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Happiness, the final frontier that can revive employee engagement levels in the corporate world

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Happiness is going to be the litmus test that would decide the ultimate retention policy of your company, says Susheel Agarwal, Happiness Coach at Ethika Insurance Broking Pvt. Ltd. 

It is counterintuitive how it took an adversity – the pandemic – to enlighten us on aspects of life that are important to us, he adds. Staring death at our doorsteps during Covid made us reassess our priorities – what was important to us and what are we willing to compromise for.

Susheel can be considered a pioneer of sorts. He introduced value added services like Employee Engagement Programs, Employee Assistance Programs to the insurance broking portfolio that his company was traditionally offering. This was way before “the start-up” culture was in vogue. 

His latest offering ‘The Science and Art of being Happy’ seems to have come about at the right time. Employee dissatisfaction levels in companies are at their highest; employee engagement programs no longer seem to be working. It is as if he has peeked into the future and is creating a pathway for companies to adapt to it.

In 2020, when the pandemic struck, Mr Susheel Agrawal observed something unusual in the market. The market seemed divided into two sets of companies – ones that were using the pandemic to fire employees left right and center, at times despite making profits, and others who were barely surviving and yet retaining most of its staff. 

What was going on here? Wasn’t profit maximization one of the foremost business virtues? Why did some businesses appear to be extremely anxious, while others treated it as yet another day? 

He realized while he was equally anxious about how things would turn out, work was his sacred space, he looked forward to it, day after day, everyday. Even in those glib times, work was something that gave him the opportunity to help others and thereby a sense of being a part of a larger whole. As it turns out, this ability – to be able to be of service to others – is one of the biggest keys to happiness. 

Susheel also realized that his team at Ethika shared a similar DNA with him. All of his colleagues are self directed individuals with a service orientation par excellence. Susheels profound realization – When every employee behaves like a CEO, the job of a CEO morphs into that of an Human Resource Manager, is also thanks to his wonderful team at Ethika. 

Well, we couldn’t agree more. 

The growing startup ecosystem has brought about a spurt of white collar jobs, but the cost has been grinding mental instability; a sense of anxiety pervades the existence of millenials and Gen Z – the population that forms the largest employable chunk. It is as if this young demographic is spinning at full speed between the fear of missing out on life at one end, and the anxiety brought about by work, on the other. The sad part about all of this however is, by the time these folks realize the damning repercussions of the situation, damage would have been done. 

Stress, anxiety, and depression are commonplace today. The intertwined spheres of professional, personal and financial worlds overwhelm the hell out of employees. Technology, which was to bring us liberation has unfortunately pushed us further down this rabbit hole. Our inability to control technology’s impact on society has now seeped to aspects of life that can lead to gruesome circumstances if we continue down this road.

Two of the biggest sources of our unhappiness stem from our inability to stay married to the task at hand and our inability to stop comparing our material possessions with those of people we know. Technology ensures that we are pinged by some irrelevant notification every ten seconds and that most of these notifications are designed to make us feel incomplete in the moment – it could be a friend vacationing at some exotic beach or a sale you better not miss. 

Technology has also conquered newer peaks with its omnipresence – work hours seem to have become irrelevant as a concept. When the engagement hours of work have almost doubled, it was about time, the human resource department started channelizing energies toward employee happiness to ensure employee retention.

The increase in yield of India’s demographic dividend will ensure that the war for talent will only intensify in the future. If talent acquisition used to be a challenge, retention just took away this cake. And in all this insanity, happiness continues to remain the elusive kastoori.

But Susheel feels identification of the problem is a battle half won.

He thinks the current business environment would mark a paradigm shift in the way businesses treat employees. Businesses can no longer afford to offer mere lip service about employee wellbeing. If the employee isn’t being well, it is as much an employer’s headache as it is the employee’s. 

Prod him further and he reveals The Happiness workshop he had designed as a prototype has been tested on a couple of clients and the results have been encouraging. 

Some of the elements from the workshop that Corporates have benefitted from include 

  1. Open architecture of policies – let policies be defined by don’ts rather than do’s. 
  2. Once you have trusted someone with a certain piece of work, trust them with delivery – Micromanaging is a strict no-no. 
  3. Encourage employees to change the way they communicate with themselves – A lot of our problems stem from the way we communicate with ourselves i.e. inwards. Our efficacy takes a natural hit when we demean ourselves. Changing this outlook, puts the choice of action in our hands, which inturn makes employees feel responsible, instead of being directed by factors out of their control.

In his own words “The battle for talent promises to transition into a war without an end in sight. The last man standing is going to be one, who is able to turn workplaces into places employees want to come to, and don’t feel compelled to come to. A happy employee is an engaged employee and a productive one.”

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TANCET 2023: Anna university postpones exam dates, check new dates, other details here

Earlier, TANCET 2023 was slated to be held in the last week of February.

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Anna University postponed the Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) 2023 exam dates on Friday. The exam which was scheduled to be held in February has now been postponed. Candidates can go through the new dates, once they are announced, on the official website of the university at tancent.annauniv.edu.

Earlier, TANCET 2023 was slated to be held in the last week of February. TANCET MCA exam and M.E, M.Tech, M.Arch and M.Planning was scheduled for February 25, 2023. The TANCET MBA exam was scheduled for February 26, 2023. However, the university has now removed the dates.

Candidates who want to take the TANCET 2023 exam must submit their online applications before the deadline. The TANCET 2023 application will only be accessible online. Aspirants are advised to check the eligibility conditions for the exam before filing the application form.

The registration for the TANCET exam has not yet been released. Candidates are required to register at the official website once the TANCET exam schedule for the postgraduate entrance exams is released.

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TANCET 2023: How to register

  • Go to the official website of TANCET at tancet.annauniv.edu.
  • On the homepage, click on the link that reads TANCET registration.
  • Enter the required details.
  • Upload the necessary documents.
  • Pay the application fee online.
  • Click on submit.

The Anna University, Annamalai University, government and government-aided colleges, as well as self-financing colleges in the state of Tamil Nadu, hold the TANCET entrance exam for admission to the MBA, MCA, ME, MTech, MArch, and MPlan programmes that they offer.

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RPSC RAS Mains result 2021 out: Check marks, compare previous year cut-off here

Candidates who appeared in the Rajasthan RAS Mains exam 2021 can check their results on the official website of RPSC, rpsc.rajasthan.gov.in.

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The Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) announced the Rajasthan State and Subordinate Services Combined Competitive (RAS) Mains Exam 2021 results on Wednesday. Candidates who appeared in the Rajasthan RAS Mains exam 2021 can check their results on the official website of RPSC, rpsc.rajasthan.gov.in.

The authority also released an official note saying RPSC has given an opportunity to the failed students to re-totalling the marks obtained in the exam from December 2 to December 11, 2022.

How to check RPSC RAS Mains result 2021?

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of RPSC, rpsc.rajasthan.gov.in.
  • Step 2: Click on the link that reads RPSC RAS Mains result on the homepage.
  • Step 3: You will be directed to a new login page.
  • Step 4: Candidates will now fill in the credentials including their password and roll number.
  • Step 5: Submit details to access the RPSC portal.
  • Step 6: Check the result and download it.

Reports said as many as 2,174 candidates were shortlisted for the further process to fill in 988 vacancies out of which 363 vacancies are for State services and 625 for Subordinate services.

Rajasthan RPSC Mains 2021 exam held on March 20 and 21, 2022 and the candidates who qualify for the RPSC Mains exams will be allowed for the interview process. The final selection will be announced after candidates clear all rounds of the selection process. The exam consisted of 4 papers in two categories descriptive and analytical

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RPSC RAS Main result 2021 cut-off marks

RPSC has two categories of reservations- vertical and horizontal. The cut-off marks will decide the final results of the candidates.

GEN

  • GEN 314.00
  • WE 314.00
  • WD 218.50
  • DV 302.00

GEN (TSP)

  • GEN 304.75
  • WE 304.75
  • WD 160.50

EWS

  • GEN 314.00
  • WE 314.00
  • WD 218.50

SC

  • GEN 282.50
  • WE 280.75
  • WD 179.00
  • DV 232.75

SC (TSP)

  • GEN 278.50
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IIM CAT 2022 answer key released, correction window open until December 4

The date for the result of CAT 2022 has not yet been revealed, but there are speculations that the result may most likely be released within the second week of January 2023.

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The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) released the answer key for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2022 on Thursday, December 1. Candidates who appeared for the MBA entrance exam on November 27 can go through the answer key on the official website of IIM at iimcat.ac.in.

Around 2.22 lakh candidates appeared for the CAT exam out of the 2.55 lakh who had registered for the exam. The CAT exam was held in a computer-based mode for admission to various management programmes at IIMs.

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How to check CAT 2022 answer key?

  • Go to the official website of IIM at iimcat.ac.in.
  • On the homepage, click on the IIM CAT 2022 answer key link.
  • Then, enter the required login details.
  • Click on submit.
  • After that, the answer key will be displayed on the screen.
  • Check the answer key and download it.

Apart from the answer key, the management school has also issued the response sheet and objector form for review on the official website. Candidates also have the option to object to the published answer key up until 5:00 pm on December 4.

IIM has issued a notice which reads, The Candidate Response tab and Objection Form tab for CAT 2022 will be active from 11.00 am on 1st December 2022 till 5:00 pm on 04th December 2022. Candidates will be able to see the Answer Key as well as their Individual Responses to Questions during this duration.

The IIM CAT, which was conducted on November 27, 2022, included three sections: verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC), data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR), and quantitative ability (QA). There were a total of 66 questions, and candidates were given 40 minutes to solve each section.

The date for the result of CAT 2022 has not yet been revealed, but there are speculations that the result may most likely be released within the second week of January 2023.

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