Improving Your Business: Finding Your Right Talent

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How do you attract and retain the right talent for your organization?
In today’s highly competitive world, businesses face a major concern – hiring, motivating, and retaining experts.
Companies like GE, CISCO, and Procter & Gamble are using the same approach in their organizations. This so-called approach is called, “Reverse Monitoring”. These companies pair senior staff with new and younger employees. Both senior staff and junior employees combine proven concepts, with fresh and newer ideas upstream along the corporate ladder.  However, there is destined to be conflicts in strategy and viewpoints between the seasoned staff and the new hires.
The recent statistics on a KPMG study on evaluating growth and revenue amidst constant change revealed that proper mobility can have a positive impact on creating and maintaining a productive workforce. Thus, whatever conflicts may arise should only help the businesses in the long run.

Contributed by: TEACHER UTADA
Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Talent (noun) a person who has natural quality or ability
  2. Upstream (adjective) in the direction towards a higher level
  3. Seasoned (adjective) aged; veteran; experienced
  4. Revenue (noun) an entire amount of income before deductions are made
  5. Mobility (noun) the quality of moving freely
Perspective Exchange:

  1. How do you attract and retain the right talent for your organization?
  2. Do you think “Reverse Monitoring” is effective? Please explain your answer.

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English Words Invented By the U.S. Presidents

 

 

Who invented the words iffy, sugar-coat and belittle?

Sometimes we find it difficult to find a word that best describes our feelings. The Presidents of United States are similar to us, however, in their case, they decided to invent words to describe what they felt.

Franklin D. Roosevelt used the term “Iffy” to ignore questions at press conferences in the 1930s. Nowadays, we use the word “Iffy” to talk about things which are doubtful.

Abraham Lincoln used the word “Sugar-coat” when he was trying to send an urgent message to the Congress. An official government printer found the word too casual and asked Lincoln to change it but he refused. Sugar-coat means, “To make something attractive or acceptable by exaggerating its characteristic.”

In 2010, Washington, D.C. had experienced a huge snowstorm and President Barack Obama described it as “Snowmaggeddon“. It’s a combination of Snow and Armageddon.

Thomas Jefferson likes to write. In fact he invented a lot of words such as belittle, monotonously, pedicure and many more.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Doubtful – uncertain; not sure
  2. Urgent – requiring immediate action or attention
  3. Exaggerate – represent (something) as being larger, greater, better, or worse than it really is.
  4. Armageddon – end of the world
  5. Belittle – cause to seem less serious; play down
  6. Monotonously – in a boring repetitious manner or lacking in variety
  7. Pedicure – professional care for the feet and toenails

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you heard of these words before you read the article?
  2. Do you think it’s alright to invent new words to be used? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think it’s better for us to study English harder and use the old words so we won’t forget them? Why or why not?

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India and the Caste System

 

 

Have you heard of the Caste System?

Many foreigners have heard of India’s caste system, however, we are not very familiar with the ins and outs of it. This article is all about the gist of the caste system.

By definition, a caste system is a process of putting people in an occupational group. It is developed through religion and based on a division of labour. It describes the type of occupation a person can get and the social interactions that a person may have.

Caste System is ranked in hierarchical order. It has four main classes which they call as “varnas.” Indians are divided based from their personality, profession and birth.

  • Brahmana (commonly spelled as Brahmin). People in this category are engaged in scriptural education and teaching.
  • Kshatriya. People who are involved in public service like administration, maintenance of the law and order and defence.
  • Vaishya. People in this category are engaged in commercial activity such as businessmen, merchants, etc.
  • Shudra. Workers are categorized here because they are semi-skilled or unskilled.

The problem with this system is the lower class is prevented from climbing higher to the higher class, therefore, economic progress is restricted. Nowadays, Indian government is correcting the caste system by giving more opportunities for lower castes.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU
Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Ins and outs – the correct and successful way to do something; the special things that one needs to know to do something
  2. Gist – the central idea; point or substance of an argument, speech, etc.
  3. Occupation – a person’s job or work
  4. Division – the act or process of dividing
  5. Labour – productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
  6. Interaction – the act or process acting on each other
  7. Hierarchical – related to the series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system
  8. Scriptural – related to religious books like the Bible.
  9. Prevent – keep from happening; make impossible
  10. Restrict – kept within certain limits; limited
Perspective Exchange:

  1. What do you feel about India’s Caste System?
  2. Do you agree with having a caste system? Why or why not?
  3. Does your country have a similar caste system in the past?

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How Does Employee Turnover Affect A Company? – Part 3

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What are the effects of employee turnover? 
  • Overworked employees. There are some employees who need to work extra hours to complete the work of those who left. Even if they are paid for overtime, it will have a negative effect on their quality of work and job satisfaction. The longer they have to do overtime job, the more difficult it will be for the company to get the employees’ goodwill even after a replacement has joined.
  • Cultural impact. When an employee quits, others wonder why and how it happened and they may become depressed about it. If you add this to their unhappiness because of their additional responsibilities, it can cause other employees to look for jobs elsewhere.
  • Customer service and mistakes. Since they are new in the company, they will require more time to get used to their jobs. This will result in expensive errors (like in the healthcare industry). Additionally, it can cause customer dissatisfaction and complaints if they didn’t deliver a good customer service.
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    Vocabulary Enhancement:

    1. Satisfaction – the state of being satisfied or contentment
    2. Goodwill – a tendency to kindness and compassion (sympathy for others)
    3. Errors – faults or mistakes
    4. Dissatisfaction – the feeling of being displeased and discontent; opposite of satisfaction

     

    Perspective Exchange:

    1. How long do you think a new employee needs to get used to his new job?
    2. Does it affect you when a co-worker leaves your company? How does it affect you?
    3. Can you give other elements or factors of employee turnover?

     

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    How Does Employee Turnover Affect A Company? – Part 2

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    What are the effects of employee turnover?
    • Hiring, recruitment and advertising. The recruiting staff, HR or hiring manager have to devote time and expense to advertising job vacancies, screening resume, and interviewing. Additionally, it would cost more if the company hire an external recruiting firm.
    • Training for the new hire. It involves expenses to training and management’s lost time. Sometimes there are some newly hired employees who only last a few months.
    • Training expenses. For the first 2 or 3 years of training, the company has to spend at least 10-20% of salary for the employee. Additionally, someone would have to check the new employee’s work even after the training to know if the employee has proven himself. So the trainers are losing their time out instead of using that to their specific tasks.
    • Loss of motivation and engagement of other employees. If a company has a high turnover rate, the remaining employees will feel less motivated and less engaged which would mean, production will be less as well.
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    Vocabulary Enhancement:

    1. HR – Human Resource; a department in a company that is responsible for hiring people and managing employee and employer related issues
    2. Devote – use entirely for a specific person, activity, or cause
    3. Vacancies – an unoccupied position or job
    4. Screening – testing objects or persons in order to identify those with particular characteristics
    5. Expenses – money spent paid for goods and services
    6. Prove – provide evidence for
    7. Losing (something) out – to waste something; to cause or result in the loss of;
    8. Engage – carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in
    9. Production – the act and process of producing something

     

    Perspective Exchange:

    1. Do you think employee turnover is harmful to a company? Why or why not?
    2. They said that a new employee needs at least 2 years to get used to the job and do it effectively. Do you agree? Why or why not?
    3. Can you give other elements or factors of employee turnover?

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    How Does Employee Turnover Affect A Company? – Part 1

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    What is Employee Turnover?

    Let’s define Employee Turnover first. According to Wikipedia, Turnover, staff turnover or labour turnover is the measurement in which an employer loses and gains employees. In simple terms, it describes how long an employee tends to stay in the company. The cost for employee turnover is difficult to imagine and a high turnover can be harmful to a company’s profit.

    What are the effects of employee turnover? Below are the lists of factors that determine the costs an employer encounters when employees leave the company.

    • Lost productivity. If someone leaves, there might be no one to take the position for some time. Even if another employee covers for that job, some tasks will be left undone. Even if there is an immediate replacement for the lost employee, it might take him up to 2 years to be efficient and effective on his job.
    • Lost knowledge. Employers might hire someone who can perform the responsibilities better than the previous employee; they might even perform the job better. However, they lack in knowledge the lost employee had in terms of things like: passwords, traditions, where relevant information is located, boss’s preference, knowing people, and other information that comes from doing the job.
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    Vocabulary Enhancement:

    1. Employer – a person or firm that hires workers
    2. Employee – a worker who is hired to perform a job
    3. Harmful – causing or capable of causing harm or damage
    4. Factors – anything that adds to a result; elements or components
    5. Encounter – come upon; meet with; as if by accident
    6. Efficient – doing the job properly without wasting time, expense and effort
    7. Effective – able to finish a job or accomplish a purpose; doing the job properly
    8. Relevant – having connection with the subject or issue; applicable
    9. Preference – a strong liking

     

    Perspective Exchange:

    1. Do you think employee turnover is harmful to a company? Why or why not?
    2. They said that a new employee needs at least 2 years to get used to the job and do it effectively. Do you agree? Why or why not?
    3. Can you give other elements or factors of employee turnover?

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    Corporate Social Responsibility

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    Is CSR important for a business? Is it beneficial for business owners? Should business owners consider it?

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), also known as corporate conscience or Responsible Business, is a form of regulation that is combined into a business model. This regulation follows the ethical standards and morality of a country. CSR is mutually beneficial for both the public and the company. An example of this is Kraft’s promise to reduce fat and sugar content in their food. This is their way to fight the rising obesity. Another example is Google’s strong relationship with its employees by giving the best benefits and incentives to its workers.

    Other examples of Corporate Social Responsibilities are the companies’ support to the environment. Nikkon is one of the companies that support environmental preservation. On the other hand, there are some companies who support communities. Restaurant, cafes and bakeries can donate food on events such as marathon competition where they set up the food stations. There are other companies who support arts and education by providing scholarship programs, giving donations to theatres or other entertainment venues. Lastly, there are companies who support other causes such as ALS’s Ice Bucket Challenge where some CEOs of big corporations helped by donating money to support the on-going research of ALS.

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    Vocabulary Enhancement:

    1. Regulation – the act of controlling or directing according to rule
    2. Ethical standards – principles that when followed, promote values such as trust, good behaviour, fairness, and/or kindness.
    3. Morality – concerned with the difference between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct
    4. Mutually – in a mutual or shared manner
    5. Incentives – additional payment to employees as means of increasing efficiency
    6. Preservation – the act of protecting something from loss or danger
    7. Venues – the scene or any event or action (especially the place of meeting)

     

    Perspective Exchange:

    1. Is Corporate Social Responsibility being implemented in your country? Is it being implemented by your government?
    2. Can you give examples of companies in your country that have CSR?
    3. Do you think it’s important for a company to have CSR? Why or why not?

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    Accidental Discoveries: Greatest Invention

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    How do you think the inventors discovered their inventions?

    Most people think that inventors make discoveries through a very long series of studies and experiment; slowly testing and finally finding the solution after a long hard work. However, the truth is, many inventions were discovered out of pure luck. Here are some of the great inventions discovered due to some sort of accidents.

    Matches. In 1826, John Walker was mixing chemicals in his lab and there was a particular chemical that was very difficult to scrub off. Frustrated, he started to rub it much faster and all of a sudden, the tip has burst into flame and thus, the friction match is born.

    Penicillin. Alexander Fleming discovered the Penicillin because he had forgotten a petri dish in his office when he took a two-week vacation.

    Tea. Some people might think that the British invented the tea but it was actually a Chinese emperor named Shennong who made the accidental discovery. The emperor was boiling his drinking water as usual when leaves from a nearby tea bush blew into his pot. Instead of throwing it away, Shennong curiously tasted the brew and tea was discovered.

    Potato Chips. In the summer of 1853, a customer at the Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga Springs, New York was not satisfied with the chef George Crum’s French fries. The customer thought that it was too thick and kept sending them back to the kitchen to be remade. Chef George Crum was annoyed and frustrated because his fries were rejected so he decided to make a batch of paper-thin, crisp potato wafers out to the customer, hoping to annoy him. Instead, the customer loved it and so did others.

     

    Vocabulary Enhancement:

    1. Scrub off – to remove something by hard rubbing
    2. Petri dish – a shallow dish used to grow bacteria
    3. Brew – drink made by steeping and boiling something in the water to get more flavour
    4. Wafers – a small, thin crisp cake or cookie

     

    Vocabulary Enhancement:

    1. Do you believe that some inventions were discovered accidentally?
    2. What did you feel after reading this article?
    3. Do you know other inventions discovered through accidents?

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    Strange Hangover Cures around the World

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    How often do you experience hangover?

    Had too much to drink? Your hangover is worse than before? Headache is too painful? Well, these foods from various countries might help you cure your hangover although they might look strange to you.

    • A glass of juice from sour pickles from Poland. Polish people claim that the juice is loaded with vinegar and will help you cure your headaches and remove the uncomfortable feeling that you have. Some even say that soured milk will also do the trick. (Click here to see the image: Sour Pickles)
    • Japan’s Umeboshi. For many Japanese, these salty, pickled plums will definitely help and it also improves liver function. (Click here to see the image: Umeboshi)
    • Milk Thistle of Great Britain. Many studies showed that Milk Thistle is effective in protecting our liver from toxins. One ingredient of Milk Thistle is said to help cure the hangover feeling. (Click here to see the image: Milk Thistle)
    • Canada Dry Ginger Ale. Most Canadians claim that it cures upset stomach, not just hangover. (Click here to see the image: Canada Dry Ginger)
    • America’s Bloody Mary. Tomato juice has the highest amount of lycopene and vitamins that help ease the pain and most Americans claim that it’s the most effective hangover remedy. (Click here to see the image: Bloody Mary)
    Vocabulary Enhancement

    1. Hangover – after effects of drinking too much alcohol
    2. Toxins – any poisonous substance
    3. Upset stomach – a disorder of digestive function characterized by discomfort, heartburn or nausea
    4. Ease – lessen the pain or discomfort
    5. Remedy – any medicine or therapy that cures pain or sickness

     

    Perspective Exchange

    1. Do you drink a lot? How much do you drink before you experience hangover?
    2. What do you do to cure your hangover?
    3. Will you try these foods to cure your hangover?

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    10 Things That Made Google Great

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    Do you think Google is great?
    Google is a part of the lives of each and every person who is connected to the internet. In fact, the word “google” has become synonymous with the verb “search.”

    Google has celebrated its 10th year anniversary this year. Let’s look at the 10 innovations that made Google the best search engine tool.

    • Autocomplete. Even if you can’t remember the whole name of the topic you are looking for, Google will give you the answer you need.
    • Translations. Google Translate is used for more than a billion translations a day. Now, translation in the search box has become possible thanks to Google.
    • Directions & Traffic. You can just ask Google map, “How far is it to New Mexico?” and instantly get directions with many possible routes. In fact, lots of users claimed that Google Map is the most effective map tool available in the internet.
    • Universal Search. Google results include almost everything that is available in the internet, text, video, images, apps and other contents.
    • Mobile and new screens. In this generation, Google is also available to smart watches and glasses, not just phones and tablets.
    • Voice Search. Now, all we have to do is to just say, “Google, look for a restaurant in New York.” not just in English but also in other 37 languages and Google will respond with an answer.
    • Actions. Google has become like Siri for androids and it can set reminders, scan your email and sends emails and texts too.
    • The Knowledge Graph. Just type any question your mind has and Google will answer it for you and put the answer at the top of the result page.
    • Info Just for you. Google’s app can tell you what gate and terminal your flight leaves, track a parcel or a package for you and find appointments you saved in your Gmail and Google.
    • Answers before you have to ask. Google Now automatically reminds you of the things that you need to know even before you ask for it by studying your internet behaviour.

     

    Vocabulary Enhancement:

    1. Innovations – a creation resulting from study and experimentation
    2. Search Engine Tool – a software system that is designed to search information on the World Wide Web (For ex. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.)
    3. Siri – artificial intelligence Apple uses in its iPhones.
    4. Parcel – a collection of things wrapped or boxed together
    5. Internet behaviour – the way you move around the internet; things you search in the internet

     

    Perspective Exchange:

    1. Do you use Google at work and your personal life? How do you use Google?
    2. How useful is Google for you? Do you know other functions Google have?
    3. Do you agree with the things that listed here in this article? Are they really effective?

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