In This Issue
1. Are you a Cyberloafer?
2. Bosses prefer
3. Cell phone Etiquette.
4. Defensive Driving
reduces risk of
foods dont save time.
6.Divorce destroys children's
7.Prefer disciplining to
The 7 soft skills you must
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1. Communication Skills.
2. People Skills
3. Problem-solving Skills
4. Goal Setting Skills
5. Sharp Memory
7. Emotional Maturity
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Are you a cyberloafer?
Cyberloafers who misuse the internet for their personal work
during office hours, rob their employers billions of dollars in
lost man hours. Cyberloafers
surf news sites, send personal emails, chat with online friends,
shop online, download songs and visit social network sites such as
Facebook, MySpace and Orkut – all during paid office hours.
In a recent survey, six out
of ten employees acknowledged wasting work- time on the internet.
20 percent confessed to visiting porn sites during working hours.
34 percent said that internet is the No.1 time-waster in the
workplace. They agreed that cyberloafing amounted to cheating
their employers. They cited net addiction, boredom and lack of
monitoring by bosses as reasons for cyberloafing.
Companies are waking up.
Xerox fired 40 employees for accessing inappropriate websites
during office hours. At Dow Chemical, 50 employees were terminated
and 200 employees face disciplinary action, including suspension.
New York Times and First Union Bank have started to either
terminate or suspend their cyberloafing employees.
In the past many companies
installed filtering software to deny access to certain sites, but
employees were able to crack the filter codes. At present many
companies are turning to sophisticated web-monitoring software
such as Elron, Websense, JSB SurfControl etc. This software is
capable of capturing every keystroke an employee makes, and
retaining it even if the employee deletes it.
‘NEVER BITE THE HAND THAT
FEEDS YOU’. Let this message sink in the conscience of
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Bosses prefer team players.
A recent YouGov survey of
over 800 employers commissioned by the Learning and Skills Council
(LSC) revealed that the most important soft skills employers look
for, while hiring people, are communication skills (61%) followed
by team-working (58%). Initiative/Self-motivation came third (41%)
and problem-solving was ranked fourth (28%). The least important
skills wee leadership (6%) and understanding of money (4%).
An earlier research from
LSC also revealed tht team-working and customer-handling as gaps
in most employees’ skill sets. Rob Wye, Director of Strategy and
Communications at the Learning and Skills Council believes that
both individuals and businesses have a role to play in improving
the soft skills.
It’s okay to be assertive.
But being domineering can lead to tension and conflicts in the
workplace. Soft skills such as the ability to communicate
effectively and the ability to work in a team can create a very
conducive atmosphere at the work place and increase productivity.
These skills are becoming
increasingly important to employers. Developing these skills will
help the employees become well-rounded professionals and help them
climb their career ladder successfully.
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Cell phone Etiquette.
Whether it is an intensive
care unit in the hospital or a live concert, whether it is a
funeral or a prayer, the cell phone addicts don’t have boundaries.
Though cell phone usage is banned in certain places, neither the
authorities implement the law, nor the cell phone maniacs obey the
law. They torture their victims with annoying ring tones, loud
voice, long conversations and noise pollution.
Observing certain cell
phone etiquette, can provide some relief to the unfortunate
victims of these cell phone addicts.
Switching off cell phones in places where its usage is considered
dangerous, such as intensive care units, airplanes and petrol
Switch off cell phones in places where privacy and silence are
considered important, such as prayer halls, libraries and live
Avoid cell phones while driving. It has resulted in hundreds of
deaths and thousands of accidents.
Use ring tones that are pleasant and soothing. Better keep the
cell phones in vibratory mode when you are in public places.
Use a soft voice. A loud voice irritates the listener as well as
the people around you. Shouting at the top of your voice is not
going to help, if the network signals are weak.
Keep a three meter distance from others, while using your cell
phone. This will respect your privacy as well as others’ freedom.
Keep your conversation brief while you are in public place by
following the 3-minute rule. This reduces your exposure to cell
phone radiation as well as your cell phone expenses.
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Defensive Driving reduces risk of accidents.
Defensive Driving aims at reducing risk of accidents. They include
choosing a safe vehicle and safety equipments, checklist to
ascertain whether the vehicle is safe to drive and driving
techniques that focus on accident-prevention.
Learning these important
defensive driving techniques can help reduce the risk of accidents
Look ahead of the road, beyond the vehicle in front of you and
scan for any unusual or unsafe vehicle and pedestrian movement.
Always indicate your intentions well in advance. If you have
failed to indicate in advance, because you were new to the
locality or because you were preoccupied, it is better to take a
detour rather than changing lanes or taking a turn abruptly.
Keep your driving duration free of cell phone usage. If you are a
cell phone addict, then better take the public transport.
If you consume alcohol, take the public transport, even if your
intoxication levels are within legal limits.
Maintain adequate braking distance so that you can stop your
vehicle, in case the vehicle in front of you stops suddenly. If
you are behind a heavy vehicle, double this distance.
Remember that both driving too fast and driving too slow increases
the risk of accidents.
Exercise caution with vehicles that weave in and out of lanes,
vehicles that approach the traffic signals at full speed and
vehicles that race-start from the traffic signals.
tailgated, change lanes or keep extra distance with the vehicle in
front of you.
On roads with 3 or more lanes, exercise caution while changing
into the center lane. If vehicles from the left lane and the right
lane enter the center lane simultaneously, it could lead to
the fact that there are plenty of drivers who will not obey the
traffic laws. Start only after the oncoming traffic stops and not
immediately after your signal turns green. Remember in case of an
accident, the victim need not be the one who caused the accident.
Time-saving foods don’t save time.
Margaret Beck, a researcher at
the UCLA (University
found that convenience foods saved little time for working
In her research, she
videotaped families preparing dinner at their homes. She tabulated
how many dishes were take- out, how many were convenience foods
and how many were made from scratch. She also tracked the number
of dishes in each meal, the overall preparation time and the
hands-on preparation time – time spent on cutting, chopping,
stirring, adding water etc. Beck observed that 70 percent of the
dinners were home-cooked, although not necessarily from scratch.
Meals took an average of 52
minutes to prepare. The difference in the preparation time between
meals involving extensive use (making up 50 percent or more) and
limited use (20 to 50 percent) of convenience foods, was
Beck’s research brought out
some interesting facts to light. She observed that traditional
gender roles are still persisting and 80 percent of the dinners
were made by mothers even though fathers were present at home.
Children didn’t help much in preparation.
When it came to children,
Beck observed that today’s kids’ palettes are pampered. People
don’t fight the fight of getting the children to eat what’s being
served. Often they got separate items from the adults.
observation was that families referred to cookbooks very
occasionally and they never referred to food articles in
newspapers and magazines.
Divorce destroys children’s lives.
marriage is troubled see divorce as a chance to become happy
again. But does divorce make the child happy? Even some
marriage therapists suggest that a good divorce is better
than a bad marriage. May be if the couple don’t have
children. If the couple have children, divorce can be good
only for the parents. Judith Wallerstein, a psychologist and
the author of 25-year landmark study found that many
children feel lifelong negative effects from their parents’
Here are some of the
facts presented in a conference in Rene where experts
gathered to promote healthy marriages.
Children of divorced
parents often suffer emotional scars that last a lifetime.
They have trouble
with their own intimate relationships as adults
They resort to
greater substance abuse.
They drop out of
school at twice the rate of children from intact families.
higher levels of loneliness, depression and suicidal
They experience more
matrimonial difficulties when they get married, compared to
children from intact families.
They are roughly
twice as likely to see their relationships end in divorce as
compared to children from intact families.
Are you thinking of
divorce to solve your matrimonial problems? Remember
marriage is like two people riding a horse. One has to sit
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Prefer disciplining to punishing.
training that corrects, moulds and perfects, whereas
punishment is inflicting injury, pain and penalty.
on what needs to be done so the chances of that happening
are more; Punishment focuses on what must not be done, so
the chances of violation are more. It places too much
emphasis on correcting bad behaviour instead of encouraging
guiding and nurturing, so the results are everlasting;
Punishment uses threat and penalties so the results are
Disciplining aims at
helping people become responsible, whereas punishment aims
at enforcing people behave in a responsible manner.
Disciplining aims at
making people understand the consequences of their behaviour,
whereas punishment aims at making people suffer for their
disciplining consists of four fundamental principles.
Plan ahead – Tell people what is acceptable, what is not
acceptable and why?
Be a role model – If you want
punctuality, you must be punctual.
Use positive language – The instruction ‘Be polite’ is more
effective than the instruction ‘Don’t be rude’.
Appreciate good behaviour – A pat or praise for good
behaviour ensures its continuation and motivates others to
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