Monthly Archives: January 2016

Satisfaction onjob salary

But for many job seekers, it is about career growth in a company. A survey by TimesJobs revealed that career growth scored over salary while picking employer.

In an online poll conducted by TimesJobs, job seekers were asked-What is the biggest reason you will work for a particular company? Around 35% of the respondents said career growth was the major reason.

The poll also showed that job seekers were not as bothered about job security as parameters such as salary and work culture.

TimesJobs stated that 24% respondents said salary was the biggest reason on which they will decide to work for a particular company, while 21% of the respondents rated work culture as their biggest reason for picking an employer.

Also, 20% polled in favour of job security as the top reason for working in a company – showing a diminishing interest in public sector or government jobs.

This is in contrast to the results of a poll from mid. That time, 30% of the job seekers cited job security as the prime reason for going job hunting.

Meanwhile, a recent survey by Universum, a Swedish employer branding company, revealed that for majority of the Indian university students, the ideal employers were Google, Apple and Microsoft and the ReserveBank of India.

When the survey asked about employer attractiveness, business students listed ‘high future earnings’, ‘a creative and dynamic work environment’ and ‘leadership opportunities’.

However, engineering students said they felt attracted to ‘a creative and dynamic work environment’, ‘innovation’ and ‘a friendly working environment’.

Job satisfaction to ensure tolerance Tips

Stating that Indians have always lived in harmony, top industry leader Ratan Tata today said education and job satisfaction will help weed out the growing instances of intolerance.

“Education, job satisfaction are issues that will help reduce or eliminate intolerance because it will be replaced by knowledge,” Tata told reporters here after announcing a tie-up with US-based online education non-profit Khan Academy.

“Our country has lived in harmony…we’ve to work together, we’ve to live together and continue do so, and not contribute to the intolerance that is growing in the world around us,” the former Chairman of Tata Groupsaid.

The killing of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri over suspicion of eating beef in September, murders of rationalists like M M Kalburgi and other instances where voices have been stifled has led to a national debate on whether the levels of tolerance are going down in the country.

Tata, who now heads the Tata Trusts, however refused to formally join the debate which has already seen the likes of President Pranab Mukherjee, Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan, Infosys founder NNarayana Murthy and Biocon’s Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, among others voicing their reservations. It also led to protests by filmmakers, writers and intelligentsia, who returned their state honours.

“I don’t want to get into the issue of intolerance as being voiced on TV in India at the present moment,” Tata said.

Khan Academy’s chief executive Salman Khan, who has his roots in the country, also said that education will be the key in ensuring that intolerance does not grow.

“Education will be a source of tolerance; the more students get educated, the more students have access to tap into their potential…I think a lot of intolerance comes out of economic frustration,” he said.

Khan said that India has always shown itself to be a “deeply tolerant place”, but acknowledged that all the countries have their own “rough spots”.

Citing conversations with his mother, who grew up in India, Khan said that India has always celebrated its pluralism and tolerance.

How to loyalty in your job

Seven in ten workers are satisfied with their current jobs, but most of them still hunt for new openings, says a survey by CareerBuilder India.

The survey findings indicate that job satisfaction may not necessarily equal job loyalty.

While 71 per cent of employees report being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” in their jobs, more than 63 per cent say they regularly look for new opportunities, the survey said.

As the future of the economy is looking positive, there are many opportunities coming up for job seekers and the scenario looks even better going forward, it added.

“In this situation, job satisfaction will always be a subjective thing which may change and differ from employee to employee,” CareerBuilder India MD Premlesh Machama said.

For some, job satisfaction may be linked to job content, for others, it may be linked to job roles and for many, it may be linked to earnings, he added.

Of the workers who feel satisfied in their jobs, most (59 per cent) said their salary contributes to their feelings of fulfilment at work.

Other reasons contributing to high satisfaction include job title, good work and life balance, ability to innovate, training and learning opportunities, benefits, feeling valued, defined career path and flexibility, the survey said.

“As the labour market opens up and new opportunities arise, workers are beginning to consider their options – three in five workers regularly look for new opportunities despite being satisfied,” CareerBuilder Chief Human Resources Officer Rosemary Haefner said.

The nationwide online survey of more than 1,000 employees looked at worker satisfaction as it pertains to work and life balance, career advancement and learning opportunities as well as factors that have the biggest impact on job satisfaction.

How Our American Made Bedding Startup and Our Marriage Flourished

My husband Jimmy and I have tested our relationship in many ways over the years, from having to date long-distance while we were living in different countries, dealing with multiple moves, and uprooting our lives for one another’s work and careers.

We recently took on our next challenge, launching our business Authenticity 50, an American-made e-commerce company. When we got married a few years ago, we tried to outfit our entire apartment in domestic products. However, we could not find high quality American-made bedding. (Turns out it left our shores in the 1980s and went entirely abroad where labor costs and quality were much cheaper.) Since we had no American options, we had to buy a set that was made overseas.

This is our first venture together, and it’s steadily growing. Mixing marriage with work isn’t for everyone, but it’s working for us.

Keeping it stateside

We always buy American-made products whenever possible; the quality is unmatched and it supports domestic jobs and the national economy. When we got married a few years ago, we tried to outfit our entire apartment in domestic products. However, we could not find high-quality American-made bedding.

At the time, Jimmy was ready to move on from his finance job of almost a decade, and wanted to explore being an entrepreneur and having our own business. I was working freelance in television and film, which was never steady.

Could we afford to start a new bedding business online? Would people be interested in our products? What would it be like for him to leave a good-paying steady job, for an uncertain future? Could we work together, and did we even want to? We went back and forth for several months, discussing every scenario.

After extensive research, Jimmy came to me with proof that we could create a viable business with great products. He convinced me to come on board and partner with him. We both believed in the idea, and felt that it was truly unique.

Getting off the ground

In the fall of 2015, we ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to launch our business and test our idea. Without any agency or marketing firm, we made $41,000 for our new business.

By the time 2016 arrived, we finally had inventory to offer our customers, we’ve been growing every month since.

We’ve found success by establishing a very solid foundation for our business relationship way before it all began. We openly discussed all of the challenges we’d face, and knew that if we could focus on our long-term goals as we built our business, and minimize the negative, we’d be OK.

We created clear business responsibilities based on our strengths and weaknesses to manage different aspects of the company. Jimmy oversees logistics and operations, website development, maintenance, and online advertising. I handle social media and marketing, brand partnerships and outreach, and customer support. We both contribute to product development and growth strategy and outsource to experts what we cannot handle or manage, like graphic design and PR. By delegating to others, we’re able to keep our business running smoothly.

We also constantly keep the big picture in mind. For us, it’s to create a future and a lifestyle that we want to lead. We want to have autonomy over our careers, financial flexibility, and personal freedom to do the things we want (i.e. travel, work remotely, spend quality time with loved ones). Just as important, we want to make a real difference with our business, and contribute to the economic growth of our country. Our production process requires hundreds of workers coast-to-coast. It keeps jobs and manufacturing here, and helps revive the long-forgotten domestic bedding industry.

We’re extremely happy and grateful that we get to spend so much time together building Authenticity 50. Trust, honesty, and open communication were key factors in helping us get through difficult moments, and keep our relationship healthy and intact. We genuinely enjoy each other’s company and we are excited to see where this journey takes us.

How the Job satisfaction boosts workplace

Employees say workers are more likely to steal petty cash and commit other unethical acts when they are dissatisfied and see their own superiors behaving badly, according to research released on Monday.

A good work-life balance and high levels of job satisfaction, on the other hand, were thought to promote ethical behaviour among employees, said the poll of more than 1,000 US adults who work full-time .

Sixty per cent of those surveyed said job dissatisfaction was a leading reason people make unethical decisions at work, second only to lack of personal integrity, according to the ‘Ethics and Workplace’ survey conducted for Deloitte & Touche USA.Also, 91% said workers who enjoy a good work-life balance are more likely to behave ethically, it said.

“To the extent that they are dissatisfied, they also get disengaged. When they get disengaged , perhaps, they just don’t take the time or energy or think fully about making the good decisions,” said Sharon Allen, chairman of the board of directors of Deloitte & Touche USA.

The behaviours of managers and direct supervisors were said to be the most significant factors in encouraging or discouraging good behavior at work, the survey said. “They reinforce the importance of setting the tone at the top,” Allen said. “What they do matters, and what they do makes a difference, and they are always in some way being observed, and they are being used as role models, whether they know it or not.

“Showing preferential treatment toward certain employees, taking credit for other people’s accomplishments and rewarding employees who behave badly were the most frequently cited examples of managers behaving badly, the survey showed. Examples of good management were giving proper credit where due, being straightforward and honest and treating employees equally, the survey said. AGENCIES

The Key to Economic Growth

From improving energy efficiency to mitigating the impacts of climate change, businesses have been working to meet the demand of a marketplace that’s ever-more ecologically conscious. One industry in which this shift has been markedly noticeable is construction, where companies have turned to new, more efficient techniques.

“In major markets now, conventional construction doesn’t really exist,” Nathan Taft, director of acquisitions for green builder Jonathan Rose Companies, told Business News Daily. “We’ve seen a real shift in the industry, getting a push from government mandate to push people along on the learning curve. People are just realizing that green building makes sense.”

Sustainable building involves an analytical, data-driven approach to various renovations, including installing insulation, updating lighting to LED fixtures, and diagnosing heating and boiler systems. This approach helps companies identify the most wasteful aspects of a given structure and determine how to best address that waste.

Sustainable building is not just about renovations. New construction is also a key element, with the designs constructed from the ground up to accommodate both environmental sustainability and human needs.

“We position buildings from a holistic standpoint to enhance efficiency, as well as tenant and resident experience,” Taft said. “Energy retrofits are often combined with creating a new community space. … We’re always integrating green from the very beginning, not just tacking it on at the end. It’s really what the building is about from its first inception.”

Green building as an economic development tool

Some view sustainable construction as a vehicle to spur further economic development, particularly in communities that are typically seen as disadvantaged when it comes to attracting businesses. The U.S. Green Building Council (GBC) maintains this philosophy as part of its work to spread green building practices throughout the world.

By promoting its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards, the U.S. GBC encourages building designs that use less water and energy, reduce overall carbon emissions, and save money. The group might focus on buildings, but the effort is intended to have a ripple effect throughout the economy of entire communities and, ideally, the world, said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer of the U.S. GBC.

“When we look at the buildings-to-communities-to-cities mission, it’s no longer just a green building but it’s also an economic development tool,” Ramanujam said. “Being able to establish this from an environmental lens [and] economic lens, and most importantly [resolving] the income inequality gap … makes it attractive for businesses to come and invest in and grow the market.

“Our mission is about fundamental behavioral change in the marketplace, for [people] to understand sustainability principles in everything they do, in life cycles of consumers and businesses,” he added. “We want sustainability to be embedded in [the] life of the consumer, so that everything you touch, be it clothing, be it eating habits and hobbies, reflects the principles of environmental and human sustainability.”

Ramanujam said he believes green construction can affect every other industry, from health care spaces to retail. Not only will operating in a green building save these companies money, but it will also help themproject a sense of corporate social responsibility, which is increasingly important to consumers, according to a Nielsen report issued in October 2015. The report found that 66 percent of consumers said they were willing to pay more for sustainable brands.

“Consumer brands that haven’t embraced sustainability are at risk on many fronts,” Carol Gstalder, senior vice president of reputation and public relations solutions for Nielsen, said in the report. “Social responsibility is a critical part of proactive reputation management, and companies with strong reputations outperform others when it comes to attracting top talent, investors, community partners and, most [importantly], consumers.”

Sustainability outside of the box

There has also been a rise in organizations that aim for environmental sustainability beyond the confines of green construction. One such group is the nonprofit One Tree Planted, which empowers entrepreneurs who want to give back to the environment. For each sale a partnered small business makes, One Tree Planted will plant one tree in a region of the world specified by the partnering entrepreneur. Partnering with a laundry list of NGOs, the nonprofit has helped to plant millions of trees.

Laura Ellis, founder of startup Hidden Hippie, is one such partnering entrepreneur. Having grown up on farmland in Australia, Ellis said she maintained a deep reverence for nature and wanted to integrate a form of sustainability into her business. By partnering with One Tree Planted, she found a way to easily communicate to her customers the added benefit of their purchases.

“I was trying to find something that I was really excited about but that also tied in with my brand,” Ellis said. “I love how easy [One Tree Planted] made things and how clear the message is.”


Boss to employee Tips

You were top dog, the boss man, the CEO . Things were great — you were in charge and ran a tight ship. And then you got bought over. Going from the man in-charge toemployee can hit your ego, but it doesn’t have to be all gloom and doom. Here are the perks of transitioning from being the boss to having one again:

Breathe out
Now that you’re no longer the CEO, it’s time you take a well-deserved deep breath and enjoy the freedom. Being the highest point of contact and the final decision maker comes with its own set of stress points. Now that you’re a rung or two lower, you can expect less pressure. CEOs are not exactly famous for nailing the work-life balance. But since you’re no longer CEO, you can enjoy the little extra time you have to yourself.

Area of interest
As a CEO, you were in charge of it all — even the boring bits. But relinquishing your position means that you can focus on the areas of work you truly enjoy and that gives you a sense of satisfaction. You can channel all your energy and expertise into these areas. So even though you’ve given up the top position, you have a much higher level of job satisfaction.

Expert opinion
Just because you are no longer CEO, doesn’t mean that your work and expertise is going to be disregarded. Since you ran the company, you know the ins and outs better than anyone else. So do not worry about them putting you in the corner. However, you do need to share whatever information you have with the new CEO. It will ease your own work and give you the time to enjoy some of that profit you made during the buyout.

Less drama
As the man on top, you must have had to face more than your fair share of office drama. From unsatisfied employees to offsite budgets and even the occasional complaint against another employee, there was too much peripheral drama associated with the job. Be glad that you’re now exempt from this emotional strain.

Value increases
Sure your bank balance may have reflected that you were a CEO, but we’re pretty sure that not too manypeople patted you on the back for a job well done. They did not see the hours, effort and sacrifices you made to reach the top. Thankfully now as an employee, your boss gets to see your true importance. And recognition for a job well done sure feels good.