AIESEC Sri Lanka, Leadership, Lifestyle, Membership

Importance of Feedback at Your Work

Feedback is the breakfast of champions.

Ken Blanchard

What is Feedback

Feedback is the information received by a person based on prior action or behaviour. The feedback focuses more on improving the quality of work. It is simply a guide to identify the accuracy and the places to improve our work.

Why is feedback important?

There is no assigned person to give feedback on your work. Anyone can provide feedback for your work. Significantly, both positive and negative feedbacks are helpful. Positive feedback helps motivate, while negative feedback assists you in improving the work. Effective feedback is beneficial for the entire work as it assists you in the right direction.

 

It motivates you to do the best

 It’s a universal thing that positive feedback can motivate you to do your best. Feedback matters for a quality outcome of the work. The best thing is that you are not only a receiver of feedback, but also you can be a person who gives effective feedback to another person. Therefore remember that you can also be inspirational while being motivated by others’ feedback.

It is the key to Improved performance

Effective feedback is a critical component of successful work. Feedback gives people a better idea and evaluation of their work. It is difficult It isn’t easy to improve the work or do your best without feedback. The feedback encourages the person to do his best and enhances performance. Moreover, giving feedback is the simplest way to provide opinions on work to improve it more to meet the necessary needs.

Personal and professional development

Feedback positively impacts both personal and professional development. Not only professional development but also personal development is demanding at your work. Personal development helps to increase self-confidence, and it positively affects work. On the other hand, feedback directly aids in developing a professional career. The feedback supports quality work and encourages people to continue building their skills.

Accordingly, feedback is one of the main reasons for ongoing development at your work. Feedback supports to builds confidence and outputs quality work with fewer mistakes.

 

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AIESEC Sri Lanka, Leadership, Lifestyle

Why Workplace Character Matters

A character can be defined as the mental and moral qualities that are unique to an individual. Character plays a significant role in an individual’s life and social background. Consequently, a character in the workplace matters since it defines an individual’s career development and the workplace’s efficiency. In order to maintain an appropriate character in the workplace, one needs to have characteristics such as integrity, commitment, punctuality, leadership, and professionalism. Apart from that, they have to follow business etiquette and netiquette. This article explores how these characteristics positively affect an individual worker and the efficiency of the workplace.

Though one’s inner self may stay the same, the day-to-day character of a person and the workplace character may differ considerably. For instance, attire, language, social interactions, and relationships take different aspects at and outside the workplace. In a way, a character with respect for others, integrity, good communication skills, ethical behavior, and punctuality is appreciated in professional and non-professional contexts. Nonetheless, in the workplace, all these characteristics may appear more professional. At the workplace, mutual respect between coworkers, employees, and clients is demonstrated through professional language, active listening, and professional gestures and postures.

Value of characteristics

Characters

The characteristics mentioned above aid in maintaining a smooth work floor and a comfortable working atmosphere. For example, when employers and employees are active listeners and are good at communication, they can effectively work as a team to achieve a common purpose. Besides, their professional communication skills can efficiently attract and interact with clients. When there is mutual respect among coworkers, employers, and employees, it creates a comfortable workspace for everyone where they would feel accepted and valued. These positive feelings can boost one’s performance, thereby enhancing workplace efficiency.

Integrity at work is one of the essential characteristics that a worker must possess because it generates a sense of trust and reliability among the employees and between the clients and the workplace, which amplifies work efficiency. Further, being integral gains an individual the respect and trust of peers and managers and enhances career growth. Punctuality matters since it makes one a dependable employee and enables group tasks to be achieved on time.

Commitment is one of the key characteristics that are essential at work. Work commitment is the responsibility and enthusiasm of an employee towards the mission and vision of their workplace. Significant commitment will earn employee recognition and speed up their career development. Besides, when all the employees at an organization are committed to working, organizational goals can be achieved as planned.

Value of Professional Characters

Professional Characteristics

They are maintaining a professional character matters in order to ensure an orderly workplace atmosphere. Apart from that, to enhance the reliability of a professional and the workplace. It is also noteworthy that being a professional does not mean having a professional demeanor. One must demonstrate professionalism through their work and behavior. It is because certificates and other documents cannot be used to prove that one is a professional in many circumstances.

For example, when a professional is providing service to a client, it is through one’s behavior, attire, and the way one uses their knowledge effectively to accomplish the tasks, that the client acknowledges that this person is a real professional.

Demonstrating professionalism causes an excellent first impression and long-lasting trust among coworkers and clients. When employees value professionalism, they do not bring their personal lives to the workplace. It establishes a working atmosphere intact by irrelevant matters. Having professionalism, therefore, enhances the efficiency and reliability of work.

Business Etiquette and Netiquette

Business etiquette and Netiquette

In the virtual world, following business etiquette and netiquette enhances professionalism. Business etiquette is acting professionally and exhibiting proper manners when engaging with others in the profession and with clients. Workers must build professional relationships and follow business etiquettes, such as healthy communication, punctuality, and respect. When communicating with clients via social media platforms, it is crucial to use professional language in the virtual world. Creating a reliable, professional atmosphere, even in the virtual arena, is necessary. Following business etiquette is a valued characteristic of an employer or an employee since it creates a productive workplace.

Leadership and confidence are vital to have a good workplace character. Employers, managers, and team leaders must possess leadership skills to direct and motivate the employers under them to achieve the targets to make sure they are comfortable with their work. Moreover, each employee must possess leadership skills and confidence to accomplish their work and status effects and to establish healthy professional relationships.

All in all, workplace character matters tremendously as it enhances workplace productivity and individual career development.

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Event, Lifestyle, Programs

Helping Hearts

I have always aspired to donate blood because I believe it will make a world of difference.

To donate blood is to be presented with a golden chance to help someone who is in need and contribute to their existence in some way or form. It is said that one pint of blood has the capacity to save up to three lives. This means it is an act of kindness which makes every blood donor a life saver.

This thought has always fascinated me and was a driving factor for my enthusiasm when AIESEC in USJ announced that they will be organizing a blood donation campaign called “Helping Hearts” in collaboration with our Buddhist Society on the 27th of July at the Sumangala Hall in University of Sri Jayawardenapura. 

It was my great pleasure to help organize this event alongside AIESEC and as it was a collaborative initiative with the Buddhist society, the anticipation for the event was even more exciting. The event was done in a grand scale due to this group effort and many posts and flyers regarding the Blood Donation project circulated around university and within AIESEC USJ as well. In the flyers, adequate information about the campaign was given and the requirements for blood donation were informed to the potential donors prior to the event to ensure they met the criteria.  

On the day of the donation campaign, I came early to prepare and arrange the venue for the event. Ten medical officers soon arrived with the equipment necessary for donating blood. Members of the organizing committee were carefully allocated to handle each section of the process from registering donors to providing food and refreshments after blood was donated. Many students from both AIESEC and the Buddhist Society also gave tremendous support by taking on tasks head on and doing so very diligently. Due to this teamwork, there was a harmonious flow to the process which I thoroughly enjoyed looking at.  

I too wished to contribute to the cause by donating blood so I consulted the medical officers there to see if I am suitable as a donor. For this, I was first asked to provide basic information regarding myself and my health history since it’s my first time. Following this, I was instructed to check my weight, blood pressure, pulse, temperature as well as testing my blood. There was a waiting line because there were many people ready to donate blood but soon I was taken in by one of the medical officers and told to rest so the donation can begin.

 

The medical officers were extremely kind and helpful throughout the process of donating blood and AIESECers were also present to provide any support needed to me and the other donors at all times. After the blood donation was complete, I was guided to a chair to rest. All donors were provided with a slice of cake, a fish bun, a milk packet and a King Coconut drink for refreshments. What I found thoughtful and sweet was that donors were gifted a ‘thank you’ key tag after donating. I remember as I sat down, a sense of contentment washed over me because I felt genuine happiness for contributing to the blood donation campaign.

It was indeed a memorable experience.

By  Dunali Wanasinghe

Jayewardenepura Showcasing Team

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Leadership, Lifestyle, Membership, Partnerships

Stepping outside your boundaries – Have a valuable volunteering experience at a young age

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” 

Milton Berle 

Exactly. We have to find opportunities to ignite the spark within ourselves. We are  all used to working according to a schedule. But if you get a chance to step out from your boundaries; will you grab that opportunity?

If I say taking part in a volunteer project in another country would lead to a way to find who you are and what you are capable of; Would you believe that?

Yes, it is; Volunteering can be done anywhere but it will be another level of experience if you choose to be a volunteer in another country.

Taking part as a Volunteer…

As youth souls in this generation; we all are looking to add something to life. Taking part in a volunteer programme will show a pathway to find your capabilities and also a way to give your contribution to the well-being of society.

But if you get a chance to join a volunteer project in a foreign country, it would be a better experience than taking part in local volunteering. Stepping out from your usual social life to a different society with different cultural aspects, different thinking patterns and different social values is a challenge. Even though it’s a challenge, blending with different societies will lead you to uplevel your confidence.

Basically volunteering is based on education, environmental conservation, travel, community development, etc. Educational volunteer projects based on teaching school children; teaching a foreign student is a delightful experience because you will get to know more about the culture and you have to adjust to their educational level based on the country they live in. By joining environmental conservation projects or travel-related projects; you will be able to see the beauty of mother nature and get mesmerized by beautiful destinations. Those are some of the experiences that you can get through volunteering.

If we broadly look into this, volunteering in another country allows you to find your true potential, and also you will be able to experience the diversity of the world. As you will meet different people from different ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds; Meeting them and adjusting to their nature help you to grow throughout your life. Also, you will get an opportunity to help mankind during these difficult times.

Joining as a youth volunteer…

The twenties are a life-changing age for everyone; what if you choose to be a volunteer in a foreign country in your twenties?!

Speaking of that, joining as a volunteer at a young age will lead to building a successful personality in the future. Let’s see how volunteering helps to build up our personalities.

Volunteering gives us the opportunity to work through real-life situations and make significant changes. As we have to find solutions to the problems that we face in that country and we have to work with the people of another country with various backgrounds; which develops innovative thinking. 

We can have a better knowledge of other countries’ cultural values, and social values, and add some more valuable qualities to ourselves. Also, it will develop our adaptability when working with foreign people.

As a part of the youth generation, volunteering gives us an opportunity to fulfill our social responsibility toward society. Volunteering is mainly based on the welfare of the society so that we can take part in spreading kindness and awareness throughout the world of social wellbeing. It’s not only beneficial to you but also beneficial to society and the world too.

Working as a volunteer at a young age has a huge impact. When we grow up we will be having a lot of responsibilities taking care of ourselves as well as our own families. We are on our way to the corporate world to find the most suitable career for us. Volunteering helps you to find your passion while working as a volunteer. For example, if you enjoy teaching kids, then that’s your passion; likewise, we can find our passion through volunteering.

Being a volunteer will make it easier to fulfill these responsibilities because it solves real-life situations throughout the volunteer journey. The experience of volunteering helps you to become a responsible adult in the future.

Volunteering will give you lifelong memories whist creating a potential personality within yourself. Not only does volunteering create leaders, but it also creates responsible citizens.  So, let’s step out of our comfort zone, usual schedules go beyond our limits and make the world a better place. 

Why, wait? Don’t waste your energy by limiting yourself to a routine that is built up for you by society. Grab your opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and add new experiences while growing alongside your own volunteering journey.

By Navodi Gaspe
Jayewardenepura Showcasing Team
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Leadership, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Accepting LGBTQIA + Community; Voice Beyond Social Stereotypes

Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizen of this country.

– Zachary Quinto –

Are you a person Amazed by the beauty of the spectrum? The different Shades moving from red to Purple are the most vibrant in the world. Have you ever recognised any similarity between human beings and the rainbow? Yes, there exists. The rainbow resembles the LGBTQIA + community. When you hear LGBTQIA +, what sort of a feeling do you get. Do you stand with accepting them or have that tinge of disagreement just like most of the society? Yet, being the youth of the new Millennium providing acceptance for everyone is a must. None should undergo discrimination just because of their gender, age, or complexion, precisely due to their sexual orientation.LGBTQIA+ Community

A Definition

LGBTQIA + is the collective identity of a community of human beings who face discrimination based on their sexual orientation. The term encompasses the entire spectrum of gender fluidity and sexual identities. LGBTQIA + stands for lesbian, gay, sexual, transgender, queer, intersexual and asexual. Most prominently, + leaves more space for all the other members of the community. Within the current society, though it seems there is ample freedom for the voice of the LGBTQIA + community, it was different in the past.Accepting LGBTQIA+

A Moment from Past

In the past, religion has been the reason for the primary division. The reality was its effect on shaping people’s lives. Countries with sharp Islam, Eastern orthodoxy, and conservative and mainline protestants were more to disapprove of this. Moreover, the orthodox cultures created the argument that the purpose of life is to contribute to the continuation of generations. In that, traditional social faith developed and accepted relationships between heterosexuals. As a result, this Belief in accepting only heterosexuals kept on growing. Later on, the Economy started to play a decisive role in giving acceptance to LGBTQIA + community. Some of the wealthiest countries, such as Sweden and Switzerland, gradually accepted this concept, while countries like Uganda and Nigeria, with low economic indexes, disapproved of their presence.Accepting LGBTQIA+ Community

Transformation across Centuries

More or less prominence was given to LGBTQIA + community (though it wasn’t known likewise by then) after the Harlem Renaissance. Since 1947 the campaigns of eminent social and humanitarian activists have changed hidden lifestyles. By the 1970s, the LGBTQIA + community made their collective of Record labels, music festivals, newspapers, chat forums and publishing houses. This created a massive burst in social trends. Simply because it unveiled the presence of many human beings who were victims as per their different sexual orientations. The early years of the 21st century were a turning point in the LGBTQIA + community movement.

According to New York Times, it was Summer of 2018 that they first published an article on expanded lexicography. It was based on the gender and sexuality spectrum. Acceptance of LGBTQIA + community among the readership asks the audience to share their identity. The intention was to create awareness and salvation them from hate, violence and backlash. The recognition of pride month, acceptance of human rights, and giving space to the unheard voices suggested a positive transformation.

Irrespective of social and cultural stereotypes built against the LGBTQIA + community, there is a factor of acceptance. They are all human beings regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. Hence this world should be a safe place like home where they are equally accepted and respected. Therefore let’s change how to give due recognition to the LGBTQIA + community deviating from social stereotypes.

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