What is Employee Engagement?

Let’s first concentrate on what is NOT employee engagement.

Employee’s happiness doesn’t necessarily relate to Friday keg parties, game rooms or a massage parlor. The bar set for seminars and surveys conducted for employee satisfaction is too low. A satisfied employee may turn up from 9-5 pm without complaint, makes no effort to go that extra mile but takes the headhunters’ call for a bump in her pay by 10%. Is that what you call satisfaction?

Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has towards the organization and its goals.
They just don’t work for a pay cheques or for their next promotion but on the behalf of their organizational goals. Because when employees care, they show discretionary efforts.

Kevin Kruse from Forbes, says “Employee engagement is when the engaged computer programmer works overtime when needed, without being asked. It is when the engaged retail clerk picks up the trash on the store floor, even if the boss isn’t watching.”
Welingkar’s DLP understands the role of an employee engagement and thus hosts workshops to educate future HR managers on creating better employee welfare schemes. DLP programs help in a great way in making students aware and better understand the nuances and inter-linkages between employees and the organization

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Never Give Up

Let’s take a small fable: there lived a king. Although a valiant ruler, he lost the war. Dejected he went to a forest. There he saw a spider trying to climb up on top of the rocks of the cave. Every time the spider would climb, it would fall. Undeterred the spider would yet again climb and it kept on doing this till the time it succeeded in climbing the rock.  The King was amused as well as inspired by this spider. He realized that he should not give up with just one failure. He should try again and again till he succeeded. And then he went back, organized a battalion and won the war.

Never Give Up

The moral of the story is simple: Never, never  give up by failures. Many toppers in civil services have often shared in their interviews how they failed in the super-competitive civil services exam at the first attempt only to try again and succeed.

At a philosophical level, losing to winning cannot happen at the first shot. Fate likes to test you over and over again before you can realize your dream,so that trials and tribulations make one emerge stronger.

You will discover further insights on this theme by signing up either for an online MBA, Distance Learning programmes or even Part-time MBA courses available in the market.

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By Tarun Narayan


Etiquette for a healthy working environment

We spend more than half our lives with our colleagues than with our family. Good relationships are the key to healthy work environment. This can be achieved over a period of time and with a bit of effort so as  to create  a healthy working environment.

1) Treat others with dignity and respect: You can contribute to healthy environment by abiding to the work ethics, supporting colleague in need, treating people the way you want to be treated and managing your emotions. By managing your emotions you can be patient, calm and stable in your decisions.

2)  Communicate effectively:  Effective communication maximizes work efficiency. While communicating with colleagues; be mindful of words chosen, tone of voice, listen attentively and speak with discretion. While crafting emails, sound objectives as well as constructive instructions should be put across clearly. Crosscheck before you send and add up niceties while concluding. Face-to-face interaction creates trust and open mindedness with verbal and non verbal cues.

Healthy Working Environment

3) Learn to work in a team: Have patience and understanding to learn and adapt to different working habits, points of view, and personalities of your team members. Be responsible for the work assigned to you.

4) Appreciate: Appreciating the contribution made by a colleague will only brighten up someone’s day. So don’t forget to acknowledge.

5) Make work fun and rewarding: When you make work fun, it can be pretty contagious and your colleagues will catch on to this newfound attitude and enthusiasm that you bring to the team. Remember to also bring in laughter to your work as it will lighten your colleagues’ mood and help to make work more enjoyable.

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In today’s challenging and complex world, staying ahead of the competition and being highly effective is the price for entry in any organization. Welingkar’s PGDM DLP  assists students to prepare for the best.

Priyanka Hodavdekar

2013 – The year of Social HR

If personal branding seems shallow,  Think again!

2012 was a year of experimentation for the recruiter to use social media for branding and marketing their organization. In 2013, social media has taken a step forward and integrated social technologies into the way they recruit, develop & engage employees.

Death of resume:

Today your resume will be based on the length and breadth of your personal branding.

1) Your recruiter will search you on Bing and Google amongst the top 10 people.
2) On twitter, for the number of followers and the last time you tweeted
3) Your LinkedIn quality and recommendation you have received.
4) Your score on Klout.

However we have to accept that our resume will no longer act as our differentiator in the job market.

Personal Branding for RecruitersPersonal Branding is a required skill:

Scales in the recruitment sector are moving from ‘knowledge economy’ to ‘social economy’. In this hyper connectivity world, the lines are blurring between the value of what we know and who we know. ‘What is the right balance between intelligence and social connectivity? From an innovation perspective, this difference is very significant. In fact, it can mean the difference between success and failure.’[Fastcompany.com]

Recruiter knows you:

Before you even think of finding a job, recruiters will find you through these social media platforms. Applicants as well as HR executives must know how to use social media to their benefit.

So this year, which platform are you planning to adopt for your personal branding? If you haven’t missed it in your academics, you can update yourself from a distance learning program, and get higher up in your career graph.


Priyanka Hodavdekar

Picking Your ‘Specialization’

In an age of specialization people are proud to be able to do one thing well, but if that is all they know about, they are missing out on much else life has to offer’- Dennis Flanagan True that sounds, but the fact is while approaching Masters or a Post Graduate programs we find ourselves in a soup when it comes to ‘specialization’.MBA Specialization Courses

While en-number of specializations have become the order of the day in almost all fields of expertise, it is getting difficult day by day to choose one area of specialization in this multi tasking realm. The key to finalize your specialization is to match your passion with your professional opportunities. Here are a few suggestions that may help:

  • Zero in on one option that will match your career goal.
  • Assess your own personality according to your career aspiration.
  • Count your work experience while choosing to go for an in-depth knowledge of the subject.
  • Jot down the job opportunities in your chosen field. Gather the information related to your job, current and future prospects as well as market trends in the chosen field etc.
  • Your field should be preferred only on the basis of your interest.
  • Follow where you passion lies and lead yourself to a successful career

All said and done, the concept  of specialization is now booming.. From investment to arts, from finance to administration, from films to trading courses; various institutes are coming up with a multitude of courses. Choosing the right one is important. However, specializing in the entire sector related to your field gives you an edge over subject and expertise. Click here to know about various specializations offered by a Business School in Distance Learning Program.

You Need to Lose if you want to Win

Do you feel bogged down by failure? You try really hard to achieve something and if you don’t accomplish it, it can be really disheartening. None of us like to lose. But as they say, ‘failure is the pillar of success’. Modern research on human behavior shows that people who are slightly behind in a competition are more likely to win than those who are slightly ahead. The reason being, people who are slightly behind the others, tend to exert more efforts because they are aware what they lack.


Failure can be much more enlightening than success, mainly because success does not let you introspect. If you win your race, there’s not much incentive to look back at your mistakes and figure out how to avoid them in the future. The best way to use failure to your advantage is to think about all the losses you have undergone in other aspects of your life; finance, relationships, career and more. Ask yourself if such losses have made you a stronger person and made your life better? Losing is an essential part of winning. Just like in sports, falling down in practice is a must if you are going to run faster.

Changing your perception is another key to turn loses to victories. If you consider your loss as a reason to fight better to achieve your goals, you are a winner at heart already. Losing is not wrong, losing hope is.

Welingkar’s DLP teaches you the art of positive thinking using motivational workshops and training sessions where students learn to change perception towards failures and have a positive approach towards their goals.

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The Balancing Act of Education and Work

People applying for distance learning courses are either working or are loaded with commitments. What is important is to strike the perfect balance between study and commitments. Few thoughts on how we can manage both simultaneously may help one achieve their goals
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Strike a balance:
If we pursue a course related to our work, studying becomes easier with practical knowledge on hand. Time management is the key to strike a balance. The number of hours dedicated to studying may differ. If we study once a week we will have to dedicate more hours.

Analyze your course, understand what is expected of you in the curriculum and manage your year ahead. “You get the study material at home with a few contact classes in which the different aspects of the programme are discussed. There is no virtual classroom,” says Sudha Ravishankar, a professor, who is also a distance learning student. But Welingkar distance learning courses includes virtual classroom as well as face to face interaction with students. Following a timetable to the ’t’ can easily earn you a degree.


  • You can achieve your academic dreams even at a later stage.
  • Score well professionally
  • Avail knowledge from well known universities within your budget
  • Opt from a wide range of specializations available for distance learning

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Decide life with your Deeds!

Remember the world famous scientist Albert Einstein? Yes. But more pertinent is the fact that he was only an ordinary patent clerk earlier. Similarly Franklin Roosevelt, one of the notable Presidents of America was sick with both legs paralyzed. So what is the lesson learnt? Change begins from within you.

Stephen Covey’s 90/10 principle says that 90% of your life is decided by your reaction and 10% is made up of what happens to you. You just cannot control 10% of your life.

A classic example of Covey’s new principle is Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln had to face a series of setbacks: he lost his job, got defeated in the legislature, began a business only to fail and contested for the post of a speaker and lost; in addition to suffering a mental breakdown and getting rejected for the post of an officer. But he created history by becoming one of the most respected and most-loved Presidents of America.

Both these examples clearly denote that if you have the vision, determination, perseverance and passion to excel you will surely be able to scale new peaks, irrespective of the obstacles that are  thrown in your path. Welingkars DLP gives you the techniques to develop mental strength and emotional maturity through a host of innovative workshops, hybrid learning and creative problem solving activity thus making it the most sought-after course for success seekers.

Priyanka Hodavdekar

Manage Your Energy and Time will manage itself…

You’ve heard about burn out? And are probably experiencing it? Then read on….As the demands of the workplace keep rising, many employees respond by putting in even longer hours, which inevitably leads to burnout that costs both the organization and the employee. Meanwhile, people take for granted what fuels their capacity to work-their energy. Increasing that capacity is the best way to get more done faster and better.

Habit 7 of Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, advocates to “Sharpen the Saw’. He says: “Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health for living an effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal.”Time Management

Time is a finite resource, but energy is different. It has four wellsprings–the body, emotions, mind and spirit–and in each, it can be systematically expanded and renewed. For instance, harnessing the body’s rhythms by taking intermittent breaks restores physical energy. Rejecting the role of a victim and instead viewing events through three hopeful lenses defuses energy-draining negative emotions. Avoiding the constant distractions that technology has introduced increases mental energy. And participating in activities that give you a sense of meaning and purpose boosts the energy of the spirit. The new workday rituals succeed only if leaders support their adoption, but when that happens, the results can be powerful.

A group of employees who went through an energy management program outperformed a control group on important financial metrics as evidenced by multinational companies like Ernst & Young, Sony and Deutsche Bank. When organizations invest in all dimensions of their employees’ lives, individuals respond by bringing all their energy wholeheartedly to work– and both companies and their people grow in value.

How to successfully manage time and energy can be assimilated from several Distance Learning Programs that cover management issues. These programs also offer value added workshops on Yoga, Business  Simulation Games, Movie Learning Sessions and yes, a  Himalayan trip on the lines of ‘Wharton’s Leadership and Change Management’, that help discover the “Leader Within.”

Check out the Distance Learning PGDM to incorporate these Management thoughts and ‘sharpen the saw’ while building a better career, and a more productive workplace.