Saturday, August 16, 2008

Love Your Job....Your Company Too

I. Me. My job. I love my job. I love my company. Am I making contradictory statements? Is loving your job and your company are two different things altogether! The reason for writing this is not because somebody famously quoted “love your job, not your company; as you never know when your company will stop loving you”.  I thought to write because as a fellow professional, I just asked myself one simple thing: is it wrong to love your company or is it wrong to be loyal to your company? If the answer to this question is 'yes', then I gotta study for another 15 years to change my thinking and perspective.


Especially in a competitive and a challenging market scenario where attrition rate is so high and head-hunting and poaching is the order of the day, being loyal to your organization is considered as not-so-trendy!!! What an irony! I have to answer infinite number of questions from 'N' number of people as to why I am still in my first organization for more than a year. A year!! Tell me, have any of our fathers changed their organization every year? I have taken into consideration the opportunities that were available in the market at that point of time into account. But just one simple question: the 30 years they  worked for their respective organizations, were not they passionate, dedicated or loyal to it? You can find a spark in their eyes showing how proud they were for their organizations, and the best thing is that they still have the same feeling after their retirement and till the end. Their organization does not give them some special benefits to boast about like ESOPs, foreign trips, but they feel attached and you can find a sense of belongingness. They miss their organization so much after their retirement that may lead the current crop of youth feel that they are lunatics.

To my agony, I miss this spark and the sense of belongingness in the eyes of the so-called professionals today. For them changing, err..switching jobs is the 'in' thing. Sounds as if Manish Malhotra has just released his Fall Winter collection and people are ready to flow with the new fashion trend. For God's sake, it's your career and there are many other things that should be taken into account apart from monetary factors for changing your job. Today's youth might have a strong point in defending themselves in this matter by saying that they are eligible and they fit the organization requirements. But dude, till how far? These Vikram Pandits, Indra Nooyis, Nandan Nilekenis and all the top shots in the corporate world has stayed in a particular organization and served for years till they earned their position. But the professionals of today do not find stability so 'sexy' or 'exciting'. If they can not be loyal to their employers then how a new employer trust them. Because, I feel, at the end of the day if you are leaving a job then the reason should be not 'just' be money. It does matter but there are many other aspects that plays a critical role while making a move in the career.

Ridiculous to ponder. But so true it is today, happening. It is just like haute couture. Fall winter, fall autumn or the summer collection, it is the new 'in' thing in the urban youth. Be stable and experience the rewards and returns of the stability. Give back to your organization , add some value, make them feel for you. Stop working as a machine and think beyond just withdrawing salary at the end of the month.


Sometimes I recall, my professors repeated one word more than a 1000 times during my MBA lectures: "Value Addition"...

5 comments:

Rishal said...

You forgot one thing just one thing, these guys are not one that have started there carrer in today's scenerio. I dont contradict but i don agree completely too. The line is drawn somewhere in between i believe and that is surely not drawn by money ofcource.

yogini said...

It is certainly not wrong to love your company!!! If you are loyal to your job, you will be loyal to your company..Yes but it is also true that your organization needs to value you and your efforts..

In the initial stage of the career, switching over in one year is also a risky thing...People who have spent 30 years in a particular organization either have been confident able to bring some changes in them and the organization or there are people who are too lazy to change and are not much confident about themselves as they think luck would not favor them again...

In today's scenario people switch the company due to many reasons. That does not mean they are not loyal to their company. After all individual growth does matter something...!!

I would disagree to you about the 'in' thing...All the young professionals of today do not go for this. Didn’t you switch the company from the fear of stagnation...I don’t think you were not loyal to your company..

Professionals of today are too dynamic and want to prove themselves too fast. Probably that is reason they take a hasty decision...They want money and job to flow in the same direction....But it's always in the inverse manner...

Stability is certainly a must for all of us…But not to forget all the top corporate started their career atleast 20 years back and the scenario then probably demanded that situation. Hence they could stay long for their organization and grow….But today’s scenario the more active you are, the more faster you grow and not to forget ‘INNOVATION’ is the key for survival…

Last but not the least I would like to ask to one question and if you are able to answer, I may think that you have done justification for the write up….

“You are loyal to your organization; but there no is scope for growth or ‘Value Addition’ as you mentioned. How many years of your career would you give to that company? “

Subhajit said...

First of all nice to see the reactions on this topic....finally...

@ Rishal: First, any of my posts is not based on me or my personal life. Secondly, let me tell all those guys that I ve mentioned have not started career but dear they stayed in their current company for years before they came to the top.

@ Yogini: Well, to start with I would say if a professional wants to switch to make his career more dynamic that is OK till the point it is not just because of monetary factor. See, my point here is not to say that you gotta stay in one company from start to finish. But when an organisation spends so much on you on training and expects you to put all those learnings into work and then you move out...it really hurts an organisation.

Secondly, I do not think that you can prove that you are active in your career if you have changed a job every year. Because even after staying in one job, you can work in various domains and add value to your organization. And your organization will involve you various profiles looking at your capabilities.

Finally, the answer to your question would be simple. You can choose the organisation where you would like work for. Not your boss or its culture. So if you feel that you are caught at a wrong place then it would be only wise to take a quick decision. Because "Value Addition" is something that is a 2-way process, and if your organization does not believe in that then you can not help it but look ahead.

But the answer to this question does not hold true in many organisations who believe in human capital and for an HR student like me those companies will always remain as a benchmark and I'll talk and write keeping them in mind...

souvagya said...

Bro I am totally disagree with you in this context. If I will be loyal to my company then performing best I will get max 15% hike per year and 5/6 years down the line I will be far behind my friends in carrier graph. As per our parents are concerned there was lack of opportunity & they are enjoying SARKARI type kaa mazza. If you like to take Vikram Pandit (purchased by City group from Morgan Stanley for a huge amount of money) & Indra Nooyi( changed 4 jobs in her first 10 years of carrier), they started being loyal to a particular company after reaching a certain stage, where POWER counts more than money. Being new to corporate world if we stick to one company then we will have to do extraordinary things. During high profit, excellent market condition company thinks 10 time to give bonus to its employees. While during recession they don’t think twice to reduce the work strength. What is happening in market now , we all are aware. Nothing much to explain my conclude is “If there is anything better than current, then grab it. Cause opportunity never lost, you may miss it, some one other will take that.”

Subhajit said...

Jinu,

I think my reply to u would be the same as the one I have written for Yogini.

As far as the better opportunity is concerned I would still maintain my stand not relating the opportunity ONLY to money.

Because I always felt there is something called "HUMAN CAPITAL". If we can understand this that then, things attrition, bad culture and rest of the negative things can be easily taken care of.