HOW TO CREATE A GMAIL OR GOOGLE CONTACT GROUP?

Once in a while, come times when you have to go through the hard task of e-mailing the same message to multiple people at once. If you’ve done this, you know that it is a long, boring process. If you haven’t, envision this:

 Let’s say you’re the proud owner of a book club. There are thirty people in your club. This means that every time you send a mail to your members, you’d have to add 30 recipients into your Cc. Now, this is a manual process- time taking and inefficient. Sometimes, you can even forget adding some members. Sound familiar?

Well, it’s time to get with the times. It’s time for a solution Shared Google Contacts groups. 

Through a contact group, you can send the same mail to tons of people without going through 30 different e-mails, a process that can cost you twice as much time. With contact groups, composing your e-mail is only one click away, as it should be!

CONTACTS AND CONTACT GROUPS: WHAT ARE THEY?

 ‘Google contacts’ is an app borrows accounts from your g-mail, processing a list of people that you regularly contact. You can also create your own contact on Google Contacts by uploading their name, e-mail, phone number, and other info. In fact, by syncing your Google Contacts to your android, you can directly save the contacts you enter on your PC to your phonebook!

Contact grouping is another feature of Google Shared Contacts. It collects and brings together e-mail accounts under one common label. You can mail all the accounts in your group by calling on the group label. 

Considering the book club example, if you create a contact group using all the email accounts of the club members and label it “Book Club”, you can now send updates to your members by simply putting in “Book Club” into your Cc. You can now send a bunch of e-mails without the hassle of having to enter everyone’s names every single time.

CREATING A G-MAIL CONTACT GROUP

You’ll find that contact groups are as easy to create as they are to use. Here’s how to create a G-mail contact group:

  1. Open Google Contacts. Log in to your Google account, and click on the Google App icon on the top right corner. Upon clicking, a drop-down list of accessories will open up. You will find Google Contacts here.
  2. Google keeps track of people you interact with regularly, and stores them into “Frequently Contacted”. People who work at your company can be found under “Directory”. Click either one of these to access contacts. You can also create new contacts by clicking on “Create”. Enter the required info.
  3. Choose what contacts to include in your group by clicking on the checkboxes beside your contacts.
  4. Click on the “Label” option to create a “new label”. All the contacts you choose will be added to the group under the label/name that you choose for your group.

 

With that, your G-mail contact group is created! Head on over to g-mail, type in your group label and send a mail to all your group members. This is also one of the way you can share you google contacts with other Gmail & Gsuite Users

360 degree performance reviews give better perspectives to employees

Every employee knows and is familiar with the limited feedback that they receive in semi-annual or a yearly basis.  These reviews give very limited information as it is done by the manager from a single mind’s perspective. Getting reviewed by your manger does give you a small indication of how you are performing but those reviews do not help you with your growth in the company. 360 degree performance review are very different from normal review by a manager.  360 degree performance reviews are designed to focus on three specific areas:

  • Reviewing and identifying measures for improvement and new skills
  • Measuring the track for improvement and new skills
  • Identifying certain behavior indicators that people may be directly or indirectly affected by

While normal reviews are done by a single person, 360 degree performance reviews are done by managers, several other peers and your colleagues on various different indicators such as team work, communication among the people, complying with business protocols and the behavior around the organization. The main focus for asking all the people that work with you to provide a feedback is to help the employee further improve and grow in the company and have a long term career development,. With many people providing feedback from different perspectives, it helps to get a clear picture on where does the employee stands.

It is important for the employee to regular feedback to ensure that they are doing the right thing. With constructive feedback, it gives the employee the room for improvement. As the common saying goes to that to learn anything and be an expert at it, it takes about 10,000 hours of practice. But if you do not get feedback in these 10,000 then you will be making the same mistake. In order to make this time worth it, you need to have high quality feedback coming on your way.

Another great example of why constant review is every important is programming. When you do any technical job like coding or doing a design work, you get instant feedback from the system that there is an error in the code or the alignment is not coming. This instant feedback helps the technical expert to resolve all the issues and they can address it to fix it. The feedback provided by the system is indisputable and accurate.

Similarly if you are working in a business environment, getting instant feedback may be hard as more time is devoted towards planning, analyzing and executing. But it is important to get constructive feedback time to time to help your skills further develop in a company. Even though 360 degree feedback gives you the drawbacks of any employee, it simply won’t change the person. The change has to come within the person only if they follow the 360 degree performance review accurately.

It is important to implement 360 degree feedback for business to give a wider perspective and help the person grow. Implementing 360 degree evaluations will certainly help more than just giving seasonal singular person feedback