Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Be careful while preaching HR Skills


Days back I was reading “The Week” (June 10 th edition).. The cover story of this magazine said “Paid to Play” and it dealt with how the HR department in various companies both public and private are now trying innovative techniques for recruiting and retaining the best people in their organisation. Few examples that were highlighted include Continuous Computing which allows all its employees to take a 45-minutes post lunch nap called power-nap; Microsoft GTSC in Bangalore has set up a hi-tech gaming room, christened the X-box, for its employees; and the list went on with lot of creative techniques being implemented to keep people energetic, motivated and thus more efficient.
I still remember the workshop conducted by Wipro Technologies for the fresher recruits, to motivate them to join the company, give them a good feel about the company and a little insight to corporate life. One of their HR department executive Rajesh Venkadri was at our campus for the 2-day workshop called Synergy. There were number of activities (even a few games) which involved lot of fun and folic and each one of us were in our top spirits.
But at this moment I recollect a very disturbing incident that happened and now regretting for not bringing into light then. Mr. Venkatadri just folded a 100 rupee note very badly and then even took it into his mouth and spit it on the floor, and the with in flash of a second a classmate of mine happily picked it up and won all praises from the HR man. According to him, a 100 rupee note is a hundred rupee note and it not a matter of shame to do anything to get it. Basically it was just an extension of the heated argument we had on the fact that not all jobs are treated alike and rag-pickers and maids are looked very lowly.
But he didn’t realise the offence he performed in the process. It is an offence to fold an Indian currency note more than once or trying to spoil it in any form.

Hope this comes to his notice soon and I request people reading this article it practice and preach people to respect our currency notes and do not spoil them.

10 comments:

saurav said...

the guy who picked it up knew the value of money.. its about the "worth" of money den the value attched to it being our currency....

adit said...

i think that the greatest disgrace that anyone can do to money is to earn it thru illegal means or hurt anyone in the process of earning it but i m sure that our Venkadri (the guy in question) has earned it in a right royal way... so now it is up to him to do anything with the currency he earns...he can even tear it into pieces or make a porridge out of its pulp we are no one to question it when we are not questioning those who are earning money thru thousands of illegal means and are even electing some of them to positions of power despite knowing it very well.i think it is time that we stop giving unwanted importance to symbolism and try to look beyond. a currency note is after all a piece of paper and there is no patriotism involved in giving it respect and preserving it carefully and similarly the converse of it.and ofcourse u cant deny that at that moment majority of us did think of picking it up but just couldnt muster up enough courage to do so.....and parhaps some of us were trying to justify our lack of courage by attaching dignity and such stuff to it...but the bottom line is that there was an opportunity and we couldnt encash up on it....i think this was the point that Mr.Venkadri was trying to drive home and am sure that he is as patriotic as we all are.

saurav said...

@ adit...

well throwing or tearing the earnt money(thru any means) is actually disgusting.. its wud have been absolutely rubbish on d pert of mr venkadri to tear it off.. an educated person like u,me and him shud have not torn it off or rather thrown it esp wen we know there are nearly 55 crores of ppl who need dat one note for their food.. :(

descrying the shadows said...

well...the end surely does not justify the title i feel...neways..did he say it os no shame to do ANYTHING to get it..cause then i guess he is taking under his stride illegal means too..and as far as folding money and offending the indian govt goes..well..u know guys the problem with us to find fault with every thing..he may not be perfect but we shud know that he is where he is because he deserves it and that he has earned it...so its better to condone the small things and concentrate on the more imp thing..what was he trying to convey..?and again bringing the focus back ..did he say DO ANYTHING????

descrying the shadows said...

btw by end not justifying the title..i meant the article majorly concentrates on what many ppl do n only last 9 10 lines r about the title...so only..just a suggestion..

Harsha said...

@adit
Well most of us and our constitution framers share a lot of respect for our country and its identities like the national flag and currency. So rules have been framed to promote the same among all.. unlike the Americans who can actually stitch an underware out of their national flag..
Even in the case of currency notes.. no matter how many you have in our wallet u must abide the rules and not spoil it as its transferable n not ur integral property.
@sid..
well on 2nd thoughts i do agree with you tat the title didn't quite go well with the entire text.. thanx 4 the sugestion.

KAS said...

harsha....i do very well accept that our constituition framers did have a lot of respect for our country and they did want us to respect it as well and tried to inculcate it thru such rules regarding our flag and currency etc but unfortunately our love for our country stops there.....im very ashamed to say this but this is sort of true that today we as a nation have become indifferent towards our country.if we were really so patriotic than those americans or people of those nations who can stich underwears out of their flags then we wouldnt be 70th in the list of least corupt nation(check out latest wikepedia stats of corruption indices) and those nations wouldnt ve been the least corrupt ones had their people not been patriotic.so all that i want to say is that we shouldnt limit our patriotism to respecting our flag or currency and feel complacent that since we are better than those who wear brassiers(or even condoms!!)of their flags.but we must note that those people are showing patriotism in their results where we are failing which we must admit.:(

Prasoon Joshi said...

@Everone above:
Its a shame that the key point was totally missed out by most of the 'informed' readers. (i think sid may b right after al) .. Indian currency is a transferable asset (as harsha said), if i pay for my seat in a bus does it mean that i have d right to spoil it til d time that i own it?? certainly not!!! About respecting the things that are important fa a nation (currency is most certainly one of them), i think we are lagging behind a no of nations not because we lack d spirit but because we have this 'chalta hai' attitude towards a lot of things .. sadly, most of u had the same attitude towards this insult of our currency which Harsha told us about !!!

KAS said...

hey pj.....seems like i ve been totally misunderstood or rather i ve failed to present my views in the right perspective....lemme make it clear that i m one of those guys very much wants to see our country on the top and if atall there is anything that upsets me the most then that has to be the indifference,lassitude,complacency etc which unfortunately is brewing amongst the people of our country.so i please want u to understnad that the "chalta hai " attitude is the thing that i detest and so was kinda taken a back to find some one accuse me of it!!!!!anyhow i m very much happy to find like minded people like u who too are very passionate abt our country .and may be when i start posting my own articles on my blog u might realise it on u r own(right now i m kinda busy!!!!)...but anyways coming bak to the point(i m sorry i ve this habit of going out of the topic to bring in things that i feel concerned abt) all that i was telling is that we should not only respect the symbols that represent our country but also what those symbols stand for...(i ve one leanthy article planned in my mind abt this but that would take some time)when i was talking abt the damage to the currency i was only talkin abt totally destroying them and wasnt talking abt the aspect of transfering it to others.( i know i m sounding weird!!!)but even then i dont think if he had only thrown that note down normally then anyone would ve taken it without any worry....but to create a kinda apprehension in our mind he had to deface it some how so that we would think twice before picking it up.and i think that the valuable lesson that he has imparted to many of us thru that incident is much valuable than the value of a hundred rupee note and i think he too might have had the same in his mind.(seems like ke maine Mr.Rajesh Venkadri ko defend kar ne ka theekha le rakha hai!!!)to ab bas isko yehi khatam karte hai(ab mein bhi bore ho gaya hoon yaar is ko kheech kheeech ke and am sure u too are!!!)and finally all that i ve to say is that
1.let us all respect our currency and not deface it coz there are people who have to use it after us.
2.let us not only respect the symbols that represent our country but respect (rather love)our country itself.
3.if at all there is some one who is appointed to teach HR skills to others it would be better if he clarifies any controversial acts of his lest people should take them in the wrong sense...(lo ab title ko bhi justify kar diya!!!hope every one is happy now!!!)

KAS said...

aare yaar lagta hai ki mera ek comment hi article se bhi lamba hogaya!!!!sorry to all i will try to clip my mouth a little and try to be to the point and precise....pls be a little patient with me i m sorry i ve a big mouth....rather fast fingers!!!