Posted on June 23, 2008 by Qurratulain Akhtar
I’m really happy to be a part of such a project where people can share what they really think! Yes, it is PingMyCompany.com . Initially I wasn’t really interested in this. I was not sure in fact that this can go this way… probably the day to day changes in it made me to get into it that much.
Well, the thing that impresses me is of course users’ interaction on board, and the way they speak about… I mean telling “Dil Ki Baat”. But, m’ really amazed to see if it’s the real condition of our IT sector. Comments by ex and existing employees of some organizations here and here are really interesting. But, this is not the case of our software houses only, same can be observed for major Technology players as well.
I’m really enjoying it, not only seeing the comments and PMC growing overnight, but also by posting whenever I like or dislike anything in any company. Experience it once and you’ll feel an inner satisfaction especially when something made you annoyed or really made you happy! 😉
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Posted on January 12, 2008 by Qurratulain Akhtar
Lately I wrote how much addicted I’m to the internet. I myself was shocked to see that on my blog I’ve written almost about every niche I know a little about. Well, today it’s something that I never wrote before, and it’s construction and related stuff I’ll discuss. Why I wanted to have my say on the issue was just a thought of comparison of collapsed bridge in Karachi (few months back) and the skyscrapers of the west. Well, by thinking about that accident, just a thought of career development of the whole sector came in my mind.
Initially, I came up with the point to have some career development opportunities for operational employees only so that they can have better opportunities. I might have insisted on my say, but the logical explanations in the link above took me to a deep analysis. It stated that training matters for each and every level. And yes, it does! That’s one of the possible reasons for the outgrown development of Construction industry in west.
Providing information for people associated with the construction industry about certification, latest health and safety legislation and career development like Cskills.org does can really help increasing the standards of industry. I’m not sure about the exact stats of improvement, but a clear difference will be there.
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Posted on October 31, 2007 by Qurratulain Akhtar
It was a week or so back, I have come across some stories reporting Internet scams. I then related them with those, which I read about almost everyday in the newspaper. The moment I thought about the web directories that provide links and information about a list of relevant websites and resources, but unfortunately it was quite a lengthy process. I think an Attorney Directory will be a best niche directory for law and related resources, whether available online or offline.
By attorney directory I do not expect the online fraud handling, but a list of all law related concerns. Availability of such facilities for a particular country or a region can help boosting online businesses a lot along with those working in physical environment. For instance, let’s say there’s such a directory that lists all the lawyers and law firms within Pakistan, or any other country, it’ll be quite easier for me to access the best lawyer if I’ve any dispute within or out of my territory. The other business end of this facility will help good lawyers get maximum exposure at an affordable advertising cost.
Being born in a lawyers’ family I do intend to make a list of best lawyers round me, and of course will publish them somewhere on Internet as well. Let’s see if it’ll be some sort of help for my people!
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Posted on August 28, 2007 by Qurratulain Akhtar
I don’t remember what I was browsing for, probably something related to time management and some related stuff, when found an interesting piece of writing at nwlink(dot)com. This is a classic and must say a logical explanation of time management in our day to day life, helpful not only in personal concerns but professional as well. Here’s the quoted text:
One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students. As he stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz.” He then pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar and set it on the table. He produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them one at a time into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class said, “Yes.” Then he said, “Really?”
He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing it to work down into the space between the big rocks. Then he asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time the class was on to him. “Probably not,” one of them answered. “Good!” he replied.
He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand and started dumping the sand in the jar until it filled the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?” No!” the class shouted. Once again he said, “Good.”
Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”
One eager beaver raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!” “No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point.”
“The truth this illustration teaches us is that if you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all. What are the ‘big rocks’ in your life? Your children, your loved ones, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, teaching others, doing things that you love, your health; your mate. Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you’ll never get them in at all. If you sweat about the little stuff then you’ll fill your life with little things and you’ll never have the real quality time you need to spend on the big, important stuff.
So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the ‘big rocks’ in my life? Then, put those in your jar first.
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Posted on August 21, 2007 by Qurratulain Akhtar
Time is equally important in an organizational set up as it is in day-to-day life. It cannot be retrieved if spent or wasted once, so better is to spend it in more effective way. Whether it’s a professional business or work environment or a casual social or house hold gathering, ensuring things to be done within a particular time frame not only helps to maintain an order but also to get rid of various tensions. It is, however, the concern of prime importance to identify what are the things that actually waste time and what save. Being in the fastest time ever it is a bit difficult to find out all such activities, so in order to stop wasting time let’s start from the general activities of time wasters and savers.
Taking a start from wasters, here are some activities, which almost all of them do:
- Thinking about something without coming up to a decision.
- Implementation without analysis
- Starting many tasks at the same time without identifying the importance of each
- Unanticipated interruptions (starting doing something else during an important task).
- Unrealistic Time estimates.
- Poor Crisis management.
- Poor Planning
- Poor Organization.
- Ineffective meetings (lack of effective communication)
- Doing urgent rather than important tasks.
- Failing to delegate.
- Lacking priorities, standards, policies, and procedures.
On the other hand the time savers do all what that wasters do not and they also do not do what wasters do, all they do is:
- Manage the process of decision-making, not the decisions.
- Concentrate on doing only one task at a time.
- Set daily, short-term, mid-term, and long-term priorities.
- Ensure effective communication.
- Throwing unneeded things away.
- Set deadlines and attempt to meet the same.
- Do not waste others’ time.
- Ensure the purpose of meetings, projects etc.
- Maintain calendars and abide by them.
- Know when to pause and when to restart.
- Maintain good delegation.
- Keep simplicity in the processes.
- Use checklists and To-Do lists.
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Posted on July 13, 2007 by Qurratulain Akhtar
Few days back one of my readers requested me to have my say on management and career related issues, so here goes some outline of Human Resources Management. This post is specifically with reference to the management of hiring process. With the emergence of HR trend, the organizations have been observed going great guns. The history of Human Resources Management is not that old, but the fast and instant growth and development in the field has made it a bit complex phenomenon as well. Here we talk specifically about the development of the Human Resources, increasing their productivity and providing them a better platform to exhibit their potentials. This process of development is not very short and hence needs and depends on strategic planning, i.e. Employment Screening, and time to time Assessment.Today, I’ll be specific by mentioning some tips for hiring an employee.
Hiring is said to be the most crucial part of the process for an organization. While considering, the ability, potentials, qualifications and professionalism of an individual his professional image is constructed within the mind of the HR Manager, but one thing that most of the HR Managers do not consider is the part performance and professional loyality of the candidate. In manual concerns this can be dealt by requiring porper references and by varifying the information from those particular stations. It’s quite time taking and may not result in 100% satisfaction as well, so consulting a professional service provider of employees’ screening will be a wise idea. Screening an employees records will not only help the manager getting more authentic results, but will also help the organization to get the creame.
Though accepting challenges and risk taking is one of the plus point for good managers, but taking risk at the cost of organization’s interest will not be a good idea. Hiring a professional to check the employees’ background minimizes the risk and hence increases the probability of success.
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Posted on June 28, 2007 by Qurratulain Akhtar
If money would have grown on trees then every day would have been a Sunday. Since money doesn’t grow on trees and thus we’ve to work for it. The requirements of contemporary times have grown to such a great extent that Sunday has also become a working day. Working constantly though makes us professional on one hand but loads of work affects our physical and mental capabilities in a negative way. The best way out of it is to get refresh by planning for a short world of holidays. Psychologists and physicians recommend going outside the city you live in, at least for two days in a year.
Leisure if planned well results in the betterment of your professional attitude and outgrowth of working capacity. Though you can plan it yourself, but asking an expert is something more convenient for you saving your time and providing you with the best services.
Happiness in personal concerns and professional satisfaction all depends on how much you enjoy the life. Work hard, be professional but spare a little time for yourself to get reenergized. Everything will work in an increased pace if you’ve regained all your energies after a tough time with your job and other responsibilities.
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