Episode # 230 – “Never shy away from pointing out “Adharma” that happens at our workplace!” – Vidura’s keynote advice!!!

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In the previous episode we had witnessed couple of important points as explained by Vidura, which directly pertains to modern day management – Especially in the “Human Resources” domain. Vidura clearly points out both sides of the story here – The employer’s perspective as well as the employee’s perspective. With regards to the employer’s perspective, we’ve already seen that there is a certain “Dharma” that every organization should follow when it comes to employing people and remunerating them for their work. Now in the last episode, Vidura had mentioned the other side of the story wherein from the employee’s perspective, one should exactly know and understand what is expected out of him/her from the organization and should strive hard to achieve it. By doing so, employees also need to carefully thread the path of “Dharma” (Here in this context, Ethics and Value Systems) while discharging the professional duties.

At the same time, if some unethical happening takes place in the organization, employees should be ready to point it out to the top management immediately, so that corrective measures can be taken then and there. As an employee, one should never sit idle when an “Adharma” is happening right in front of our eyes. Vidura explains that we should atleast raise a feeble tone against the “Adharma” that takes place in front of us, so that someone in the organization can pick the signal up!

As we discuss these two points, many of our readers might have a doubt: Is it possible to survive in today’s organizations if we’ve to take a bold step to pinpoint others’ wrongdoing? Won’t that person who’s committing the wrong thing backstab me? If such a thing happens, I would lose my job! Now how would I survive and take care of my family if I suddenly lose my job one day?”

Yes of course, there are valid questions in today’s scenario! As we progress through the “Kali Yuga”, more and more such “Adharma” is going to thrive! People are going to use all possible ways to dethrone someone for their own personal growth, name, fame and money! As a single person, it might be virtually impossible to stop such people who perform “Adharma” in groups and teams! However we should realize that “Dharma” is “Dharma” and there’s no deviation from it, wherever we are and whatever we do in life! This is why Vidura himself is very careful while explaining this point here – He says clearly that we should raise atleast a “feeble” voice against the “Adharma” and not a strong voice against it everytime! Now here comes our smartness. This is why I always keep telling – In the modern day it is not enough if we work hard! We should also work smart! We should have complete awareness as to what is happening around us. If at all we start to sense some danger through some source, we should be smart and quick enough to detect it and come up with ways to mitigate that danger. Thus we should understand here that pinpointing the “Adharma” can still be done, but in a smart way that we do not get affected by it. There are many examples wherein people have quickly climbed up the corporate ladder by doing such things in their organization. Many a times, if a person points out an unethical activity at the right time to the right person, the organization hails such people to the maximum and they get specially rewarded. But, we should know the right approach and the right way to escalate certain issues in the organization. This is very important.

If for instance in extreme cases, even after pointing out the unethical happening and no change happens after that, we should also be prepared to quit such an organization too. I might sound a bit harsh here, but if we continuously associate with such unethical organizations, our name and reputation would be pulled down in no time if the organization gets caught on a large scale! All of us know what happened in the case of Kingfisher airlines, Sathyam Computers, etc. When these companies collapsed due to gross unethical practices, employees were completely left in the lurch! It thus becomes very tough to look out for another job when we’ve to come out of an organization after it collapses. This is because, people outside might have a wrong perception that since we’ve been working with a company that has collapsed on unethical grounds, we would also be equally unethical as our previous organization! We should never give room for such a thing to happen to our career!

This is why Vidura is extremely careful in re-iterating the point that if there is a gross “Adharma” that takes place in the organization, we should never shy away from reporting and escalating it to the top management. Of course, smartness is required during this exercise and there’s no second thought on that! However, if the organization does not take cognizance of the problem even after repeated appeals, we should be prepared to leave the organization before it eventually collapses by itself!

So for today let us ponder over this important advice of Vidura and let us do the needful! We should always remember that the world is wide open and is full of opportunities! If not this one organization, it’s not going to be the end of the world for our career to blossom! If we stick to our “Dharma”, more than anything else, Bhagawan is going to be happy and with His grace, we’re always going to get a better opportunity in life! We should always have this thought in mind as we progress in our professional careers, wherever we are in this world! We shall wait till the next episode to witness Vidura’s next important point in detail! 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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