Boost Employee Morale: Physical Fitness Lays a Foundation for Success

A group of workers boost employee morale and productivity through stretches and physical fitness.

Does physical fitness increase employee morale and productivity? Today’s workplace environments are ideal settings for exercise motivation as more businesses recognize the important link between physical and mental health. Previous studies (mostly focused on office workers) found that about 50% of office workers experience musculoskeletal disorders and other health-related quality-of-life diseases. As an employer, you […]

Good Leadership Starts With Knowing When To Hold Your Tongue

Woman covers her mouth with her finger, illustrating that good leadership involves being quiet and knowing when to delegate.

Wielding your words well is a challenge for anyone in a position of leadership that wants to foster a strong team. When a leader speaks, the team (and company) listens. Not to say that everyone in the company walks in lockstep with the leader at his whim, it’s just to say that the leader’s words […]

the Gypsy Village Meets ECHO (EC Group Health Outreach)

If you’ve been keeping up with our outreach news, you’ve seen that we’ve been doing a lot of activities with the Gypsy village not far outside of the city of Chennai. Our last visit was for our Christmas party celebration. We visited again last week, this time as part of the annual EC Group medical […]

10 Criteria to Evaluate an Offshore Software Vendor

Are you looking into going offshore for some of your development needs? Having trouble figuring out which kind of vendor is the right fit, or afraid that you’ll be jaded by a bad choice? Here are ten criteria to evaluate an offshore vendor to see if they’re a good fit for you and your company. 1. Hiring Process […]

Beach Day

Spring finally arrived in Michigan this week. Good thing, too, because we were all starting to get cabin fever. It didn’t help that everyone in the India office (where it’s nice and sunny 365 days a year) got to go on a family beach outing.  (Some of us Michiganders considered a beach outing for ourselves, […]

Little Hearts Visit

This Monday our office had the day off to celebrate Republic Day–what a better time than to go visit the people at Little Hearts?! Approximately 6.5% of the Indian population has some form of serious mental disorder. These people are marginalized not just by society, but also their own families. Parents will often abandon their […]

Sharing the Joy of Christmas with the Gypsies

In the Thiruvallur District, about 30 miles from Chennai, there’s a village of 186 people who are referred to as the Gypsies. These people are marginalized, considered to be the lowest members of Indian society–untouchable according to some Indian communities. They are popularly called Narikuravars, or nomads. Most are illiterate, uneducated, and marry among themselves. […]

Road Safety & First Aid Seminar

Every 4 minutes, one death is reported on the streets of India. India holds the highest number of deaths due to road accidents. Tamil Nadu (the state our office is located in) tops the list with 16,175 deaths in 67,757 accidents. The crucial time between the accident and getting the victim medical attention can often […]

News Digest – HR Quick Reads

Can Nadella remake Microsoft under his new manifesto? Recently, Satya Nadella posted a memo to the entire staff of Microsoft in which he laid out the mission for the company in the years ahead. As Microsoft changes ownership and changes their operations, they have to reinvent themselves in some respects to keep up with the […]

EC Health Outreach (ECHO)

Not all people in India can access the healthcare they need. Urban areas have claimed 75% health infrastructure resources, but only 27% of India’s population lives in cities. The other 716 million of India’s people live in rural communities, where they suffer from a chronic lack of medical facilities. (Stats provided by the United Nations) […]