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The Human Resource Officer
CARIRI - Caribbean Industrial Research Institute
Location: UWI Campus, St Augustine
Mailing Address: Tunapuna Post Office, Trinidad and Tobago
Please submit resume, with contact telephone number, by Friday September 6, 2013 to:
While we thank you for your interest, unsuitable applications would not be acknowledged
The successful candidate will report to the Chief Executive
Officer and is generally accountable for ensuring the Institute's
compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act, as
well as the execution of our safety policies and procedures.
Qualifications and Experience
Certificate would be an asset
• One must enjoy whatever he does to deliver his
best. Lack of interest and focus result in errors and
delay in the task. Employees involved in constant dis-
putes tend to spread negativity around and spoil the
ambience of the organisation. One doesn t feel like
going to office and eventually his work suffers. He
starts treating work as a burden. One feels suffocated
at places where individuals sitting on adjacent work-
stations do not talk to each other. Your happiness,
sorrows, tensions need to be shared with others.
Imagine a situation where you are constantly fighting
with your siblings at home. Would you ever feel com-
The answer is no. In the same way if one is involved
in constant arguments with his fellow workers, he
would never feel like stepping into the office. One
needs to have friends at work for him to stay motivated
in the organisation. No individual can work for 8-9
hours at a stretch. He needs a break and people around
for him to relax.
• In the current scenario only those organisations
can survive where work is done in an innovative way.
Creativity and innovation comes through discussion.
Employees must sit together on an open forum where
every employee has the liberty to express his ideas.
Every employee comes out with a unique idea which
can be evaluated thoroughly to come out with some-
thing that has never been thought or implemented
before. Employees together can contribute their level
best in coming out with something beneficial to them
as well as the organisation.
• One needs to have trusted colleagues at work who
can guide him and correct him if he is wrong anywhere.
If one is spending the maximum part of his time in
the office, it is but natural to share some or the other
secrets with the team members. If you fight with
others, you can t rely on anyone and things would be
really difficult for you. One has to pretend always and
can t speak his heart out.
• Employees not very satisfied and pleased with
their work and management tend to change their jobs
frequently. They find it difficult to adjust in such cir-
cumstances where one is at loggerheads with the other
employee and thus fail to perform. Employee retention
becomes a major problem when employees do not
share a warm relationship with others as well as the
management. An organisation invests so much of its
time in training the new joinees so that they come at
par with the other existing employees and it s really
sad when the employees leave midway.
• If employees have strained relationship with each
other, everyone works in his own sweet way and coor-
dination becomes a concern. Employees are reluctant
to share their workload and are thus always overbur-
dened and unhappy.
They fail to accomplish tasks within the desired
time frame and hence the organisation suffers. Employ-
ees are busy pulling each other s legs and thus waste
all their time which should be ideally used in productive
work. The output of the employees in such situations
is actually a big zero.
Nobody likes to carry tensions back home. Disputes
always lead to stress at work and people feel restless
even at home. One can t enjoy anywhere and is sad
always. Individuals take frequent leaves from work
leading to disciplinary problems at workplace.
Nobody bothers to follow the rules and regulations
of the organisation and the office is a complete mess.
After effects of poor
• Not all teams can afford to have members
of the same sex only. Female employees are
also likely to be there in the team and might
not be too comfortable with their male coun-
terparts. A male employee trying to be friend-
ly with his female team member just to
increase the comfort level between them
might not be appreciated by her. She might
think otherwise and lose her trust on him.
A feeling of insecurity would crop up and
thus spoiling the relationship between them.
One needs to be very careful while dealing
with team members of the opposite sex.
Think before you speak and do take care of
Too much of interference and a friendly
nature might not work well. During informal
get togethers make sure one does not speak
anything which might embarrass the females.
Avoid too much boozing or smoking at par-
ties where female team members are also
invited. They would feel awkward and would
never be able to talk to you or discuss things.
The female employees must also understand
the corporate culture and should not over-
react unnecessarily. It is absolutely normal
to go out for meetings with your boss who
is a male.
• It is really difficult to meet the expec-
tations of each and every employee. Employ-
ees should not expect monetary benefits
which exceed the company s budget. The
moment the management refuses to offer
the desired incentives or perks to the employ-
ees they become negative and tend to spread
rumours around. They badmouth their supe-
riors, lose interest in work and hence their
relationship suffers. To avoid such a situation,
it is essential for the employees to have real-
Don t ask for something which you your-
self know is not possible and might disturb
the budget of the organisation. The team
leader from the very beginning must prepare
an incentive plan after discussing with his
team members. The incentive plan must be
same for everyone.
• It is human tendency to support some-
one who speaks well about you or favours
Jerry s music academy was near Patrick s
apartment. Jerry went with Patrick almost
daily and no doubts always supported him
at the workplace. Patrick was the one who
had the liberty to take frequent leaves. Jerry
never ever said anything to him which was
not at all acceptable to the other team mem-
One should never be partial at the work-
place. Everyone is working to earn his bread
and butter just like you. No one is special
in the organisation. If anyone is working
hard, the company is also paying him well.
It is always better to avoid taking unnecessary
favours from anyone. Don t ask your sub-
ordinates to pick your son from school, go
for a grocery shopping or book your movie
tickets. The moment you ask for favours,
the other individual starts taking undue
• You can never change the thought
process of any employee. One can never get
into anyone s head to find out what he is
thinking. You might speak something in a
casual way but the other person might mis-
understand it and make an issue out of it.
One might say something in a light mood
but the other person might take it seriously
and start arguing. It is always better to be
crisp and precise at workplace Avoid lose
talks at work and don t discuss things not
related to your work.
The superior might not always be acces-
sible to his team members. A team leader
might have to go for an urgent meeting when
his team member walks up to him with a
query. In such a scenario the employee should
not feel neglected or ignored. It is the team
leader s duty to get back to his team members
once he is free.
• Be realistic. Don t ask any employee to
attend his office on his birthday or marriage
anniversary. One should never ask any
employee to stay back late at office when
he knows the other person has a party to
attend. Understand other s problems well.
The team member should also not ask for
leaves when he is aware of the work pres-
Remember life is all about adjustments.
Don t always have a negative approach
towards life. Learn to compromise sometimes
and make the organisation a happy place to
Overcoming the challenges
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