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Got this in an e-mail today..read on and njoy……

Calling the boss H – Hitler, A – Arrogant, R – Rascal and I – Idiot caught everyone’s attention in Naukri’s TV commercial, would you do the same if given an opportunity? Even though it was just an advertisement, it did reflect the plight of employees in the IT industry. After receiving interesting comments on “10 reasons why people quit jobs in IT industry”, we decided to take it a step further to analyze what exactly is going wrong. We conducted a survey to find out top ten mistakes that even good managers and bosses make.

So I am listing below the top ten mistakes which are very common amongst bosses.

1 – Micro-management
Sometimes when bosses assign work to an employee they don’t completely trust that employee will be capable of completing the work. They underestimate the ability of the people they hire and end up offending the employee. “According to me, the number one mistake is, not effectively identifying the strengths of the employee, thereby micro managing or not delegating or not trusting the employee’s judgment. A good boss is one who brings out the best in the employee,” says Sharda Balaji, Founder of NovoJuris Services.

2 – Using improper mode of communication
Some bosses have this weird sense that since they are boss they should order people around and create a military kind of environment. They feel the stricter the things are the better things are organized. If an employee is late for some deadline, then the boss starts labeling the work or the employee himself.

3 – Leading through intimidation
This is one of the worst kind of mistake that bosses make. They feel that if an employee is threatened to work they will perform better. What the boss does not realize is that employee under such pressure end up losing interest in work and will meet the deadline just for the heck of it. Such employees then would only do what is asked from them and will never happily give hundred percent to do something good for the company.

4 – Lacking empathy for employee’s situation
There are sometimes when employees do make excuses to take leave or when they come late. But not every reason is an excuse. Bosses end up thinking that their employees are always making excuses and do not showing any consideration for employee’s situation

5 – Becoming inaccessible to your employees
An employee wants to contact his boss for something important but he is busy with other things and does not give any weightage to employee’s problem and hence he is scared to approach his bosss.

“I have had some experiences at one of the company I worked with, where the manager was just not approachable and accessible. I could not expect any kind of guidance from him. It would not be wrong if I say that he was too busy caught with meetings (not accessible). He was also not approachable at the same time because of bad temperament and everything depended on his mood,” said Prashant Honnavar, who is a Manager of HR at NextBiT Computing.

6 – Not providing guidance or motivating employees
An employee should always have something to look forward to. A good manager knows how to motivate employees to make them perform better but for this they have to spend some time with their team. In today’s IT work environment many of the managers have no time to spend with the team due to day long meetings. As a result they miss out on understanding a team member’s problem at work and providing the right support and solutions for the same. Failing to support and understanding a team member will lead to recipe of resignation. A manager should always have the practice of having one on one to know more about the team member, and then provide right feedback at the same time to motivate with the right attitude.

7 – Not providing a clear picture – Transparency
Many times work is assigned by bosses to employees without clearly telling them the complete picture. Boss should always maintain transparency with their employee to make them understand what exactly they are doing. “If bosses start informing their team about the correct scenarios and maintain transparency about a project, then the employees will work more willingly and meeting the deadline will no longer be a concern of the boss alone,” said Juilee Joshi, who worked as a Technical Support analyst at BMC software.

8 – Insecurity about their post
Some bosses prefer to do things alone rather than taking teams help as they are unsecure that someone will provide better solution, and thus they get a sense of insecurity about their post. “There is something unique about Indian bosses. They get this superiority complex about their position and I fail to understand why. There are many extremely capable folks who like to remain in the ‘individual contributors’ role because they do not enjoy people management,” said Balaji. “You can deal with an egoistic boss, a demanding boss, an impatient boss… but the worst kind is the one who is insecure.”

9 – Trying to be friend as well as boss or showing partiality
This is the trickiest part of the boss-employee relationship. Some of the bosses try to maintain a perfect balance between professionalism and friendship but it does not always work well for the company. Employees might become lenient in submitting at deadline or boss might start expecting too much from employees since they are good friend as well.

Another part of this equation can be showing partiality or favoring certain employees over others which create negative vibes in the team.

10 – Making fake promises
In order to motivate employees many time managers make fake promises of promotion or goodies but when the time comes they just stall it. This de-motivates an employee a great deal and might backfire badly on the company.

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Last week I received an email that talks about a job interview… Thought of sharing with u..so just read on…& nJoy..

Some, rather most organizations reject his CV today because he has changed jobs frequently (10 in 14 years). My friend, the “job hopper” (referred here as Mr. JH), does not mind it. well he does not need to mind it at all. Having worked full-time with 10 employer companies in just 14 years gives Mr. JH the relaxing edge that most of the “company loyal” employees are struggling for today. Today, Mr. JH too is laid off like some other 14-15 year experienced guys  the difference being the latter have just worked in 2-3 organizations in the same number of years. Here are the excerpts of an interview with Mr. JH:


Q: Why have you changed 10 jobs in 14 years?

A: To get financially sound and stable before getting laid off the second time.

Q: So you knew you would be laid off in the year 2009?

A: Well I was laid off first in the year 2002 due to the first global economic slowdown. I had not got a full-time job before January 2003 when the economy started looking up; so I had struggled for almost a year without job and with compromises.

Q: Which number of job was that?
A: That was my third job.

Q: So from Jan 2003 to Jan 2009, in 6 years, you have changed 8 jobs to make the count as 10 jobs in 14 years?

A: I had no other option. In my first 8 years of professional life, I had worked only for 2 organizations thinking that jobs are deserved after lot of hard work and one should stay with an employer company to justify the saying employer loyalty. But I was an idiot.

Q: Why do you say so?

A: My salary in the first 8 years went up only marginally. I could not save enough and also, I had thought that I had a permanent job, so I need not worry about, what will I do if I lose my job. I could never imagine losing a job because of economic slowdown and not because of my performance. That was January 2002.

Q: Can you brief on what happened between January 2003 and 2009.

A: Well, I had learnt my lessons of being ‘company loyal and not money earning and saving loyal. But then you can save enough only when you earn enough. So I shifted my loyalty towards money making and saving – I changed 8 jobs in 6 years assuring all my interviewers about my stability.

Q: So you lied to your interviewers; you had already planned to change the job for which you were being interviewed on a particular day?

A: Yes, you can change jobs only when the market is up and companies are hiring. You tell me  can I get a job now because of the slowdown? No. So one should change jobs for higher salaries only when the market is up because that is the only time when companies hire and can afford the expected salaries.

Q: What have you gained by doing such things?

A: That’s the question I was waiting for. In Jan 2003, I had a fixed salary (without variables) of say Rs. X p.a. In January 2009, my salary was 8X. So assuming my salary was Rs.3 lakh p.a. in Jan 2003, my last drawn salary in Jan 2009 was Rs.24 lakh p.a. (without variable). I never bothered about variable as I had no intention to stay for 1 year and go through the appraisal process to wait for the company to give me a hike.

Q: So you decided on your own hike?

A: Yes, in 2003, I could see the slowdown coming again in future like it had happened in 2001-02. Though I was not sure by when the next slowdown would come, I was pretty sure I wanted a “debt-free” life before being laid off again. So I planned my hike targets on a yearly basis without waiting for the year to complete.

Q: So are you debt-free now?

A: Yes, I earned so much by virtue of job changes for money and spent so little that today I have a loan free 2 BR flat (1200 sq.. feet) plus a loan free big car without bothering about any EMIs. I am laid off too but I do not complain at all. If I have laid off companies for money, it is OK if a company lays me off because of lack of money.

Q: Who is complaining?

A: All those guys who are not getting a job to pay their EMIs off are complaining. They had made fun of me saying I am a job hopper and do not have any company loyalty. Now I ask them what they gained by their company loyalty; they too are laid off like me and pass comments to me why will you bother about us, you are already debt-free. They were still in the bracket of 12-14 lakh p.a. when they were laid off.

Q: What is your advice to professionals?

A: Like Narayan Murthy had said  love your job and not your company because you never know when your company will stop loving you. In the same lines, love yourself and your family needs more than the company’s needs. Companies can keep coming and going; family will always remain the same. Make money for yourself first and simultaneously make money for the company, not the other way around.

Q: What is your biggest pain point with companies?

A: When a company does well, its CEO will address the entire company saying, well done guys, it is YOUR company, keep up the hard work, I am with you.  But when the slowdown happens and the company does not do so well, the same CEO will say, It is MY company and to save the company, I have to take tough decisions including asking people to go.

So think about your financial stability first; when you get laid off, your kids will complain to you and not your boss.

Few weeks back I read an article from Joe Sansone where he was talking about Good & bad Boss…

read on to know if you have traits of a “Best Boss”…….

Most of us have experienced the wrath of a bad boss and fortunately many of us have also had the joy of working for a good boss.  The difference between the two is as wide as the Grand Canyon.  Throughout the years, I have identified several traits of the “best boss.” They are as follows:

1)      Exhibit integrity.

Power comes from integrity; bosses have a long leash and can get away with anything, whether it’s stiffing an employee or a third party. Bosses must always exhibit integrity.

2)      Provide a vision.

Vision is what sets good bosses apart. A good boss will share his vision to motivate his or her employees.

3)      Encourage feedback.

Obtaining feedback from your employees is an essential component of meeting their needs. Good bosses must have a mechanism for allowing their employees to express themselves. A good boss does not wait for an employee to knock on their door; rather she initiates contact with employees to discuss their needs.

4)      Actively listen to your employees needs.

Obtaining feedback is only half of the battle, the good boss actively listens to the needs of his employee.

5)      Empower employees.

The good boss empowers his employees to do the job that they were hired to due, unencumbered my micro-managing.

6)      Encourage employee’s advancement.

A good boss lets their employees know that there are opportunities for advancement within their organization. They make sure their employees know there are long term career pathways and opportunities for promotion.

7)      Give the BOD.

BOD stands for give the benefit of the doubt. You know the drill. You hear from an irate customer or an irate co-worker that one of your employees acted in some horrible way. Before you fly off at the handle and chastise your employee, give them the benefit of the doubt, ask them what happened, it will save a lot of eating crow and embarrassment later on.

8 ) Praise in public.

The employee has not been born that does not relish public praise. It is an important arrow in all bosses quiver to recognize their employees in front of their peers.

9)      Correct in private.

As important as it is to praise in public, it is equally important to never correct or chastise employees in front of their peers. The sophisticated boss does this only behind closed doors to save the employee embarrassment.

10)  Get your hands dirty.

Successful supervisors must be able to sit with their employees and assist them in their daily tasks.

11)  Have fun with your employees.

Be of good cheer.  A good boss is a happy boss, and a happy boss motivates his or her troops by being happy. This does not mean being a clown and joking around with employees, it means choosing a perspective that is positive and constructive rather than critical and destructive.

12)  Be firm, fair, and consistent.

Throughout my years of interviewing employees, I’ve asked this question 1,000 times, “who was your favorite boss and why did you like them?” The answer always comes back some version of  “my favorite  boss was always firm but fair.”

Each of us may manage utilizing a different style.  Whatever your style is, it can be accommodated by using each of these 12 components. Remember, being a  boss is a full time job and managers must work at their supervisory skills. Honing these skills is not something that is simply nice to do, honing these skills will help develop your business and your stature as a boss within your organization.

Soma Bhattacharya of Stepping into Project Management – Newbie’s Diary has published a quick interview with tips for project managers and other technology people who are looking for jobs.

If you’re not yet familiar with Soma’s blog, why not head over and take a look?

Getting a Job in the New Economy

This is a cry frequently heard as deadlines approach 😉 .
You can hear most of the managers screaming about this issue….
However there could be a number of answers:

1. The testers were not able to complete testing due to a new release being loaded.
2. The bug was not in an earlier release (reload that earlier release and see).
3. The bug could not be tested for earlier because some part of the release did not work and inhibited
the test’s ability to “see” the bug.
4. The bug was in some part of the system not originally planned for the release for which a test has
only just been written.
5. The bug was found while running some other test.
6. The bug was in a part of a system which was not the focus of testing.
7. The bug would have been found eventually, but the tester hadn’t run the test (which would have
found it) yet.
8. And yes, maybe if we’d been more thorough we’d have found that bug earlier.

Its always good to keep in place a corrective action in place so that the impact of the issue can be minimized and the stake holders and the client/s do not lose faith on you and your team.

Here is an artcle by Aashu Chandra my manager at Infogain (my previous company) about What to do if a bug has leaked into production?

Enjoy and let me know your thoughts on this.

Regards,

Himanshu

Here is an article by Parvatha Vardhini C in the Hindubusinessline that talks about Taxation matters, especially when going on a stint abroad.

Before you go on overseas deputation, you must be aware of certain regulatory requirements. A little effort to fully understand the issues involved can prevent a lot of eleventh-hour hassles.Read on…..

You are in that dream job with that dream company. And, like the icing on the cake, that much-awaited stint abroad has arrived. While you have made the mandatory visa visits to the embassy, given your wardrobe a new look and written down recipes for your favourite dishes, spare a thought for the new tax and regulatory environment you will find yourself in. If you put in a bit of effort to fully understand the issues involved, you can save yourself a lot of eleventh-hour ha ssles.

Browse the Internet, and you will find numerous queries from employees like you travelling overseas on deputation or assignment:

— I am an employee of a Chennai-based company deputed to London for one year. Do I fall in the NRI category?
— I left India on international transfer to our UK office in September and am getting a UK salary since then. Is it taxable in India?

— I’ve just been posted to the US for a long term. Can I continue to operate my Indian bank accounts?

— I have some savings in the allowances during my assignment abroad. If I bring it back to India, will it be taxed?

Determine your residential status first. As a first step, you need to find out if you are a ‘resident’ in India for every year in which you are out of the country, under tax laws. This is necessary as, under the Income Tax (IT) Act, the tax treatment of your earnings will vary depending on your residential status. For someone travelling overseas, a simple rule of thumb to determine if he is a resident will be to check if his stay in India in a financial year (April 1 to March 31) will exceed 182 days.

For example, take the case of a programmer who works onsite in Canada from October 15, 2007 to January 22, 2008. For the year ended March 31, 2008, he will be a resident as he has been abroad only for about 100 days during that year and has stayed in India for the remaining 265 days.

If he is sent abroad from January 22, 2008 to, say, January 22, 2009, then, for the year ended March 31, 2008, he will be a resident but for the year ended March 31, 2009, he will become a non-resident as he would have spent less than 182 days in India.

So, the next time you hear the words ‘short-term’ and ‘long-term’, remember, IT law does not decide your residential status that way. It’s the 182-day rule that rules.

The FEMA angle

But, wait, didn’t your friend tell you that he opened a non-resident bank account just before he left for the UK on a ‘long-term’ deputation? How could he have opened a non-resident account even before determining his residential status?

This is because under FEMA, (Foreign Exchange Management Act) a person may become non-resident simply by leaving India on purposes of employment or for any other purpose that would indicate his intention to stay abroad for an indefinite period. While FEMA is concerned with your rights and obligations in moving funds in and out of India, the IT Act is bothered about the taxability of such funds and their movements.

So, don’t be foxed if you are considered resident for income-tax purposes and non-resident for banking purposes in the same year!

Remuneration and taxes

When an employee goes abroad for a few weeks or months, the Indian company retains him on their payrolls and continues to credit his salary to his local bank account. In addition, he will get some allowances to meet his personal expenses during the period of his stay.

In such a situation, he will be a resident in India by virtue of having spent more than 182 days here and his Indian salary will be subject to tax in the usual manner. The allowances will be exempt from tax.

In many cases, the employee is given a salary both in India and abroad. If you are on deputation for, say, three years, what will you be taxed on? A golden rule to remember is that a resident should pay tax on his global income. So, in the first year, if you are a resident, then both your Indian and your foreign salary will be taxed in India.

In the second year, when you become a non-resident, only income received, accruing or arising or deemed to be received or accrue or arise in India will be taxed in your hands.

This means that, although you are a non-resident, your Indian salary will still be taxed here while your foreign salary will be tax-free as it is received outside India from a foreign source.

When you are paid salary only in the foreign country, the tax incidence will be the same as above. Thus, in the first year, if you are a resident, your foreign salary will be taxable in India.

In the subsequent years, it will be tax-free as it arises outside India from a foreign source in the hands of a non-resident.

Double Taxation?

Relax. There’s a way out Take the case of Shilpa, who works with a software company in India. From July 2006-November 2006, she was sent to the US and was paid her salary there after withholding tax. For the rest of the months, she was paid salary in India as usual.

For year ended March 31 2007, Shilpa was surprised she had to pay tax in India for the income received in the US (because she was a ‘resident’ under IT Act for that period) though the US authorities had already deducted tax when they paid her. This is unfair! She has been taxed twice on the same income!

If you find yourself sailing in the same boat, cool off. India has signed Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) with several countries. You can claim a relief in India on the doubly taxed income, which will be the lower of taxes leviable in India or the other country you visited.

Want to send money home?

Most companies who send their employees abroad for a longer term, say two or three years, do so after helping them open a non-resident account with a local bank. Besides, you can also open an NRE (Non-Resident External) account. The NRE account allows funds to be freely repatriable (moved back). This fund will be maintained in rupees and any debit or credit of foreign currency will be converted immediately to rupees.

You can give your parents the ‘power of attorney’ to operate it on your behalf. Whenever your family needs money, you can credit it into the NRE account from your account abroad and your parent can withdraw it. If not, you could also send cheques or drafts.

Should you go to a foreign location for a very short period, says two months, you may not have the privilege of using bank accounts or cheques. In such cases, the most popular method seems to be to first credit the money into a friend’s bank account and then send it to India. Online money transfers are also a popular mode of sending money into India.

All remittances are tax-free.

Read the full article here

Ali baba and chaalis chor is now Ali baba tees chor…10 were laid off!

Batman and Robin is now Batman and Pedro. Batman fired Robin and hired Pedro because Pedro was willing to work twice the hours at the same rate!!

Ironman now “air-pooling” with Superman to save fuel costs?!!

Women finally marrying for love! And not money!

Husbands asking their father-in-laws for a “bailout”!

The only “deposits” being made on a Ferrari are the ones made by birds flying over them.

Q: With the current market turmoil, what’s the easiest way to make a small fortune?
A: Start off with a large one.

Q: What’s the difference between an investment banker and a large pizza?
A: A large pizza can feed a family of four.

The credit crunch is getting bad isn’t it? I mean, I let my brother borrow $10 a couple of weeks back, it turns out I’m now America ‘s third biggest lender.

Why have Dubai real estate agents stopped looking out of the window in the morning? Because otherwise they’d have nothing to do in the afternoon.

Q: What’s the difference between an American and a Zimbabwean?
A: In a few weeks, nothing.

Dow Jones is re-branded as “Down Jones”.

Goodyear is now re-branded as “Bad Year”.

Money talks. Trouble is, its knows only one word – goodbye.