Episode # 227 – “An employer should not take an employee’s hard work for granted!” – Vidura “HR advice”!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed a very important Management concept being explained by Vidura in a very lucid form for all of us to understand and comprehend. He had mentioned the significance of how do we treat a worker in a proper manner. This is what we call in the modern day management science as “Employee Retention”, wherein an organization takes care of its employees in a way that they are happy and satisfied and protecting them from quitting the organization due to various issues.

Moving on thus, Vidura continues this explanation forward by saying that if we find a worker to be an extremely good person in terms of personal and professional commitments, we should never desert him/her during critical times. In other words, if a good worker faces any kind of problem, the organization that employs this worker should try to back him up and never leave him alone! Vidura explains thus:

“Tasmin bruthya bharthari vishvasanti!

Na chainam aapatsu parithyajanti!!”

Here Vidura explains that if a worker faces an imminent danger, we should never sacrifice him/her at any cost. Rather, we should help this person to overcome his difficulty in a smooth manner. This is again part of the “Employee Retention” strategy of modern day organizations! Nowadays, organizations go an extra mile in reaching out to its employees with regards to a variety of issues faced by them – Both personal and professional. We can see today that many organizations have in-house counseling mechanisms for its employees wherein it enables them to open up their problems to a trusted person/s within the organization, so that they can arrive at a solution in a smooth manner. In addition to this, modern day companies enhance their infrastructure facilities like creating place for playing some sports, gymnasium, etc. so that employees do not get burnt or stressed out too much with work! All these facilities are provided to employees so that they can balance out their work along with some recreation activities. Nowadays, many companies have also started the practice of celebrating important festivals within their campuses. This again gives an outlet for employees to express themselves, and if employees undergo stress and burnout, these kinds of initiatives are a key for their betterment – both productivity wise and personally as well! Thus the underlying message here is that, if employees face problems, the organization should never ignore them and rather, the organization should take an active role in helping its employees to come out of their problems in a smooth manner.

Now moving on further, Vidura explains thus,

“Krithyaani poorvam parisankyaaya sarvaan nyaayavyaye chaanuroopaancha vrutthim!!”

Here Vidura extends his discussion on how do we treat our employees in an organization. This is an extremely important point here – He now says that if we’re hiring a new employee to an organization, we should convey the exact job details, roles and responsibilities clearly to him/her at the time of joining. Here we see that the transparency between the employer and the employee is very important. The employer should not hide any significant part of the job requirements from a prospective employee during the recruitment stage. The employee who is joining our organization should exactly know what he/she is expected to do as part of the job requirement before joining, and also the compensation package that would be offered to him/her. The employee should not feel later on after joining the organization that he/she is being taxed with more job requirements than already promised by the employer before joining. In the modern day, this discrepancy happens because organizations think that they would end up paying more amount of salary to the employee if they disclose the entire part of the job description. Hence some organizations play the “dirty game” of promising a lesser salary package with a corresponding lesser job requirement. However when the employee joins the organization, he/she comes to know that the job requirement is much more than what was promised, but the salary remains the same! How sad is this on the part of the employee! He/she feels cheated by the organization, isn’t it? It is sad to note that more and more organizations are resorting to this dirty trick and it is advisable that such unethical approaches should be avoided! If there’s a deal, it should be fair for both the employer and the employee and never should be the case wherein the employee ends up on the losing side for no fault of his!

So for today let us ponder over this important aspect of Human Resources Management as explained by Vidura in his Vidura Neeti. Let us realize that our employees give their blood and sweat for our organization for its betterment and upliftment and hence it becomes our bound duty to honor their hard work in the right spirit! We should never end up cheating employees in such cheap manner as mentioned above and such unethical behavior from the organization’s part makes employees lose their trust with us, and would eventually get fed up and quit the organization once and for all! So let us not get into such situations! We shall wait till the next episode to continue more on this important discussion point! Stay tuned! 🙂

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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