Do read them…they are amazingly interesting…
I want to write more on the work place culture…
I have changed 3 companies in 7 years of work ex…
In my previous company (my second one) sitting back late was a norm…it was like if you dont stay back late, you are not efficient..pretty much as S&S put it in her post….you could come in at whatever time, but never leave on time…in my peak pregnancy, I have stayed back and worked till 10, worked on weekends, left home at 6.30 and reached work to finish off work…the stress levels were horrible…so much that R’s current doctor actually attributes R’s asthma to my stress levels in some way…
in the current company, which is basically an engineering firm, no one stays back..and if you stay back, you get paid 200 Rs an hour!!!! so there are people who actually plan their new furniture around overtime money..okie so I have to buy that sofa which is Rs.4000, so I need to put in X hours of OT in this week, so as to reach my goal..blah blah blah….
and like S&S also wrote, till you were unmarried, it really didnt matter, it also didnt matter if you were married and had no kids and had a spouse who is equally workoholic..but it definitely started to matter once you had a kid…
again, we Indians dont believe in pursuing hobbies at the cost of ‘work’ we wont leave work on time to go to that dance class or music class or violin class…we will rather ‘work’ than enjoy a hobby…
but once it comes to children, we may..I repeat..may try and leave work on time..that too I notice its only the women…most men around me, nope sir…meri biwi hai na!
RD, I am extremely proud to say here, is the opposite…since he works nearer to home, its he who takes leaves, rushes in case of an emergency..and hands R over to me once I am back home 🙂
RD’s office is one of the few I have seen, who really values its employees..at least RD’s boss does…he is amongst the very few who actually persuade RD to go on leaves, take leaves, enjoy with the family and try and accommodate to R’s ill health as much as possible..he never question’s RD on why he has to go on leave…you have to take a leave..go ahead, no questions, no come to work now…blah blah blah! he is an amazing boss…of course the fact that RD is never disconnected from work is something I am not dwelling on…I think the fault lies more with RD than his boss..because his boss values family…and to me thats the true spirit of a boss…one who trusts you to finish work in your own time and space!
anyways these are what I think should be work ethics in every organisation
1) Trust your employee to finish work…whether in 4 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours it doesnt really matter….give him/her deadlines which are realistic and then leave it to them to finish it..if they dont, give them 3 more chances…if not, well..just sack them!
2) Never expect your employees to stay back just for the heck of it..I always believe if you cant finish your work in 10 hours, it just shows either you are inefficient or you are really over loaded..in case of the former, turn efficient; in case of the later, talk to your boss and let him know the importance of getting the right amount of work
3) Staying back late is not a norm! Infact people who stay back late at work should be pulled up to be more efficient! its not a positive thing!
4) Ask for valid reasons before letting a person stay back…check why that person is staying back – for work or just like that!
I guess we need to change our work culture really really really…we need to realise that we are no longer slaves…we work for ourselves..and if the company is nice to us..we will be nice to the company..
If RD is super dedicated its more to do with the fact that his boss and his organisation cares for him which results in him caring for his organisation..
its always a two way relation..the more you care for your employees the more they will give back..
honestly in this organisation, I dont mind staying back late or working on a saturday..because my boss never pressurizes me to stay back…you leave on time and do it tomorrow…something that makes me want to do more for him…and thats the work culture we need to stress on..
I can understand occasionally staying back working against deadlines, etc etc..but to make it an everyday affair is not really a great thing..
and something comes to my mind..
whats the point of slogging so much…when are you going to enjoy what you are earning? after retirement?
which of course you can..but there are certain things which you can do only when you are young..so why not do that..enjoy, let go, have fun when you can!
Being sincere to work is great, but remember being sincere to yourself is equally important 🙂
ETA: R is doing much better..she went to school and will proceed to daycare after that…thank you all for th prayers and for asking about her…I am so touched 🙂