Archive | June 2012

The Offer Letter

No matter how transparent your Company HR tells you they are, there are always things that do not make up to the transparency threshold. This is obvious to quite an extent, and at times makes sense. I don’t deny the strategic filters that are applied before the list is read out loud. However, is it just their fault?

In my opinion, this is not just one way, and the story goes true with many of the employees as well. Employees talks a lot about how good they feel with their present organization during 1:1 with their managers but pursue for very little within even if they have a chance to do so. They often try to find options outside, which is not wrong but in my humble opinion are not very justified as well, if et al it’s “All About Money”. Not true? Take a pause here and ask your self – what was the first thing you looked out for once the Offer Letter was in your hand? Salary Figures… right?? This would soon become stale with few months of ever increasing inflation and you would soon be back to square one – I feel, I am the least paid employee in this company. So is it worth giving a lot of value to monetary aspects Or you would like to read more.

Today I would like to talk about employees who secretly look out. If you feel the pinch of salt in present, then may be… just may be, your decisions have not paid out which you took while accepting the offer letter. I feel it is the “most important” and “least thought about” aspect, of joining a firm which the candidate takes. We all, including the owner of the company, wants to move forward in life, and have to make decisions which definitely cannot be in favor of every single soul on this earth.

Did you read your Offer Letter properly before signing off? Most, if not all of the time, our decisions are baized by the salary figures on that pretty little paper which we call the offer letter, and at that point of time nothing can make you more obligated to join than anything else on this planet. At that point of time, even if company does not has great HR policies, shared bonus pay outs or flexibility of Work From Home scheme or flexible hours, your mind sets for – “This is the one I was looking for”. However, after a year, it’s like “Never heard of a Company that pays such nuts”. Now how this transformation did come in?

Often this is a story with the candidates who believe, only switching the company each year, will take them where they want. Trust me, this is not expected out of a professional. At some point of your career you would be asked “How can we hire you at a responsible position, when you have shown traits of a pure hopper?” Companies now a day, if at all, would hire these candidates, will only be for projects that are strategic or short lived – And strategies change overnight, which would mean these candidates either be sitting on bench or would be asked to leave.

So what should one do? Evaluate positions within the organization and see if you find it good enough where you can grow as well as contribute. I am sure, if you would put yourself in the shoes of owner of the company and read a few lines above again, you would probably realize it’s in favor of both. But yes, it is also the responsibility of the employer to ask what you need and create opportunities within the organization for the professional fraternity.

In fact, you could be entrepreneur one fine day as well, own a company and you would certainly realize the importance being together and helping each other does make a lot of sense. When one associates oneself with the company there is more to this association than mere salary figures.
It is very obvious I can’t put everyone in the same category and hence not every story has a Happy Ending. But then, should you wait and repent your decisions Or would like to read your Offer Letter again to decide – “Is this what you want?” So read your Offer Letter properly and decide do you really want to contribute or is it just a hop for cherries that would soon get bitter.

Do let me know if this makes sense to you as well, or you think I was wearing the wrong thinking cap..

Passion to dream and take ownership of what you do.

It’s hard to say, when was the last time, I slept like a baby. There is this constant blare which pulls me off the bed and lands me spending a few ticks with my blog. I just have started writing nothing but what comes to my mind as a first thing and that today is, Ownership. It’s the same bell that was ringing in my ears while I was trying to sleep.

Well, how is dream and ownership connected? Pretty explanatory though – I will try to explain how I understand it from a software geek perspective. It means the more areas or modules you own, the more it costs you in terms of your time, efforts, day to day planned things and of course, your dear nights and of course, your dreams.

So am I saying it’s a mistake to take more ownership? Hmm… let’s dig the well deeper before we conclude if the water is really dirty.

I would start from the day I was born, I grew up and started going to school. I owned a couple of complicated books showing “Things at Home”, “Vegetables”, “Alphabets and Numbers” so on an so forth… learning all that “irrelevant things” ate up into my time to play and I felt school was nothing but place to go as an extended punishment from last mistake.

I somehow managed to learn adjusting my time and then … somebody said “Board Exams!!” , what!!.

 It was until the last exam of 10th standard I realized the reason for not only me but my parents too spending sleepless nights to make sure I had all the bullets in my gun. It took me a while to understand if the responsibility of passing the exams were mine, or of somebody else.  Who needs to take the ownership of this one?

Passing my 12th standard was easier than I thought, not because my gun was loaded again but because I had understood the meaning of ownership. I realized things become easier when you take ownership of the task you do. It’s basics – you would definitely wash and keep your dinner plate cleaner than the one, who cleans your plate in a hotel, and always remember who gets served in the plate – it’s you.

So, you start taking ownerships, you learn a lot of things which would be part of your life somewhere or the other. You enter a mode where “life is beautiful but messed up between wires and programming languages” – Engineering.  And you soon become the next Einstein popping up ideas, innovation and concepts to combat the next phase of life – “The Job”.

You take the same passion within from your college days, and try to apply it in your job. It does works the same way, you learn new things from your ownership areas, talk about all the new technologies and strategies one can apply there, come up with hundreds of ideas and at times “night out” is a common thing for you, but this passion fades away slowly and slowly – why? Who is responsible for this? Is it comparison,   lost overseas opportunities, Salary or is it that you are now saving your neurons for you own private bridges to new horizons?

 I don’t know how but few have been lucky so far to hold themselves from surrendering to these causes and still feel ownership would bring in more experiences to further help them mature day by day. I think no matter the company works for you or you work for the company, if you stop owning your work – you would soon disown your dreams. And I am sure, you would like to dream just as I want, especially when your fingers are tired pushing your thoughts into blog and keys into this laptop.

Take ownership of things to make your world beautiful, bring in your passion, dream and live by them. 

Introspection

…need some Introspection to help come out of a cocoon.

I’m glad I failed.

Embracing my failure has taken me a while but the more I thought about it, I realized that I learned more from that failure than I would have had I been successful the first time around.

After having spent a sleepless night over it, the elements of which I’ve been obsessing about and researching for more than a few days, I found I couldn’t tie them together into a cohesive vision. Without a vision, there was nothing to articulate which results in a failure; and in a way that I found disappointing after spending so much time thinking of ways to tie the elements together, coming up with a strong vision.

I am really not sure still if I just over-thought something or was that I was bounded by the whole concept of audience buying the idea at the first place. No matter what it was, though I could not completely impress the audience, am still sure I would once I do my homework not only well but in an organized fashion.

I was just playing a game called “Angry Birds” today and realized that if I clear a stage in one go, I was starting to hate the game because it felt so easy. For the next stage, I tried and tried but failed, however, that again made me realized I was learning the game better because I did not picked up the “angles” to hit the pigs which resulted in a low score. I nailed the stage on my close to tenth attempt but that gave me much more pleasure than winning the first stage with least amount of efforts.

Overall learning is a bit more than reading, understanding and experimenting which my school and college taught me, sometimes the trial and error mode is a much better option to know and understand the “survival of the fittest”. So from that point of view failure is just an expected evolution towards building a more absolute understanding. Each consecutive failure only exposes strategies that have not worked for the individual, helping individual avoid the same pitfalls again and again.

I seriously think we should be learning from our mistakes, because its only “I” who knows what “I” did wrong. I still have hope that I influx some thoughts into the fresh young blood before they lose their appetite to challenge their capacity of doing great things and digesting and learning from their own mistakes which forms the stepping stone to the next big achievement.

Wow this reminds me of a stronger idea and I am as always, optimistic it would fly this time.

Wish me luck!

 

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