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Ever seen people with pink, white or black coloured blood?

We’re sure you haven’t.

All humans are gifted with red coloured blood, a tiny spill of which stirs strong emotional currents that inspires us to be unified, forgetting our differences. Unlike animals, we have the power to donate blood that empowers us to save lives across race, caste, creed and religion.

The laurel of blood donation doesn’t end here. Here are 3 key reasons why you should consider donating blood.

  1. Giving blood invigorates your blood flow and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Liver Cancer, Cirrhosis and Cardiac Disorders, by balancing the iron levels in your body.
  2. Blood donation connects and empowers. You’ll be able to save life, create awareness and a difference in your community by extending a helping hand.
  3. It’s simple, fun and the right thing to do. You just need to register, take a mini check-up, donate blood and enjoy refreshments.

On this World Blood Donor Day, unleash the hero within, donate blood and save life!

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How do you handle work hurdles while fasting for Ramadan, especially when your job demands frequent travel?

Here are 5 easy tips that would not disturb your fasting or affect your work productivity.

Tips for Employees Fasting During Ramadan

  1. Speak with your manager

    Discuss your work load and Ramadan fasting schedule with your manager to come up with a doable work plan to minimise fatigue. Plan your work so that high priority client visits are planned in the morning hours. Take short breaks throughout the day to avoid strain.

  2. Drive with care

    In the 2nd half of the day, your capability behind the wheel could be impaired due to low sugar levels. Schedule travel appointments during the 1st half of the day, when your concentration level is the highest. Also ensure, you complete your travel related work and reach home soon enough to break the fast.

  3. Eat sizeable Suhoor and a moderate Iftar

    Kick start your day with a sizeable, nutritious Suhoor meal in the morning. You should choose hydrating fruits, protein rich eggs and lean meat, and complex carbohydrate sources such as whole-grain bread, barley and lentils to provide you with necessary hydration and energy for the day ahead.

    In the evening, begin your Iftar meals with dates, yoghurt, soup and water, and then wait for atleast 10 minutes before consuming moderate portions of food, which should be rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, minerals and vitamins. Avoid intake of sugary and fatty food, as they can disturb metabolism, digestion and cause dizziness and fatigue.

  4. Get your rest

    Make sure you get atleast 8 hours of sleep at night as your daily routines have been altered during this fasting period. Steal in some time for short naps during your day to rejuvenate yourself.

  5. Don’t forget to exercise

    Just because you’re fasting, it doesn’t mean you should forget your fitness schedule. Go easy and do light exercises, atleast 2 to3 hours after Iftar. This would provide the needed endorphins to make you feel happy and content.

By following the tips above, you can work and travel without any hassles while fasting.

As the adage reminds us, work is also worship!

Ramadan fastingtips

Are you perplexed about how you can support your friends/colleagues who are fasting, during Ramadan?

fasting during Ramadan

We’ll help you out with 5 simple tips you can use to support and respect them during the month of Ramadan

  • Be sensitive to the effects of abstinence
    Abstaining from eating and drinking water the entire day might leave your friends dehydrated, hungry or even cranky. So give them their space, be kind and considerate.

  • Exercise discretion while eating, smoking and drinking in front of those fasting
    When your friend/co-worker is fasting, don’t deliberately eat, smoke or drink juices in front of him/her. Exercise discretion and be subtle about your lunch, tea and smoke breaks.

  • Don’t fuss about Ramadan fasting
    Ramadan is an enriching, rewarding experience for Muslims where they learn to rely less on food for emotional fulfilment. Hence don’t fuss about them not eating or starving through the day.

  • Don’t impose a social calendar
    Remember that fasting does not mean refraining from food alone. It includes abstaining from other indulgences. A lot of quiet time is required for introspection, charity and attain enhanced consciousness about God. Hence invite fasting Muslims only to appropriate social events.

  • Offer a little help
    Those who are fasting may suffer from low glucose levels, which could impede their productivity. Hence offer them a helping hand with their work. They’ll appreciate it.

How are you planning to extend your solidarity to your fasting friends during Ramadan?

Holy Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion. Let’s make it healthier by following these food tips while fasting.

Food Tips for a Healthier Ramadan

Love at first sight…

Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Yes, you were your parent’s love at the very first sight, and it’s mutual. Every baby’s eyes sparkle and has a toothless grin at the sight of her mother and father. It’s sweet nostalgia, to reminisce how dearest mum pampered you with your favourite home-made food and super-hero dad played ball with you in the dusty backyard. An unparalleled source of love and inspiration, parents are the first witnesses to your life. Shaping and moulding you into who you are today, they love you more with each passing day. And they love you just the way you are. Yes, you are the world’s most perfect child to them!

Can you ever reciprocate what your parents have done for you?

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For more than 70 years, unsung champions from United Nations have risked it all to bring about a positive change in the lives of people in conflict zones around the world. Just a glimpse of these heroes wearing blue helmets would bring in a sense of hope, joy and liberty into several affected hearts.

Today, on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, let’s salute these 124,000 heroes serving in 4 continents under the UN flag. Our heart goes out to honour the 3,400 brave hearts who have lost their lives in the service of peace as a result of acts of violence, accidents and disease.

Only when the power of love overcomes the love for power, the world will know peace!

UN Peacekeepers day

Expat Spouse Guide - UAE

Thursday, 26 May 2016

It’s been 3 years, since Katie Miller, a British national, had arrived in Dubai, UAE along with her husband to support his career.

It all began in 2013, when her husband received a lucrative career opportunity in Dubai with a leading international bank. After carefully weighing the options, Katie and her husband decided to take the plunge. This also meant, that Katie had to quit her successful career in fashion and shift base.

“When I landed in Dubai, I felt like a fish out of water. Right from the weather, to the culture, everything was drastically different. I was wary, apprehensive and had this surge of emotions on whether I made a mistake of landing here. I even considered taking the next flight out!” she exclaims. Today, Katie is extremely comfortable with the city and claims she is more of a local than an expat. “UAE is a nation where around 80% of the population comprises of migrants from all over the world. The country is the perfect host to various cultures allowing them to find their own space here. There are plenty of things to do in UAE as an expat spouse. Whether one wants to take up a job, or pursue other interests, UAE has a plethora of opportunities. “

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Completely inspired by her energy, and love for the country, we asked what advice she would give to any newbie expat spouse to UAE.

“Seek the veterans!”

Katie empowered herself by joining clubs such as the Ranches Ladies and AWN Group that offered her invitations to several social events, workshops and even mentorship programmes. She suggests that these clubs have all the expats who’ve “been there and done that” drill of overcoming the blues of moving to a new country. “These kinds of clubs tie-up with a lot of events and workshops and you have an instant access to like-minded people”, she says.

“Learn the local language”

“Learning a country’s native language invariably helps you to its culture”. Katie shared with us how she learned a lot about UAE’s history and heritage in her Arabic language class. She advises other expat spouses to make efforts to learn atleast the basics which will help them with moving around the city and communicating with the locals, and will also probably earn a brownie point if they want to work.

“Get touristy!”

Katie says that she got herself a tourist map and guide and decided she will cover three places-to –visit or events every week. “When I visited the art exhibition Dubai International Art Centre, I was so thrilled that I enrolled myself in their workshop on sculpting. It was such an exhilarating experience and my husband was so thrilled when I brought a piece I had worked on! Online portals like Timeout, lists so much of things to do and see that one can never get bored”.

“App yourself!”

“UAE is extremely progressive in terms of digitalisation and is extremely well-connected, and one must leverage this” she muses. “Anytime of the day or night, when my husband or I need medical assistance, my first resort is the Dubai Doctors and DHA Library app. Also, web forums such as Expat Forums, Expat Focus and Transitions Abroad come in handy with pointers, suggestions and experiences for common situations”.

Katie believes in living life to the fullest. “The happier you are, the more productive you become” she quips. She recommends going out and exploring the best of UAE. Taking boat rides across Dubai, visiting the grandeur Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi, camping in Ras Al Khaimah, the country boasts of an eclectic mix of things-to-do and places to see. “This country has a quaint feel to it that you will never know when you fell in love with it!”, she adds. Touche to that!

Image Disclaimer: Please note that the image used in this article is for illustrative purpose only and does not represent Katie Miller.

Did you know that your communication skill contributes to 85% of the success in your life?

Now, over 60% of our wide-awake productive time is spent at workplaces. Communicating and collaborating with colleagues, play an important role in enhancing productivity while ensuring your health and well-being at work. Each co-worker has his/her own unique communication style. Some may be more vocal and aggressive, some passive and some others neutral or even indifferent.

communication strategy for workplace

So how do you effectively communicate without offending or hurting the sentiments of your colleagues across all strata? We’ll help you with 4 proven strategies that’ll take you places.

Strategy 1: Ask and Clarify

Atleast a majority of us are not clairvoyant! So don’t assume facts in any situation. Ask gently to gain clarity and then take it from there. Remember the message sent, isn’t always the message received. Hence after conveying a particular message, double check if the recipient has got it right.

Strategy 2: Write Crisp and Polite E-mails

Most on-record professional communication is via e-mail. Utmost caution needs to be taken while drafting e-mails keeping in mind brevity and tone. To increase the chances of your e-mail getting optimum results, politely provide a context and call to action for your request.

Strategy 3: Be Diplomatic During Conflicts

Diplomacy and tact are essential to handle crisis situations such as conflict and confrontation. You’ll have to be honest, yet respecting the person's feelings. Choose your words carefully to relieve tension and blame, allowing both sides to simmer and reflect on possible resolutions. Efforts should be made to strive for a win-win situation.

Strategy 4: Don’t be a Naysayer

Yes, it’s good to say’ no’ when you mean ‘no’. However constant negations could develop a negative vibe around you. When you feel a particular task assigned to you cannot be completed at the requested deadline, instead of just saying ‘no’, you can politely justify by listing down your priorities and the time availability. This will help the other person to understand your workload instead of taking your refusal as an attitude problem.

Communication is the basis of all relationships, personal and professional. The road to success is lit by your power of communicating and helping the audience understand your point of view. This way, organisations too could reduce employee turnover, absenteeism and performance issues.

Which of the 4 communication strategies mentioned above has helped you on your road to success?

Interview Body Language Tips

Monday, 18 April 2016

Interview Body language tips

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