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Banishing the post-holiday blues from your system.

While we would all love to start the year with a bang of enthusiasm and loads to look forwards to, we need to face the reality, the most realistic expression towards returning to work after the seasonal holidays is not what one would want to start their new year at work with. The holidays is that period of joy where one rejoices with family, friends, food having many fun activities and gatherings. In simpler terms a break from your busy work schedules. Hence going back to work isn’t the greatest feeling and especially during the first week after your return. Almost all employees are still in the holiday relaxation mood needing a massive boost to get back on track. Here’s a few tips and tricks that could help you to get a kick start.

Challenges Women Face In The Workplace

Top CEOs discuss unique challenges women face while navigating their careers

Anyone will tell you that the workplace is tough. For women, there's so many more complications. You only need to read and re-read the headlines - whether it's about sexual harassment in the newsroom or discrimination at Silicon Valley companies or the gender pay gap throughout corporate America.

It’s all about personal branding: Pick a Boss not a Job

The job search can be a very strenuous process for any individual. You have expectations regarding responsibilities, rewards, goals and various other perks. In the process of achieving these expectations we usually tend to forego the reality. The reality of working with others in order to achieve these expectations and the main person standing your way would be the Boss!

Startup brings fast and simple video recruitment to Sri Lanka

The recruitment process in Sri Lanka has not advanced much in the past 10 years. Companies take out advertisements in newspapers or on websites and candidates send in their CVs that are processed by the human resource staff. Short-listed candidates are called in for interviews and those who get through the first round are often called in for further interviews before a candidate is finally selected for the job.

The whole process, according to Sixer Video CEO Imthiyaaz Hassim can take months using the traditional recruitment process. And for interns the process is even more complex.

World HR Congress in Sri Lanka: Opportunities galore

Humane Results: From the view of Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri

It was a rigorous yet rewarding process that we went through in competitive bidding towards hosting the most prestigious global event in the field of human resource management (HRM) in 2020. Today’s column conveys thoughts on the relevance of it to Sri Lanka with multiple implications to diverse spheres such as tourism, education, management and leadership.


The Latest Trends in Leadership Training And How To Take Advantage

What skills do new leaders need to have to be successful, and how can they learn them?

The world changes quickly, and as we’ve seen countless times, any company unable (or unwilling) to go with the flow, can often end up left behind. This is why new leaders are poised to take on the waves of technology, and to do so successfully requires specific skills that need cultivation. Skills that, in the past, may have been considered “nice-to-have,” but are now regarded as crucial. So what are these new emerging trends for leadership in this modern age? 

Research: Why 70 Percent of Employees Aren't Working to Their Full Potential Comes Down to 1 Simple Reason

Adding insult to injury, 52 percent of those workers are basically sleepwalking through their day. What gives?

According to Gallup research, an astounding 70 percent of U.S. employees are not showing up to work fully committed to deliver their best performance. Adding insult to injury, 52 percent of those workers are basically sleepwalking through their day, and 18 percent of them are busy acting out their unhappiness.

11 Lankans to receive prestigious Australia Awards -Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

The Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson today announced that 11 Sri Lankan students will be offered the Australian Government’s prestigious Australia Awards-Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships for 2018.

One Australian will also undertake learning opportunities in Sri Lanka as part of the awards.

“I congratulate the successful applicants, who have been identified for their potential to provide ongoing educational, research and professional links between Sri Lanka and Australia. These are individuals who will over time build a new generation of leaders,” said the High Commissioner.

It’s time to stand up.

It is a common ideology that every individual from childhood is thought their manners. Simple things like being polite, please and thank you is believed to be basic principles that is embedded in one. As much as this is true, the question to be asked is that up to what extent is this actually followed. Unfortunately, we live in a society where meeting people who ignore such manners is inevitable.

While most of the time this is something that many people tend to think of as rude behavior, one may also believe that a severe form of this could lead to aggression and abuse.

The ultimate guide to identify your F.R.I.E.N.D.S at work

‘Friends’ has earned its place as one of the most successful and iconic sitcoms of television history ever since it started airing in 1994. Each character in the series has a unique personality, presence and relevance in the show. From quotes to lines to gestures, these characters have portrayed many relatable scenarios in a very subtle way and has won the hearts and keeps continuing to be present in the minds of their audience even after a decade of going off air.

When scrutinising any workplace you are sure to find some personality trait of these characters associating with you daily.

The one with sincere passion and inappropriate actions:


Dr. Ross Geller portrays a character that every workplace has. He is passionate about his job and proud to be a part of it despite the majority not exactly knowing what it means and makes fun of it in every way possible. He could talk about his job continuously without getting tired.

Ross also shows that inappropriate workplace relationships can be quite disastrous no matter what the profession is.  It is important to have employees like Ross as their enthusiasm towards their job can always be a great helping hand towards the organisation.

The trendsetter with endless self-confidence:


Most companies love to have a Rachel Green in their workforce. This is someone who wants to stand on their own feet and achieve success on her own. The key to her career guide is always love what you do. Rachel always tends to be the trend setter where ever she goes. She is the perfect example for confidence and style along with women empowerment. Rachel also knows how to put her point across and gets what she needs through any means possible.

The series also gave out points regarding determination and learning experiences through this character and at the same time made it clear as to how competitive the work environment can get and how to face these situations with confidence. 

The ‘go to’ companion:


We all Know Joey Tribbiani for the guy who tends to charm every girl with his iconic quote “How you doin’?” and the one who is an absolute child by nature. But behind all this there is that protective, sensitive and caring friend who is there for you at all times.

Joey might not be successful at what he does but never gives up in his passion. He is not afraid to be himself and will try a million times. He is all about living the moment and is that ‘go to’ friend no matter what the problem is. He might not be the most helpful person and not the most productive but he is always there to support you and be there for you at all times. The best way to get what you need is just a little bit of an offering. But remember Joey does not share food!

The one who’s unique in her own ways:


If you actually think about it, Phoebe Buffay is that individual who believes in herself and is not ashamed to be who she is. She does not let the opinion of others change who she is. We all have that random colleague who just thinks way out of the box but can actually be the one to give the best advice at an unexpected moment.

This person has their principles but at the same time gets along with others easily and is a fun person to hang out with during a boring day.

The controlling boss:


What would an office be without a Monica Geller. It’s her way or the highway with this colleague. She is a perfectionist and makes sure that she is the Boss!  They might be one of your close companions but there is no messing around with her. 

This person does not let her personal life mess with her work life. She knows how to get things done when and how she wants it to be done. Her long period of unemployment showed her determination and proves the fact that she not the person to give up. Monica is also probably one of the best examples of efficient management which is highly appreciated by any company.

The one with dedication, creativity and sarcasm:


Chandler Bing has a collection of traits that is evident in any workplace. Despite disliking his job, he is unable to quit as it is his nature to avoid ending anything forcefully. He is the person to get away from a serious conversation using his sarcasm or witty comments. This person tries to please anyone no matter how much it bothers him. At the same time Chandler gives out his creativity through his sarcasm and is another example for hard work and dedication.

Despite all the thoughts and confusions, towards the last part of the series we saw Chandler taking a big risk. He was not afraid to make a big career change and to start from the bottom again. He was also able to prove that maturity and experience can come handy at your workplace.

It’s no doubt that no matter where you go, what job you do or what industry to belong to, these iconic traits and personalities are not going to be hard to find.

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