It’s very important not to shortchange people and respect them for what they do.
This sentence was haunting me since quite sometime. Things happened that made me address issues that are very important to me. Values, Ethics and how we do business being so important, at least to me than the business of making money.
It’s been three years now since I started my company The ALPS. Work has been good. There have been some interesting instances down the way that has made me ponder over the relevance of values and ethics at work. Many successful people may remark that, that’s a loser talking. Or they may also say I need to get to the real world. Never mind all that. I don’t.
Many a time, companies send queries regarding training workshops. These are from really big corporates in the Automobile industry, in the Construction industry, the IT industry and interestingly, even the Education industry, if it can be called that
Encouraged, we send them a proposal. After a few rounds of asking us to tweak the proposal on matter of the modules, information about how we will conduct and several meetings, we don’t get the project. Later with the help of inside information, we learn that the in-house HR Team conducts this program totally based on our inputs and discussions! This has become a practice across companies that have an in-house training department or a HR Team capable of conducting training!
Some companies ask for the demo program and then we understand that using various small companies like us makes most of their training requirements free!
For companies like us, we feel we are being used. But we have no alternative, do we? I end up concluding that it was a learning experience!
It throws up the cheap methods companies use with no conscience. That brings to my attention about accountability. HR Teams – are they accountable to anybody or are they a boss unto themselves?
I still vividly remember my tenure in a multinational bank as a consultant. Being an outsider within, so to say, I was privy to many occasions where my colleagues would be bitching about a HR Executive and the next day, if she walked in, they would all be drooling over her, being oh, so very polite and nice. I would ask, why were you all so at her feet? Who was that? Then, pat comes the answer, She’s from HR, What do you mean by Who is she???
Why do employees fear the HR guys? That’s because the HR people always end up misusing their so-called power of all the employees’ future is in our hands! They enjoy playing God.
I recollect a funny incident where my colleague and I ended up with severe fever and cold due to ego-issues of the HR and the Admin of a multi national bank where we went to train them on a weekend.
Apparently, the HR did not inform and seek permission from the Admin that they were using the premises on the weekend. When we arrived, the building was totally dark with minimum lighting and most importantly no air conditioning. Then ensued a fierce argument between the hosts of the program, the HR Team and the Admin executives.
Finally, the loud order of I AM HR. I AM TELLING YOU NOW. SWITCH ON THE A/Cs worked. But to what effect? The admin fellas switched on the a/cs, all right, but it was set to freezing temperatures! Any number of requests to the hosts to turn up the temperature from us did not work because the HR Exec kept on denying that it was cold. Since admitting it would mean, he would have to go ask them or make them have the last laugh.
You think it ended that day? I am sure the HR Team would have had their just revenge another day. But then, poor us ended up shivering, fingers numb with cold and developed high fever as we reached home!
Maybe I am prejudiced but I can never forget the car that side swiped my car the other day, and as he sped across and I saw his car registration, I remarked to my colleague riding with me, Oh, its an HR Registration! No wonder!!