Monday, November 16, 2009

Technology in Education

What is really meant when we say technology in education? The other day, I was in Home Improvement store and a staff member told me that a power saw was an impressive piece of technology. That got me to thinking... What is really technology in education? Can it be that adding a computer to a classroom ensures technology in education? Or is the way we use that technology? Or maybe the end result of the academic application is a technology in education?

My hypothesize: If the word technology can be applied to anything if it improves productivity, then everything that meets this criterion is technology.

Can this be proven? Disaproven?

With the significant amount of money spent by governments, states and school districts how have schools changed in their progressions from the agrarian age through the industrial age to the information age? Schools still operate pretty much on the agrarian calendar (school in winter - out in summer). We no longer have child labor exploitations as there were during the industrial age and we have moved from one way thinking to alternative thinking but many schools still teach the end of grade/end of year test and push standardized test. Maybe technology was not available to as many people during the earlier periods, so we maybe we can justified/understand why illiteracy was high but today illiteracy numbers is still a numbers to be reckoned with. In the 21st century (2009), we still have in America, according to a published report on October 4, 2009 by CBSNews, “30 million Americans who are functionally illiterate…” and “40 percent of our fourth graders who are not reading at basic level …” If in fact these numbers are accurate, how can we have illiteracy in America in 2009? We have a lot of technology and many of the major players provide this technology free or at significantly reduced costs for that technology. Many schools systems have had their budgets slashed but many according to a March 1996 report by Cato, “the average cost per child in public school is $6857” and most of these dollars come from your taxes and in some states where there is a lottery, the winner only gets a portion of the actual winning, as some of the winning proceeds go to states’ education coffers. If all of this true, how can it be that illiteracy is still such an issue?

Do we really have technology in education? If so, is it being used to teach all types of learners? Is the technology inadequate? Are those using the technology failing? What more should we have and really, can this just boil down to simple economics - we can't teach everyone?

When all teachers are no longer handing out 8.5 x 11" worksheets for students to fill out and instead using integrated assesment utilities where ever possible --- When all students can take electives online regardless of school, location, course cost, or age --- When learning agendas can be fully customized toward the area of giftedness and need a student may have -- When course and study materials are fully digital -- When there is a tablet pc or mobile learning device in the hands of every student -- Then the potential for technology in education will have been achieved. Right now, it isn't the technology that is holding us back from our ideals. It is funding, buy-in, process change, and vision. As a nation we need to drum up the political will to strive for our department of education's mission for equal educational opportunity for for all.

Well, in the absence of having done any research to back up my statements with validated statistics, I will say we are failing because we lack the “political” will to succeed.

Money is not the answer. We, as a nation, “throw” money at the problem and the problem persists. We need to admit that some students, regardless of age, will fail at some academic challenges. We need to admit that some students will fail at some vocational challenges. It seems we want everyone to “feel good” about themselves and never fail and so the pass those students on to the next plateau. I read a story on one of the web sites today that an alarming number of students at a NY college could not do very simple algebra problems. That is tragic for those students (someone got paid a lot of money to not prepare them) and it is tragic for our nation.

I agree with Mindy that education should be, “…open (all courses) and continuous “regardless of school, location, course cost, or age …” All kids should have a tablet or mobile learning device and we should take the politics out, which to me means diminish the role of the teachers union in the education process.

I still think we need teachers in the classroom. I just feel that the tasks of presenting information en-masse and grading assessments (worksheets, short answer, true/false, m/c tests, but not term papers.) should be removed from the teacher's to-do list to free up their time. If they were more free to do so, teachers could spend more time one-on-one with topics that a student needs extra help with or could perhaps direct a gifted student to an area of study that suits his/her talents. Technology used to it's fullest could enable differentiated learning on a larger scale. Teachers and the teachers union should not feel threatened by the change. We will always need to educate our children while their moms and dads work. Also, the topics that we teach change and grow over time. Utilizing technology is just a tool to help us do more in less time.

It is imperative that educators integrate technology into their classrooms and use it as a tool to educate, if they want to continue the traditional classroom and their role in it. The computer and other digital technologies could in the near future replace the brick and mortar shrines we have erected to the pursuit of knowledge. In today’s digital world it is possible to get an excellent K-12 education today without a teacher or a school building. Teachers are fast becoming irrelevant to the learning process. A young students familiar with the computer and the Internet can find their own instructors and teachers. The students themselves are beginning to move away from the traditional classroom, to learn what the state says they must know. There are a number of studies that show that home schooled children score better on achievement tests than do their counterparts who receive the traditional classroom education. More and more children in the U.S.A. are being home schooled every year and I suspect that trend will grow.

Here is a quote from an anonymous poster at one of the online sites, which I think illustrates a growing sentiment among young learners, “…The majority of my classes (the teachers) have tried to teach information rather than understanding, and that is a VERY serious flaw. High school shouldn't put someone in a position to perform, but rather in a position to both innovate and understand the world around them…” In short teachers had better quit teaching to the test and learn to use technology to guide their students to an understanding of the material and how to adapt their knowledge to the real work – the workplace.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Content Management System

Most website owners understand that the use of CMS may be useful for their websites, but very few know what the import of these advantages is and what they actually give. Knowing of CMS advantages may help you better understand what could be the most appropriate for your website.

Though each CMS is unique and has a set of distinct features, I believe, all of them could be compared using the following criteria:

Q. How much time I can save?

A. Quite a bit actually.. as function is separated from interface make a single change to one page can be propagated across thousands of pages in seconds.

Q. Will I have a site that is highly optimized for search engines?

A. Absolutely. The CMS itself will not suffice as an SEO solution, however the content, mechanics and linguistics used can bring a site to the top of SERPs.

Q. How is CMS protected?

A. It depends on the CMS. Each CMS has it's own security provider/mechanism for user authentication.

Q. How easy is to customize design?

A. As mentioned above a CMS separates function from interface. The "design" or "skin" as it's commonly called in CMS'lish can be provided by designers that know nothing about the CMS mechanics.

Q. What online services does CMS provide?

A. Intranet, Extranet, etc..

I use DotNetNuke for all CMS requirements. It's a bullet proof framework that runs on Windows Server, IIS /, and is written in The criteria of this discussion is the Content aspect of CMS. That's 2 flavors - BLOG (Wordpress), CMS (Joomla).

They both are extensible and the themes are adjustable. Opensource. Lightweight, high performance.

BLOG - content goes in one direction, from author (or authors) to readers.

CMS - Readers are potentially authors so content goes both ways. CMS's are poised for monetization. Pay for membership, Web Store modules, Pay per view.

Both are secure if you use stupid-strong passwords and pay close attention to the access attributes of the content.

SEO is a matter of controversy. Both BLOGs and CMSs support SEO with search engine friendly urls, instant site maps, and easily adjustable meta keywords in the article forms. But are still not the preferred platforms for SEO by internet marketers who do the coding.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Leadership Qualities

First area: Logical - 1st know your trade
I have come to realise that an excellent technical knowledge of your chosen professions can be a huge advantage - knowledge of a range of tools and frameworks, structures one can use on which to hang ideas and analysis into action.

More important though is to retain a lifelong openness to new ideas - sometimes to discard them, sometimes to consume them, but always retain that thirst.

Second area: Emotional
The second area I thought about is quite different. Its emotional, its challenging, its inspirational.

This is really about hearts and minds - communication engagement, vision, desire, passion and risk taking - leaping into the unknown, something that might not come readily to your average rational manager

Third area: Situational
After Logical and Emotional - the third area I thought about was the need for leadership to reflect the situation you are in.

Long term planning when the ship is sinking would be an example. But it’s remarkable how ostrich like leaders can be, particularly when cosseted by large organisation.

There is no smoke without fire, - so if you see a fire - put it out, Equally if you see an opportunity - go for it, if you see a great idea, adopt it, if you need to rescue something - do it - take personal responsibility.

Fourth area: Being yourself
So after logical, emotional and situational, I come to my last but one point.
Be yourself. And in being yourself, you don't stand still, but grow.
Firstly know what you are good at and use it for all its worth, Then know what your NOT good at and work on it.

Fifth area: People
Get a set of great people around you who are ‘A’ players who will themselves recruit ‘A’ players.
People who can take what you are good at, and make it great, people who can protect you from what you are not so good at, and still make it great. And trust them to get on with it..
For nobody ever achieved transformational change by themselves.
And by getting great people you will sustain the success of your organisation too.

Make them loyal to the organisation as much as to yourself. Make them wear the organization laurel with pride for they are the future of the organization, and that’s why you are investing in them. as much as to yourself. Make them wear the organization laurel with pride for they are the future of the organization, and that’s why you are investing in them.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Branding Learning

Every successful business (and learning organization) must have a brand and a vision. If you are attempting to create a culture where learning is embraced, your brand is a critical component in structuring your business line. While the thought of visions and mission statements back in the 80’s were unique, they lacked purpose, and more importantly, execution. I can’t tell you how many “mission statement” meetings I have been involved in where executives were “hyped” and “charged” afterward, only to find that the vision was slapped on a poster in the break rooms and had very little meaning, value or impact on the organization. With this in mind, the vision certainly needs to state your values and your overall strategy, but more importantly, it needs to be in line with the company’s brand, growth and profitability objectives. This is also just as important at the departmental level. The vision and execution strategies need to be in alignment with the overall corporate vision and execution strategies as well.

The “brand” is equally, if not more important. I was tasked in developing a “learning brand” in my last two companies (Indymac and American Home) where employees would know that everything coming out of my group was consistent in quality, service, delivery and value. The “TPI” or “Training and Performance Improvement” brand was ultimately a brand that everyone in these organizations associated with the aforementioned characteristics. TPI supported distributed workforces in excess of 10,000 employees across the nation. While there were unique geographical and cultural differences within the business lines, everyone in the company became familiar with, and embraced a consistent experience from the TPI brand. This brand was often compared to the Starbucks® brand. Each Starbucks® store across the world has their own unique, cultural/environmental experience; the store furnishings, and Barista personalities may differ from store to store, but in the end, you walk away with the same cup of coffee.

Beyond the vision and the brand, the next task is to develop the key execution strategies; a holistic approach to learning that is in alignment with the business goals, strategy, vision and profitability objectives. The creation of these strategies at a very high level, along with granular detail in a Departmental Business Plan Strategy, is crucial to the success of today's professional learning platforms. Obtaining stakeholder buy-in along the way is also essential to keep things running smoothly.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Chemistry Nobel Prize 2009

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas Steitz, and Ada Yonath

Just as architects usually get more glory than carpenters, DNA is more famous than the molecular machine that converts genetic blueprints into proteins. But the ribosome is in the limelight today with the announcement of this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry.

The prize was awarded to three scientists who revealed the atomic structure and inner workings of the ribosome: Ada Yonath of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel; Thomas Steitz of Yale University; and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan of the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, United Kingdom. All three used a technique known as x-ray crystallography to pinpoint the position of thousands of atoms in the cellular machine known as the ribosome, and all will share one-third of the $1.4 million prize.

"It's a fantastic accomplishment and one that everyone in the field has known for some time is worthy of such recognition," says Wayne Hendrickson, an x-ray crystallographer at Columbia University. Hendrickson adds that this year's prize also completes the Nobel Committee's recognition for the discoverers of biology's central dogma, which describes how genetic information in DNA is copied into RNA, which is then translated into proteins. In 1962, James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel for their atomic model of DNA. In 2006, Roger Kornberg won for his x-ray structures of DNA polymerase, which translates DNA into RNA. Today's prize for work on the ribosome, completes that, Hendrickson says.

Ribosomes exist in all cells in all living organisms. Although central, they are anything but simple. Dozens of different proteins and strands of RNA form a complicated machine divided into two principle components. The smaller component, known as the 30S subunit, works mainly to decode the genetic code in messenger RNA. The larger 50S subunit then takes this information and uses it to stitch together the proper sequence of amino acids that make up the final protein. Early on, researchers struggled to map the atomic structure of even one of these subunits. Producing an x-ray structure requires first creating crystals of millions of copies of a ribosome aligned in near perfect order. If that ordering is precise enough, researchers can then fire a beam of x-rays at the crystal. The pattern in which those x-rays then deflect off the crystal can then be used to map out the arrangement of atoms in the molecule.

In 1980, Yonath managed to generate the first low-quality crystals of a ribosome. By 1990, she had upped the quality of her crystals, but she still struggled to a good structure. Steitz, along with his longtime Yale colleague Peter Moore, jumped into the fray in 1995, following Yonath's recipe for making ribosomal crystals. By 1998, they used additional insights gleaned from electron microscopy studies to help them acquire a low-resolution 9 Angstrom structure of the ribosome. In August, 2000 Steitz's group then published a higher 2.4 Angstrom resolution structure of the large subunit (Science, 11 August 2000, p. 905). Meanwhile, Yonath's and Ramakrishnan's groups published slightly lower resolution structures of the smaller subunit the following month. Since then, the three groups, plus other teams, have used those structures and others to understand in atomic detail how ribosomes translate genetic information into proteins.

The three groups have also begun to push practical applications of their work. All three, for example, have reported crystal structures that show how different antibiotics bind to the ribosome. And several companies are now using these structures in an effort to design new antibiotics against worrisome infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and tuberculosis.

But Steitz, for one, says he never thought initially that anything more than a fundamental insight into the molecular workings of biology would come of the work. "It seemed a bit like trying to climb Mount Everest," Steitz says. "We knew it was doable. But we didn't know how to get there. When we got there in 2000, it was exhilarating. In fact, it was the most exhilarating moment I've had in science."

Friday, October 2, 2009

Flowers at Mehrauli Flower Market Delhi

The festival season has just begun and flowers are in big demand. No festival or traditional ceremony is complete without the use of beautiful flowers in myriad hues.The Mehrauli flower market is a place where flowers are available in bulk. Mehrauli mandi is a place you ought not miss when you are organising a big function like Puja or wedding or when you just need to decorate your home for festivals. Located on the main road of Mehrauli near Qutub Minar, the flower market is 12 years old and distinguishes itself in various aspects from the other markets or florists.

Abundant variety
The Mandi has numerous flowers of the season in various colours and types. Be it the evergreen roses that you wish to get for your daughter's wedding or the gladiolas for just decorating that cozy apartment of yours, Mehrauli Mandi has it all. At every stall in the market, you can find a large variety of roses, marigold, chrysanthemums, sunflower, carnations, rajnigandha, gladiolas, gerbera, orchids, tulips and daisies. Here one can get any kind of flower at any time of the year.

Unbelievably low prices
Since the market specializes in wholesale, the prices here are unbelievably low. Marigold, which is a popular flower for decorations and Puja, is available at florists for Rs 15-20 per foot of made mala while in the mandi, it sells for just Rs 10 per mala of that size. A one foot-long mogra is here for Rs 10 while outside it sells for Rs 20-25. Gerbera sells here for Rs 30 for 10 pieces whereas other florists sell it for Rs 15 per piece. Rose, the most common and the most sought -after flower, costs Rs 10-15 for a single piece but here you can get 20 pieces for Rs. 80.Tuberoses are a popular flower in floral arrangements and their scent is used to produce perfumes the world over. This flower is available in the market for Rs.5 per stick but here you can get it at an unbelievable price of Re 1 per stick.The gladiolas will cost you Rs.10 per stick from  florists while at Mehrauli Mandi  you can get a stick for Rs 4 only.

Flowers are not the only speciality
Here you can get a range of dry, false flowers, bamboo sticks. Ashok tree leaves' that are generally used with marigold leaves for decoration, popularly known as Ashok patton ki ladi are available here. Decorative material in different colors is the main attraction of the mandi. Beautifully crystalled false flowers and colorful beads are also the special attraction of the mandi.

So why not try some beautiful flowers and gift items that are a sure-shot
for upcoming festivals and occasions? You'll love them for sure!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

ADHD Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Student

A hyperactive student is not necessarily an ADHD student. This might surprise you, as ADHD is often associated with hyperactivity. An ADHD student is definitely an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder student. How then, do you tell a normal hyperactive student from an ADHD student?

The ADHD student will definitely display the following traits: He is easily distracted. He will not stay focused on something for long if he is on something he does not particularly fancy doing, and will probably be attracted to something he is more in favor of doing. The ADHD student is likely to be distracted by, or rather, attracted to, some sound or sight. If he is bent on something he likes, he can be focused on it for hours.

The ADHD student is thus someone intriguing and challenging to teach. Because ADHD is a neurological disorder, it is likely that the ADHD student has some accompanying learning needs. The ADHD student may be extra sensitive to sound or sight, especially rapidly changing scenes such as computer imagery and bustling activities in the canteen and the playground. You will find him livelier after recess and lunch breaks as his hyperactivity will be highly stimulated by the shifting sights and sounds of the bustling activities around him.

Because the ADHD student is a lively and easily stimulated child, he is also emotionally charged at times, and appearing temperamental to many who do not grasp the fundamentals of ADHD children. To win the ADHD student over, you need to help him handle his emotions. To help him do that, you need to give him a sense of security to be around you. In other words, you need to help him agree that you are on his side, and that you are always right, whether he likes it or not. You need to appeal to his keen sense of right and wrong and help him rationalise beyond his irrational ways and thinking. Speak sense to him and grow his emotional intelligence. If he realises that you are rational even if he is not, and that you are not there to pin him down, he will kow tow to you and call you his lord.

When the ADHD student is emotionally stable in your class, you can do wonders with him. Because he may be easily excited by sight and sound, he is most easily handled with non-verbal cues. The ADHD student is a creature of habit. How do you control him? Collaborate with your colleagues and use the same signals and code of conduct. For example, teach him to respect your stare as being a signal for him to stop moving around, sit down and  keep quiet, or risk being sent home to reflect on whether he is self-controlled and disciplined enough to come to school again.

The ADHD student is a mirror - he is God's gift to us teachers. If you see him screaming his head off in your class, ask yourself if you are setting him that example. Chances are you are yelling your head off at some naughty students and he is, being neurologically wired to mirror the movements around him, just doing as he sees you do. You will be surprised how easy it is to control him when you are quietly seated at your desk and speaking in a controlled fashion. In fact, praise him for being well-behaved that day, and you will find the whole class of students being on their best behavior.

The ADHD student loves deeply, especially his mother and his father. They are the last persons he would want to hurt. Tell him sincerely that his lack of self-control (and not ill behavior) may cause his parents deep grief. He will be deeply remorseful and you will see a new him, even if it lasts only one night. Encourage him to do his best for them. Always remember to praise him for his good behavior and let his parents know when he is better behaved. You will make his day, and his mother will heave a sigh of relief that finally, someone in school is empathetic towards his needs.

The ADHD student may be seen to be clumsy, especially if he is big for his size. This is because in his eagerness to do something, he will throw caution to the wind and likely end up a mess. Tell him it is better to take his time. If he seems frustrated by some intricate activity, or overstimulated by the noise his classmates make during group work, send him on an errand to give his brain cells a break from the over-stimulation. For the same reason, if an ADHD student can keep on task for more than an hour independently, his effort is to be applauded.

It takes lots of patience and non judgemental attitude to understand the ADHD student. Once you grasp the parameters in which his actions are controlled, you will find him very entertaining and a true human being, seeking the truth in his own way and wanting just to be helpful at times without thinking beyond what lies before him. Show him the love and understanding as you would other normal students, and your ADHD student will improve beyond expectancy. You will grow to love him and miss him when he is not around.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

How To Make Your HDTV Sound Better

Now that you have your new flat panel high definition TV mounted on your living room or bedroom wall and you see how great the picture looks, it’s time to consider improving the audio quality to make the whole experience complete.Don't forget a good sound system not only makes TV sound better but CDs or iPods can be played through them not to mention the fact that games on your PS3 or Xbox will sound better too.

Of course you can spend big bucks on a home theater system that might include a receiver and set of high end speakers but you'll have to place speakers around the room and run wires to them.  There's no question, you'll be getting the best sound possible, but if you don't want the hassle and expense of running wires to speakers and don't want to invest in an expensive receiver you still have some options that will get you part of the way to movie theater sound.Your choices include buying a sound bar or wireless speaker devices and just in case you don't mind stringing a few wires around the room, you can also buy a decent HTiB (home theater in a box) for a reasonable cost.

What is a Sound Bar?
Sound bars are designed to fit under or in some cases, over your screen. They consist of a set of speakers and in most devices, bounce sound off the walls or use DSP chips to create sound that simulates a surround experience.Sound bars don’t offer quite the spatial separation that individual side or rear speakers produce but they can offer a dramatic improvement over what comes with the average HDTV. Sound bars typically cost from $200 to over $1,000 and some come with separate subwoofers.

Vizio VSB210WS
Vizio, a leader in flat panel HDTV sales has recently released the Vizio VSB210WS sound bar. It comes with a wireless subwoofer which makes it easier to find the optimum location for it in the room. Expert reviewers say it does an adequate job of opening up the sound while users say they generally feel they got their money's worth.

Sony HT-CT100
This sound bar from Sony also comes with a subwoofer, and even though it only simulates a 3.1 channel surround sound system, reviewers say it does an impressive job of delivering a lot of sound for the money. Users say the good selection of inputs makes the Sony HT-CT100 able to serve as a receiver in many ways which makes this sound bar a very good value at $299.

For a Few Dollars More
If you're willing to up the ante to the $700 - $1200 range the quality gets better and the number of choices increases. One of the more popular and higher rated sound bars in this price range is the Polk Audio SurroundBar 50 which contains nine drivers, three tweeters, and inputs for all five primary surround channels. The SurroundBar uses patented signal processing to simulate surround sound. It gets good marks from reviewers and costs around $750. It doesn't include a subwoofer.

ZVOX, a company known for home theater systems just introduced two new sound bars. The ZVOX 430 and ZVOX 440 both have wood cabinets and include three speakers and a four inch powered subwoofer The 430 will retail for $449.99 while the 440 will retail for $549.99.

Wireless Transmitter Kits and Speakers
Another option that will save you the trouble of running wires along the walls of your living room to the rear speakers is a wireless transmitter that sends the signals from two speakers to a receiver that drives the speakers. Rocketfish offers a transmitter with a 100' range for around $200. Users say it generally does what it's supposed to do while some reviewers complain that it's underpowered and exhibits a hum when not in use. Boze offers the SL2 Wireless Surround Link for $249. It includes one transmitter and one receiver and is based on 5.8HHz transmission technology that make it less susceptible to interference from other devices. The Kenwood RFU-6100 Wireless Module for Surround Speakers costs $250, has a 100' range and offers 50 watts of amplification per speaker.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Recession in Industry

There is recession in every Industry due to Global melt down and Steel Industry is no exception.It is like History repeats itself.The nature of problem varies from time to time whatever may be the name given to the so called downturn in the growth,the net resultant effect will be on the salried employee who ultimately loses his job.I have witnessed a similar situation some 10 years ago and the name given was Disinvestment in Public sector.The employees feared and searched for greener pastures in private sector.Some employess have left their secured jobs and strugged for years to get settled in Life.Now there is recession every where and Employees are shown Pink slips irrespective of the reasons that have lead to this types of decisions.Ultimately,a person with 2 yrs experience and as well as a persong with 20 yrs of experience has to run pillar to post in search of job which may give stability.Employees are always under constant pressure of not having job security rather than the work pressure.There is no exception to the people working in Gulf region had to face the indirect effects of Global meltdown or Financial upturn therby witnessing Pink slips from the employers.Due to this ,it is not only employess who are under constant mental stress but also the family members who are inevitably share the stress every day.There is disturbance in every aspect and insecurity every time.I question myself that when this constant searching and changing of job ends and when can I hava a stable and peaceful life after having 2 dacaded of professional experience.It remains a million dollar question and we should answew ourselves.

Organisational Commitment Test

Organizational Commitment: What do we really think when we hear /read this title? The first reaction we might give is-A HR topic. A new HRjargon. etc etc... Theoretically- It’s performing beyond your jobresponsibilities in the organization.

Practically-Do we check with ourselves about the organizational commitment?So guys when especially in this time, we are talking about the Job loss and salarycut, can we think about organizational commitment as well?

These are the best time for any HR personnel to figure out who isreally committed to the work and the company. Post appraisals people come andask for -"what is in it for me? I did so well. I did late sittings. I did that...Idid this...” does this all sound familiar?

When the top layer in the company is being fair and honest withthe employees below, its employees' duty to trust them and support them in thebad times. Help the organization sail through even in the rough weather. Itstime for employees to get up and stand together for their organization. Isn't it?

For those who did get their bonus pay and are not sacked (sorryfor being harsh) should really thank god and see how they can perform better toenhance the company's productivity. Employees could try any or all of these andmore to fight the current scenario:

Enhance / Upgrade your own skills

Train your team members

Learn new skills in other areas / functions

Design a new business model, applying creativity, to sell youproduct / project

Help form a Green Team in your organization who would devicemethods to reduce extra expenses in the organizations.

Form a Motivators' Group-To motivate the employees within team aswell beyond.

... And there could be many such. In turn organizations could alsotake few steps to help employees come out of the setback and motivate them tolook forward to better times.

All in all both the shores-employees and Management-need to cometogether to stand strong and fight through with the current times. Remember welearnt long back in school- Together we stand, divided we fall!

HR comes into picture to balance the act at both the ends. Itfunctions as the mid-hanger between Management and Employees. In these times HRplays a very critical role. It has to be alert and Active!

So what are we saying? That HR plays an important role inmotivating employees, increasing their organizational commitment and helpingmanagement take right decisions pertaining to employees.

Employees on the other hand need to be more understandingand careful about their steps. Cautious and open for change.

Managementneeds to Listen and Think. Act cautiously and be open and honest!