Do you know how to test a program? If not, you might want to learn it soon. Let me give you some insights.

Key Skills required: Computer Programming!!

Employers find candidates having specific computer skills which are required to perform the job function. The skills range from making a simple report in MS Excel to Automation. Coding skills, testing skills, scripting skills are some skills that are required other than the basic professional skills.

Why is it that we need to learn so many computer skills?

Basically, we need computers for data entry, this is required to analyze the current situation, check where the things are leading to and gauge how we can improve.

Secondly, by using computer applications, we can do the trend analysis and estimate where we may lead to, using these tools. We can also automate similar conditions by varying one variable, keeping all others constant.

Hence, all these tasks will be easy to perform if the candidate is well versed with the programming languages. This is the reason even if freshers are hired, basic computer skills are expected to be known, and they are given a minimum of 3 months training on computer skills.

How do you benefit?

If you browse job roles and descriptions on the internet for the positions you are searching for, you will get a rough idea as to, how important it is to learn computer skills. Hence, try to understand why you need to learn and then invest time and money to learn these skills. Making the candidate understand the company core values and work ethics is easy if the computer skills are already known. When you know to do the work, the employer only needs to teach what the work is. In short, knowing computer skills and updating every year increases your employ ability by 50 % and gives you better career growth.

What skills are in demand?

These are the important skills you need to know if you are entering into an IT industry.

These are some skills you need to know if you are entering into a mechanical or civil industry:

There are lots of ways you can learn these skills. Apart from going to classes, you can do self-learning through books, you can enroll an online course, if you are already working, spend some extra hours at office and learn it from your peers who are comfortable spreading the knowledge to you. If learning is your passion, no one can stop you from learning.

Be patient and give some time for you to learn, rather than cribbing. Learn and teach to your juniors, which will even enhance your learning. This will definitely payoff for your career prospectus.

How to recognize burnout in your employees

Burnout is a prolonged response to chronic emotional and interpersonal stressor on the job, and is defined by the three dimensions of exhaustion, cynicism, and inefficacy.

 

Often the first sign of burnout is a feeling of being emotionally exhausted from one’s work. When asked to describe how she or he feels, such employees suffering burnout might mention feeling drained or used up and mentally (emotionally) as well as physically fatigued.

Possible organisational causes are:

Personal causes could be:

 

Consequences will be:

How can we help employees suffering burnout?

  1. Arrange for a meeting: Arrange for a casual meeting and get to know what is currently going on in the employee’s life. So, how’s life? How is your kid? How is your project going on? Casually try to find out where the problem lies. Make sure that the employee is comfortable talking and sharing things with you.
  2. Work and lifestyle Balance: The burnout employee might not have time for his family, or he may not have relaxation time. Try to give some time off and explain that rest for the body and mind is equally important.
  3. Increase Staff Morale: Staff morale may be improved by increasing accessibility and authenticity, fostering openness, and role modelling. Accessibility and fostering openness related to the approach ability and availability in an organization’s workforce.
  4. Culture Survey: Organisation where employee burnout is frequently seen, should administer organisation culture or climate surveys regularly. This would give enough data, and time for the management to improve or maintain levels of morale between each survey.
  5. Clear Roles Defined: Give clear roles to burnout employees. There should not be any room for ambiguity for them. Give them positive feedback and wherever the performance is low give some attempts to improve.
  6. Provide Training: If skill gaps among st burnout employees are a cause, provide training and tools such that the employee meets the expectations. This will make employee feels confident and being supported by the management.

 

The real talent of the manager lies in identifying the burnout employee and help employee recovering from burnout. These are the ways manager retains employees and stand out as a leader. Retaining employees at their weak times not only motivates the employees but also helps the company on a long run.

Business development, sales , marketing, new product development, conflicts, resolutions, interviews , monthly/weekly performance reporting, there are lots of reasons for which you will have to attend meetings. Managers especially spend most of their time on meetings which is inevitable.

The fact that meeting room is a shared space means that those who participate in meeting have to be cognizant of other member’s schedules and needs. In addition, there are certain etiquette or rules one may call for behavior that should be followed while they are in a conference hall.

Below are the few points which are to be taken care.

  1. Have an Agenda: Every meeting must have an agenda. Without the pre fixed agenda, meeting will not go in a systematic way. Topics are supposed to be crisp and specific. If you are a listener, you have to make sure that you have relevant points to be discussed or clarified in the meeting.
  2. Dressing Etiquette: Be in Rome when you are a Roman. If you are attending a casual meeting, you can dress casually, but when it is a formal meeting, you must be dressed formally. If In case you are not sure what to wear, refer to the HR or the person who is hosting the meeting. Basic rules removing shoes while in meeting, using chair /table as footstools, should be avoided.
  3. Introduce yourself: There are at times where you will have meetings with new people. These meetings must start with the introduction of everyone in brief. If you are organizing the meeting, put this first in the meeting agenda, so that you don’t miss this step. As a token of respect it is good to introduce the person from highest position.
  4. No phone usage: Keep your mobile phone away or keep them in silence.There can be exceptions to certain members depending on certain urgency overlapping with meeting, but permission is needed before using them. This way, it helps all the members in the meeting to be attentive.
  5. Usage of Laptops: During business meetings, if in case you are taking notes of the points that are discussed in the meetings, inform the attendees well in advance that you will do so. That way, people won’t mistake you that you are doing some other work.
  6. Stand up Meetings: Sometimes, you may have meetings at the shop floor, lobby or even at the cafeteria. This may be due to the sense of urgency to discuss things .Even at these cases; you must consider it as formal meetings and adhere to the meeting rules.

These are some of the basic rules that can help you maintain yourself in a better way during meetings. Your immediate managers will definitely expect these in you which will help you advance in your career. Meetings etiquette will definitely keep improving as you advance in your career. You must be open minded to adapt to it.