The manner in which a company treats its employees talks volumes of the growth and sustainability of the company. My previous company, an online marketing firm, was a sham in this regard. First being threatened to be sued by Microsoft for piracy and then the office premises being sealed for operating out of a residential area ensured that the employees bore the brunt of all illegal activities being pursued by the firm.
The law enforcement actions didnt deter the management, though, who were confident that their employees could be pushed and nudged along like a herd of naive sheep…And so we had 3 centers of “excellence” in the city: Point A, Point B and Point C.
Point A was in Kalkaji while point B and Point C were in Lajpat nagar: all of them Cyber Cafes converted to temporary workspaces by the moolah crazy cafe owners.
Point A operated at night as well with the shutters half down…A police raid soon after ensured that the shutters were completely down.
I operated out of Point A in a cubicle, which could barely hold my volume.
The management,always wanting to have the last laugh and adept at cost cutting, decided to merge point A and Point B.So Point B employees,around 30 in number merged with the Point A employees, around 12(day shift) in number. Soon,42 employees were operating out of point A, an underground cafe in the hot delhi summer. Adding to our woes was the lack of a toilet and the stink of sweat.
The night shift employees escaped the heat, but the poor souls couldnt think of even venturing out.
I have seen worse workplaces but it was the callous attitude of the management ( a show run by an overzealous husband and wife) that bothered me the most. Losing employees didnt seem to be their primary concern. Their primary concern was getting the work done, whatever be the working conditions.
On my last day in Office I took some pictures of the cafe.It is a grim reminder of how I need to ensure the best for my employees.
Before leaving, as a mark of respect, I wrote a mail to the management, warning them of the pitfalls in the manner in which they were running the company. The mail fell on deaf ears.
Today, they still havent learnt. Employees are as dissatisfied as ever and at an attrition rate of more than 30 % (atleast), if they dont open their eyes soon, their employees and clients sure will.