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Energy Conservation

Energy conservation begins from Office

Energy ConservationEnergy Conservation begins at home! Not really. Rather, it begins at office. There are quite a few who would agree with me and a lot who would disagree. But the fact of the matter remains that out of my productive 16 hours of life, I spend 8 hours in the office, 2-3 hours travelling, 1 hour in parties and other social gatherings. So that means that I am at home for only 4 hours everyday.

With the advent of millennium offices, the opportunity to conserve energy has increased manifold and it becomes even more obvious that energy conservation begins from office.

A few days back I had to stay back at office and work late due to some urgent assignment. As I packed up to leave and stood up from my workstation, I am amazed at the sight I saw. Some sensible facilities person had the courtesy to switch off all the lights on the floor. As I stood there at one end and gazed to the other end of the floor, I saw a spread of blue light across the floor giving it a look as if the entire floor had a light blue carpet spread across. This effect was being triggered by the almost 900 odd computers that were left working by the employees who were using it.

Was this beautiful sight worth it? Can the cost incurred justify the beauty of the sight?

It can never.

Indeed energy conservation begins at office. Almost all the facilities and admin teams in every organization has a policy around energy conservation. They have a policy around switching off all the lights if they are not in use. They advice on shutting down the computers if it is not required. But how many of us comply?

As responsible citizens of our country and responsible employees of the organization that we work in, we are responsible for every unit of electricity consumed. Saving on electricity costs has a direct impact on the variable costs incurred by the organization and this in turn, on the operating expenses. If the operating expenses of the organization is lesser, this will turn into better profits and better profits means better compensation for its employees. That makes it all the more important for the employees to conserve energy.

Social networking

The Impact of using Social Networking Sites at Workplace

Social Networking…Does that term sound familiar? No question of an unfamiliarity, right?

If you are still not aware of what a social networking site is, then let me tell you that everything starting from Facebook, LinkedIn to Twitter can be called a social networking site. These are basically sites that help you network with other people and build a network.

How often have you been using a social networking site at your workplace?

Social Networking sites have become a menace to any workplace. But if you are an employee, I am sure that this statement would have created a frown on your face. My intention is not to do that, rather it is just to initiate a discussion around the topic.

Is Social Networking impacting work?

Social Networking is no more just a medium of interacting with your friends or, family members. It has gone far beyond that. Take for instance, LinkedIn. It has become a medium of connecting with people professionally. Over the past year or, so I have been able to connect to quite a few HR personnel and Talent Acquisition team members and I have received a few private message from some of these connections for job openings that they were responsible for filling up.

LinkedIn has a lot of features that help recruitment personnel make decisions. Because of the fact that this is a professional social networking website, people are more inclined to showing off their professional qualification and experience. Add to this the fact that there are a lot of people who vet the profiles and recommend them on the basis of their previous experiences. All of this gives the option of carefully scrutinizing these profiles before recruiters approach the prospective candidates.

But, does this license such social networking websites to be used at workplaces?

Social networking websites are not usually included in the list of prohibited websites in most organizations, which gives me an impression that such organizations do not have a problem with their employees accessing such websites. Whatever the approach of the organizations, the impact of using such websites on the routine work at job, is huge and undeniable.

It has been observed that employees spent a lot of time, at the cost of their work on networking. This not only impacts productivity to a great extent but also impacts the service that an employee provides in the course of his work at office. Efficiency and quality of work is all impacted.

Facebook and such other websites have a lot of positives and is a way of life these days. But should it be done at the cost of work? My opinion might be different from that of yours. Whatever your opinion is, it is always welcome. Let them come in the form of comments to this post.

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The Tobacco-free Revolution

No-smokingThe BPO and Call center culture has brought about quite a lot of changes – some positive and some negative. Though critics and well-wishers are right in saying that there the changes are more of negative, especially in India, there would be no denying the fact that there a lot of changes that are positive as well.

One such welcome change was the tobacco-free revolution that brought about a change in the smoking habits of quite a few BPO employees. Smoking had become a fashion statement for these employees working in BPOs, majority of them youth. What started as a reason to stay awake in the night shifts that, they had to work in, soon became an addiction that was difficult to get rid off.

I have been witness to my friend and colleagues in my organization becoming chain smokers. No sooner has one cigarette finished, that they light another one. Then they would blame the entire habit on the night shifts and the work pressure. I would often wonder as to how smoking relieved somebody of the work pressure. Nevertheless, smokers felt so.

In just about a few days, a small cigarette shop popped up outside the office premises and business boomed for him. Who cares even if it is at the cost of somebody’s life.

Then came the tobacco-free revolution and banners popped up everywhere urging people to quite smoking and that smoking within office premises was banned. The otherwise official smoking zone in the organization turned into a garden and employees had to walk a bit of distance to go outside the office premises to smoke. Soon people felt the pain to walk outside the premises, though some of them still had the motivation to do it. The others, started to quit smoking slowly and cited various other reasons for it.

Whatever the reasons quoted, this change in culture at least ensured that the youth in India are not sacrificed to the deadly habit of smoking.

Photograph courtesy Vivek Chugh