Tag Archive: Careers

Networking For Introverts – 15 Helpful Tips

Let’s start with what we already know about introversion or introverted personalities. Many of us are familiar with individuals around us who are commonly thought of as introverted.  You know- the typical introvert who probably dislikes large noisy crowds. In fact, research shows that large number of introverts tend to prefer quiet a environment, to say the least. However, depending on the kind environment, some of these introversion tendencies can also affect one’s social life, including important networking events.

I came across this interesting visual on GetVoip which highlights 15 Networking Tips for the Introverted. (Including tips from global and thought leaders)

networking tips for the introverted

Read more here- Source (GetVoip

 

‘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