LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMS

Millennials, often perceived as stubborn and independent, burst on the scene leaving managers wondering what to do. Stark differences from previous generations leave some thinking this group is more difficult than others. If you are among those wondering how managing millennials in the workplace can be done, continue reading to find better ways to do so with little to no disruptions.

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Typically, the perception of millennials has more to do with miscommunications that often occur when you have a multi-generational workforce. For this group who reached adulthood in the early part of the 21st century, accomplishing great things is high on their career list.

Therefore, it is in everyone’s best interest that managers learn how to leverage the strengths millennials bring to the company. By supporting their goals and recognizing three unique qualities that shape their work ethic, you and your managers can turn what appears to be challenging moments into productive ones.

Millennials Need to Know the “Why” in Work Assignments

Most managers provide few specifics when introducing a new project. Some employees accept the task without question, but the millennial may instinctively begin asking a slew of questions. How do you manage that?

The best approach when discussing the project is to explain the purpose to all employees, even the ones who might not ask questions. In fact, you might get good suggestions that makes the project more successful. This can also help everyone on the team understand the bigger picture – the why – of how their contributions make the company successful.

Expecting a Startup Culture

Because of the era in which they were born and grew up, millennials typically do not have to wait years before they are the managing a team or hired as the director of a department. The ladder is much shorter than the one Baby Boomers had to climb. Therefore, they expect to achieve a certain status and make a greater impact sooner.

The benefit you have in using this trait to your advantage is giving employees a stake in the company. Empowering employees means they will own any project put before them to make a real difference.

Generating ideas and fleshing out a plan is common among millennials – as long as you provide periodic feedback. They want to be motivated, but that does not mean they cannot work without it. They simply will not work as well without believing their work is a collaborative effort.

This younger generation is here to stay. Tapping into their tremendous talent, instead of balking at their differences, will give your company a competitive advantage.

Study, love, marry and support a family – nothing’s impossible for people with special needs

Munnar’s hazy blue Kannan Devi hills with their green camellia sansis (tea) shrubs form a dramatic backdrop to the unpretentious squat buildings set amidst gardens ablaze with snapdragons, yellow and red poppies and bellflowers.

Something wonderful is happening there. Most of the people here have special needs. Some cannot hear, others cannot see. Many are on wheel chairs, some have been diagnosed with autism or cerebral palsy. No one, however, is sitting quietly. Everyone has something to do.

Employees at work in the paper-making unit. (Ayesha Banerjee)

The Srishti Welfare Centre supports the education and rehabilitation of specially abled children and adults. Celebrating 25 years of existence in February, it has about 62 students (aged three-and-a-half to 18) in its DARE (Developmental Activities in Rehabilitative Education) School. Years ago, when tea planters left severely challenged children locked up at home to work in the plantations of Kerala, DARE took them in to help them learn something and stay safe till the parents came back.

Prints of actual leaves are used on fabrics at Aranya, the natural dye and textiles design unit. (Ayesha Banerjee)

Apart from reading, writing, arithmetic, the children are given lessons in dance, drama, yoga, medication, physical education, speech and physiotherapy. Many of them are taught to chop vegetables and cook, clean up and handle shopping and accounts to be independent. They have to also ensure what they cook is delicious because that’s their meal of the day. The younger ones greet you loudly, laughingly making you repeat their names till you get it right.

Redefining lives:The DARE school (Ayesha Banerjee)

Small units have been started over the years in Shrishti to generate jobs and revenues. The natural dye and textile design unit Aranya has absorbed 12 ex students . Twenty of them work in the hand-made paper and stationery section, Athulya. Seven lucky ones sort out delicious strawberries, passion fruit and plums in Nisarga, the fruit preserve unit and four work in the Deli (bakery and confectionery section), making tarts, a variety of piping hot and delicious breads, muffins, fudge and more. About 12 of them work in the vegetable and flower garden. Many students have found employment outside and 15 have been integrated into regular school. All of them get salaries.

Most of the students and now employees are jet setters – having travelled around the world to France, Japan and other countries. The Deli staff have trained at Bombay Taj-President, now Vivanta, with Chef Ananda Solomon and are justifiably proud of their chocolate cakes. Bhanumati, once a heart patient who was sitting at “home, disturbed,” joined Aranya after surgery. Now married with children, she’s happy to be here, handling plants, leaves and other natural agents for dyeing colourful fabrics.

Students in classes. (Ayesha Banerjee)

Ratna Krishnakumar, managing trustee of the Shrishti Charitable Trust recalls the time when they decided to switch over from plain dyeing and move to something exotic. “We taught ourselves basic shibori (a Japanese dyeing technique which produces patterns on fabrics) from a book.” Years later, she met textile artist, curator and researcher Yoshiko Wada, the woman behind shibori and realised that all Aranya’s learning had come from Wada’s book. “The next year Wada visited Shrishti and has been a guide and mentor ever since,” Krishnakumar says.

 

Even the paper made at Athulya is interesting. Not just flowers, you’ll also find some made from elephant poop – with rather interesting patterns because of all the straws and other fancy stuff the pachyderms have consumed (all disinfected of course)! Aranya also boasts of some young innovators. Patterns created by Aramugam with a pipe and cloth have been named Arushibori by Wada after him.

There are so many stories… Of how Prakash met Muthukumari and decided to marry her, the proud moment when an old couple’s specially abled son or daugher started supporting them financially, or when a Srishti employee’s daughter joined college for a BSc degree. Let’s keep them for another day.

S Chandrda is justifiably proud of his mouth-watering pastry collection at the Deli. (Ayesha Banerjee)

Srishti is a small initiative – but one which gives great hope to anyone who visits. Krishnakumar gets annoyed when you ask her how it can be built as a brand or marketed. It is not about business, it is something that comes from the heart, she insists. But there is a hint of pride in the voice when she tells you about Aranya’s Rs 1 crore turnover or the Deli’s sales touching Rs 15,000 to Rs20,000 a day – profits which are reinvested in Srishti.

The lovely garden is tended by former DARE students now employed here. (Ayesha Banerjee)

As you walk out of the welfare centre, a young man tending the garden waves at you. You wave back, knowing you will come back again one, to feel the lovely positivity and happiness that touched your life briefly today.

Srishti and DARE (Developmental Activities in Rehabilitative Education) School (that provides special education to children) were formed by the erstwhile Tata Tea Limited in 1991 and are now supported by Tata Global Beverages. The author was invited by the Srishti Trust to visit the Srishti Welfare Centre at Munnar, Kerala.

Hiring slowdown at top schools due to note ban, global outlook; worse to come

Campus hirings have cooled at India’s top business and engineering schools and some are yet to conclude the final placements which were to be completed by mid-January, officials at several placement cells said.

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Demonetization that sapped demand and hit consumer-facing companies, and rising protectionism in the US and UK which threaten India’s technology companies are likely reasons for the development, these officials said.

It also threatens to get worse. Human resources (HR) outsourcing and technology firm PeopleStrong says campus hiring numbers may fall 20-25% from current levels by the end of 2020.

“Campus hiring will see a gradual decrease in the next one year,” said Pankaj Bansal, co-founder and CEO, PeopleStrong. “There are various reasons for this gradual decrease: some of them include: reduction in hiring numbers of IT giants due to global economy slowdown, automation of transaction-heavy jobs through Artificial Intelligence and lack of job-readiness in the campus pass-outs.”

“Though the number of companies visiting campuses has gone up, the net total number of offers has remained constant,” said Kaustubha Mohanty, convener, All IITs Placement Committee, the panel responsible for campus hiring across all Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). “Total offers being rolled out by a company has seen a drop. The exact numbers will be available only after the end of ongoing placements,” he said.

Abhishek Totawar, chairperson, placement and external relations, at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Tiruchirappalli said, “Placements did slow down this year, compared to previous years. The number of offers being made by consistent top recruiters has gone down. We will know if the average package has been impacted once placements are over.”

The India Hiring Intent survey conducted by PeopleStrong in November 2016 revealed that 40% of the employers showed preference towards hiring candidates with one-year experience.

Though packaged consumer goods companies held back on campus hiring after the government withdrew high-value notes, some had already made pre-placement offers (PPO) by then.

At Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, information technology (IT) giants Infosys Ltd and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd that hired graduates for consulting roles previous year stayed away from the campus, said Kanwal Kapil, professor in charge of placements at MDI Gurgaon..

“Since FMCG and banking firms hired through the PPO route, we were spared from the woes of demonetisation,” said Kapil added. FMCG is short for fast-moving consumer goods, marketing jargon for packaged consumer goods that include soaps, shampoos and toothpastes.

The hiring slowdown also points to the need for institutes to make their training programmes relevant for the industry, as low-skill jobs will be increasingly automated and phased out.

“However, as reforms from the government are kicking in, we may see new-age companies growing and generating employment,” PeopleStrong’s Bansal said.

NEET 2017: Petition to roll back age criteria filed in Supreme Court

A petition to roll back the age criteria for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate courses has been filed in the Supreme Court on Friday. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s decision to introduce age and attempt cap for NEET has students up in arms across the state.

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The petitioner, 27-year-old Sabyasachi Rai, qualified NEET last year but did not take admission as he could not afford the fees of private medical college. “My father was ready to sell our ancestral land. I decided to go for another attempt but with the unexpected announcement on age criteria, I have become ineligible to take the exam. I am not demanding job from the government but my basic right for education,” said the son of a farmer.

The petition, to be listed on February 17, states that the government should take back the new rules on age and attempt.

According to the guidelines, a candidate can appear only thrice for NEET and his age should not be over 25 years. Students who have been preparing for the entrance exam are unhappy with the decision.

Thirty-year-old Pallavi Srivastava, an aspirant from Bihar’s Samastipur, has to face a tough time convincing her parents to put money in her education. “Being from a conservative background, my parents wanted me to get married. But I wanted to pursue higher studies in medicine. With the introduction of new criteria, I am ineligible to apply,” said Srivastava who feels small city students will be badly hit.

“When I came to Patna after Class 12, I realised most of our concepts on Physics and other subjects were unclear. We did not know what kind of questions are being asked in entrance exams. With these criteria, how many small town students will be able to become doctor?” said Srivastava.

Earlier, medical aspirants who have already given AIPMT and NEET 2016 over three times were notified ineligible to appear for the entrance examination. However, on February 3, the authorities clarified the NEET 2017 will be counted as first attempt for all the candidates, irrespective of their previous attempts in AIPMT/NEET.

Dr Anand Rai, who has been vocal about medical aspirants rights, said education is the fundamental right and the government should take its decision back. “Thousands of students are depressed as their dream to become a doctor is over. Such announcement should have been made a year ago,” said Rai.

CBSE to allow diabetic students to have snacks mid-exam

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced that students with type-1 diabetes will now be allowed to take a mid-exam snack during the class 10 and 12 board exams. The move comes after Dr Ashok Jhingan, chairperson of the Delhi Diabetes Research Centre, approached the board with the results of a study conducted on Kendriya Vidyalaya students.

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For the study, four Kendriya Vidyalaya schools had allowed their students with type-1 diabetes to have a mid exam snack, TOI reported. It was found that type-1 patients, who depend on insulin injections, suffer from headaches, irritability, restlessness and confusion when they have to wait for two long between snacks. This happens due to imbalanced or low sugar levels.

“These children need insulin half an hour before eating, which means between 6.30 am and 7.30 am,”  Dr Jhingan said, “Without the snack between 9am and 10am, their sugar level could drop, leaving them irritable and unable to concentrate on their studies.”

He added that schools generally allow such students to have a light snack after two hours to prevent their sugar levels from falling. The study also found that many students face similar problems and tend to leave the exam hall an hour early.

“If the exam starts at 10 am, then it means the children have their insulin shots at around 8.30 am,” Jhingan said. He said that there is a decrease in the performance level of the diabetic students after 11 am for a three hour-long exam beginning at 10 am.

The CBSE will send out a notice of diabetic students being allowed to have snacks 90 minutes into the exam, according to TOI. The board may also advise school principals to allow the same during regular school hours, the way it is practice in the United States.

“We are working out the details,” RK Chaturvedi, chairman of CBSE, said, “We will probably issue a detailed circular on the matter in the coming week.” There are four lakh students in India with Type-1 diabetes, 14,000 of whom stay in the National Capital Region (NCR)

Fastin pill – How to reach it

In the steroids world, the research and development team did ultimate hard work and they have come out with so many solutions for so many problems. In terms of health especially, they have introduced Fastin pill which is basically nothing but phentermine hydrochloride.  It is adjustable management of obesity within the short period. It will effect on weight reduction, and works well as the intake of calories get restricted.

Fastin is a brand name. Fastin is a non-prescription diet supplement. In countries it is not available without having the proper prescription from the doctor. But legally one can get as Phentermine however, with proper prescription.

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Nature of Phentermine:

These pills work on appetite control and resetting of body energy and fat as well. It directly treats on obesity (over weight) for even those who are having with risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, or diabetes. Before opting for this medicine one should not take any combinations with the other drugs.

Dosage of Phentermine:

  • It’s always better to follow the prescribed health expertise suggestions. Go through the label.
  • This drug again differs from brand to brand. Some of the brands recommend taking before or after breakfast.
  • Some of them are not allowed to be swallowed. They are preferably recommended as dissolvable in the mouth. In some cases, it may affect sleep cycles also. It is always better to take it in early part of the day.
  • It’s only suggestible for short term.
  • We cannot consume at over dosage or at less dosage.
  • While during the cycle, avoid drinking alcohol. It may boost up to the uncertain side effects. One should avoid smoking too.

How To buy Fastin:

To buy these Fastin pills, one can check the different legally authorized pharmacy houses. These supplements became very famous in these days in the world. We can get it through online websites. These fastin and Phentermine pills are also provided with free shipping. In some other countries it is also sold as an over counter medicine. It is an IV drug. It is legal to buy online. Health expertise suggests opting for a proper diet plan and exercising while using these pills.

Who should not take these pills?

Some analysts say that it’s better not to use phentermine or not suggestible for

  • Pregnant ladies and breast feeding mothers
  • It is not suggestible for people suffering with heart disease
  • Those who are having severe high blood pressure, having hyper thyroid in the family history, hypertension they can become exceptions.
  • Even if the person has had any alcoholic drugs in his life history
  • People who are allergic to any diet pills.

However, the availability of fastin became very easier than earlier days.  But again it does differ from country to country law.  For each and everything there are positive and negative aspects.  So, it’s always better to go through all the tests and suggested healthy diet plans given by the docs. Following the right dosage will definitely give the desired results.

Great Reasons to Study Social Work

Social work is a career many people choose when they have a desire to help others. Social workers help an enormous amount of people, from all different walks of life. If you are considering a career in social work, and want to know if a masters in social work could be right for you, here are some of the great benefits of being a social worker.

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Flexible Work

Working as a member of a community team can offer you great options when it comes to flexibility. Depending on your job role, you may need to be available outside of work hours, but this isn’t always the case and can often be negotiable.

Variation

As a social worker, you could help a massive range of different people, some of these include:

  • Helping veterans. Social workers help veterans find jobs, deal with housing issues, apply for benefits, deal with mental health issues, and generally offer any support that is needed. See Rutgers Online for more information.
  • Domestic abuse victims. The victims of domestic abuse often need help to escape and then move on from their situations. Social workers could help find emergency housing, as well as offering emotional support.
  • Families and children. Social workers help families dealing with issues, in many different ways. The ultimate goal is always to do what is right for each individual family.
  • Substance or alcohol abusers. Social works help with rehabilitation, and then repairing the lives of these people.

There are many other ways a social worker helps people. You would have a varied and rewarding career, helping people lead happier lives, every single day.

Career Progression

There are many opportunities to progress in the field of social work. You could change specialties, or move up into a management or leadership role. Ultimately, you could be in charge of a large, state wide team, helping to set policy and create new methods of providing help.

Demand

Unfortunately, there will always be people who need help. The need for social workers is rising. This is mainly because of two things.

Firstly, the rise of the average age of the population – as people get older, they need more help. Social workers help the elderly by finding them suitable places to live, helping them to apply for any benefits they may need, and ensuring they are well looked after.

The second reason is the rise in immigration. Newly arriving immigrants need help, both practically and emotionally, to settle in to their new lives. They need assistance with finding homes, jobs, becoming a member of society, and with learning about their new country. Social workers are able to provide all of these things, as well as a friendly face and ear at what can be a very difficult time.

On top of all this, there has never been a better time to go into social work.  New technology and online advancements are changing the way social workers provide services. Studying now would mean your skills were up to date from the beginning of your career.