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Why Mauritian bosses think being bullies is acceptable?

  I have been exposed to have two female bosses who were literally bullies throughout my career. I must say that it was the most traumatic experience that I ever went through and even graduate education does not prepare you for it. When I look back, I still feel a knot in my stomach. The worse…

‘My workaholic boss loathes me for not working overtime.’ What to do?

  One too many times have I worked in a company where my reporting line seemed to be over the limits when it came to working extra hours. At the beginning and not to displease him or her, you feel like reflecting their working hours so that they keep you in the good books. However, after a whi…

‘Dear Boss, I’m not happy anymore'

  Very often have I wondered if my previous reporting lines ever cared if we were all happy at work. I always feared that they might be thinking ‘You have a job in this job market, shut up and work.’ Then I came to realise while also looking around at my other colleagues how much d…

Love your job and you will not have to ‘work’ a day

  Upon resigning from one of the positions I assumed throughout these various years, I realised a major ideology, which started to resonate within me. Only then I promised myself not to fall in the major trap of settling for a professional job because of a salary only. This is because you spen…

Exit Interview-What to do and not to do.

  I’ve resigned from five jobs during my career, and each time I dreaded the exit interview. In many ways, it was more nerve-wracking than the interview I had before being offered the job. In three exit interviews, my gut urged me to shout, “I’m outta here!” I fancied t…

Managing a Psychopath At Work

  I reckon that I often have the habit of labeling people I met through my work. Even the politest people have called their boss a psycho over Friday beers at happy hours or while lamenting a work problem to a spouse at dinner - few of us actually mean it.  And yet you just might be righ…

The Habits That Destroy Workplace Relationships

  At the age of 30 years old and when I look back at my career, I must say that I have had my share of disastrous workplace relationships. When I try to ponder what happened and how it could have been better, I find a recurrent pattern of habits that keep repeating and keep destroying the work…

Working habits from the corporate world that you need to eliminate as an entrepreneur

  After having spent a couple of years working in the corporate world, I decided to set up my start up company. Four years down the road and upon joining a corporate full time project, I come to realise that there are various habits that do not help but which remain ignored when you are in the…

How To Spot A Truly Exceptional Employee in a Start Up

While reading an article about how to look for or create an exceptional employee in your company, I came across several characteristics that were mentioned, namely, the personality trait, the ability to grasp complex tasks quickly or being extrovert for example.  In my books, being a truly exc…

What to do HR-Wise to boost your Company in 2016?

Every great company depends on its people for success. Employees and customers are the bricks that hold up a company’s walls. And without people as a framework, a company would be just a slowly hardening pile of mortar. But sometimes it’s possible to get so focused on the mortar (the pro…