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१00 जाणकारांचा कॉमन प्लॅटफॉर्म
उद्योग, व्यावसायिक, शिक्षण अशा विविध क्षेत्रांतील १00 मान्यवरांना एकत्र आणून किलरेस्कर अध्य़ासनांतर्गत समान व्यासपीठ उभारण्याचा प्रयत्न आहे. हे सारे लोक उद्योग व शिक्षण यांच्यातील दरी कमी करणे, विविध विषयांवर मार्गदर्शन करणे, विद्यार्थ्यांना व्याख्यानांतून दिशा देणे अशा गोष्टींवर भर देतील, असे डॉ. अभ्यंकर म्हणाले.
राज्य व राष्ट्रीय स्तरावर घेतल्या जाणार्या आविष्कारसारख्या संशोधन स्पर्धांतून यशस्वी ठरणारे विशेष संशोधन प्रकल्प आता उद्योगजगतासमोर येणार आहेत. त्यातून निवडले जाणारे संशोधन प्रकल्प थेट जगाच्या बाजारपेठेत उतरून विविध उत्पादनांतून गुणवत्तेची मोहोर उमटवणार आहेत. पहिल्या टप्प्यात ३0 विद्यार्थ्यांच्या संशोधन प्रकल्पांची निवड केली जाणार आहे.
पुणे विद्यापीठातील शंतनूराव किलरेस्कर अध्यासनाने यासाठी पुढाकार घेतला आहे. विविध विभागांमध्ये होणारे महत्त्वपूर्ण संशोधन उद्योगजगतापुढे घेऊन जाण्याचे काम हे अध्यासन करणार आहे.
'लोकमत'ला माहिती देताना अध्यासनाचे प्रमुख डॉ. डी. के. अभ्यंकर म्हणाले, ''अनेकदा विद्यार्थ्यांनी सादर केलेल्या संशोधन प्रकल्पांना पुढे योग्य वाव मिळत नाही. त्याचप्रमाणे उद्योगक्षेत्राची गरज लक्षात घेऊन त्या दिशेने संशोधनही होत नाही. ही दरी कमी करण्यासाठी किलरेस्कर अध्यासनाने पुढाकार घेतलेला आहे. कॉन्फेडरेशन ऑफ इंडियन इंडस्ट्रीज (सीआयआय) च्या पुणे विभागाने या संकल्पनेचे स्वागत केले आहे. त्यांची तज्ज्ञ समिती संशोधन प्रकल्पांची व्यावहारिकता तपासून संशोधन प्रकल्पांची निवड करणार आहे. एखाद्या प्रकल्पात उद्योगक्षेत्राच्या गरजेनुसार सुधारणा आवश्यक असल्यास त्या दृष्टीनेही विद्यार्थ्यांना पाठबळ व मार्गदर्शन दिले जाणार आहे.
आविष्कारमधील सर्व संशोधन प्रकल्पांच्या छाननीचे काम सुरू झाले आहे. विद्यार्थ्यांना त्यांच्या संशोधन प्रकल्पांचे उद्योगजगतासमोर प्रत्यक्ष सादरीकरण करण्याचीही संधी प्राप्त होणार आहे. विविध विभागांमध्ये होणारे संशोधनदेखील उद्योगक्षेत्राशी जोडण्याचा विचार आहे, असे डॉ. अभ्यंकर यांनी स्पष्ट केले.
Times Of India (Ascent) 25/04/2012
BOSSES, TOO MANY?
Dealing with multiple bosses is a challenge faced by many today. Priya C Nair discusses a few tips to deal with all of them tactfully
Imagine a situation – you have five different bosses and each of them give you different assignments to be finished on the same day! Seems chaotic? But working with multiple bosses is increasingly becoming a reality in today’s corporate world. According to Mohinish Sinha, leadership & talent practice leader, Hay Group South & South East Asia, Pacific & Africa geographies (SAPA), all organisations that operate across more than one country, with more than one product, serving more than one customer group, operate in a matrix format. “The matrix creates a place for everyone and interconnects them where all have a ‘real’ boss and a ‘virtual’ one,” adds Sinha.
But employees find it extremely challenging to work with multiple bosses. According to experts, with more than one person assigning you work, the workload increases and you have to work more. Another challenge is that of dealing with conflicting messages – different bosses have different expectations and you might find it impossible to satisfy all.
With the organisational structure changing and more organisations adopting a flat structure and concentrating on specific projects, employees are expected to work with several bosses. So experts suggest looking at the positives and learning to manage multiple bosses effectively as the way forward, rather than cribbing about the challenges. Sridar Narayanswami, vice president - India Region, Emerson believes it is quite beneficial to have multiple supervisors, especially for the younger employees who are embarking on their leadership journey. He says, “Employees get to see different leadership styles as well as learn from varied insights and perspectives. This also helps them to collaborate effectively with multiple stakeholders in the longer run.”
Experts say that getting to know your ultimate boss, who makes decisions about your career w.r.t performance review, compensation, etc is important. Also handling the challenges proactively is the way forward. “The employee needs to keep in mind that in general, most supervisors are aligned and focused towards achieving the organisation’s common goals. If they can communicate seamlessly and build strong credibility with multiple supervisors, they could gain immensely by being able to reach out to more than one mentor as they grow in their careers,” concludes Narayanswami.
COMMUNICATE “One of the challenges that I had to face when I was based out of Dubai for a year was reporting to my immediate senior who was based in the US while also reporting to the CEO of our partner company in Dubai; I was also expected to report to my CEO and EVP business development in Pune and I had to update my immediate peer on the projects that I was working on too. So, I had to update and speak to five different people. It was tough to get all of them on a single call or email thread to discuss the status of each opportunity. It was tough initially to organise everything and report to everyone efficiently, but then I had to set up a process of keeping all the bosses in the email thread, maybe in the BCC, especially while communicating with your clients. Another challenge encountered is w.r.t reporting the same thing over and over again to the bosses and possibly answering all their questions efficiently and to their satisfaction. In a professional organisation, it’s very important that you don’t let their egos clash and enjoy working with all of them!”
— ABHINAV KOTTALGI,
AVP – business development, Extentia Information Technology
PRIORITISE “While reporting to different bosses, it had become difficult to prioritise work. I eventually realised that the decision on what needs to be done can be prioritised between them and then after discussion, they can assign work accordingly. Another challenge is the appreciation of your work. Every individual has a different work style, different expectations; so adaptability for the reportee becomes key for success. The positive aspects of working with multiple bosses are that you learn from each of the experiences and you tend to get a knack of handling people effectively.”
— Rahul Sharma,
mid-level manager at Motilal Oswal
Financial Services Ltd. (name changed)
workaholism, an acceptable trait?
Do you put ‘too hardworking’ as a positive attribute on your CV? India Inc witnesses many instances where job seekers try to pass off workaholism as an acceptable characteristic with the notion that it is probably what an HR manager wants to hear, says Arshie Chevalwala
In today’s fast-paced corporate scenario, job seekers conceitedly march over to the corporate side to claim their careers and when they do, they are equipped with various qualifications and traits. ‘Hardworking’ is one such trait, which any job seeker is well-aware an HR manager would like to hear. But what’s vital is the thin line between being ‘hardworking’, ‘too hardworking’ and a ‘workaholic’. Divakar Kaza, president - HR, Lupin Ltd elaborates, “There’s a thin line between passion for your work and an unhealthy commitment to it. If one is able to maintain a balance between his/her personal and professional life, while being focused and devoted to one’s job, it is a great asset. At the same time, it is important to remember that if one takes his/her job too seriously, to the point of it creating a strain on his/her personal life, eventually the effects of that will percolate to job performance.”
But, is climbing up the corporate ladder all that matters today; no matter what price you pay in the process? Ameya Joshi, senior manager, leadership learning and change, DDB Mudra Group opines, “Workaholism or ‘obsessive and excessive working’ has become a sort of a trend among urban professionals. Staying late at the office or working on weekends are considered by many, as positive points of discussion during appraisals, but really they aren’t. What India Inc needs is to realise the need to ‘work smart’ and not hard.”
Thus, while managers all over are busy clocking in hours at the office, their superiors wait by for just productive output. Ashish Arora, founder & MD, HR Anexi explains, “There is the need for the employer to ‘get more with less’. Job seekers tend to pen workaholism to prevent CV rejection. Good interviewers trained in competency-based interviewing can detect this easily and hence, faking this trait will not yield results.”
Vipul Singh, VP and head HR, ADP India believes that workalohilsm is not only a bad reflection of time and managerial skills, but also a sour by-product of ill work-life balance. He concurs, “Workaholism is a concept, not about how many hours a person is able to spend on something, but is about being able to play different roles eloquently. It is a favourable trait if one can manage to cover base over a period of time, with the occasional stretching of time as required.”
Thus, what India Inc needs is the ability to curtail workaholism by various other methods like working smarter, through better managerial skills, etc. “When a candidate is reviewed, hard work is definitely a sought-after trait; however, between hard and smart work, an HR manager would always prefer the latter. Putting in long hours at the office is just about clocking time. It affects an employee’s morale adversely. It causes stress to his/her psyche and curbs productivity. In my opinion, there is no one way of portraying workaholism in a positive light without its underlying negative implications,” concludes Ramanath Gurzala, vice president, HR, Lapp India Pvt Ltd.
GURZALA POINTS OUT TECHNIQUES TO CURB WORKAHOLISM: 1) Work smart: Smart working is effective, as it yields results whilst also maintaining productivity and efficiency;
2) Reclaim your social life: Reclaim your social life by planning social outings in advance and treat those commitments as seriously as you would a business meeting;
3) Increase productivity, not work-hours: A manager can help increase the productivity of the employees through various techniques like six sigma, value stream mapping, etc.These should be implemented in order to cut time and multiply output;
4) Socialise at work: Participating in some of the social activities initiated at work and having some fun in the bargain is a good idea.