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The increasing importance of confidentiality as Sexual Harassment inquiries go virtual

Ensuring confidentiality is sacrosanct in an inquiry whether it is conducted while ‘Work from Home (WFH)’ or at the office. As the COVID-19 pandemic has prematurely killed the debate on the kind of work that can be executed from the confines of the home, now, more than ever, there is a greater obligation to maintain …

The 3 reasons to use online self-assessments only after you visit a counselor

Vivek’s catch-up call with his buddies at work finally materialized as the pandemic forced people indoors. He asked them – ‘How are you all coping with the pandemic?’ Mahesh confessed – ‘First the pandemic, and then Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide. For a week, I didn’t get proper sleep. During that time I found it ridiculous …

Top 5 reasons why employers must offer EAP services

Although Ramya was attending a remote team meeting, her attention was on the calls her husband was making. He was speaking to the vendors who owed him several months’ worth of payments, not released, due to the lockdown. Cash-flow meant they could help her parents living far-away in Kolkata, who had just endured the add-on …

5 wake-up calls that tell you to visit a counselor

Prathap and Sunita were undecided. On whether to have the delivery of their child in Chennai where they worked or to travel to their hometown – Mumbai. Unfortunately, along came the pandemic, taking them by surprise. With all modes of travel shut, Prathap and Sunita had to remain in Chennai. Soon, tragedy hit closer home …

Maximise the benefits of Counselling for employees

What is counselling? Counselling refers to a process that psychologically empowers individuals to gain control on their mental health or well-being. Counselling increases self-awareness and a sense of well-being and also an understanding of the resources that he or she can use. When can one seek counselling? Anyone who is struggling with a personal concern can …

How to drive 100% completion of e-learning from employees?

Ever noticed the subdued groans in the air, when corporate e-learnings are launched? You find employees gravitating towards thinking of them as a burden, and managers and HR dreading achieving 100% completion from employees. Employees, in their defense, quote the lack of time, the irrelevance of the training, incompatible infrastructure, and more. Well, the occasional …

Mental wellness support for employees during a pandemic

Ravi wanted to buy a luxury car, against the wishes of his conservative family. The increase in EMI would be taken care of in the upcoming hike and would offset tax. Couldn’t they see it? Grudgingly, they eventually agreed and Ravi was finally getting to live his childhood dream! Alas, a week after he excitedly …

How can working women build their leadership presence?

Lalitha’s meeting with her new set of stakeholders ended badly. She didn’t anticipate a coup d’état of sorts. She exited the room with all the poise she could gather and rushed to the adjacent library with tears threatening to tumble down. Seated inside the library, her colleague Rohit, graciously walked out to give her some …

Instituting a competent IC – easier said than done

Rupa, an HR Manager, was winding up her work for the day, when she received an unexpected call from the Head-HR, Arka.  Arka asked Rupa to accompany him to a branch office the next day, as part of the Internal Complaints Committee (IC), as an allegation of sexual harassment against the Branch Head required an …

The timeless essence of Women, Equality and the Mahabharata

I am Draupadi, the heroine of the epic Mahabharata (all about dharma and karma), and wife of the Pandavas, who were 5 in number. Though I married only one of them, due to a misunderstanding of my mother-in-law – Kunti, all of them became my husbands. We shall not go into that right now, how …