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The Silver Tsunami and Implications for the Workplace

Reskill and rehire: Do not categorize the elderly as technologically-challenged, rigid and unenergetic. Teach them technology; teach them the new ways to work better and faster. Productivity tools and their knowledge, neo-sciences and novel technology, all are skills and knowledge that can be acquired irrespective of age. Organizations have to be committed to reskill their ageing workforces. Continue reading

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Getting the DRIFT

Productivity is the result of doing things right the first time. When you are committed to doing things right the first time you are being more effective, reducing cost, time and efforts overload, and saving yourself from a lot of frustration, rework and grovelling after SMEs and editors and most importantly, from failure. Continue reading

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Striking the Work-from-Home-and-Life Balance

Work from home have become a boon for many professionals, specially in our non-localized work environment. It helps organizations to retain important skills and significant talent. But your work from home status as well as regular professional status depends on how true you are to the job, how you remain updated with the industry and how your talent benefits your organization. Make your work from home worthwhile for all stakeholders, including yourself! Continue reading

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Right Reason for the Right Recruitment

Non-performers or even poor performers may have been asked to leave or are forced to leave after a long stint of stagnation. It is hard for a recruiter to find the truth about their performance because their long association with their current organization can be taken as a sign of stability. From the knowledge perspective they may be able to gush out a lot of gyan and mumbo-jumbo from having had to many improvement related discussions with their managers. They could project other people’s accomplishments as their own and maintain a confident demeanor. Continue reading

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STC India’s Newest Special Interest Group (SIG)

To begin with, I will be wracking my brains and squeezing the grey cells to write articles for the blog, INDUS, generating ideas for the LinkedIn discussion group and blogging on topics on editing and reviewing. There are ideas to be genrated and thoughts to be shared for the STC India Annual Conference to be held in December 2014, at Bangalore. Continue reading

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Tell me a story …

I write, and I edit, and I know that wonderful stories remain untold, unknown, unsought. Not because they are not worthy of being told, but because no one had the time and resources to listen to these stories, and to put them in just the right and format, so that the world could read them. Continue reading

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Social Media: A sociological perspective on a technological phenomenon

Social media is a powerhouse of ever flowing information, tinged with experiences and opinions of many users, across diverse stages of learning, maturity and understanding. A decade ago, when technical writing was struggling to find a stronghold in the Indian IT industry, the greatest impetus came from the use of online groups and mailing lists. Islands of information and individual aspirants conjoined at an online abode, where they shared details of jobs, tools, technical trainings, and challenges. In the absence of established courses and training institutes, most technical writers were learning the intricacies of the usage of authoring tools through chats, forums, and blogs. The online availability of industry-wide authoring standards and trends has helped technical writers to think and write from the perspective of global users, and also come of age, in terms of international competition. Continue reading

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The Origin and Emergence of Technical Documentation

The 20th century is the age of structured authoring and optimizing information reuse. Interactive media, content and learning management systems, authoring tools, and the need for diverse and multi-output documentation to support the upsurge in application development, as well in consumer-focused mechanizations, have given end-user based technical documentation a professional status. Continue reading

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“Making a Mark” as a Technical Editor/Reviewer

The planning, collaborating and analyzing responsibilities provide on-the-job training for a documentation manager’s role. It opens one’s perspective to challenges of good documentation, the need and pressure of working with various stakeholders within specified deadlines, collating and analyzing data to generate appropriate metrics, and most importantly, accountability for the quality of a deliverable. Continue reading

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Prayer in the time of recession

I accept with a gourmet’s delight the weird menu that is served day in and day out in my office cafetaria, even if it means chewing on the little stone in my rice, or having the lentil salad that reeks, or the custard that is yellow colored water. Continue reading

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