In the previous episode we had witnessed how Vidura lays lot of stress in the welfare of employees and workers and he talks at length on how to treat employees in such a way that they’re happy and satisfied with their job at hand. Eventually in yesterday’s episode we had concluded that employees do give their blood and sweat for the beterment of the organization and as leaders, we should never underestimate that. We should be transparent with the employees about their job roles and the compensation package paid to them accordingly. There should be no ambiguity in this part – For instance, if the employer is going to increase the workload of the workers without substantial increase in their salary package, it is a clear signal that the organization is taking employees for a ride! It is evident that the organization or the employer is totally misleading the employees and cheating them!
If this happens on a continued basis, this is where employees lose the trust with the organization and they start exhibit what is called in Organizational Psychology, “Deviant workplace behavior”. As part of this deviant workplace behavior, employees might go to any extent to defame the name of the organization through different ways – They might exhibit deliberate low performance on the job, they might indulge themselves in sabotage, that is, purposefully damaging key infrastructure in the organization’s premises, or they can even go to the extent of abuse – both physical and verbal! Hence to avoid all these aspects of deviant workplace behavior from employees, it is the bound duty of the employer to adequately take care of them in a fair and a respectable manner. At last at the end of the day, the employer should realize that employees also have a family to take care of at their homes! If we’re hurting an employee in some way, it is also equivalent of hurting a family at large as well! Hence as an employer, one needs to be extremely careful while handling employees. This is exactly what Vidura explains here too – He says that an employer should never desert a worker who is totally loyal and sincere in his/her efforts towards the organization. Subsequently he mentions that the professional deal between the employer and employee should be fair and transparent wherein both parties clearly know what to do and what to expect in return.
Sometimes what might happen is that, certain organizations would promise a particular amount of salary. But of course there would be a few deductions from the salary such as TDS (Tax Deducted at Source), Contributions towards Employee Provident Funds (PF), etc. Thus while discussing the salary package with the employee at the time of joining, the organization is bound to let the employee know all these kind of deductions in advance.
Unfortunately we have few organizations who deliberately hide such dedcutions from employees and when they find it out in their salary slip, they get shocked! Thus it should be remembered by every organization that whatever rules, policies, frameworks, etc. that exist within the organization, they should be clearly communicated to the employees when they join duty. In this way, we are making sure that the relationship between the employer and the employees is healthy and transparent. If these policies are not clearly communicated to employees at the beginning, there are chances that this relationship would get strained and eventually emnployees might end up quitting the organization.
Moving on thus, Vidura explains,
“Krithyaani poorvam parisankyaaya sarvaan nyaayavyaye!
Chaanuroopaan cha vritthim sangrinhin aahmavaan sahaaya saadhyaanihi dushkritaa!!”
Here Vidura explains a very important aspect. He continues to drive on the previous point by advising King Dhirdiraashtra that he cannot get any crucial job done for the kingdom, without the help of good workers. He cannot achieve anything of a higher level all by himself and he needs people around him with a good heart and with a good intention. Vidura says thus to King Dhirdiraashtra, “Oh King! Look at whom you have around you! You have people like Duryodhana, Ducchaasana, their uncle Sahuni, etc. who can go to any extent of even influencing learned people like Bhishma into the path of “Adharma”! What kind of people are these? What are you going to benefit by having such crooked people in your vicinity? Rather, you should have someone like Yudishtra by your side, who can guide you relentlessly through the path of Dharma even at tough times. This is the reason why some people are extremely successful – They have the right people around them so that they are properly guided towards their goal! But look at your situation! Even though there are few people who can correct you, you’re not going to listen to them! Rather, you’re not going to keep good people near you to rule the Hastinapura kingdom! Where is this going to lead?”
Saying thus, Vidura slams King Dhirdiraashtra for his approach and advises him that he should have the right people near him so as to execute critical tasks successfully. This is an important message to all of us too, wherein we should realize that for an organization’s success, quality employees are the backbone! We should never lose them by any means! We should try all ways and means to make employees feel contented and satisfied working with us. So let us ponder over this important point today and we shall wait till the next episode to witness more of Vidura’s important advice! Stay tuned! 🙂