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This is a continuation of an earlier post titled, meaning of trade union: http://tinyurl.com/gnq56nq
Trade unions perform series of functions but they can be classify into four types viz;
Educational functions
Economic functions
Political functions
Social functions
EDUCATIONAL FUNCTIONS
Trade union members are usually people of the same social background. They exchange experiences and they are also of much assistance to one another. Trade union members get educated at various levels.
They normally hold general meeting where members are educated on the state of matters concerning their conditions of service.
Trade unions also educate their member through different medium like Newsletter, Notice Board, conferences, workshops and the internet.

ECONOMIC FUNCTIONS
The trade union performs economic functions by contributing their resources together in terms of Wages and Salaries to sponsor their union at any given time through their check-off dues.
They make sure that the rate at which they are paid in their various establishment is the same as that of their colleague who do similar jobs in relatively comparative environment.
They make sure that their wages and salaries come with the general standard of living.

POLITICAL FUNCTIONS
Trade unions members are usually very conscious of the political state of their countries. This enables them to know what their rights are under different governments.

They usually make effort to see that some members secure some strategic political post through which they can promote industrial democracy.
They seek to advocate industrial peace, but in cases where their demands are not met, they resolve into strike actions.
In Nigeria, for example, in any work environment, there are usually some elements of politics. The political aspirants usually make sure they are in good terms with the executive of the trade unions. This they believe would enable them to have more votes.

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS
Trade unions members are usually see themselves as brothers and sisters fighting the cause; therefore go to the extent of not only seeing to the fact that their members are not cheated.
They also go to the extent of helping their members who may be found themselves in terrible situations.
They try as much as possible to be of help to one another outside the four wall of their establishment.

Keep posted.

Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc. Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management

The Books I read in Year 2015 I have a yearly tradition by review the books I read every year in order to motivate and inform my friends and subscribers about the required books for their personal …

Source: The books I read in 2015- Akeem Gbadamosi

Do you want an exponential increase in your income 2016?
Your bank, your boss, and portfolio aren’t doing much to boost your bottom line—reason enough to try these additional revenue-raisers.
Wish you had a little more money in your wallet these days? Who doesn’t?
But you don’t have to accept the status quo when it comes to bringing in the dough. Whether you’re still on the job or retired from the grind, the action plans that follow can help boost your income.

 

The strategies require human or financial capital (and sometime both). But those that involve work don’t demand extra training, and should leave you leisure time to spare.         Bonus: These moneymakers may satisfy your entrepreneurial spirit, get your creative juice flowing, even diversify your career along the way. Talk about a PAYOFF.

 

Alexis Jeffries and Donna Rosato wrote an article titled “5 ways to pump your income” in Money Magazine (December 2009 issue) where they shared 5 ideas for additional revenue-raisers.

They ideas is as follows:
1) Consult in your field
2) Seek out yield
3) Head a class
4) Be a landlord
5) Monetize your hobby

Consult in your field
The idea: Deploy current (or recent, if you’re retired) job skills into other work. A graphic designer might create brochures; a marketing manager might develop a company’s social-media strategy. Hemmed in by layoffs and hiring freezes, more employers are using contract workers. Bully for you.

 

Seek out yield
The Idea: Invest in a global dividend fund using Low-Risk option, Medium-Risk option, and High-Risk options.

 

Head a Class
The Idea: Leverage your expertise into a part-time college teaching gig. You can lead courses for undergraduates at two- and four year schools, or classes for adults via continuing education and extension programs. Afraid of public speaking? You can even teach online.

 

Be a Landlord
The Idea:Turn unused space in that empty nest of yours into rental income. The most lease-worthy areas are those with private entrance and bathrooms. Such as carriage houses and mother-in-laws apartments, says Dani Babb, author of The Accidental Landlord.
Don’t have that? Depending upon the demand, it may be worth creating such a space. Babb estimates it costing around $ 1500 to add walls and as much as 10 times that to add a bath.

 

Monetize a hobby
The Idea: generate profit from your leisure-time activity. Love sports? Referee high school game. Make jewelry? Sell it at craft shows.

 

Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

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The Books I read in Year 2015

I have a yearly tradition by review the books I read every year in order to motivate and inform my friends and subscribers about the required books for their personal and professional lives.

Check out the books I read in Year 2014: http://tinyurl.com/qelw9fh

The following are the some of the hard copies books:

  • Screw it, Let’s do it expanded (Lessons in Life and Business)- Richard Branson
  • The New Rules: Networking- Dr. Rob Yeung
  • The New Rules: Office Politics- Dr. Rob Yeung
  • The New Rules: Job Hunting- Dr. Rob Yeung
  • Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success)- Anne Baber Lynne Waymon
  • Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill
  • The Rules of Work: A Definitive Code for Personal Success- Richard Templar
  • HBR’s 10 Must Reads: On Managing People
  • Get Rich Click: The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet- Marc Ostrofsky
  • Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus- Tim Hindle

 

10) Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus- Tim Hindle

Business success is built on the back of good ideas, which may involve anything from the nature of innovation or motivation to the simplification of business processes. And many of the best ideas have come from those who are widely referred to as “management guru”.

This guide provide a lively and accessible tour of the management thinking that has driven business change over the years and will continue to be influential. For managers everywhere, it will be an invaluable and entertaining source of reference.

Part one: Provides a clear overview of more than 100 ideas that have most influenced the management of business over the past century or so. As well as explaining each idea, it gives a brief run-down of the history behind it and lists suggesting for further reading.

Part two: Give the low-down on more than 50 of the world’s most influential management thinkers past and present. The majority are American-including what can be called the “Famous Five”: Peter Drucker, Douglas McGregor, Michael Porter, Alfred Sloan and Frederick Winslow Taylor- but more than 20 come from countries such as Britain, Japan, India, France, and the Netherlands.

 

9) Get Rich Click: The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet- Marc Ostrofsky

If you think you’ve missed the window of opportunity in the digital world, successful internet entrepreneur Marc Ostrofsky says otherwise. Using real-life examples from people of all ages and walks of life who have made their fortunes online, this engaging guide gives you step-by-step instructions for achieving financial success.

You’ll learn hundreds of ways to make money online with site Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, as well as ways to profit from domain names and digitally based products. Now is the time to change your ideas about making money, accumulating wealth, and taking control of your financial future.

Let Marc Ostrofsky show you the way in Get Rich Click!

 

8)  HBR’s 10 Must Reads: On Managing People

On Managing People is fraught with challenge—even if you’re a seasoned managers. Here’s how to handle them.

If you read nothing else on managing people, read these 10 articles. We’re combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you maximize your employees’ performance.

This book will inspire you to:

  • Tailor your management style to fit your people
  • Motivate with more responsibility, not more money
  • Support first-time managers
  • Build trust by soliciting input
  • Teach smart people how to learn from failure
  • Build high-performing teams
  • Manage your boss

 

7) The Rules of Work: A Definitive Code for Personal Success – Richard Templar

You’re good at your job. That’s a given.

But being good at what you do is not enough if you want to be successful. You need something else. You need The Rules of Work.

Because while everyone else is concentrating solely on what they do, you are following the 10 golden Rules of Work that makes sure you’re not just thinking about what you do, but also:

  • How you do it
  • How other perceive you doing it
  • And what else you do besides.

And that’s what gets you respected, valued, admired – and promoted.

Other can be good. You’ll be better.

 

6) Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill

READ YOURSELF INTO A FORTUNE.

This book contains money-making secrets that can change your life.

THINK AND GROW RICH, based on the author’s famed LAWS OF SUCCESS, represents the distilled wisdom of distinguished men of great wealth and achievement.

Andrew Carnegie’s magic formula for success was the direct inspiration of this book. Carnegie demonstrated its soundness when his coaching brought fortunes to those young men to whom he had disclosed his secret.

This book will teach you that secret—and the secrets of other great men like him. It will show you not only WHAT TO DO but HOW TO DO IT.

If you learn and apply the simple basic techniques revealed here, you will have master the secret of true and lasting success.

AND YOU MAY HAVE WHATEVER YOU WANT IN LIFE.

 

5) Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success) – Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon

Meeting—and keeping—a network of powerful contacts is most effective way to further your career or grow your business. So how can you ensure that you are connecting with and impressing the right people?

A practical, step-by-step guide for creating, cultivating, and capitalizing on networking opportunities and relationships, this book shows you how to leverage professional membership, get the most out of networking events, make a memorable entrance, make conversations flow, and how to follow up.

In this completely revised edition, the author offer new case studies, examples, checklists, and questionnaires, as well as expanded advice on building social capital at work and in job hunting. Complete with a unique self- assessment test that lets you chart your progress as you master the strategies that will help you build beneficial business relationships, this edition of Make Your Contacts Count shows you how to set yourself apart from everyone else in the room and :

  • Create a networking plan
  • Cultivate current contacts
  • Make the most of memberships
  • Share anecdotes that convey character and competence
  • Avoid the top ten networking turn-offs
  • And transform your career with a networking makeover.

With Make Your Contacts Count, the tools to supercharge your career and boost your bottom line lie right in your hands.

 

4)   The New Rules: Job Hunting- Dr. Rob Yeung

A great new job is waiting for you. Written by an expert who has interviewed thousands of candidates on behalf of dozens of employers, this book is placed with practical insider advice on how to track down and land your perfect job.

Read this book to stand out from the crowd and give yourself the job-hunting edge.

  • Write a must-read CV
  • Get invited to more interviews
  • Handle tough interview questions
  • Amaze interviewer
  • Negotiate the perfect package
  • Want to get a great new job?
  • Want to learn the secrets of getting hired?
  • Want to have employers fighting over you

 

3) The New Rules: Office Politics- Dr. Rob Yeung

The modern workplace is full of backstabbing colleagues, incompetent teammates, and toxic bosses. But office politics can be positive as well as negative. Learn how to defend yourself and get ahead at work- without compromising your values or resorting to understand tactics.

  • Achieve personal and organizational goals
  • Influence decision-makers
  • Understand political agenda
  • Enhance your reputation
  • Deal with difficult people
  • Tired of being overlooked?
  • Want to enhance your political savvy?
  • Want to gain support and achieve goals?

 

2) The New Rules: Networking- Dr. Rob Yeung

It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. Whether you work for someone else or run your own business, networking will allow you to promote yourself and succeed. Even if you don’t know anyone important, this book teaches you how to build a network of people who will fall over themselves to help you reach your goals.

  • Win friends and allies
  • Meet new people with confidence
  • Build valuable relationships
  • Get people to help you
  • Build your profile
  • Want to get promoted or grow your business?
  • Want to meet new people with confidence?
  • Want to build relationship to get ahead?

 

1) Screw it, Let’s do it expanded (Lessons in Life and Business)- Richard Branson

 Throughout my life I have achieved many remarkable things. In Screw it, Let’s Do it, I will share with you my ideas and the secrets of my success, but not simply because I hope they’ll help you achieve your individual goals.

Today we are increasing aware of the effects of our actions on the environment, and I strongly believe that we each have a responsibility, as individuals and organizations, to do no harm. I will explain why we need to take stock of how we may be damaging the environment, and why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in a more holistic approach to business.

In Screw it, Let’s Do it, I’ll be looking to the future. A lot has changed since I founded Virgin in 1968, and I’ll explain how I intend to take my business and my ideas to the next level and the new and exciting areas – such as launching Virgin Fuels –into which Virgin is currently moving.

But I have also brought together all the important lessons, good advice and inspirational adages that have helped me along the road to success.

Ironically, I have never been one to do things by the books, but I have been inspired and influenced by many remarkable people. I hope that you too might find a little inspiration between the pages.

 

 

Welcome back, I hope you have been inspired and motivated by the excerpts above from the books I read in 2015.

I wish you to hear from you through comments and views

 

Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc. Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management

COO, HR CONSULTING NIGERIA

www. hrconsultingnigeria.wordpress.com

 

 

‘Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.’ ~Marcus Aurelius

There are various ways to prepare yourself for what might come your way, whether that’s a tough work project, a crisis, the loss of a loved one, an argument with your partner,or the zombie apocalypse.

One way is to get everything ready for anything that’s likely to come: get all your survival equipment, prepare your skills, plan for your work projects, get your affairs in order, think through your arguments, and so on.

The trouble with this is you don’t know what’s coming. And so you’ll spend your entire life preparing for various things, and not really be ready. And who wants to spend their life just preparing?

Another way of preparing is learning some skills that will have you ready for just about anything that might come.

This is the survival kit of living.

First, the philosophy: you can’t prepare for the details of every single possible thing that might come your way in the future, because the future is uncertain. Instead, realize that the external events are just details … the real thing to prepare yourself for is what happens internally. And it’s pretty much the same thing. So we’re going to learn some internal survival skills that will help us deal with anything the future holds.

Second, a little prep before you prep: I’ve found that while the external details aren’t as important as what you do internally, it’s still good to have your house in order as much as possible.

That means have your finances in order — get out of debt, or at least have your debts listed with a plan to pay them off as soon as you possibly can, have an emergency fund, spend less than you earn, invest as much as you can. That means simplify your possessions and your time.

Get your health in order — focus on eating more whole foods (especially vegetables) and less processed foods, get active. Once you have these things down, the rest of life is much, much easier.

The Survival Kit

If you learn these things, you’ll be ready for anything — from regular work and personal events to crises of all kinds, to major losses and life changes.

1. Mindfulness. This is the foundation — without practicing mindfulness, you won’t be able to do the other skills regularly enough for them to be useful. You can practice mindfulness simply by meditating — focus on your breath for a few minutes every morning, to start with. As you get better at mindfulness, you will get better at noticing what’s going on inside you as external events happen.

For example, if someone is yelling at you, you might be mindful of your body at that moment and notice an increased heartbeat, a panicky feeling in your chest, a hot flush in your face, or something like that. Mindfulness of your body’s responses alert you to what might be going on in your mind.

2. Watch your internal response. As you start to notice your mind’s responses to external events, you can begin to guide your response.

For example, if you are given a large project at the last minute, you might notice your breathing getting shallow and your chest tightening, or your jaw clenching … you can then see that you’re extremely anxious about this, maybe resentful that you’re being asked to do this on a short deadline. You can then examine those responses — anxiety, resentfulness — and decide how to act, rather than being controlled by them.

3. See what you’re holding onto. When you have a difficult feeling, like anxiety, anger, resentfulness, fear (including procrastination) …there’s something you’re attached to that’s causing the feeling. It can be difficult to spot this at first, but with practice you can see it in an instant.

If you’re angry or resentful, there’s an ideal situation you would like, and are holding onto, that doesn’t match up with reality.

For example, maybe someone has said something mean to you … you might be angry because (ideally) they shouldn’t treat you that way. It doesn’t matter if you’re right or not — if you want things to be different than reality, you’ll be angry or resentful or frustrated. Noticing what you’re holding onto is an important step.

4. Let it go. It’s impossible not to ever hold onto certain ideals … but if you see that the ideal is causing you pain, you can be compassionate with yourself and let go of the ideal. Sure, people should treat you nicely, but that’s an ideal that’s not always going to be true.

Letting go of the ideal means embracing the reality that there’s a wide range of behaviors
that people will have, and that’s a part of life. Humans don’t always act ideally. We need to accept that, and not force an ideal on reality.

5. Respond appropriately. Acceptance of reality doesn’t mean you do nothing. It means you let go of the ideals causing the painful feelings, and then figure out how to respond without the anger, frustration, anxiety, resentment.

Responding to a person or situation in anger or resentment (for example) doesn’t usually result in a skillful response. If you can let go of the ideal and let the painful feelings go, you can respond more skillfully.

When my child breaks a dish, for example, I can get angry (“They shouldn’t break dishes!”) and yell (not skillful), or I can let go of that ideal and the resultant anger, and see if the child is OK, and then calmly and compassionately talk about how to avoid that in the future.

That’s a more appropriate response. When we respond in
anger or frustration, we only compound the problem.

Responding calmly and compassionately means we’re going to be able to deal with anything that is in front of us, whether it’s a crisis or a loss or an angry loved one.

6. Stay in the moment. We make situations worse when we replay the past in our heads (“How can they have done that?”) or think of all the things that might go wrong in the future. In the present moment, things are OK. We can meet the present moment with calmness and compassion, if we can stay in the present.

That means being mindful of when our mind is stuck in the past or speculating about the future, and
returning to the present as much as we can.

7. Be grateful & accept the moment for what it is. Reality can suck, if we want it to be different … or we can accept reality for what it is, and be grateful for it.

This takes practice, because it’s hard to be grateful when you feel you’re being treated badly, or you’ve lost a job, or you’ve lost a loved one, or you’re battling illness. But this is the reality you have, not the ideal you wish you had. And it’s a reality that contains beauty, if we choose to see it. This skill makes us much more at peace with whatever we need to deal with.

It might seem overly simplistic to say that this survival kit of dealing with life will help us be prepared for any situation. And it is. But there’s nothing wrong with simplifying things, if only to help us focus our efforts on what’s most important.

In my experience, these skills matter. They make a huge difference. Practice them, and see how you’re able to deal with life in an entirely new way.

Culled from http://www.zenhabits.net

Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

Build for yourself a strongbox, fashion each part with care; when it’s strong as your hand can make it, put all your troubles there; hide there all thought of your failures, and each bitter cup that you quaff lock all your heartache within it, then sit on the lid and laugh- Bertha Adams Backus.

Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

Have you ever had people annoy you at work? Or maybe family members whose little habits bothered you? Have you been frustrated by a store clerk or waiter, or maybe another driver? What about frustration with your kid, or spouse?

How can we become more tolerant, find calm in the middle of all of these annoyances and frustrations?

For me, when I remember, the answer lies in getting outside of myself.

Nearly every moment of every day of our entire lives (more than 20 million seconds for me) is spent worrying about ourselves. We are preoccupied by concern about ourselves: am I doing the right thing, will I mess this up, will I be able to meet deadline, what do other people think of me, am I good enough, why is this happening to me, how can I get better, why don’t people listen to me, why don’t they treat me better, why can’t they get out of my way, why is my body so fat, why don’t things go my way, am I missing out on things?

But what if we were freed of this worry about ourselves?

What if, for a little while, we could assume our selves were being taken care of, comforted and protected and accepted?

What if we could stop this Thinking About Self for awhile, and do something else?

Wouldn’t this be a bit liberating? Wouldn’t it be nice to get free of this preoccupation that has taken up our entire lives?

I, for one, welcome this opportunity.

So what happens when we are freed of worrying about ourselves? We can now start looking in on other people, and finding out what they’re like, what they’re going through. It turns out, they are suffering just as much as we are. They are constantly worried about the same things, wanting to be happy but worried about themselves and wondering why this stranger (you) is always acting irritated with them.

We can see this suffering, and understand what it’s like, because we’ve just come from our own minds, where the same kinds of things have been going on for years. We can empathize.

We can also want them to suffer less, and maybe comfort them, give them compassion.

Returning to our own minds, arms full of this new information and empathy and compassion … we can maybe be more tolerant when someone doesn’t behave “perfectly” (as if we ever behave perfectly ourselves), when someone is rude or slow or loud. Maybe we can even act kindly towards them, give them a mental hug and see how we can help them.

Of course, it’s easy to return to our self-preoccupied state. I always return here, because it’s such a strongly-ingrained mental habit. But I can see this happening sometimes, and try to get out of the little space that’s my self preoccupied mind.

Even for the briefest moment, this little bit of floating around can bring a small measure of lightness and happiness. And if you practice it repeatedly, it’s a liberation like no other.

Culled from http://www.zenhabits.net

Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.