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Guy Outside a Girl Trial Room: Experiences

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Light pink, dark pink, lavender pink, rose pink, salmon pink….blah pink. Never had an idea what the actual difference between them really is, till you actually ended up befriending a girl and started going out with her. Yeah right, once you started dating her and took her shopping, you realised the pinks are a lot of trouble. Here Anshuman Sharvesh talks about what that generally means and how even though you have no idea of pinks you have to end up saying which is the best.

Once you are done with the headache of colour, having shown utmost knowledge of the subject, the atom bomb with the title SIZE strikes. This is a tad tough I tell you because every inch of that dress should fit the skin of the fairer sex. If it does not, the second one is tried till actually one is brought after exploring the entire mall. No really, what does she think, I am born with terminator eyes or what? I can’t just have a glance and make sure that bulky body fits in that Extra Small Size.

Somehow you again manage to get the size right. At least you act and recommend one with a smile (a fake one) on your face. That thought of sleeping on the couch is still at work though the thought of turning gay also crosses mind by now. Thankfully you still want to obey laws of nature and because you know that this is not just a simple dress, it’s your life’s dependence; you act as if you are enjoying the entire process.

After the size and color comes the right occasion for the dress. Unless it fits an occasion that is nearing, (considering sizes change in matter of days) no matter how good it is, its rejected. Oops did I forget mentioning correlating it with jewellery and imagining whether or not it will go along with that light green necklace that you are supposed to buy too. By this time you look at your watch and find out that it’s just 4 hours, ”just” this adjective is off course not yours.

Still you manage to choose one dress with all calculation; Boolean logic and imagination that even Einstein may feel proud off. As usual though, your choice gets rejected because out of blue moon your partner is stuck with an idea that you don’t even get to know. The good part is by the time you are married you become a veteran at this.

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Gen Y Workforce – Are They Taking The Workplace To The Next Level?

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The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.”
-Albert Einstein

An iPhone or a Tab on the work desk, with Twitter and Facebook accounts getting refreshed. Junk food packets with cold drink lying on one corner of the desk, you know this is a millenial’s desk, part of the Generation Y crowd. They are determined to sync the work place as per their global ,always plugged-in culture . And believe me, the Gen Y workforce will challenge the work place like no other and change the paradigms.

With cross cultural diversity being important in the workplace, the new age demands for generational diversity too. With popping judgements, the millennial are always ready with a solution. The very base of the tenure paradigm is challenged. Knowledge and experience do not seem to be correlated to age. Whether or not the Gen Yers swipe in the office, they are 24/7 available online on various networking sites to offer solutions. Cloud computing is the in-thing and virtual office is what they intend to set up.

This tech savvy cadre works on the JIT model. Best practices are followed as long as projects are carried on and no time is wasted in planning and detailing. Instead the process is replaced by co-ordination.

This extremely active multi task capable work force prefers autonomous yet connected environment. Collaborative and collective leadership is what they desire and they challenge the control and command an exclusively management style of working.

As a HR professional, when I think about the complex nature of such workforce, I feel the challenges are high in terms of retaining the Gen Yers. Gone are the days when people start their career with a organization and toil and moil in the same organization till retirement. The next generation professionals always have two to three options to choose from and loyalty to one organization is something that cannot be expected out of them.

While retaining is a challenge, engagement is a bigger one. Customization and Tailor making is the only solution. Fixed models and standardized SOPs may dampen the productivity and engagement. Newer job designs, fresher skill metrics and attractive benefit programmes may be the call for the day.

Collaborative culture building is going to be the KRA for OD practitioners. Communication mechanisms not only with-in the organization, but with the external stake holders and customers have to be built in as a practice. Appraisal is yet another area that the Gen- Yers would definitely want to challenge. The standard PMS will have to be replaced with the 360 degree method of appraisal.

There is always resistance with every new wave. Newcomers invite skepticism and hesitation. And this in turn gives room for development. Diversity is the mix and inclusion is making the mix work in the desired way!!

P.S. While I write the above article, it is imperative for me to let the readers know that I belong to the same set of Millennial crowd I talk of above.

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