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Love Aaj Kal

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment

 

While browsing through course content on Emotional Intelligence and related material on internet I discovered that the ‘difficult situations’ listed everywhere are quite similar. However, I did not find one area which I have seen seriously affecting people at workplace; ‘Unconventional Relationships’ at work.

Convention is in the eye of the beholder. What’s normal for one person may not be normal for another. And nowadays more and more of the unconventional relationships are treated as normal. Live in relationship at work is quite common and ‘offices spouse’ is no more an unexplored territory. However, the problem starts when this affects and interferes with the work.

Consider this; your have a manager who is enamored with one of your colleague or homosexual colleagues. This may be OK as long as the work is going on fine. But when the person flaunts the infatuation or favors the enamored partner the other people may not be able to bear it.

But who will bell the cat and how? The fight–flight response will not always help. Every time you can not fight with the manager or leave the project/organization. It may help to remain unfazed in this situation and mind your work. Now the strong ‘self regulation’ comes into picture.

As relationships at workplace gets more and more entangled, it is even more important for the bystander to be composed and collected. Therefore, the ‘EQ’ workshops must also focus on this area. It will help participants to prepare themselves to face the unconventional relationships at work comfortably.

Training: Changing Times

December 24, 2009 1 comment

Internet must be the greatest discovery of the 20th Century. And it changed our lives (personal, professional and social) like never before. From communication to commerce, technology percolated in everything.

As a HR professional it was interesting for us to reflect on how it has changed the function and what lies in future.

Here is the shift I have observed in the training function:

From To
Training Sessions
Formal sessions with clearly defined learning objectives running for 2 to 5 days Semi formal sessions with smaller duration targeted at incremental learning
Trainers
Highly experienced Trainer with mastery on the subject  Younger trainers with experience on a niche tool/ technology
Role of HR
Training Coordination  Talent Management

Have you spotted some trends? Feel free to share your views…