Due to lack of process maturity, and chaotic conditions, 1 thing that matured leaps and bounds-Politics & blame game. Communication worsened , between all stakeholders. Customer blames the owner, owner blames the manager of the team, and the manager blames his team members, as key expectations and action items are not communicated properly, and comes in bits and pieces.
Result – Within a span of few weeks, 2 senior members of the team, handling critical project components, resigned because of workplace frustation and stress.
After the storm..
Fortunately, My friend has put down his papers, a few weeks back. Since then, He is relieved of having escaped a vicious work culture, where there is no happiness, neither growth, and feels like inside a pressure cooker.
The take, I have from the story – For the sake of money, do we give up our true selves / our personality / our identity?
I asked the same question to my friend, and thoughtfully he commented – “Grass always looks greener on the other side of the river, but is not so every time”.
He is still looking for a new opportunity. Hopefully he would land up with a good one, soon. Meanwhile he is spending time, learning a plethora of stuff, on technology and management. I have helped him, bringing some lifestyle changes. He is seriously considering weight loss thru yoga, pranayama, meditation & mindfulness. This would also help him, good in coping up with the stress of no job, for now.
“Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”
― Richard Branson
Improving the work environment is not a Herculean feat, and many companies are already thinking, about innovative programs that address these stressors. Companies need to get serious about creating a workplace where people feel valued, trusted, and respected. They are engaged in their work, don’t worry about losing their jobs, and where they can get home in time for family.
The point i want to make is “we have lost focus on human well-being. It’s all about costs now. Can we afford this, can we afford that? Does it lead to better or worse financial performance for the company?”