Regarding Bench :(

By Csridharan87 Csridharan87 Points: 90 | Level: Starter | Status: [Member]
Posted on: 9/5/2013 7:47:38 AM | Views: 2487 | Points: 1
Hai to all,

I am working in a Mid level company.Recently my project was over.For the past 2 months i am in bench.It is very frustrating.:(.At the same time i have some fear regarding my job.Please suggest any useful instruction.

Sainath's Advice on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 :

In today's scenario, it is very unlikely that an individual does not come on the bench at some point. Whenever this happens, you should ideally find a way out. Below is a list of things I can recommend:

Things to avoid:
  1. Do not associate with people who have spent too much time on the bench. Typically, they will be very negative, resentful towards management, and indulge in bad-mouthing all over the place. It is best to avoid these kind of persons as all of these negative discussions are not going to help you at all.
  2. Avoid wasting time in useless activities - for ex. playing table tennis, carrom, chess or just browsing the public internet to kill time.
  3. Avoid playing games on your system - even if it is allowed.
  4. Avoid wasting time during lunch, in corridoor or pantry discussions

Things to do:
  1. Take positive action - network with others and find out what opportunities are available, if at all, in any account.
  2. List down your own skill sets - and compare these against the skill sets required in the biggest acccounts of your company. This will help you when you are eventually called for an interview for any open position.
  3. Be ready for any internal posting - these openings are usually announced suddenly and you have to go in for the candidate interview at very short notice. It is important to be prepared in advance. You should not lose even a single opportunity due to lack of readiness.
  4. Identify a potential certification to crack - and commence studying to clear it. This will be a very positive activity for you.
  5. Please follow 1 simple instruction - whenever you enter the office premises, before reaching your seat, you should have already planned what you would be working on that particular day. This is very important. On the bench, you will be having a lot of idle time. If you do not possess the self-discipline to make optimuim use of available time, you will allow yourself to get dragged into negative discussions and your thinking will be dominated by negative thoughts.
  6. Ensure that you are consistently working on pre-determined actions every single day, this will ensure that you do not have any time to think about job loss. In the worst scenario, it will be precisely these actions which will ensure that you are able to land another job in the worst eventuality of a job loss.
  7. Prepare, prepare and prepare. Keep raising your skills continuously on a daily basis. This will boost your self-confidence tremendously and eventually help you crack the interview - either within the organization or outside it for a new job.
The world seems to belong to those who reach out and grab it with both hands.It belongs to those who do something rather than just wish and hope and plan and pray, and intend to do something someday, when everything is just right.

- Brian Tracy

Sainath S,

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Comments or Responses

Posted by: Nismeh on: 9/23/2013 | Level:Starter | Status: [Member] | Points: 25

You don't have to much worry about your job security. Yes it is risky but in worst case. But yes you have to worry about your technical skills which you need to brush up in daily cases. Best option for this is you can work in your company for internal projects. This will help you to brush up things, your mind will be active so you can enjoy your job life, obviously these projects are not with much pressure so you can do it with cool minded and last but not least, these kind of projects will be taken care by Practice Managers and Business Architects so this is the only opportunity to be highlighted in their eyes. So BEST OF LUCK.

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