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Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh

Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh

Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh is a freelance writer and an HR professional with extensive experience in employee relations, talent management and career development. She can also talk endlessly on the merits and demerits of forced distribution and pay for performance. In her free time, she tries to figure out the personality type of people she meets using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. INTJ anyone? 

 

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Most Recent Posts by PADMAJA GANESHAN-SINGH
  • Shadow Your Way Into a New Job

    If you are seriously considering a role or career change, job shadowing your prospective position could get you closest to the actual experience of being on the job. Job shadowing is a technique, not only useful for fresh graduates, but also for experienced employees who are pondering a career move. As the term suggests, it is an opportunity to shadow the incumbent to understand the skills, behavior, and aptitude required to perform the job.
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  • What to Do When You Can't Meet the Project Deadline

    Let's say your manager has assigned a project to you. You're already working on a few priorities, but you accept this anyway. Why? Any one of a number of reasons. Maybe you think the project is going to add to your skillsets, or you want your manager to know that you are willing to take on new challenges, or you just can't say no to your manager. Whatever the case, once you've started the project, you realize, you really don't have the time and resources to deliver. So what now?
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  • How to Avoid Miscommunication at Work

    "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place," George Bernard Shaw once said. Miscommunication in the workplace is very common. It's a big reason for missed project deadlines, postponed meetings, and misunderstood expectations. For example, maybe your boss expected you to be at work today because your leave was "till" today, but you meant it to "include" today. Sometimes, the communication channel just isn't clear.
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  • How to Say No, Even If It Makes You Really Uncomfortable

    Why is saying no so hard? Maybe you have the incessant need to please people à la Monica Geller in Friends, or maybe you're just too scared. Either way, by saying yes to everything, you might be stretching yourself too thin and taking on more than you can actually handle. Even if you aren't dropping the ball yet, continuing with the "never say no" rule could hurt your career.
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  • What to Do When Your Employer Makes a Counteroffer

    Your current job is obviously not working out for you. You want something else and that's just not readily available where you are. Maybe you need more flexibility, a promotion, increased responsibilities … whatever your need, your current company is unable to provide it, and that's the reason you applied for a new job in the first place. But now that you have a job offer and have let your manager know your intention of leaving soon, things have started to change. Your manager wants to do everything in her power to get you to stay. She's had a discussion with HR and is making you a counteroffer. Should you accept it?
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  • 5 Tips to Prepare for an Exploratory Interview

    It might feel weird to prepare for an interview when you don't even expect it to lead to a job, but it's worth your while to do your homework before an exploratory interview, and treat it just as seriously as you would any other job interview. You never know when the situation might go from an informal chat to a serious path to a new job.
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  • Work From Home? Here's How to Keep the Boss on Your Side

    Depending on your situation, it could be frustrating or liberating to work with a remote manager. While on the one hand, you don't have her hovering around your desk and sneaking up on you, on the other hand, you do not have easy access to her whenever you need. You're also probably not her first choice when she has a project to assign to her team, just because of the sheer logistics. But, there are a few ways you can have an effective remote reporting relationship.
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  • Should You Have Friends at Work?

    The definition of "office" has changed over the past decade or so, thanks to the rise of telecommuting and virtual offices. Those of us in the non-traditional workplace do not have much 3D interaction with our colleagues. If the way we work and where we work is changing, do we still need friends "at the office"?
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  • How to Set Goals for Your Team

    If you're a manager, you may be spending quite a bit of time right now evaluating goals for your team in the coming year. How do you create goals in alignment with the organization's priorities, set your team up for success, and most of all, make sure that your goals will be met? It is often an intense process, but done right, it can have spectacular results.
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  • 4 Tips to Handle a Bad Performance Review

    In an ideal scenario, you go into your year-end review prepared, after 12 months of regularly meeting with your boss and getting her feedback as she observes your behavior on the job. You know what you're going to get and you're ready for it. But quite often, this is not the case – your manager hardly has any time to stop, you're caught up between projects and putting out fires, and you're lucky if you can catch a breather. So what do you do when you're having your performance review discussion with your manager and it isn't really going so well?
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