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A. In a pharma company where I worked at the start of my career, I found that the general manager (GM) for packaging and design, never got started on any request from the sales department unless the request came to him directly from the GM—sales (there was no marketing those days – it was...

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IANS 10 February 2023
Chinese short video-making app TikTok has sacked its entire India staff—about 40 employees—and February 28 will be their last working day.   The ByteDance-owned platform, banned in India in June 2020 over national security concerns, told its employees they would receive up to nine...

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IANS 09 February 2023
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha on Thursday, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said that more than 500 posts of Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) are currently vacant in the country.   The Ministry said in its reply: "As on January 31, 2023, the sanctioned strength of Air Traffic...

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There are five factors that, alone or together, provide the right ambience for politics to flourish in the corporate world. These are:   A Weak Leader   A leader consciously or unconsciously casts a shadow across the whole organisation. A strong leader, strong on intellect and...

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IANS 23 January 2023
As Big Tech layoffs dominate headlines, more details have emerged on which verticals and senior executives earning up to $1 million annually bore the maximum brunt at Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.   At Google, laid-off employees included those who had previously received high...

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IANS 23 January 2023
Amid the layoffs come another bad news for employees, especially from India in the US, as Google has paused its Program Electronic Review Management (PERM), a key step in acquiring an employer-sponsored green card.   Google has sent an email to foreign employees, notifying them that...

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It is not power itself but the legitimation of the lust for power, which corrupts absolutely.   -Lord Acton   Power and politics are an inevitable part of human life, especially if you wish to achieve success. One cannot speak of success without discussing two critical...

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One of the reasons work certificates come in so many different forms is that managers are never sure to what extent they should be transparent or opaque. Strangely, many managers are included in opacity. They avoid feedback or block it and therefore miss opportunities for self-correction and...

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The ability to resist the temptation to declare ‘I know it already’, is an ability to be discreet. Discretion is a very important attribute for a manager because carelessness and indiscretion in corporate life can do great harm to others and to the organisation. In many cases, even harm to...

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IANS 14 December 2022
Two government-owned general insurance companies—National Insurance Company Ltd and Oriental Insurance Company Ltd—have not recruited a single person for the past four/five years, Parliament was told.   The Delhi-headquartered Oriental Insurance has not hired any fresh employee for...

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A friend of mine, Supriya, recently told me that she was co-authoring a book on ‘purpose’. And this casual remark made me think on a subject to which I had not given much thought. Purpose is an aspect of life which is missing in much of our working population. Maybe, the younger and better...

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IANS 24 November 2022
As more and more companies across the spectrum sack employees amid the global meltdown, at least 853 tech companies worldwide have laid off about 137,492 employees to date, and the tally is only going north amid recession fears.   According to data from layoffs.fyi, a crowdsourced...

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Moneylife Digital Team 19 November 2022
As warned by several experts and economists, winter seems set to be harsh on employees of tech companies, online businesses and marketplaces. Fearing an economic recession, most tech companies, who hired innumerable employees at insane salaries only a few months ago, are now laying them off...

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In this series, I had written a while ago on the problems of envy and jealousy. Some of our readers wrote back to me to say that I had explained the problem, but gave no guidance or a solution.    Yes, the solution lies in our own attitude. It may be summarised in what Plutarch said...

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IANS 09 November 2022
In one of the worst lay-offs ever in the tech industry, Meta founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday sacked more than 11,000 employees—about 13% of the global workforce.   In a statement, Mr Zuckerberg said the company is also taking a number of...

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IANS 09 November 2022
The Supreme Court has said that tuition fee should always be affordable and education is not a business to earn profit, as it upheld the Andhra Pradesh High Court (HC) judgement to quash the state government's decision to enhance the tuition fee in medical colleges to Rs24 lakh per...

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Keeping your word, in spite of difficulties or changed circumstances, helps to build trust—and trust, in turn, builds credibility. Credibility is what gives substance to individuals and to corporations. At a time when so many newly set up companies, especially in plantations, non-banking...

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IANS 04 November 2022
For some of the nearly 200-strong Twitter India workforce, the Friday morning came with utter chaos when they lost access to their official emails and internal Slack and group chats, as they were unfortunate to be part of the global sacking in the most brutal Elon Musk way.   Some of...

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IANS 04 November 2022
Amazon has announced to freeze new hirings in its corporate workforce, with the global economy "in an uncertain place".   Beth Galetti, Amazon's senior vice president of people experience and technology, confirmed the move in a memo that the company had already begun pausing or...

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I have narrated many stories about the bosses I encountered during my banking days. Let me tell you my last story, about the beginning of it all.   After returning to India with an MBA (Masters in business administration) from the US, I applied to many companies for a job, went for...

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