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Survey on leadership issues-Go green to make employees happier-Employees productivities-handle work pressure,tips-Career advice,power of decision making-Benchmark yourself-

 

The Preferred Boss 

Leadership issues

Male bosses are preferred over their female counterparts in the corporate world, says a recent survey

Nearly 68% women and men prefer to have a male boss, according to a recent survey. For, they argue, “men are faster in taking decisions, quicker in disposing their assignments, focused and straight in their work. They are also passionate in awarding their subordinates with functional autonomy and allowing them to enjoy their work”.

         These are the findings of a random survey titled Preference of Bosses in Emerging Corporate Culture conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). About 2,500 executives took part in the survey.

         The survey found that 1,450 female and male executives would be too happy with a man as boss. Two-thirds o this 68% constitutes female executives and the remaining one-third male. Almost 68% of the respondents who voted in favour of male bosses, however, expressed their aversion towards female supervisors contending that women have an emotional approach to work. “As a result neither the assigned work is accomplished nor job satisfaction derived by women subordinates. This brings in discontentment,” the survey points out.

         The remaining 32% of the respondents said that reporting to a male or a female boss didnt matter much. The better the boss, the longer is the stability factor, they said.

         Of male respondents, 41% said men are more likely to be good leaders, and 33% of women agreed. Three out of four women who expressed a preference said they would rather work for a man than a woman. Interestingly, a good percentage men and women view their female bosses as less decisive, more emotional and less authoritative in general.

         Women are more likely than men to have a specific preference for a boss, while men are more likely to say that the gender of their boss does not matter to them.

         The survey found that 62% women preferred a male boss than a female one (16%), while the remaining men and women had no preference. More men would rather work for men than women; 50% of men chose a male boss and 12% a female. 

         The preference for men extends to coworkers. 42% of women prefer male colleagues, while only 11% prefer working with women. The mens choice was more evenly split, with 38% choosing male coworkers and 16% choosing female colleagues.

          Most women, 77%, agreed that it was still difficult for women to get ahead in the workplace while only 43% of men felt that way. The majority of women, 56%, were of the view that at one time or the other they were at a disadvantage at the workplace due to their gender while 25% of the men felt this way.         

 

 

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Skills: Sensitivity to ideas and people Orientation for Science Should be aware of technological progress around himself/herself

Global options: Since product designers generally need to design for a global client base, their travel requirements remain very high. Most offshore MNCs send their product designers to their headquarters in various parts of the world for training. Even design firms like to be in touch with global designs and hence emphasis a lot on global experiences.

Pros: You get to see your own designs being used by people as products. “Your creative urges get mass appreciation

      Money in the field is tremendous

…and Cons: Only one out of many designs will see the light of day” “The gestation period for an idea to become a product is very long

      Some may get irked by the long working hours, but creative jobs can never be restricted to office hours                                                  

 

                        

SCI-TECH

Go green to make employees happier

Workplaces with live plants, green spaces increase job satisfaction: Research

Clueless as to how to make employees happy and the office environment more conducive to productivity? Well, try adding green to the workplace.

       According to Dr. Tina Marie (Waliczek) Cade, Associate Professor of Horticulture in the Department of Agriculture at Texas State University, live plants, green spaces increase job and life satisfaction.

       The researchers explained that the project was designed to investigate whether employees who worked in offices with windows and views of green spaces and workers who had green plants in their offices perceived greater job satisfaction than employees who did not have access to these environmental components.

       Researchers posted a job satisfaction survey on the Internet and administered the survey to office workers in Texas and the Midwest.

       The survey included questions about job satisfaction, physical work environments, the presence or absence of live interior plants and windows, environmental preferences of the office workers, and demographic information.  

ECO-FRIENDLY

1.        People who worked in offices with plants and windows felt better about their jobs and the work they performed.

2.        Employees with interior plants in their offices tended to consider themselves happier or more content.

3.        Employees in offices without plants rated their job satisfaction low.

4.        Employees in offices with plants rated their statements relating to bosses, coworkers, and their overall nature of work more positively.

5.        Employees that did not have either live plants or windows were the only group that stated they were dissatisfied with their quality of life.     

       Survey data showed significant differences in workers perceptions of overall life quantity, overall perceptions of job satisfaction, and in the job satisfaction sub—categories of nature of work,” supervision,” and coworkers among employees who worked in office environments that had plants or windows views compared to emp—loyees who worked in office environments without live plants or windows.

       Findings indicated that people who worked in offices with plants and windows reported that they felt better about their job and the work they performed.

       Study results showed that employees in offices without plants rated their job sati—sfactions low, while employees who worked with offices with live plants rated their job satisfaction higher.

       Additionally, employees in offices with plants rated their statements relating to bosses, coworkers, and their overall nature of work more positively when compared to employees in office without plants.

       When asked about their overall quality of life, results supported that employee with interior plants in their offices tended to consider themselves happier or more content when compared to employees without plants in their offices.

       Additionally, the group of employees that did not have either live plants or windows was the only group that stated they were dissatisfied with their quality of life.

       According to Cade, there were no statistically significant differences among the categories of age, ethnicity, salary, education levels, and position among employees who worked in offices with or without plants or window views. However, we did find gender differences. Males who worked in offices with plants rated their job satisfaction higher than males who worked in offices with no plants”.

       Interestingly, the study found no differences (in level of job satisfaction) in-group of female respondents. 

                             

      

Poll result

What increases employee productivity?

Fast-track growth and rising within an organization was preferred by more people as compared to purely monetary benefits

There is a clear shift in the mindset of todays young employees, with a higher percentage of people preferring factors such as cool bosses and a day care centre—clearly indicating inclination towards work-life balance. Being rewarded for productivity is important, but interest—ingly, fast track growth and rising within an organization was preferred by more people as compared to purely monetary benefits. What appears to matter to the least number of people is sticking to systems and processes, which shows the increasing level of flexibility and dynamism in young corporate India.

           The poll was conducted online from June 8 to 13. Around 1800 visitors participated in the poll. Polls appear daily on the Career and Advice section on www.shine.com.

 

YES %

A 'cool' Boss         89%

 

A differential ‘fast track’ growth for high performers   83.8%

 

‘Day care centres’ within office      83.8%

 

High performance-based variable pay packages      79.8%

 

Sticking to systems and processes      68.4%

 

 

     

 

  

Industry insights

The sky is the limit

How do you handle work pressure?

If things go as per planned schedule, work pressure is manageable. The main challenge is man—power management which almost every sector and industry is facing due to a shortage of skilled labour and professionals.

exclusive interview by the one industry expert

 

A day in your life…

Wake up by 99.30 am

In office by 10.30 am

Check payments and other business-related work till 12 pm

Have lunch, usually a business lunch, between 1-2 pm

Meetings, discuss budgets etc from 2-4 pm

Project evaluation, overview of units sold and site visits, if required, from 4-6 pm

Spend evenings with family or attend social events.

Sunday is for spending time with the family, hitting the gym, or playing golf and reading

What are your success mantras?

Hard work, transparency, dedication and the courage to take risks.

What’s you advice to young, potential realty professionals?

 The sky is the limit. Be happy and have the courage to take risks to achieve your dreams.

 

                                                             Career advice

                                                     Career confidence

The Power of a Decision

One should begin with small decisions before one takes the larger ones

Taking a decision is a difficult task. A person goes to a bookstore

and comes across a book titled, ‘How to take decisions’. He later meets

a friend and tells him about it and is asked if he bought the book.

And his reply is, “No, I did not buy it because I could not take a decision”. 

            Some decisions may be wrong buy you ought to learn the art of

decision-making. If you start with taking small decisions, you will be able to

take bigger decisions. There are people who always take the right decision.

This is because they are confident about taking that decision, even though it may be a wrong one.

            One should learn the art of taking decisions. “Initially some mistakes

will occur. You may commit mistakes every day but do not repeat the old

ones. You learn from new mistakes. History can pardon those who take wrong decisions, but it can never forgive those who never take any decisions,” says Sirshree Tejparkhi, founder of Tej Gyan Foundation and author of books such as Put Stress to Rest.

            Each one of us has to take a decision for the first time. How many times did one fall as one tried to walk? So did one stop walking? No. All this was possible because of a continuous effort. One must remember that one is bound to make mistakes. But, if one stops taking decisions fearing that one would fail, one would never learn to take decisions.                   

 

BENCHMARKING YOURSELF

The best way to benchmark yourself today is to choose a profession that is seeing an influx of expats

What sector should you join if you want to hone your skills to compete with the best in the world? Not finance, though thats easily the place where you will make the most money. People who become merchant bankers and venture capitalists these days seem to have enough time

to write books—with eminently unoriginal themes—about how great 

India is. You dont compete with the best out there, just people who have made money.

         If you want to benchmark yourself against the world, you must benchmark yourself against the best in professions that are truly global,” says D. Singh, a Mumbai-based HR consultant. The traditional way has been to go abroad—preferably to the

US—and compete in what is supposedly a level playing field. Actually, the field was never level. Thats just a myth you imbibe along with stuff about the birds and the

bees; WASPs have always had the edge. (For those who didnt know, that stands

for Western Anglo-Saxon Protestants.)

          Singh says that the best way to benchmark today is to choose a profession

that is seeing an influx of expats. The people who are coming to

India to work are not those who cannot get jobs abroad,” he adds.

          They fall into several categories. There are the interns who want to be part

of the

India story. They join companies like Infosys for the summer.

          There are midlevel executives who are bored of pushing files at home and

getting excited over a 0.1% increase in market share. They want to be where the

action is: in

India and

China.

          Then there are the returning nonresident Indians (NRIs). Dont look for

patriotism here; they are coming back simply because

India is offering more money these days. In the pharmaceuticals industry, for instance, senior R&D personnel can command $300,000-500,000 annually in

India, some 25% more than what they get abroad.

          Another segment—though small—is made up of the heads of multinational corporations (MNCs) who still believe they must send down men from headquarters

to run the show here. These are the people who talk of punishment postings and take their companies downhill. There are so many examples of such MNCs that are now a pale shadow of their former selves.

AN ASIAN PILGRIMAGE

1.        With Western economies sagging, many European business schools say they are seeing a jump in the number of MBAs and other students looking East for opportunities. Students are looking at

Asia and thinking, “Wow, thats growing, thats emerging, thats where I want to be, thats where the action is”.

2.        Those contemplating the move include students from West—ern background and those of Asian origin. The number of Asian students studying at

European B-schools has risen significantly over the past several years. But until recently, many used their degrees to secure jobs in the West. This year, those at the schools say more Asian students are seeking to take their diplomas

back home

 

          HR professionals, however, warn that not all sectors that seem expat friendly

are suitable places to try and become global Indians. Take some specific business process outsourcing (BPO) areas. Expats are descending in droves on

India to man call centers that require non-English language skills. Thats a dead end

for Indians.

        Or take modern retail, where you see a lot of expats coming in at the top,” says Singh. “They will all be going back soon. Retail here is very different from what it is in the West. Take logistics. There, you have to know how to hire a truck. Here you have

to know how to build a road”. 

          There are other areas like aviation (pilots, for instance) that one should avoid because the influx of expats is temporary. Besides, pilots need motor skills, not brainpower.

          So where do you go? Check out advertising. The whole sector is now nearly

100% owned by MNCs. There are a large number of expats who have come in as

India is now doing work on campaigns all over the world. More importantly, Indians

are being sent abroad on assignments. It is important that you get to know how the

other half-lives. 

          Or you could try fast moving consumer good (FMCG) marketing. Companies

like Hindustan Unlever have shed their lethargy. For this sector,

India and

China are clearly the new frontiers. Besides, there is a lot of crosspollination in terms

of inter-country movement. And, finally, there is the new warhorse—information technology (IT). Yesterdays cyber coolies—the common-or-garden coders—are becoming problem solvers and consultants. They can now start benchmarking themselves against the world.     

 

                                                                  

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