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By Shoaib Alam
Gold Gym's anniversary bash
LifeStyle staff is mostly female despite which they did not go to a show where semi naked buffed up men were put on display. Instead I was the scapegoat.
Gold's Gym, situated in Bahshundhara City in Panthapath, celebrated its anniversary with a body building contest. The main event consisted of muscled men contesting for two categories of under and above 75 kgs. The participants were the finalists of five men in each category. Best in show was a contestant popularly known as Ricky who had very well defined pecs as well as a taut set of six pack abs. Another contestant had the pre Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger hair style, facial expression and moves but not the physical mass. The winners in both categories were awarded one year's free gold membership at the gym.
Other events or rather prize giving ceremonies included categories for the most weight lost by members, for those who use the gym most and also winners of a children's swimming competition. Of course, the majority of the audience turned up during the dinner time specified in the invite.
The audience reaction was enthusiastic where surprisingly the men were doing all the cheering. The women had appreciative smiles but were quite quiet. Using my press identity as an excuse to chat with female audience members I asked some of them what they thought. Samreen, a university student, thought it was awesome to see such well buffed men strutting their stuff. It's a very uncommon event.
Her friend, Rudmilla, agreed and wants more of the same. Of the men, most of them wish they could be up on stage but without the hard work. Now don't we all want that?
Considering Bangladesh has only one annual Mr. Bangladesh fitness contest, more of this will hopefully encourage people to be more active about personal health.
By Ehsanur Raza Ronny
Check it out
Office etiquette: a key to success in the business world
Don't expect your first day at work to mark the fulfilment of your long-cherished dream to be a part of the professional world- it's only the beginning of a long and laborious journey. As your colleagues welcome you on board, you take your first steps into the corporate vessel that awaits you with endless rules and regulations- some on paper and others that you figure out from day to day practice.
You are likely to be forgiven if you are a fresh graduate but you would be expected to pick up the good manners from others in a short period of time. I think the first thing that one must practice in the workplace is bringing down the volume of his/her voice. Avoid talking loudly at work. You can scream and break your voice in the sports field but not here. Keep your cell phone in the vibration mode while working. Ensure that the blaring ring tone doesn't hamper your peer's work or become a cause of his/her irritation. When you talk over the phone, bring down your tone.
Things like saying Hello, Good Morning, Please, Thank You, Excuse me, Sorry or shaking hands with a newcomer must also be practiced on a regular basis. It's a good habit to say Hi or give salaam to your colleagues every morning before plunging into the sea of work.
Then things like replying to mail from your boss and peers must never be forgotten. If someone calls you up and cannot find you, make sure that you call him/her back. Never forget to follow-up. The pressure of work would make you forget many important things, so it might be a good idea to keep notes in a diary, post it's or in your PC. Most offices use MS Outlook for emails and this wonderful software can also help one organize your tasks and save you from many of the troubles that you undergo as a result of forgetting something.
Choose your work clothes carefully. Some organizations have dress codes that their employees strictly follow and others only demand their employees to dress professionally. Remember to always avoid wearing ultra-casual clothes to work. Even if your office doesn't have any dress code, try looking tasteful. Try to find out about the dress code of your company before joining. In Bangladesh today, most workplaces encourage women to wear salwar kameez. If your work environment allows it though, executive suits may also be worn.
Many women love to apply makeup and look their best at office and it's usually perfectly alright. But application of heavy makeup is always a big NO. Your office is a place to work not to party. Besides, it looks very, very unprofessional as well if you enter your workplace each morning with your face painted in red and purple. It's always ideal if you wear just the basic makeup to work. Never overdo it. I'm sure we all love to spray on our favourite perfume but here too make sure that you spray sparingly.
'Cleanliness comes next to Godliness." This is also true for any workplace. As a member of the professional world, you are expected to look fresh and clean. Keep your nails short, shampoo and bathe everyday, wash and iron clothes before wearing them and check if your shoes are sparkling and their heels are not worn out. For guys, getting a good hair-cut once a month is a must.
Top executives, who have seen and experienced a lot, say that it's always good not to criticize your peers and colleagues publicly, because the corporate grapevine works at the speed of light and your one statement against your boss would make your life unbearable sooner than you think! You can always praise others in public but when it comes to condemning or admonishing someone it better be done privately.
Surviving in the corporate world is certainly a tough job. However, good office etiquette and practices can take you a long way and even make it possible for you to make real some of your seemingly impossible dreams.
By Wara Karim
On the cover
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The very obvious
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By Sabrina F Ahmad
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