We all know how the corporate training works within the companies.

 

Although most of the companies, try and get best of the trainers and consultants to carry out the training for their people, somewhere it does not yield results as they expect. In my view, there are few basic issues around the way the trainings are done.  Some of them I am pointing out here,

The hurry up mindset

The completion of ‘certain amount of training days’ has been a KRA set by few companies for their employees which counts to some good portion of the appraisal evaluation.  If these employees do not complete these training days, then the appraisal results surely gets hampered.

Hence, to ensure that the training KRA gets completed, the employees ensures that the training days are somehow are completed by,

  • Either attending and taking training which has no direct relation to the work they are doing (but adds significantly to the completed training hours).
  • Or by completing the e-Learning courses online, where you can work and learn together (but still adds to your completed training hours)
  • Taking short-cut directly to the assessments, once successfully completed, adds the duration of the supposed learning to be done before the assessment to your tally of completed training hours
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The get away mindset

Another phenomenon I have seen is of the people who attend the training to get away from their busy work schedule and supposedly get little ‘peace of mind’ by being away from work stress.  The whole purpose of learning, thus changes from being receptive towards learning something new to enjoying a break from their work.  Although they ‘enjoy’ being in the training for full day, the enjoyment comes from being away from work, not due to the learning they get.

 

So, in a nutshell, the the whole training thing just becomes a good day out and get-away from work, not really a fruitful learning experience.

 

The dunno-how-to-do-this mindset

There are few people who are genuinely interested in learning and do take part in the training to enhance their knowledge.  The training goes very well, and they very actively take part in the learning process by being part of discussions, debates and interactions with others.  The end of the day, carries a feel-good factor for them and feel genuinely pumped up to take the training learning back to their workplace and apply in practice.

 

However, most often, when the first genuine chance comes to apply these trainings in practice, they get stuck with ‘how to do’ and ‘what to do’ questions.  Mostly, unable to apply them and end up being terming it as a failure of the training or trainer’s incapability to relate to real life examples during training. Thus, the good trainings often ends up being no productive at work due to lack of someone guiding them how to apply the learning on the ground during their situations.

 

What do you think of this?

 

imageAs a part of the MavenGuru program, yesterday we took out our students for a visit to AlphaBricks Technologies.

Overall, the visit was organized with a purpose of giving students a perspective of how work happens within the IT companies and making them understand the dynamics of corporate environment. During the visit, the students got a chance to interact with key people within the company including the Head of HR and the Managing Director of the company.

Here, in this blog article, I just thought of sharing the message we got from these industry veterans.

 

Address from the HR Head to the students

Roopa Dadia, The Head of HR in AlphaBricks was kind enough to host the entire batch of students and more than keen to speak and solve all the queries that students raised to her.

In her address to the students, she focused on following four main points.

Communications

Having right communication is key towards a successful career. The communication does not only mean a good written or verbal English language knowledge and conversational skill. However, its very important to know how to communicate and especially when you need to communicate to whom.

Knowledge

Knowledge is the foundation of success. Unless you have knowledge of the subject matter or a clear understanding of your work, you would never be able to put quality in your work. Without the sufficient knowledge, you may never be able to be independent at work and would suffer from lack of growth.

Having practical experience

As much as theory is important, having the practical knowledge of the subject is more important. The work that happens in IT is completely based on putting your knowledge into practice, so having a good practical knowledge of the subject helps you in getting prepared for the good start in your career.

Thinking out of box

Carrying a unique thinking or having a different thinking often leads you to innovative solutions to even some of the routine problems. Keeping in mind today’s business scenario, having an out of the box thinking is essential at work so that you can always be ahead of the game.

 

Address from the Managing Director to the students

Samir Dadia, The Managing Director of AlphaBricks has a rich experience of starting up, establishing and growing companies. The students were really happy and felt inspired when he addressed the students. He gave a motivational talk to the students on how they can shape up their future at early stage of life with careful planning and precise thinking.

His important message for students was to have ambitious goal in life and have a vision (dream) of life that they would want to pursue. He recommended that the goal of life needs to be big enough and long term so that we can work towards achieving it and keep rising in our own career in the journey.

He advised students to look beyond the salaries in early career since the focus should be on learning and building competency. The early years in career should be looked at self-investment and should be used to make the strong foundation of knowledge and practical experience of work.

 

 

Overall, the students felt motivated and inspired by the visit and left with a rich feeling of having experienced first hand the corporate world of IT.

 

You can read more about the company at http://www.alphabricks.com/about_us.html

The event photographs are available on our Facebook page

 

ethics-signStory 1

Teacher to father of a primary class student : Your son today took a pencil from his friend’s pencil box without asking him.

Father to teacher : I am so sorry teacher, I give him everything he needs so I am not sure why he would do it. I would ensure he does not do it again.  I am very sorry!

Father gets home, calls his little son and angrily reacts,

Father to son : This has been the most embarrassing day in my life. Your teacher told me that you took the pencil of your friend from his pencil box, without telling him.  This is disgusting and I am very angry and feeling ashamed my son could do this.

If you wanted, I could have got you a dozen from my workplace!

 

Story 2

Vijay has been an average person in his profession, however wanted to move on from present job for few reasons. He appears for interview of company 1, get selected, accepts the offer to join the company 1.  With no worry of staying in the current company, he starts hunting for a better offer than offer he received from company 1, due to his little knowledge, previous experience and desperate need of hiring company, he soon gets offer 2 from company 2 and soon an offer 3 from company 3.

He is very proud of his own efforts to collect and accept so many offers from different companies and finally tries to resign from his present company.  Of course, despite him having 3 offers with him, first thing he tries is to negotiate better terms with the existing company, just in case he can juice most from them.  Well, the present company is unable to match the offer made by companies outside and decides to let him go.

Still undecided where to join, he sends letter of acceptance to all three companies with the thought that he would decide whom to join later.  He feels its an honor to have options in hand till last date.  So finally on the day of joining, without informing company 1 & company 3 he joins company 2 and starts working.

He is proud of his own career, the decisions he has made while switching the job and collection of offers he could gather (in this case 3) during the transition.  He is extremely happy telling how he turned down offers from company 1 and company 3 to everyone.

Do the above stories look familiar?

If yes, do you think in our present life ‘little bit cheating’ is now part of ethics and corporates are warming up to this fact?

Do let me know.

Note – by the way the name ‘Vijay’ was the most familiar name I could remember. No pun intended towards any specific person.

 

home-and-work-life-balanceNow that I am not actively working for any corporate, I believe I am more qualified to talk about achieving work-life balance in the profession. Of course, without goes saying that I would be doing so hoping not to offend any of my past employers.

Its only been little over a week since I left my job and trying to find my feet independently, but this period has enabled me to retrospect and find out how my journey in the corporate world had been for past over a decade of years. Few thoughts that came to my mind with regards to balancing the work-life in professional world, I am attempting to put here.

 

Are you aware of your priorities?

Most of us are driven by tasks and work priorities. We always feel and give priority to what is being told to us by our boss, what the project demands from us and what the team members are expecting from us. I have often seen that people struggle to cope up with the work demands and either stretch to finish the job, struggle to complete and leave it half complete.  May be most of the times all we end up is a day that somehow has finished but, without giving us a bit of satisfaction that we achieved what we set out to achieve.

Stunningly, when I spoke with quite a few people and found what makes them struggle, I found a simple lack of understanding of Urgent vs. Important prioritization and acknowledging them back to the source.  Often this leads to confusion and frustration in situations where the project demands you to pay attention to a critical problem and your boss (or super boss) expects you to complete a task urgently.  Its important that we understand the priorities the role demands from us and act accordingly.

The understanding and acknowledgement of priorities should not only be limited to workplace tasks. It needs to come out of your overall life and what you have set out to work for.  If your family is your priority, make an attempt and an effort to make them most important in your life so that you can plan your work accordingly.

 

Acknowledge the choices, make them or someone else will make it for you

Every situation, however difficult comes with multiple solution and choices that sometimes we lack to see. Often the choices are easy (possibly leading to more issues) and difficult (better in long term) and the history of choices you have made defines your personality.  The choices you have made creates an expectation baseline for you and the perception then becomes difficult to break. 

Typical example is onshore and offshore communication and task allocation where its easy (and sometimes encouraged) by offshore management to simply follow and not argue onshore for aspects that are incorrect. It then becomes a practice, expectation and baseline that is difficult to break. 

Unless YOU choose to be on the right side of choices (and its often difficult), things can not change and you often ending up suffering either by being pushed to corner for your work, experiencing forced decisions and sometimes frustrations.

 

work-life-balance21Corporates are built by nature to squeeze the most out of you

Believe it or not, all the corporates by nature are built to squeeze most out of you.

All the so called people oriented policies are supposed to support you work more in office. Overtime, compensatory off, paid leaves, crèche-at-work are all the facilities to ensure that you spend more and more time in office and give your life for it. 

Very few corporates have rules that prevent you from turning up to office or thinking about work post your work hours.  In fact, most of them reward you for working extra (so called hard work) by promising to pay more, give incentives etc.  Few interesting words that we feel are important and on which our appraisals have been based are,  ‘initiatives’, ‘innovative ideas’, ‘going out of way to support’ inherently means that you are expected to work more to comply the ‘standard’ in your office.

 

Be aware of the trap, understand the priorities, acknowledge and make the choices and you can save yourselves from burning out of work.   Its easy to get caught in the habit of ‘I know it, let me do myself’. Remember, if you do it, you are taking away the right of someone else’s learning it today and in process making it difficult to get rid of it next time it comes.

Be smart, balance life and work. 

Believe me, I know now, its important!