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Tattoos might lose u a JOB!!!!!!

imagesHaving a tattoo can reduce your chances of getting a job, but it depends on where the tattoo is, what it depicts and if the job involves dealing with customers, a new research has found.Dr Andrew R Timming from the School of Management at the University of St Andrews found that employers are prone to viewing tattoos negatively. Timming spoke to managers involved in hiring staff about their reaction to interview candidates with visible tattoos. The managers worked for organisations including a hotel, bank, city council, prison, university and bookseller.One woman manager told him that “they make a person look dirty”. A male manager told him “subconsciously that would stop me from employing them.”Another male manager said “tattoos are the first thing they [fellow recruiters] talk about when the person has gone out of the door.

The managers were concerned about what their organisations’ customers might think.Respondents expressed concern that visibly tattooed workers may be perceived by customers to be ‘abhorrent’, ‘repugnant’, ‘unsavoury’ and ‘untidy’. It was surmised that customers might project a negative service experience based on stereotypes that tattooed people are thugs and druggies. Timming also found that in some of the organisations it was only certain types of tattoos that diminished the chances of getting a job at interview.Tattoo acceptance was at its highest with innocuous symbols like flowers or butterflies. Military insignia was also seen as a ‘badge of honour’,” he said. Examples of distasteful tattoos given by the managers included ‘a spider’s web tattooed on the neck’; ‘somebody being hung, somebody being shot’; ‘things to do with death’; ‘face tears, which suggest that you’ve maimed or killed’; ‘something of a sexual content’; anything with ‘drug connotations’; and ‘images with racist innuendo’ such as a swastika. Timming’s interviewees worked for 14 organisations with between one and 24,000 staff, and were all based in mid or southern Scotland. The managers were aged in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.

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Posted by on September 5, 2013 in current affairs, Health, Markets


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Women fired from job b’coz she is so attractive!!!

Colleagues in the officeThe Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that employers in the state can legally fire workers they find too attractive.In a unanimous decision, the court held that a dentist did not violate the state’s civil rights act when he terminated a female dental assistant whom his wife considered a threat to their marriage.The dental assistant, Melissa Nelson, who worked for dentist James Knight for more than 10 years and had never flirted with him, according to the testimony of both parties, sued, saying she would not have been fired if she were a man.At trial, Knight testified he had complained to Nelson on several occasions that her clothing was too tight, revealing and “distracting.”But sometime in 2009, he also began exchanging text messages with Nelson. Most of these were work-related and harmless, according to testimony. But others were more suggestive, including one in which Knight asked Nelson how often she had an orgasm. She never answered the text.In late 2009, Knight’s wife found out about the text exchanges and demanded her husband terminate the dental assistant because “she was a big threat to our marriage.”In early 2010, he fired her, saying their relationship had become a detriment to his family.Nelson sued, saying that she had done nothing wrong, that she considered Knight a friend and father figure, and that she would not have been terminated but for her gender.Knight argued that Nelson was terminated not because of her gender – all the employees of his practice are women – but because of the way their relationship had developed and the threat it posed to his marriage.The seven justices, all men, said the basic question presented by the case was “whether an employee who has not engaged in flirtatious conduct may be lawfully terminated simply because the boss views the employee as an irresistible attraction.” The high court ruled that bosses can fire workers they find too attractive and that such actions do not amount to unlawful discrimination.

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Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Corporate, current affairs


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India’s Demographics: An advantage or Disadvantage???

The average age of employees at India’s top software services exporter – Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), one of the country’s largest private sector employers – is 28.This is 10 years less than the median age at American technology giant Oracle, according to data from PayScale, an online provider of employee compensation data.The composition of TCS employees is a reflection of India’s young and burgeoning working-age population – a competitive edge that sets Asia’s third-largest economy apart from countries across the world, many of which are aging fast.Like TCS, the median age of India’s population as a whole is 28, significantly lower than that of regional peers China and Japan, at 37.6 and 44.4, respectively, according to data from global market research firm Euromonitor.

India’s workforce, those between 15 and 64, is expected to rise from almost 64 percent of its population in 2009 to 67 percent in 2020. Meanwhile, China’s is expected to start declining from 2014 resulting in a labor shortfall by 2050, according to some estimates.India’s “demographic dividend” – the window of opportunity that a large workforce creates to strengthen an economy – could add 2 percentage points to the country’s annual growth rate.While growth in India has been slowing this year, the economy has on average grown close to 8 percent annually over the last five years, helped in large part by this demographic dividend.India’s youthful population is also contributing to India’s consumption boom.Between 2006 and 2011, consumer spending in the country almost doubled, from USD 549 billion to USD 1.06 trillion. Two hundred and fifty million people are set to join India’s workforce by 2030. As a big chunk of the population shifts into the working age group, the offshoot of that is an increase in disposable incomes and conspicuous consumption. This is the most exciting aspect of India’s demographic dividend.As far as the headlines are concerned, it’s a big advantage, but we have to be careful about the finer details. This huge young population is coming from areas where economic development is not of the highest level.It is crucial for the country to scale up the potential of its people entering the workforce by enhancing education and employability. The male adult literacy rate stands at 75 percent, while female literacy is significantly lower at 51 percent, according to World Bank data. This compares to levels above 90 percent for both male and female literacy in China.Plus, India has to ensure that there are enough jobs to accommodate its growing working age population. But this is proving to be difficult, as India largely skipped the manufacturing phase of growth that has accompanied the economic development of countries such as China, and jumped straight into developing its services sector.The extent to which India reaps the benefits of its demographic gift in the future hinges on whether the country can turn its large working-age population into an employable force.


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Inappropriate usage of Facebook may cost u a JOB!!!!!

Facebook users beware! Having inappropriate pictures on your profile could cost you a job, a new research has found. Researchers warned of increase in employers checking candidates lifestyle, attitudes and even appearance in photos loaded on Facebook profiles.In one of the biggest ever studies of the importance of Facebook profiles among job hunters, American scientists found that employees increasingly use the social networking site to weed out unsuitable candidates, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported.While employers are using Facebook to monitor their employees, they have also begun to use it as a screening tool when considering potential candidates.

However, the lack of guidelines means many firms simply follow their own judgement of just how bad your Facebook profile pictures are.Because this is a fairly new trend, a standardized set of guidelines has yet to be established, with employers often assessing job applicants in a subjective manner.The research team interviewed representatives from the areas of information technology, healthcare and wellness, education, law enforcement, food and drink, travel, advertising and suggest that their findings shed light on agrowing trend. They hope to raise the ethical questions for debate surrounding whether or not employers should be using Facebook and other social networks to screen candidates.”The question of whether employers are providing job candidates with equal opportunities if they are assessing on-line “image” prior to interviewing candidates must be raised,” they said in the report. “Of course, it is possible that one’s Facebook activity is a perfectly acceptable window on to one’s personality.”Facebook itself has already said that the practice, which has been documented at several American organisations, is a violation of its terms of use and could potentially lead to legal action.


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