Episode # 229 – “An employee in an organization should NEVER deviate from his/her “Dharma” at any time!” – Vidura’s key advice!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another important message from Vidura that is specially pointed out for Human Resources Managers in today’s organizational setups. He explained very clearly that an organization can never succeed in implementing complex tasks without the help of quality employees. Given the scarcity of human resources available across the world, it is the primary duty of an organization to maintain and take care of its existing employees in a fair and equal manner.

In this way, it is saddening to note that just on the pretext of “cost-cutting”, the onus comes on the heads of employees everytime! Rather than thinking of concrete long-term strategies for cutting costs through reducing/outsourcing tasks, employee salaries and benefits take the first hit! It is sad to note that employee salaries are being treated as a huge cost burden today! Little do organizations realize that it is only because of the hard work of employees, there was a taste of success till date.

Some organizations even go to the extent of propagating arrogantly that salary hikes and increments given to employees are “luxuries” and they are not supposed to “demand” for them! According to Vidura, if organizations start behaving this way with arrogance, this would mark the beginning of their downfall. If such behavior continues, employees who have the quality in them would easily put down their papers and there are many other good organizations elsewhere in the world who would give them a “red-carpet” welcome! Ultimately due to arrogance, we would end up losing quality and high-profile employees to our competitior or to other organizations worldwide! As HR Managers, we should always realize that the world is now full of opportunities. If we’re not going to keep our people happy within our four walls, employees would never shy away to leave the organization forever! This is one strong message that Vidura too conveys through the Vidura Neeti and we as managers should realize the importance of this critical message in today’s turbulent times!

Thus HR Managers should be very clear in what they talk to employees – With regards to the exact job description, roles, responsibilities that the organization expects from employees and also the gross salary, important deductions from the salary, (Taxes, PF, etc.) and finally the net “take-home” salary. Moreover, employees should be clearly apprised of the various HR policies of the organization right at the beginning itelf. This is very important and employees should not be in for a surprise if their salary is deducted abruptly due to “policy” issues! This is blatant cheating from the organization’s perspective, and such cheating and unethical means of denying employees their dues should be stopped immediately!

Moving on now, Vidura continues thus:

“Abhipraayam yo vidithvaa tu bhartuhu! Sarvaani kaaryaani karottyateendraha atandritaha!!”

So far thus having spoken so much from the organization’s perspective of how to treat employees in a fair manner, Vidura is now going to talk from the employee’s perspective as to how to maintain oneself as a good employee in the looks of his/her organization. In other words, Vidura explains some characteristics of a honest and a good employee. He says that the employee who understands the likes/dislikes, needs, and requirements of his employer and channelizes his work pattern accordingly is always considered to be one of the best employees in the organization. This is always essential – An employee can progress faster along the corporate ladder only if he/she exactly understands the job role, job responsibilities, time frames, deadlines, etc. for his job, along with the nature of the boss/supervisor! This is why we always say in the modern day corporate that it is not enough if we work hard today! It is also important that we work “smart”! Thus, “hard work” coupled with “smart work” is essential for the success of an employee in today’s corporate world.

Next, Vidura explains:

“Vaktaa hitaanaam anurakta aaryaha!!”

Here Vidura explains another important point – If there is an unethical happening that is taking place in the organization and as an employee of this organization, if he/she pinpoints it out to the top management in a convincing way, this employee is also going to one of the stars in the organization! It’s because it proves to the employer that this employee is an honest and a sincere person and also he/she is genuinely concerned with the welfare of the organization. Hence, as an employee we should be very straightforward and honest in our approach and if there is a wrong practice that happens in our organization, we should always try to refrain ourselves from it! Moreover, we should apprise of this wrong happening to the top management atleast in a feeble voice, if not vehemently! This would always prove to the organization’s top brass that we are genuinely concerned with the moral values and ethics of doing business and also projects that we are true to our conscience and well-wishers of the company’s genuine growth and development!

Hence for today, let us ponder about these two important points with regards to the employee’s side of the organization. As the concept of “Psychological Contract” explains that there are expectations from both the organization and its employees on each other, from our part as employees, we should try and satisfy the expectations that the organization has from us! In other words, we should never compromise our hard work coupled with sincerety, ethics and our value system as taught by our “Sanaathana Dharma” and we should always have this in mind while we are at work!

We shall wait till the next episode to witness more of Vidura’s important advice in this context! 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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