Mentoring Tips

Article by:  Team AVTAR I-WIN

Mentoring is an important tool that organizations can use to nurture and grow their people. Mentoring is a powerful form of interpersonal knowledge management. A good mentor not only needs to be more than just a successful individual, but must have also have a keen interest and desire to develop other people.

Being a good mentor requires more than just experience. It requires a willingness to reflect and share on one’s own experiences, including one’s failures.

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12 Common Unconscious Biases

Article by: Team AVTAR I-WIN

Bias is an inclination towards or against one thing, person, or a group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. Unconscious bias happens when our brains make some incredibly quick judgments and assessments of people and situations without us realizing it. Sometimes people in their personal or professional lives, tend to lean towards a certain direction influenced by the unconscious biases, often leading to one-sided approach and impaired decisions. Our biases are influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences. In fact, it is said that if you have a brain, you will have biases. So all of us have unconscious biases and it happens automatically. But we have to learn to manage our unconscious biases.

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Leaders with the third ‘I’ – Inclusiveness!

Article by: Team AVTAR I-WIN

‘Include to grow. Grow to include’ – is a success mantra at discerning organizations intent on staying ahead on the curve of workplace inclusivity. However, in VUCA markets, in an uber-competitive world, leaders from across industries face the same challenge: how to register growth – inclusive, sustainable growth in diverse organizations? This certainly is not a ‘one-solution-fits-all’ scenario. There isn’t a silver bullet, a formula that guarantees success. But there sure are certain intelligent navigation techniques that leaders can follow, to enable sustainable business growth. Against the backdrop of global businesses, agile work environments and diverse workforces – leaders who strategically deploy the three ‘I’s are able to optimize effectiveness of their teams.

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Mid-Life Career Transition

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Article by: Radha Govindarajan , Finance Professional.

A career transition in middle age can be both frightening and exciting depending on the situation you find yourself in.

The itch to change careers can stem from personal or professional reasons or both. But before you take the plunge, remember every job has its own positives and negatives. Even if you choose to become an entrepreneur, you are likely to face challenges like having to go through red tape government procedures, handling people, working long hours etc.

Here are some of the factors to consider before you make the final call.

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Practical Steps to Manage Work & Life

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Article by: Vaidehi Ramesh

Women, these days, are well educated and are chasing their goals.  However, the other continuum of motherhood holds them back in their endeavor.  It is seen that only few are able to balance both the ends  , while others tend to lose.  Here are a few practical pointers that would help women strike the right balance between work and life.

Pick your location of stay: Staying near  your parents, in-laws or immediate family is great, so that the childcare becomes a little easier. For those, who do not have such family support, it would be advisable to look for a location closer to your office so that you will be available to the kids, when necessary. Once the kids are grown and are at home on their own, ensure to call them at regular intervals to make them feel close-by and in reach. Also, look at other  options for childcare in case of emergencies.

Make a Calendar: Make a calendar to list down all the important occasions at family and official front that includes the birthdays, anniversaries of family, friends and relatives, Bill payments and school fees payments, parents meeting at school, official meetings, follow-ups etc. This would help you plan your days accordingly while enhances your relationship and saves a lot of stress.

Elude hasty mornings – Plan your weekday meals during the weekend.  Cutting vegetables and storing them in an airtight container, keeping batter, dough and spices prepared will also help a great deal on busy mornings.  Make a chart of the breakfast, lunch and dinner plans for the whole week if possible and ensure that your groceries are stocked.  Organise things required for the next day the previous night, including the kids’ uniform, your dresses, bags and vehicle keys ready in designated places.  It would give you a peace of mind during the morning hours and you’ll know where to find what.

 Me time – It is highly essential to have a time for yourself. Allocate a few minutes of your day/ week to exercise, find a new hobby,  meet or talk to your friends or  visit a spa.  This will help rejuvenate yourself after a day/week of hard work..

 

Balancing Work and Life could be a never ending affair for working women. Meticulous planning , personal effort and optimism are key for striking the right balance.  Plan, prioritise and schedule your activities as efficiently as possible. And in this process don’t be too hard on yourself.


Women and Mental Health

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Article by : Sarika Nair

Women are caretakers and givers by nature. They have a habit of putting others first and ignoring their health in the process. This is due to their nature and also due to social conditioning.

In earlier times the roles of men and women were clearly divided. But in today’s times, women have taken over a lot many responsibilities. She has become a bread earner too. But she also has to fulfill her caretaker responsibilities. This puts immense pressure on women.

Add to it the stress of day-to-day life. And the result is poor mental health.

According to WHO, more than 5 crore Indians suffer from depression. Women are more likely to be depressed compared to men. Gender does play an important role in mental health status.

So what is the solution for this? Is there any??

Yes, there are little things which women can do for their mental health.

  1. Love yourself: Sounds like something which you have heard many times before right? But it is very essential to love yourself. Say good things to yourself and stop self-criticism.
  2. Me-time is crucial: Take out time for yourself. At least a few minutes every day. It can be a walk, a few minutes of reading, a coffee/tea, listening to your favourite song or exercise. Carve out this time for yourself.
  3. Eat well: Your body needs many nutrients to be healthy and active. Take care of your body needs and eat healthy food.
  4. Ask for help: You are not a superwoman and you don’t have to be one. Ask for help, your family and friends will be willing to lend you an ear and a helping hand.
  5. Delegate: Your family will survive if you forget to do something. Cut yourself some slack and don’t take up everything on yourself.
  6. Accept yourself: Everyone is good at something and everyone is bad at something. Know your strengths and weaknesses and accept yourself for what you are.
  7. Meet the people that matter: Stay in touch with the people that you like. Make an effort to meet them personally. Meeting people in person has an amazing therapeutic affect on the mind.
  8. Social media detox: Social media can really pressurize and stress you. Take a break from it from time to time. It is a much-needed
  9. Sleep well: Get at least 7-8 hours of shut-eye every night. Relax before sleeping and stay away from gadgets. Quality of sleep greatly affects the mind and the body.

These are a few ways in which you can take care of your mental health. A woman’s health affects the whole family’s health. Stay healthy, stay happy.

 

Views expressed are personal.