Friday, 31 August 2012
“Is Employment an Affair between the Employees and Employers?” - Professor M.S.Rao
“When I interview somebody, I look at their resume to see what they've done, who they've worked with, and how many times. If they've gotten repeat work. Those are the kinds of actors I want to hire.” - Joe Pantoliano
When I conducted soft skills training program to students recently on the topic ‘facing the interview board’, a student responded to my question during mock-interview session, “Why should I hire you?” as follows: “I would be loyal and work very long years with your organization.” I probed her how long? She replied that she would work forever. I replied that nowadays employment has become an affair between the employees and the employers. Previously employment was considered a marriage, and it was treated as a lifelong commitment to the organization. In fact, the Japanese management emphasizes on lifelong commitment to organizations wherein the employees’ commitment to organizations is like a marriage. In contrast, the western management treats it as an affair because the employers retain the employees as long as they perform well. According to this system, if employees don’t perform well they will be served with pink slips without any second thought. The Japanese management gives a number of opportunities to employees to upgrade themselves as it believes more in ‘concern for people’. In the western management, it is more of ‘task orientation’ rather than ‘people orientation’. We have another management system, Theory Z propounded by William Ouchi who blended the best of both the American management and the Japanese management.
Finally, I told the student to reply to the question as follows: You must project your self-management skills, transferable skills, and job related skills. Since you are a fresher, you must showcase more on your academic achievements and other extra-curricular achievements so that you will have better chances of grabbing the employment offer.
“A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one's own path, not chasing after the dreams of others.” - Chin-Ning Chu
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