Friday, November 7, 2014

4 warning signs you should not take up that job

There will be times when the hiring manager is desperate to offer you a job because the organisation needs an urgent replacement.
The remuneration will be tempting and so also the perks offered along with the job.

Role mismatch

Nine out of 10 times the hiring manager tries to explain your job roles and responsibilities.
However if you find a mismatch in the definition of the role you've been assigned or if the recruiter is unable to give you a clear picture of the job description and growth, treat it as a warning sign.


More often than not, employees quit organisations because of excessive workload and stress.
See to it that you’re not replacing someone like that.
Evaluate the job role and ask yourself: Are you going to be stuck here or are you going to enjoy this role?

Compensation and benefits

In the excitement to take up a new job in a huge company, most employees disregard the importance of discussing their compensation and benefits.
Does the company provide you medical insurance?
Is it term insurance or group insurance?
Do you get cashless benefits or a consolidated amount?
If the company is not willing to discuss these and other details of compensation with you, treat it as red flag.

Appraisal structure

When was the last time the company appraised its employees?
Is it annual, quarterly or takes place every few years? Or is it indefinite?
Let’s admit it, all employees look forward to being promoted and appraised for their work.
If the organisation doesn't share these crucial details with you, you might end up getting stuck in the wrong place.
The idea is to research the offer and consider the pros and cons of the offer being made.

If you don’t feel too confident about taking up the new responsibility, it's okay to turn it down and apply for a job that best meets your requirements.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

10 signs to know it's time to quit your job

Here is a rough estimation of the time that a full time working professional spends at work.

Regular work hours: 8
Travel to and fro from work: 1
Sleep: 7
Time towards work as a percentage of time we are awake: 9/17 = 53 percent at least

1. When you stop learning in the current role

More of the same thing is not growth necessarily. Ten years of experience of the same work, without improving skills is not necessarily 10 years of experience; it could be 1x10 or 2x5 years of experience.

2. When the role is not of your choice

You work as a programmer but your passion is training. Whether you perform well or not in the former, I suggest that you get out of it and make a transition to the latter. It is important that we do work that we are passionate about so that we enjoy it.

3. When you feel that you are not the right fit for the profile

This is a situation when you feel that you are not able to produce results as good as you could. It means that you are not at your best in this role.

4. You feel underpaid

We should charge what we deserve. If you feel that you are grossly underpaid, move to a different profile. We should charge what we deserve. If you feel that you are grossly underpaid, move to a different profile.

5. The company offers no extra training or learning opportunities

If the organisation does not facilitate learning new skills, you may want to evaluate whether you want to continue working there.

6. No clear career path

If the role or organisation has no clear plans for you, please switch jobs. It is YOUR career and you should know the next possible options for you.

7. Always doing the mundane job

Are you in the team, who always gets the mundane work while you have the capability to do better work? 
Remember, that everyone needs to do regular transactional work but if it is only mundane work, then you should look at alternatives.

8. It is impacting your personal life

The boundary between professional and personal life has dimmed significantly. In all fairness, everyone gets 24 hours a day. We need to decide what our priorities are and spend this time accordingly. If you happen to be in a job that is sabotaging your personal life (after you have tried all other options), it is probably time to move on. Of course, the assumption here is that you want a life outside work as well. It is another matter when all that you want to do is work.

9. When you feel the lack of respect

Without being excessively sensitive, if you feel that you are not being respected as an individual, please take the exit. No matter what work we do and at what level in the hierarchy, we all deserve to be treated with respect.

10. Are you excited to go to work?

The final question that you should ask yourself is: do you look forward to go to work every day or is it just a drudgery that you go through? If it is just a routine, then there is definitely something amiss.

Don't burn bridges

Remember to leave amicably. Many times people in their hurry or excitement to join a new job burn bridges and leave on a bad note. Don't do this; the world is really small. Don't just disappear; handover your responsibilities properly and leave with dignity. Else, before you join the new workplace, your reputation might precede you.
The final point to consider: It is not just the organisation's responsibility to keep us actively engaged in the job; a lot depends on us as well. Therefore, before setting out to look for opportunities outside the organisation, do an honest self-evaluation.

Monday, August 11, 2014

India's most powerful, most valuable corporate brands


Rank 2014: 1
Brand Value 2014: $21,102 million


Rank 2014: 2
Brand Value 2014: $4,104 million

State Bank of India

Rank 2014: 3
Brand Value 2014: $4,063 million


Rank 2014: 4
Brand Value 2014: $3,819 million


Rank 2014: 5
Brand Value 2014: $3,547 million


Rank 2014: 6
Brand Value 2014: $3,294 million

Indian Oil

Rank 2014: 7
Brand Value 2014: $3,151 million

Larsen & Toubro

Rank 2014: 8
Brand Value 2014: $2,371 million


Rank 2014: 9
Brand Value 2014: $2,291 million


Rank 2014: 10
Brand Value 2014: $2,272 million


Rank 2014: 11
Brand Value 2014: $1,934 million


Rank 2014: 12
Brand Value 2014: $1,925 million


Rank 2014: 13
Brand Value 2014: $1,698 million


Rank 2014: 14
Brand Value 2014: $1,505 million

Maruti Suzuki

Rank 2014: 15
Brand Value 2014: $1,359 million

Reliance (ADAG)

Rank 2014: 16
Brand Value 2014: $1,357 million


Rank 2014: 17
Brand Value 2014: $1,223 million

Idea Cellular

Rank 2014: 18
Brand Value 2014: $1,148 million

Bharat Petroleum

Rank 2014: 19
Brand Value 2014: $1,120 million


Rank 2014: 20
Brand Value 2014: $1,119 million

20 most admired companies in the world

To let you know about the world’s highly regarded companies, each year Hay Group and Fortune magazine bring out a list of 'World’s most admired companies’


Rank: 1
With a market cap of around $500 billion, Apple is considered the most valuable tech brand in the world.
Rank: 2 
It is the most trusted and admired online shopping company as it stands behind what it sells.

Rank: 3
It is one of the few companies that offers highest salaries and best perks to its staff. 

Berkshire Hathaway
Rank: 4

Rank: 5 

Rank: 6

Walt Disney

Rank: 7


Rank: 8

Southwest Airlines

Rank: 9

General Electric (GE)

Rank: 10

American Express

Rank: 11

Costco Wholesale

Rank: 12


Rank: 13


Rank: 14

Procter & Gamble

Rank: 15


Rank: 16


Rank: 17

Singapore Airlines

Rank: 18

Johnson & Johnson

Rank: 19

Whole Foods Market

Rank: 20

7 tips to deal with an office bully

In most offices, bullying at work may not necessarily mean a colleague physical threatening or manhandling you. It could be as naive as trying to impose their individual responsibilities on you, or making the workplace environment unfit for growth and motivation.

1. Learn to say no

Bullies are attracted to people who cannot say no. So if you've struggled to turn down a 'request' from your senior or your colleague on more than a couple of occasions, chances are you are going to be the next target (if you aren't one already). The next time someone tries to palm off their job on to you, turn them down. Be polite but be firm.
You will realise that saying 'No' is empowering in itself.

2. Don't get intimidated

Intimidation is a bully's favourite method. They will try everything in their power -- be it their proximity to your boss or the fact that they are your superiors -- to get their way. Stay calm and don't get intimidated. Hold your ground.

3. Don't get emotional

Bullies derive their strength by making people cry or lose their temper. The moment you break down, the bully wins. If you lose your temper, there's a good chance your bully will use it against you. When you get emotional in such a scenario you also tend to lose perspective. Don't let that happen.

4. Document the bullying

Jot down the details of the time you were bullied and list out the people who were witness to it.
Should you want to escalate the matter to the HR, these finer details will come handy.

5. Seek help

There is a good possibility you aren't the only person being bullied. Seek out others who may have faced a similar problem. Ask for their advice and how they dealt with it. You are bound to find stories like your own. If they haven't raised their voice, encourage them to do so because there is strength in numbers.

6. Approach the HR

If things have got out of control, approach the HR. Treat your meeting with the HR as being extremely important. When you approach them, tread lightly because there is a possibility that your bully might in fact be in their good books. This might end up backfiring on you. Your meeting with the HR is not a counselling session. You are not here to confess. State the facts as they happened. List out witnesses, if any.

7. Don't ever think your bully will change

We often believe in the innate goodness of people. But remember that the inherent nature of a person cannot change. If you are expecting your bully and you to live happily ever after, forget it!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Buying a home? Keep these golden tips in mind

First time home buyers may find it extremely tedious and time consuming to shortlist a home. And those who are buying a home for the second time, it may be less onerous, having understood the nuances of purchasing a property.

These steps which will help you buy your dream home seamlessly.

Identify your requirements

Depending on which stage of life you decide to buy a home, prepare a wish-list of what you would like in your ideal home. This may include the number of rooms, basic amenities like access to schools, colleges, transport, medical facilities, market and playground.

Understand your financial position:

Along with the wish-list, you also need to understand your financial position and evaluate your savings and expenditure to arrive at a budget you can keep aside for buying a home.

Also, you should try and pay off other outstanding long-term debts before taking a home loan.

Save for the down payment:

One should also start saving prudently at an early stage to accumulate the maximum possible initial down payment, which will make it easier to buy the dream home.

An amount equivalent to the proposed EMI of Home Loan should be set aside every month much prior to actually availing the home loan.

Leverage on resource centers:

There are several aids available to bridge information gaps while taking a decision to buy a home.

In addition to the conventional methods of checking with friends or relatives, personally visiting new construction sites, going through advertisements, one can also visit several online sites that provide information on availability of homes.

These steps can help you to collect property information, evaluate the options and negotiate for the best deal by:
• Locating and assessing properties in line with your expectation and requirement
• Site-visit of short listed properties
• Understanding the approvals required and available for the project
• Post finalisation, assistance in negotiating the best terms and price
• Assistance in the selection of the right home loan
• Guidance in completing the registration formalities

5 quick getaways to make the most of your long weekends!

Here is a list of quick weekend getaways for you to consider whichever part of India you live in!


About 5-8 hours drive from Bangalore (depending on what town in Coorg you plan to visit) this is the perfect place to head to if you like to be in the midst of nature.

Malshej Ghat

A short 2.5 hour drive from Mumbai and you find yourself in the lap of the Western Ghats. Picture a plateau with a 360-degree view of the ghats, wind blowing through your hair, green hills all around and absolute silence.

Monsoons are the perfect time to visit as the numerous waterfalls are a delight to see.


Set amongst Spice Plantations, the Shalimar Spice Resort is one of its kinds. Bordering the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, the rooms of this resort merge seamlessly into the cardamom and coffee plantations around them. Undisturbed, the butterflies flitter by, the birds chirp and the scented breeze gently blows. You can choose to drive up here from Trivandrum, Cochin or Madurai.


Palampur is arguably the most under-rated hill station in Northern India. Two hours away from Dharamsala and Dalhousie, there are lots of things to fill into your itinerary if you wish.


About two hours southwest of Indore, Mandu is rightly called Central India's Hampi. Strategically set atop a hill and surrounded by a wall that stretches for 45km, Mandu's glory days go back to the 10th century when it was founded as the capital of the Parmar Rulers of Malwa. The Mughals and Marathas had their reign here subsequently and it eventually fell into ruins. If you are enchanted by history and believe that every stone tells a tale, a weekend in Mandu is the perfect getaway for you.

8 ways to de-stress in no time at all!

We live in stressful times. Here are some effective ways to get rid of it.

1. Indulge in that creative streak
Any activity that takes you away from the humdrum of everyday life can take away your stress. So instead of turning on the television, take up the paintbrush or the pen and let your creative juices flow.

2. Take a walk!
If you've had a stressful day, instead of going home and brooding over it, step out and go for a walk.

3. Socialise
There is a good chance you'll meet someone interesting and learn something new.

4. Be good, do good!
When you do good, you feel good.

5. Do not swipe that card
Before you swipe that card, think a million times. The next month's statement will only make you more depressed!

6. Try yoga and meditation
Yoga not only disciplines your body but also the mind.

7. De-clutter
Keep your workplace and living space clutter-free. Allow energy to flow freely.

8. Listen to some music
Music therapy is a real thing. So go on, plug in the headphones and plug out the world.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The happiest countries in the world

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 11 countries with the highest life satisfaction score to find out countries that are happiest.

Rank: 11

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Rank: 1

World's 8 biggest illegal businesses

Let's take a look at eight illegal activities that generate most revenue in the world.

Drug trafficking
Global revenue in 2012: $320 billion
Overall rank in revenue: 1

Counterfeit and pirated goods
Global revenue in 2012: $250 billion
Overall rank in revenue: 2

Human trafficking
Global revenue in 2012: $32 billion
Overall rank in revenue: 3

Wildlife trafficking
Global revenue in 2012: $19 billion
Overall rank in revenue: 4

Oil trade
Global revenue in 2012: $11 billion
Overall rank in revenue: 5

Global revenue in 2012: $10 billion
Overall rank in revenue: 6

Global revenue in 2012: $10 billion
Overall rank in revenue: 7

Human organs
Global revenue in 2012: $600 million
Overall rank in revenue: 8