Discrimination At Work’

“We are always the same age inside. ” 
— Gertrude Stein

Today i came across a very interesting article on LinkedIn. The article points out issues on the negative impact of Ageism in the work place.

To begin with, what is Ageism? And who are the main targets?

According to WHO (World Health Organization) Ageism is referred to as the-  “…stereotyping and discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age; ageism can take many forms, including prejudicial attitudes, discriminatory practices, or institutional policies and practices that perpetuate stereotypical beliefs…”

Further research shows that Age discrimination begins when workers hit their 50’s Elsewhere, reports shows that it can also begin earlier when workers hit their 30’s or 40’s.  Ageism (also known as ‘Gray Ceiling’) is a global problem. According to experts, not only is Ageism hard to spot, it is also difficult to prove it, making it easier for companies to get away with it.

I can’t help but ask- Should performance be really based on age? I don’t think so. In fact, i wonder where the notion that -‘older workers perform poorly on the job than a younger worker’ came from? As a matter of fact, there are many reasons why hiring an older employee is beneficial. Read on ‘Ageism in the Workplace 2018’ (LinkedIn)

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“Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” 
— Betty Friedan

 

Flying Solo or Teamwork? 3 Reasons Why Teamwork Is Important At The Work Place

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their hard work. For if one of them should fall, the other one can raise his partner up. But how will it be with just the one who falls when there is not another to raise him up?” 

(Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, KJV)

Do you prefer flying solo to working as a team? Well, sometimes that depends on the nature of the work involved. In some workplaces, certain tasks involve co-operating with co-workers to get a certain tasks done. That sounds easy, right? Well, it’s not always easy especially when team interaction becomes extremely hard for some employees. But i know there has got to be something that can be to make team work less uncomfortable.

Understanding the importance of teamwork is essential to effectively work together. Drawing from my personal experience, i know that a non-cooperative workplace can be a huge barrier to achieving set goals which in turn may lead lack of motivation for the employees to failure in any organization. This brings us to taking a look at the importance of teamwork in the work environment. I put down three reasons why teamwork can never be overemphasized and why it is important at the workplace-

  1. Offers diversity of thoughts

 A work environment highly organized where teamwork is in place is likely to favor differing approaches and suggestions to a task, which will more often expedite evaluation of the best solution in achieving a particular objective, saving time and maximizing resources. Often times i see employees taking up the challenge to come up with brilliant ideas for solving problems, facilitating healthy competition and increasing productivity. In other cases, i also witnessed the advantages that come with teamwork in the work place where shared activity reduces the pressure on a particular co-worker, allowing for a more effective way to carry out tasks while increasing maximum concentration in the process.

 

  1. Fosters unity

 I am a true believer of teamwork because i know from experience that it fosters unity and cooperation in the work environment. Whenever employees are in constant touch and communication with each other, chances are that they’re always aware of how their actions and decisions can reflect in the success of the organization. Furthermore, studies show that the unity, brought about by team work, also propels employees to work harder, beating their standards and setting new ones, while being supportive of each other. Thus employees share the same core values and work ethics as they are all bent on achieving a common goal.

 

  1. Teamwork breeds morale.

An observation i’ve made so far is that, where there is a good and healthy teamwork spirit, most employees are motivated to do better or improve, knowing that their input is highly valued. However, a ‘team’ and ‘teamwork’ should not be confused at all. It’s easy to build team. But it’s more important to create a team that works together in unity, achieves together and knows that they either win or lose together. Nothing inspires and challenges employees to put in their best than this. Thus teamwork can only be an advantage and should be harnessed optimally for any chance of success in the work environment.

See? Teamwork is one of the greatest motivators i know of!

Further reading:

The New Science of Building Great Teams ( Harvard Business Review)

Successful teamwork: A case study

 

Suceeding At Your Job, Facebook vs LinkedIn, Midlife Career Change

 

When just being good at your job isn’t good enough!- “To keep succeeding in your career, you must add value to your organization through continuous learning” (more at Strategy+Business). Also, here is how a ‘Craftsman-Like Approach’ helps to achieve greater joy at work (Forbes)

Okey! This one is a little tough- Is LinkedIn the new Facebook? Or Is Facebook the new LinkedIn? Either way, the game is changing. LinkedIn has completely transformed with some added functionality some of which include “Facebook-style” timeline. Facebook on the other hand, is now helping lower-skilled worker, freelancers, and those individuals who aren’t actively looking for a job.(see The Next Web)

Well, the big question is how would jobs seekers, employers and companies benefit from all of this?  Here’s how Facebook is helping small businesses having trouble hiring (Techcrunch)  Also, here is how to make  LinkedIn work for you (Converge) And finally, when you want LinkedIn  to retain its professional integrity, and avoid getting into a noisy conversation (Business2Community)

Midlife career changes happens more often than we can imagine. But with good planning, making a big career move in your late 30s or older is possible and can be quite rewarding. Here is what you need to do to  successfully make a midlife career change- (Entrepreneur) Also,  NPR shares a few posts highlighting reasons why people consider midlife career shifts (npr.org). At some point, radical change is required. Depending on your goals, if you choose a a completely new career direction you might require a re-training to improve or acquire new skills.(More at Stuff)

Yes, you can still  change jobs when you are near retirement. But there is need to understand the pros and cons, of voluntarily changing jobs on a retirement timing. Here is how -(Market Watch)  Also, understand how a midlif e career change can have a tremendous effect on retirement planning (Globe and Mail)