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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
  • Unemployed? Blame Your (Lack of) Social Media Presence

    If you've been extra cautious about your online presence to the extent of not having any, you may actually be hurting your chances of landing a job. Employers are increasingly resorting to social media to check out a candidate's profile and see if they are a fit for their organization.
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  • Overloaded With Meetings? Here's What to Do

    Like it or not, meetings are a part of working life. Meetings are where decisions are made, projects are allocated, announcements are shared, etc. But that's what an ideal meeting looks like – there's action, and something moves forward. The reality is that not all meetings are really that productive. Some meetings are just a drain on everyone's time and actually get in the way of you performing your job.
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  • Salary Factors: Here's How Your Employer Decides How Much You Get Paid

    What goes into determining how much money you make? In most organizations, salaries are determined by mapping roles and job descriptions with similar organizations (competitors) through a third-party compensation and benchmarking service. A typical job is broken down into its responsibilities, criticality, complexity, and market availability to name a few crucial factors. Based on these factors, the range for a job is arrived upon.
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  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your 401(k)

    In the United States, 401(k) is a retirement savings plan provided by the employer. The plan provides employees with the option to defer a percentage of pay toward their retirement account, to be withdrawn at a later time. Retirement plans like these can be a major perk, especially if the company matches some of the employee's contributions. Here's how to get the most out of your 401(k).
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  • FMLA: What You Need to Know

    The main purpose of FMLA or the Family and Medical Leave Act is to help employees balance work and personal/familial needs. By way of the FMLA, you can take up to 12 weeks leave in any 12-month period for personal or an immediate family member's medical exigencies, expansion of family, or for matters arising out of a family member's call for military duty. If you're thinking about taking FMLA, there are things you need to know in order to make sure you get the coverage you're entitled to.
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  • 11 Questions You Should Not Ask at Interviews

    Toward the close of the interview, your interviewer might give you an opening to ask any questions you may have. This is a great opportunity to sound intelligent, prepared, and excited about the role. This is a good chance to impress the interviewer with your homework and understanding of the role and the organization. An unprepared question, on the other hand, could completely nullify your candidacy.
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  • 10 Tips to Help You Succeed as a New Manager

    Maybe you've been a great individual contributor, and your stellar performance has made management realize your potential and promote you. Or, you just cracked the interview so well, your new employer was willing to take the risk of hiring you as a manager, even though you've not had any people management experience. Either way, you do want to excel in your new role. Here's how.
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  • How to Make Friends at Work, When You Are a Newbie

    If you are new to your company, in addition to understanding your role, responsibilities, and company culture, you also need to make an effort to get to know your colleagues and make friends. Since you spend most of your waking hours at work, it makes sense to form a healthy bond with your colleagues from the start.
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  • Looking for a Higher Starting Salary? Don't Fall For These Employer Tricks

    If you are in the offer negotiation stage, beware. While you want a higher starting salary, your employer wants to get you in at as low a salary as possible. Stay on your guard and watch for these tactics when it's time to talk numbers.
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  • 7 Businesses You Can Start With $100 or Less

    Want to work for yourself? Good news. Starting your own business might be easier than you think. Even better news: you can start your business with a very small investment. Here's a list of ideas that can get your entrepreneurial juices flowing.
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