Are the Bosses Hearing???

It was late evening. The otherwise thriving office block was silent.  The darkness interspersed with a few lit cubicles, where as the HR head of the company pointed out, the “bang on achievers and the super dedicated” were literally burning the midnight oil. Curious, I wanted to enquire – why are these people still toiling on, when it is way past normal office hours? What is it that is egging these young people to chug along when their colleagues have long gone?

Tea Break

Tea Break

The answers were startling. They were not there reinventing the wheel. They were there, ensconced in the air conditioned comfort of the office with free coffee, unlimited bandwidth et al, as they had nothing better to do back home! Besides, staying late on a regular basis earned the brownies – boss’ admiration as a hard worker, the fat bonuses, the booster dose for the rat race, even in some cases, the taxi fare back!

The Indian mentality of rewarding the hard worker, the stoic was at play with some smart cookies utilising it to their benefit. Just imagine the cost to the company – keeping the system on for no apparent reason and paying for it. What then is the way out? Simple, encourage people to leave on time. Discourage the act of lounging in the office for no reason and encourage such people to spend their time gainfully. The Pressures of work, the tension of relocation, the fragmenting family structures, the lack of true friends is forcing many a young man and woman into isolation and extreme loneliness. It is our duty to channelize these youngsters into proper areas – take up a hobby, keep a pet, learn a language, join some art class … the possibilities are endless. Why not take your partner and explore the city instead of wiling away the valuable years of youth?

Young workers are increasingly becoming more and more glued to their jobs which is not only making them feel increasingly claustrophobic but is also leading to a greater number of early burn out’s. Add to it the unhealthy practice of some bosses who do not recognize merit but are wont to reward the so called hard worker. They consider the one putting in extra hours as a value for money employee as opposed to the one who performs the tasks at hand well within the stipulated time and is seen as one wasting time. It is wrong notions like these that are quietly creating havoc amongst the lives of many a young achiever apart from leading to huge unnecessary wastages in terms of the cost to the company to keep the support systems on to pander to the folly.

“Bang on achievers and super dedicated.” The terms sound so damn good. But have you calculated the cost that the company has to bear for their so called dedication? Are the bosses hearing it out?


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Angshuman Bhowmick on July 20, 2012 at 4:05 am

    you are so right. this has become a norm people staying late in the office, enjoying and doing nothing. ask me. witness this practically every day


  2. Posted by Cammy on July 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    This is not a common thing in the US. After office hours we never slog. a bad practice and should be changed.


  3. Posted by Rupen Roy on July 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    This is a perfect scenario in any office. u have explained it so well


  4. Posted by Sujit on July 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    A trend of course scary though!


  5. It’s a wonderful post. Reminds me of all the people who clock extra hours by starting their work only after noon. 🙂


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