Sunday, August 20, 2006

Employee Turnover.......... (Cont...)

And continuing in the same line where I left off ....

Here is what the book titled The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave: How To Recognize The Subtle Signs and Act Before It’s Too Late, by Leigh Branham, 2005, says.

Poor management—uncaring and unprofessional managers; overworking staff; no respect, not listening, putting people in wrong jobs; speed over quality; poor manager selection processes.
Lack of career growth and advancement opportunities—no perceivable career paths; not posting job openings or filling from within; favoritism or unfair promotions.
Poor communications—problems communicating top-down and between departments; after mergers; between facilities.
Pay—paid under-market or less than contributions warrant; pay inequities; slow raises; favoritism for bonuses/raises; ineffective appraisals.
Lack of recognition—that says it all.
Poor senior leadership—not listening, asking, or investing in employees; unresponsiveness and isolation; mixed messages.
Lack of training—nonexistent or superficial training; nothing for new hires, managers, or to move up.
Excessive workload—doing more with less; sacrificing quality and customer service for numbers.
Lack of tools and resources—insufficient, malfunctioning, outdated, equipment/supplies; overwork without relief.
Lack of teamwork—poor coworker cooperation/commitment; lack of interdepartmental coordination.

Makes perfect sense... all these lead to, what I will call for now, employer fatigue.

to be Cont...

Don't Take Life So Seriously...

Like someone told me recently… If you have two piles of work, one that’s screaming HARD and the other easy. Always do the easy pile first! Cause if you died, someone else will have to do the hard part! Apply the same logic to dessert at a buffet table ^___^.

Sometimes it helps just to have a good laugh… Find some time to laugh everyday… I just reread some of these one-liners and am in splits… Hope it has the same effect on you… read on. Who sent me these???? I think I got as an email from several different people… TY whoever sent these…

Ø When I was born, I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half.
Ø Join the army, see the world, meet interesting people, and kill them.
Ø Until I was 13, I thought my name was 'Shut Up.'
Ø I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.
Ø Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.
Ø I've never been drunk, but often I've been over served.
Ø The road to success is always under construction.
Ø I say no to drugs -- they just don't listen!
Ø Marriage is one of the chief causes of divorce.
Ø Work is fine if it doesn't take up too much of your time.
Ø When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
Ø Born free; Taxed to death.
Ø Everyone has a photographic memory; some people just don't have film.
Ø Life is unsure; always eat your dessert first.
Ø Smile -- it makes people wonder what you're up to.
Ø I love being a writer... what I can't stand is the paperwork.
Ø A printer consists of 3 main parts: the case, the jammed paper tray and the blinking red light.
Ø The hardest part of skating is the ice.
Ø The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot; the guy who invented the other three, he was the genius.
Ø The trouble with being punctual is that there's no one there to appreciate it.
Ø If our constitution allows us free speech, why are there phone bills?
Ø If you tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe, he'll believe you. But if you tell him a park bench has just been painted, he has to touch it to be sure.
Ø Beat the 5 O'clock rush: leave work at noon!
Ø If you can't convince them, confuse them.
Ø It's not the fall that kills you; it's the sudden stop at the end.
Ø I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.
Ø Hot glass looks same as cold glass. (Cunino's Law of Burnt Fingers)
Ø The cigarette does the smoking - you are just the sucker.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

LOL.....So you are a Techie

Hey, to all the techies I know.... and especially Sundar if you happen to be reading ...... it's just a joke.....ok...... enjoy!!!

One day, three consultants, one from Wipro, one from Infosys and one from TCS, went out for a walk.They were old buddies from Engg College, and they were together for a college reunion...For no apparent reason, they went into this zoo and passed a monkey. Being in the same business and from the same college, there was a little bit of a peer competition going on between them - they couldn't resist testing themselves against each other.- especially the Infosys guy. He said to the others: "Why don't we prove who is the best among ourselves?" Why not, said the other two.

The Infoscion said "Let's have a test. Whoever makes this monkey laugh, works for the best firm".By mutual agreement, the Infoscion took the first turn.Being a pure logical strategist, the Infoscion tried to make the monkey laugh by telling jokes. The monkey stayed still. As a more practical consultant, the Wipro guy tried to make funny gestures... no good, the monkey stayed put...Now, comes the TCS guy... being the practical guy he was always trained to be, he whispered something into the monkey's ear, and it burst out laughing at him.The other two were astonished.How did this TCS guy manage to beat them? No way were they going to =accept defeat so easily.

So the Wipro guy said "OK, let's take another test. Let's make this = monkey cry!!" So there they went again, applying the same methods as =before.The Infosys guy narrated sad stories, the Wipro guy made sad gestures, and they failed again...Then, the TCS guy whispered something into the monkey's ear and lo! It started crying, patting the TCS er's shoulder!The other two just could not believe their eyes!So the Infoscion said "OK, you've won twice. If you can win just this one, we will bow to you. Let's make this monkey run" And he barked at the monkey and ordered him to run. Of course, it stayed where it was.The Wipro guy, true to his type, pushed and prodded the monkey- still no goSo... here comes TCS guy, again, and whispers into the monkey's ear. The monkey just takes off! It runs and runs as fast as it can, as if it was scared to death!

The other two surrendered. Said they: "OK, we give up. You're the best among us, and you work for the Best firm of the three. But please, please tell us your secret," they begged him."Well", said the TCS"The first time I made it laugh, I told I work for TCS.The next time, I told the monkey how much I get it started crying. And then I told that I was here for recruitment!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Liger ....

If I am ever born again, I want to be a cat. Don't know why, but every time I click a pic of my cat... it goes missing or dies..... So here I am finally taking a picture of me puddy cat, Liger, after 3 years... I hope the jinx is broken and this guy makes it...will update in a couple of weeks. If this one dies no more pics of cats, at least not mine.... If there is one thing I am superstitious about, it is clicking pics of my cats. It's happened tooooooooooo often for me to believe it's not a coincidence.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Oh my God, it almost happened again!

Would we have remembered 8/10 as another day of carnage? Another attempted attack on the Western world. The Western world is facing the wrath of fundamentalists who will never give up. But this was imminent. I don’t have to be in MI or CIA or the FBI to see that this was coming. It was just matter of time and is just a matter of time before someone else tries it again, and that time who knows the out come may not be favourable.The general disdain that people seem to have developed over the past few years is not without reason.

I would like to remain neutral, but the high handed, generally arrogant and callous attitude the governments of the US and UK and other, so called, allies have leaves me appalled. And what a government believes its people naturally will.I do not understand foreigners especially Westerners who belittle other cultures, languages or religions without understanding its significance. Critiquing is one thing but looking down upon others myths, values and beliefs is decadent. They are so vocal and loud about their dislike for cultures other than their own. And that is probably what pushes fundamentalists over the edge. I do not believe that innocent citizens of a country should bear the brunt of the fundamentalist’s anger. But this probably is the only way they can vent.

Pet peeves

Just an after thought, I seem to be having several of them today... how can I not include my pet peeves in this blog .... and so slowly and surely I will include them.

Rahul .... you asked for this one.....
people who lie
those who try reverse psychology on me.... it works sometimes (but dont push it man)
blaring phones and those irritating ring tones
that musical horn that comes on when a car reverses
I'm just started.... and I have so many... I must be growing old
answering the phone when driving
mushy text messages....
MKS when he goes on about me being fat and my ass!!! ha...ha...but he does that to all...soooooooooo
an ex-colleague..... wont name...;-))))))))))


The goofy bunch that doesn't know any better.....
Mohiniatta dancer...she was simply wow!!!!
Wish I had a few moves this Kathakali dancer had .........

Fish you are going to be famous..... you made it to my blog... what's eating you these days.... I'm dedicating a whole section to the Kerala trip...and to all me other buddies.... here you go... hey waht's namma "phirang" aunty up to these days...adduku adeavathu nalla solli

Truly had a blast... everything ended on a brilliant note.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Employee turnover

I found Azim Premji's note to his managers (below) on employee turnover an interesting read. The manager maybe one reason for attrition, but I think the problem runs deeper. At least for me, I know it was not just the manager or the money.... I call it the "employer fatigue" syndrome ... Calling it a syndrome is probably a little extreme... cause a syndrome is defined as “a combination of signs and/or symptoms that forms a distinct clinical picture indicative of a particular disorder” (from Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary). But that said, I'll try to put a finger on what exactly I mean by employer fatigue syndrome. Maybe it already exists, I've never researched it so I honestly don't know. Remember the Gulf War Syndrome...

Now to call it a syndrome, we need to list symptoms right, I will try do just that... At most exit interviews, employees end up using term/terms similar to "fed up of work," "work being a drag," "bored," "stagnation," and many other dramatic words.

I'm still building my theory. I will continue this some other time ...

It’s from Mr. Azim Premji's desk on 22nd Meet Mr. Premji forwarded to his
colleagues……. It’s a Must Read For everyone.
Every company normally faces one common problem of high employee turnout
ratio. People are leaving the company for better pay, better profile or simply for
just one reason' pack gay '. This article might just throw some light on the
matter... After reading it' I realized how true the subject line of this mail is.
Early this year, Arun, an old friend who is a senior software designer, got an
offer from a prestigious international firm to work in its India operations
developing specialized software. He was thrilled by the offer. He had heard a lot
about the CEO of this company, charismatic man often quoted in the business
press for his visionary attitude. The salary was great. The company had all the
right systems in place employee-friendly human resources (HR) policies, a
spanking new office, and the very best technology, even a canteen that served
superb food. Twice Arun was sent abroad for training. "My learning curve is the
sharpest it's ever been," he said soon after he joined. "It's a real high working
with such cutting edge technology." Last week, less than eight months after he
Arun walked out of the job.

He has no other offer in hand but he said he couldn't take it anymore. Nor,
apparently, could several other people in his department who have also quit
recently. The CEO is distressed about the high employee turnover. He's
distressed about the money he's spent in training them. He's distressed
because he can't figure out what happened.
Why did this talented employee leave despite a top salary? Arun quit for the
same reason that drives many good people away. The answer lies in one of the
largest studies undertaken by the Gallup Organization. The study surveyed over
a million employees and 80,000 managers and was published in a book called:
‘First Break All the Rules’
It came up with this surprising finding: If you're losing good people, look to
their immediate supervisor. More than any other single reason, he is the
reason people stay and thrive in an organization. And he's the reason why they
quit, taking their knowledge, experience and contacts with them.
Often, straight to the competition.
"People leave Bosses not companies" write the authors Marcus Buckingham
and Curt Coffman. "So much money has been thrown at the challenge of
keeping good people - in the form of better pay, better perks and better
training - when, in the end, turnover is mostly manager issue." If you have a
turnover problem, look first to your managers. Are they driving people away?
Beyond a point, an employee's primary need has less to do with money, and
more to do with how he's treated and how valued he feels. Much of this
depends directly on the immediate manager. And yet, bad bosses seem to
happen to good people everywhere. A Fortune magazine survey some years
ago found that nearly 75 per cent of employees have suffered at the hands of
difficult superiors. You can leave one job to find - you guessed it, another wolf
in a pin-stripe suit in the next one.

Of all the workplace stressors, a bad boss is possibly the worst, directly
impacting the emotional health and productivity of employees. HR experts say
that of all the abuses, employees find public humiliation the most intolerable.
The first time, an employee may not leave, but a thought has been planted.
The second time, that thought gets strengthened. The third time, he starts
looking for another job. When people cannot retort openly in anger, they do so
by passive aggression.
By digging their heels in and slowing down. By doing only what they are told to
do and no more. By omitting to give the boss crucial information. Dev says: "If
you work for a jerk, you basically want to get him into trouble.
You don't have your heart and soul in the job." Different managers can stress
out employees in different ways - by being too controlling, too suspicious, too
pushy, too critical, but they forget that ‘workers are not fixed assets, they are
free agents’.

When this goes on too long, an employee will quit - often over seemingly trivial
issue. It isn't the 100th blow that knocks a good man down. It's the 99 that
went before. And while it's true that people leave jobs for all kinds of reasons-
for better opportunities or for circumstantial reasons, many who leave would
have stayed - had it not been for one man constantly telling them, as Arun's
boss did: "You are dispensable. I can find dozens like you." While it seems like
there are plenty of other fish especially in today's waters, consider for a
moment the cost of losing a talented employee. There's the cost of finding a
The cost of training the replacement. The cost of not having someone to do the
job in the meantime. The loss of clients and contacts the person had with the
industry. The loss of morale in co-workers. The loss of trade secrets this person
may now share with others. Plus, of course, the loss of the company's
‘Every person who leaves a corporation then becomes its ambassador,
for better or for worse’.
We all know of large IT companies that people would love to join and large
television companies few want to go near. In both cases, former employees
have left to tell their tales. "Any company trying to compete must figure out a
way to engage the mind of every employee," Jack Welch of GE once said. Much
of a company's value lies "between the ears of its employees". If it's bleeding
talent, it's bleeding value.
Unfortunately, many senior executives busy traveling the world,
signing new deals and developing a vision for the company, have
little idea of what may be going on at home ????

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


A few words in an email can make or break relations...personal, professional and/or otherwise... It's strange to see people struggle with something as simple as writing a letter - striking a balance with the right mix of humor and seriousness.

This link is a good start

Here is a list of all that is covered in that page... the tiniest of things matter.