Thursday, September 30, 2010

You're Getting a Bonus! So Why Aren't You Motivated?

 If you're like most professionals working in large corporations, you're eligible for an annual bonus as part of your pay. If you're one of the luckier ones, you've been hearing rumors lately that with the economy recovering, that bonus may become a reality again.

Good for you. But maybe not so good for your company. Chances are, its bonus program is costing it plenty but it isn't seeing much of a motivation boost in return, from you or anyone else.
The idea that some part of an employee's pay should be contingent on good performance is a very old one. Harvard'sDerek Bok writes that it dates back to at least the time of Julius Caesar, who instituted an "elaborate system to supply bonuses to loyal soldiers participating in successful campaigns — 50 dinari for every legionnaire and 500 for each centurion." In America, Bok says, bonuses started to become a significant part of corporate leaders' compensation around the time of the first World War. Now, bonuses have become so commonplace in the business world that their value is rarely questioned.

The problem is that, even if it's true that contingent compensation spurs higher performance (and not everyone thinks it does - see, for example, this pdf), when the reward comes as one big check cut by the finance department at the end of the fiscal year, that motivating effect is mainly lost. That's because the bonus fails to make two critical connections:
  1. The connection between values and behavior. Typically, bonuses are tied to financial achievement —they're paid out when a certain benchmark is hit such as yearly company revenue, earnings per share, or department revenue targets. But the connection between the outcomes you truly value and the behaviors you want to see from employees can be far from obvious.
  2. The connection between a worker and his/her direct supervisor. Plenty of research has shown that the most important influencer of workers' performance, for better or worse, is the dynamic between them and their bosses. For example,research into workplace deviance by Lance Ferris of Singapore Management University shows a higher level of outright deviance among employees who feel they've been treated rudely or unfairly by their immediate supervisors. By the same token, there is nothing more motivating than recognition that comes directly from the higher-up who knows your work best: your manager. At that close range, a reward is a relationship-builder. Administered more remotely, as bonuses are, it's only a transaction.
What works better than an annual bonus, then? The answer is a more strategic, thoughtful approach to conditional rewards, involving smaller payouts given year round and, critically, targeting the vast majority of the workforce — not just a privileged few.
Of course, this raises the complexity level of performance management. At software maker Symantec, for example, it had always been a simple matter to give top performers non-strategic cash rewards. Now, through its Applauserecognition program, the company spends the same basic amount of money on thousands of small acts of recognition, tied to important goals and values and dispensed through direct supervisors, each of them valued anywhere from $25 to $1,000.

The perceived difficulty of that task helps to explain why so many other companies continue to give out bonuses that lead to no real uptick in employee engagement or company performance. They're easy to administer. Management has decided it should institute pay for performance, and an annual bonus program is the simplest way to check off that box. But shouldn't more companies try to do better?
I'm interested in your thoughts. How does your company recognize and reward good work? And does that approach have any effect on people's everyday habits? What version of contingent compensation would engage and motivateyou?
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Very inspirational, just like ten commandments to follow in the life all the time - GEMS of Wisdom!
 1]    Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout.

2]    Do you know why a cars' WINDSHIELD is so large & the Rear-view Mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. Look Ahead and Move on!

3]    Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write one!

4]     All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If   going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.

5]    Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

6]    Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!

7]    When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8]    A blind person asked Swami Vivekanand: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"
9]    When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are  safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10]  WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES, it takes away today’s PEACE!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

7 Rules to Create a Great Business

1. Hire only "A Players" because you can't coach height.

2. Narrow your focus and devote your resources to being best in world at only one thing.

3. Train and develop your team relentlessly because the growth of your sales is a reflection of the growth of your people.

4. Take care of people and the money will take care of itself.

5. Put your most valuable resources on your most valuable opportunities.

6. Get your product right so that people are awed by it

source: Robin Sharma

Monday, September 20, 2010

Improve Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

It’s really exasperating to see fuel prices skyrocketing, right? We can only feel helpless in the face of recurring and economy-driven price fluctuations. Seeking measures to improve fuel economy is the only way to combat rising fuel prices. Do not disregard these simple guidelines; each little step can really start adding up to significant savings to your budget.

Check Tyre Pressure

Keeping the tyres well inflated is one of the simplest things you can do to help improve your car’s fuel efficiency. You can improve the mileage by about 3.3 percent if you keep your tyres inflated properly, according to the DOE.
Lighten Your Load

Empty out your boot of unnecessary items. For every extra 45 kg you carry, your fuel efficiency can drop by 1-2% in a typical vehicle.


The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. Driving within the speed limit recommended by the manufacturer helps save fuel. Driving just 5mph over the speed limit can affect fuel economy by up to 23%. Likewise, quick acceleration consumes too much fuel; accelerate slowly and gradually.

Do Fuel Quality/Types/Additives Help Mileage?

Petrol pump attendants often try to convince you to go for ‘Speed petrol’ or ‘X-tra Mile diesel’. But this need not necessarily help improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Always use the grade recommended for the vehicle by the manufacturer. Higher octane fuel may not only be a waste of money but may harm the vehicle, as well. However sticking to one brand of fuel is always good for the engine. Know more about Octane Ratings

Tune Your Engine

A well-tuned engine can improve fuel economy by up to 4%. So change your oil and follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation on servicing.

Clean the Air Filters Regularly

Air filters keep impurities from damaging your engine. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve fuel economy by as much as 10%.

Keep the Windows Closed

Driving with your windows open considerably reduces mileage, far more than keeping the AC on while driving along highways. So preferably keep the windows closed and the AC on if you want to keep cool. Of course the air-conditioning decreases fuel efficiency considerably, so use it judiciously. Windows down or A/C on — which is more fuel-efficient?

Clean Spark Plugs

Ensure your spark plugs are in good condition. Renew the plugs and wires at intervals specified by the manufacturer. This will keep all cylinders firing properly resulting in higher efficiency.

Don’t Be a Clutch-Driver

Never keep your foot on the clutch while driving. When you do this, pressure is being placed on your clutch, and it not only reduces mileage, but also wears out the clutch plate, replacing which is not cheap.

Keep the Car in Showroom Condition

It’s always prudent to keep the car in the showroom condition. Remember that any modification to the car, such as broad tyres, diffusers etc., will adversely affect the mileage.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A week without Facebook? An American college tries it out

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Harrisburg:  A Central Pennsylvania technological college with fewer students than many Facebook users have friends is blacking out social media for a week.

The bold experiment at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology - which has drawn praise, criticism and even a jab on late-night TV - means students and staff can't access Facebook, Twitter or a host of other ubiquitous social networks while on campus.

Provost Eric Darr said the exercise that began Monday is not a punishment for the school's 800 students, nor a precursor to a ban, but a way for people to think critically about the prevalence of social media.
The blackout comes on the heels of a report that Web users in the U.S. spend more time socializing on Facebook than searching with Google, according to data released last week from researchers at comScore Inc

Still, Darr said he can't believe the controversy generated in the Twitterverse, blogosphere and academia, with some accusing the school of inflicting "a terrible thing and an infringement upon people's rights."

"By and large, the students are supportive of the whole exercise and don't get so worked up over it," Darr said.

On campus, attempts to log in to MySpace or LinkedIn return the message: "This domain is blocked." E-mail, texting and other Web surfing is still allowed, but not instant-messaging.

Student Ashley Harris, 22, said the blackout has freed her to concentrate on her classwork instead of toggling on her laptop between social networks and the lesson at hand.

"I feel obligated to check my Facebook. I feel obligated to check my Twitter. Now I don't," Harris said. "I can just solely focus."

Part of Harris' willingness to disconnect stemmed from her feeling that the experiment demonstrates the young university's focus on innovation. The private nonprofit institution was founded in 2003 and operates out of a 16-story building in downtown Harrisburg, the state capital about 95 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Adam Ostrow, editor-in-chief of the social media news site, said he'd be interested to see if the university collects any hard metrics from the ban, such as better class attendance or more assignments turned in on time.

But he doesn't think a blackout is feasible over the long-term. Though Facebook has been blocked in some workplaces as a time-waster, it is a crucial tool for college students to coordinate social schedules, organize events, plan study sessions and collaborate on assignments.

"You really can't disconnect people from it in the long run without creating some real inefficiencies and backlash," said Ostrow.

Ironically, the university hosted a social media summit on Wednesday -- mid-blackout. That caused some angst for guest speaker Sherrie Madia, communications director for the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, who, like many, is used to tweeting during conferences.

She said the buzz around the ban has started a much-needed conversation about effective use of social media and how to balance online life with the world offline.

"Do we really want to be enslaved to Facebook or Twitter?" Madia said. "Once you create anything in social media, you have to feed the beast. When you stop adding content, you disappear."

The university has created course work around the ban, and some students will write essays about their experience. Comedian Jimmy Fallon joked in Monday's late-night monologue that he knows the title of those essays: "We All Have Smart Phones, Dumbass."

Darr acknowledged students can use smart phones to bypass the university's computer network or go to a nearby hotel for unblocked WiFi. And at a tech-centric school, he said, some students will try to get around the firewall just to prove they can.

Yet if people feel that compelled to check status updates or Twitter replies, that's important to know.

"I want an honest reaction to the experiment," Darr said.

The provost also confessed to some trepidation: College officials can't use social networks this week either for student recruiting, business networking or curriculum planning.

"Next week, I will be as thankful as the next person we're back on social media," Darr said.

So will junior Giovanni Acosta, 21, who said he's been texting up a storm trying to coordinate social events without Facebook and Twitter.

But student Dan Warseck, 36, said it doesn't bother him -- he prefers face-to-face communication and doesn't even have texting on his phone.

"I'm not one of these people who puts their life online," Warseck said. "My friends have my phone number if they really need to get in touch with me."

Harris thought for sure she'd cheat on the blackout, but to her surprise she's embraced it -- although she does draw a line in the sand.

"I don't know if I could turn off my phone," Harris said. "I don't know if I could be that liberated."

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Facebook addiction!!!

The 76-year-old woman walked down the hallway of Clearview Addictions
Clinic, searching for the right department. She passed signs for the
"Heroin Addiction Department (HAD)," the "Smoking Addiction Department
(SAD)" and the "Bingo Addiction Department (BAD)." Then she spotted
the department she was looking for: "Facebook Addiction Department

It was the busiest department in the clinic, with about three dozen
people filling the waiting room, most of them staring blankly into
their Blackberries and iPhones.  A middle-aged man with unkempt hair
was pacing the room, muttering, "I need to milk my cows. I need to
milk my cows."

A twenty-something man was prone on the floor, his face buried in his
hands, while a curly-haired woman comforted him.
"Don't worry.  It'll be all right."
"I just don't understand it. I thought my update was LOL-worthy, but
none of my friends even clicked the 'like'
"How long has it been?"
"Almost five minutes. That's like five months in the real world."

The 76-year-old woman waited until her name was called, then followed
the receptionist into the office of Alfred Zulu, Facebook Addiction

"Please have a seat, Edna," he said with a warm smile.  "And tell me
how it all started."
"Well, it's all my grandson's fault. He sent me an invitation to join
Facebook. I had never heard of Facebook before, but I thought it was
something for me, because I usually have my face in a book."
"How soon were you hooked?"

"Faster than you can say 'create a profile.' I found myself on
Facebook at least eight times each day -- and more times at night.
Sometimes I'd wake up in the middle of the night to check it, just in
case there was an update from one of my new friends in India. My
husband didn't like that. He said that friendship is a precious thing
and should never be outsourced."

"What do you like most about Facebook?"
"It makes me feel like I have a life. In the real world, I have only
five or six friends, but on Facebook, I have 674.
I'm even friends with Juan Carlos Montoya."
"Who's he?"

"I don't know, but he's got 4,000 friends, so he must be famous."
"Facebook has helped you make some connections, I see."

"Oh yes. I've even connected with some of the gals from high school --
I still call them 'gals.' I hadn't heard from some of them in ages, so
it was exciting to look at their profiles and figure out who's
retired, who's still working, and who's had some work done. I love
browsing their photos and reading their updates. I know where they've
been on vacation, which movies they've watched, and whether they hang
their toilet paper over or under. I've also been playing a game with
some of them."

"Let me guess. Farmville?"
"No, Mafia Wars.  I'm a Hitman.  No one messes with Edna."
"Wouldn't you rather meet some of your friends in person?"

"No, not really. It's so much easier on Facebook. We don't need to
gussy ourselves up. We don't need to take baths or wear perfume or use
mouthwash. That's the best thing about Facebook -- you can't smell
anyone. Everyone is attractive, because everyone has picked a good
profile pic. One of the gals is using a profile pic that was taken,
I'm pretty certain, during the Eisenhower Administration. "

"What pic are you using?"
"Well, I spent five hours searching for a profile pic, but couldn't
find one I really liked. So I decided to visit the local beauty
"To make yourself look prettier?"
"No, to take a pic of one of the young ladies there. That's what I'm using."

"Didn't your friends notice that you look different?"
"Some of them did, but I just told them I've been doing lots of yoga."
"When did you realize that your Facebooking might be a problem?"
"I realized it last Sunday night, when I was on Facebook and saw a
message on my wall from my husband: 'I moved out of the house five
days ago. Just thought you should know.'"

"What did you do?"
"What else? I unfriended him of course!"

Are you addicted??????
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