Surviving the Office Culture – Career Hunts Blog Career Hunts blog | Job Recruitment Advice | Career Guide Fri, 25 Nov 2022 13:42:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Great Resignation: And How Is It Affecting The Indian Job Scene? Tue, 19 Jul 2022 06:50:00 +0000 The Great Resignation is one of the top concerns for employers across the globe. Also known as “Big Quit”, it has become an economic trend that has significantly disrupted the job market.

While the essence of this phenomenon is common knowledge, some questions remain unanswered. Does this blog seek answers to important questions like what is the Great Resignation? how has it impacted India? and what does it mean for you?

What is the Great Resignation?

Starting in the USA in 2020, the Great Resignation is the voluntary mass resignation of employees from the workforce.

Due to the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies had to introduce new rules and work processes, leading to drastic changes in the workplace.

With slashed salaries, overtime shifts, and the need to work during a pandemic, the employees started feeling exhausted, and since the return efforts were so little, they decided to call it quits on their job.

About 40% of the employees chose to quit as they were no longer interested in the traditional approach of employers where job security, work-life balance, and learning opportunities were scarce.

With the increasing scope of skill development, remote jobs, and freelance opportunities, people found it easier to quit their jobs and start afresh in a place where they could find work-life balance and control their work style.

How did the Great Resignation affect India?

The impact of the Great Resignation went beyond the USA and soon found its way to India.

Anyone who was a part of the Indian workforce in 2021 would have experienced (or know someone who experienced) a shocking shift in the corporate culture.

With frozen hiring processes, the chances of finding new job opportunities were scant, and slashed salaries, increased work hours, restricted leaves, and other factors led to the Great Resignation in India.

From opening food stalls after losing their jobs to quitting jobs to maintain social distance during the pandemic, many employees left the workforce for good. Others developed new skills and switched careers.

The trend of switching careers is so prevalent that the Great Resignation in India is also called the Great Reshuffle, as many working professionals explore career shifts rather than dropping out of the workforce.

After going through two major COVID-19 waves, the Indian job market is finally seeing some stability, but the impact of the Great Resignation is still visible.

A report suggests that 86% of Indian Employees May Resign In the next 6 months, while 61% of Employees are Willing To Accept Salary Cuts For Work From Home.

Another significant change caused by the Great Resignation is the shift in job seekers’ priorities.

Previously, a competitive salary was a good motivator for people seeking a job change. However, this has changed during the pandemic as people prioritize well-being and work-life balance.

The demand for work-from-home opportunities remains at an all-time high as Indian professionals seek work-life balance over attractive salaries.

Job seekers in post-pandemic India are seeking opportunities with companies that offer flexible work schedules, learning, and upskilling opportunities, job security, work-life balance, and career growth with the salary they deserve.

What are the reasons behind the Great Resignation?

The trend of the Great Resignation was first witnessed in early 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic spread globally.

Lack of hiring opportunities, furloughs, layoffs, and reduced salaries led to people quitting their jobs and finding alternative income opportunities to earn a living.

This led to the realization that it is better to chase opportunities and careers where people are in control of their situation. The fear of being hopelessly unemployed again is one of the reasons behind the Great Resignation.

Other reasons that led to the Great Resignation are:

  1. Work-related stress like job burnout

  2. The desire for a more stable income source

  3. Lack of learning and development opportunities

  4. Increase in demand for flexible, freelance, and work-from-home jobs

  5. Work-life balance over competitive salary

  6. Toxic work culture

  7. Need to control work dynamics (Employees want more control over their work dynamics)

Should you join the Great Resignation too?

The idea of joining the Great Resignation bandwagon might sound very appealing, but is it a good idea to quit your job straight away?

Despite the Great Resignation, finding a job that suits your requirements is a time-consuming process.

Even if you do not plan on finding a new job, it is crucial to know whether you can survive quitting your job. So, before you hand in your resignation, these are some things you must consider:

  1. Do you have a full-proof backup plan to support you during unemployment?

  2. Is there enough money in your safety net to support your expenses during this time?

  3. Have you found a good opportunity worth quitting your job for?

  4. Do you have the required skills for the role you are seeking? (If not, take some time to upskill and develop the required skill set)

  5. Are you ready to go through the tiresome process of job hunting?

  6. In case you are planning on a career switch, do you have the relevant hard and soft skills?

  7. Have you updated your resume and social media profiles?

What does the Great Resignation mean for JobSeekers?

The Great resignation has created a job seekers’ market. Earlier, the supply of talent and resources was often more than the demand, especially in countries like India, where the resources are almost unlimited, but job opportunities are scarce.

But with the advent of the Great Resignation, many people have left their positions in the workforce, making it a job seekers’ market and giving them the freedom to choose the companies they want to work with, and not the other way around.

The Great Resignation has also influenced companies to promote the concept of remote jobs to make things easy for their employees.

This makes hiring across countries easy and brings the chance of working for foreign companies to people, opening up a plethora of opportunities for job seekers.

Also, there is a sense of control among job seekers. People who were comfortable working for 10+hours a day for a minimal salary are now reconsidering this.

With a shift in priority, more people now look for work-life balance, competitive salaries, and job satisfaction. And the job seekers find it easy to find these aspects in their new jobs as they have the power to negotiate.

Another reason why the post-pandemic job market belongs to the jobseeker is that people are now choosing to have a more flexible lifestyle.

With work-from-home, hybrid, and remote job options, employees can decide what type of job role they want to take up and how flexible they want their job to be.


The massive disruption in the job market has led to a massive shift in the balance between employers and employees.

With job seekers looking at opportunities outside of their field and job market altogether, organizations must rethink what they are willing to offer to their employees to retain them.

But one thing is for sure- the job seekers are now well aware of their priorities and are willing to risk it all to find an employment opportunity that is worth the effort.

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Things To Do After You Get Promoted! Mon, 13 Jun 2022 06:09:00 +0000 So, all your hard work has finally paid off and you have snagged that promotion. Congratulations!

Although the thrill of being promoted is undeniable, it also brings with it a great deal of responsibility. Everything from titles to Key Results Areas to desk locations to even team swaps could be up for grabs.

Some people struggle to adjust after being promoted, while others do it with ease.

This blog will take you through 7 things a newly promoted employee needs to perform for a successful transfer.

Learn what your manager is looking for from you.

After receiving a promotion, the first thing you should do is schedule a one-on-one meeting with your new reporting manager to discuss the position’s requirements and establish a plan for meeting them. This will provide insights into your plan of action for your personal goals as well as the team’s goals.

Think and remain positive

A promotion has the potential to alter the working environment and team dynamics in significant ways. It’s possible that some workers will experience imposter syndrome.

Impostor syndrome is a psychological occurrence in which an individual starts doubting their skills, talents, accomplishments, etc. along with a constant internal fear of being exposed as a fraud.

Keep in mind that your manager promoted you due to your abilities, thus you shouldn’t let uncertainty enter your mind. What follows are some suggestions for overcoming your uncertainty.

Self-compassion is a skill that must be developed.

Don’t forget that you’re a person, so it’s normal for you to make mistakes. It’s through these mistakes that you learn and grow in your life and career.

Think back on the things you’ve done in the past and accomplished.

We all at some point have been terrified to accomplish a task successfully, but it went smoothly. Remembering past achievements helps restore faith in yourself and gives you the courage to take command of the current circumstance.

Do not judge yourself in relation to others.

Do not compare yourself unfavorably to others; everyone has their own unique path. Look inward and push yourself to improve with each new assignment.

Hold on tight to your closest circle of buddies.

It is normal to seek out supportive friends and family members during moments of self-doubt.

Don’t just jump in feet first.

Many newly promoted employees, especially if you were previously an employee in the firm, tend to rush headfirst into taking care of the allocated tasks.

Instead, take things slowly and make sure you fully grasp the job at hand, the procedures involved, and the shifting dynamics of the team. Fill in any gaps that may have been caused by your promotion gradually.

You can do this by talking to your team in either a group meeting or conducting one-on-one meetings to understand what they require and how you can support them.

Regulate your interactions with your old pals.

When you are promoted ahead of your colleagues, some of whom you may have made friends with over time, the dynamics of the workplace can shift. This could be a breeze or a nightmare depending on how your team reacts to your promotion.

After receiving a promotion, the first order of business is to schedule separate one-on-one meetings with each member of the team to make sure everyone’s expectations and perspectives are aligned.

Make sure your friendship doesn’t lead to any problems at work. To effectively manage your team at the senior level, you must grasp how they react and how they reason.

Think about what you want to achieve and reorganize your priorities.

Spend some time reflecting about your new position and its expectations after your promotion.

Create both short-term and long-term objectives, as well as SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based) objectives.

This will give you time to plan for the long-term goals you want to achieve while also allowing you to focus on the ones that need your immediate attention.

When in doubt, ask for assistance.

While you may be familiar with the company’s processes, stakeholders, etc. after years of service, this is not necessarily the case. There will be a shift in what you’re responsible for if you’re promoted, so don’t be afraid to ask for assistance.

However, if you are joining as a recently promoted employee, don’t be shy about seeking guidance from those above you or those with similar titles. Because of this, you’ll have a better grasp of the inner workings of your position.

Get the word out about your skills through word of mouth promotion.

It’s common knowledge that building a network is crucial to moving up the corporate ladder. Members of your network may include teachers, professionals in your field, and other helpful people.

In addition to them, though, you’ll need a group of trustworthy advocates who can promote your skills and abilities throughout the company. Mentors, sponsors, credible teammates, or even subordinates, could fit this bill.

By expanding your social sphere in this way, you and your business can find more possibilities to connect with like-minded individuals.

Make sure your social media accounts reflect your new professional status.

A promotion is a major accomplishment. When you obtain a promotion, treat it like one and update your title and, if necessary, your team. Sharing your professional successes with your contacts like this is a great way to keep the word out and open doors to new opportunities.


These suggestions may seem obvious, but it’s amazing how often we overlook even the simplest methods for handling complex problems.

These suggestions should ease your transition into your new position following your promotion.

All the Best!

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How to Realize a Toxic Work Culture? Tue, 10 May 2022 12:15:00 +0000 As an employee, you spend the bulk of your day at work. This is one of the main reasons why the company culture plays a vital role for every employee because this can make or break an employee, in turn controlling the company’s productivity.

No matter if it is the absence of work-life balance, constant micromanagement, or something else, toxic work culture can impact an employee in more ways than one.

So, before you start thinking about quitting, here are 5 signs of toxic work culture to recognize and ways to attack the situation in case you find yourself in one.

Signs of a toxic work culture

Sometimes it is not the entire organization that is toxic, but certain aspects of it. So, it is important to recognize the threats and tackle them.
Given below are a few markers to recognize a toxic workplace.

Going to work feels like a task

When you work in toxic work culture, waking up and reaching your workplace can feel like an impossible job. This is significant because a shoddy work mindset can hamper the implementation of other team members.

On the opposite, a healthy work atmosphere makes you feel enthusiastic. A right work culture enables an employee to push themselves to do their finest, leading to more satisfactory productivity.

The constant fear of failure

Mistakes are sometimes going to happen, even to the best. Although it is true to life to feel resentful over it, feeling petrified about confessing to an error is a different thing.

A good work culture lets you the room to take calculated risks and learn from your mistakes. You will not only be coached and given the chance to fix the mistake but also be authorized to continue taking charge of projects.

Restricted/ No communication

Communication plays an essential role in the workplace, the absence of which can cause utter chaos. A toxic work culture rarely allows open discussion and tags any questions as ‘defensive’ or on similar lines.

Along with this, a toxic work culture observes very inflexible hierarchical divisions with hardly any communication between the groups. This can cause a lack of idea exchange leading to the stagnancy of growth and causing a huge effect on performance.

The employee turnover rate is high

Another indication of toxic work culture is the high turnover rate of the company. You can expose this sign if you do thorough research not just about the company on websites, but also on job searching websites like Career Hunts.

If you notice multiple job ads from the same company, you can ask the question during your job interview and then take a call accordingly if you find the answer convincing.


Although you can’t control the other person’s activities, you can manage the way you react to them. The best way to do so is to comprehend how the said person responds and you can tweak your response consequently to maintain peace.

The best way to avoid a bad experience in toxic work culture is to research the company thoroughly. Go the extra mile and try to connect with former and/or current employees and ask about their experience working at the organization.

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