This article is a lightly-edited summary of the key takeaways from our speakers’ appearance on our podcast, “The Shape of Work.” If you haven’t listened to our show yet, be sure to check it out here. These speakers have an incredible stable of startup experiences to draw from, the kind of stories that are unbelievably helpful for HR/people managers to hear.
In this episode of The Shape of Work, we have Srividya Nagaraju, a learning facilitator and Tedx speaker. She has 24 years of experience in the corporate and social sectors.
GUEST AT A GLANCE:
Name: Srividya Nagaraju
What she does: Learning Facilitator and TEDx Speaker
Find her on LinkedIn.
Get Smart: “So, I have got into the practice of adding learning as a goal. When I set my goal, I have a learning goal as well- not as a checklist, but for me to learn.”
In this summary, you will receive valuable insights into:
- Learning as a continuous process.
- Role of people managers in maintaining employee wellness.
- The future of work.
- Significance of networking in the right way.
- How to ensure interaction in remote workspaces?
- Increasing productivity in workspaces.
- Qualities required to be a good leader.
Learning as a continuous process:
‘Learning is not a checklist syndrome. It is a continuous process.’
Srividya is grateful to her mentor for teaching her this. She adds learning as a goal, not a task. Learning something totally different from one’s skill set is beneficial as well. In organizations, people managers need to arrange sessions where each employee can analyze their learnings everyday. They need to keep an eye on the effective and ineffective factors executed in the tasks. It will help them upskill themselves constantly.
Role of people managers in maintaining employee wellness:
People managers play a parental role in an organization. They have the responsibility of ensuring the wellness of each employee. Thus they need to keep an eye for any drastic change in their employees’ behavior. People behaving unusually or in a dull manner should be looked out for and guided. Personal interactions might be fruitful as well. The goal is to identify the problem first. Hence they can be guided towards professional help further.
The future of work:
According to our guest, the future of work is going to be extremely dynamic. The best option for businesses is to build flexibility. This pandemic brought an unexpected change in the way of work. However, people have been able to adapt to it effectively. It has also offered increased opportunities for everyone.
Significance of networking in the right way:
Srividya talks about the significance of networking with the right people. Deciding the right people for networking is based on the goals, in other words, the reason behind it. One should analyze the value individuals will add to the work. There are several network forums in an organization where people can join in. Good networking helps in faster and better growth.
She conducts her own program, Network=Network, based on measuring the quality of the network as an individual and as an organization.
How to ensure interaction in remote workspaces?
Srividya talks about bringing the pre-pandemic experiences virtually. In her organization, they conduct games, carnivals, and other informal meets. It helps in building bonds and networks better. There are plenty of options available to keep employees motivated and connected during remote work.
Increasing productivity in workspaces:
Productivity depends on how we leverage perks like these. Sriidya feels that it has been rising upwards. The only concern has been the lack of face-to-face interaction. Additionally, she talks about her workshops and how she brings in changes to give a different feel to the audience. If someone is passionate, they will bring in creativity automatically.
Qualities required to be a good leader:
Some individuals can be born leaders. However, the majority of the people inculcate leadership skills within themselves. There are plenty of qualities one has to inculcate to be a good leader. Srividya talks about three such important qualities required:
Being a role model- Leaders need to understand that people look up to them. Each step they take influences these people and their thinking. They need to step down and be with the team.
Thinking big- As leaders, people tend to underestimate their quality. They need to know that they are here to express themselves, not to impress others.
Inculcate appreciative leadership- a free tool that needs to be used in the right way. Being able to appreciate others is necessary. Moreover, appreciation will drive better performances among the team members.
Srividya feels that anyone having these three qualities within them can turn out to be a great leader.