You must have seen several companies complaining about lack of man power, dearth of talent and employees moving out from organizations. Employees are heart & brain of anyorganization and that is why companies need them badly to survive in business. That is why it becomes important to ask yourself why talent should work with your organization?
Market is open for every one and there are number of wonderful companies where people are willing to join, they keep on applying and wish for their interview call. Does yourcompany has that X factor which attracts the talent?
There is no dearth of talent it is that X factor which is missing in most of the companies. Take example of Google, we all know working with Google is a dream for most of the people and the kind of facility they provide to their employees is incomparable. Be it facility, culture, pay scale,challenges or future scope, Google has it all.
Now on the other hand startups, small or mid-levelCompanies may not have that good pay scale to offer orfacilitiesat work place but hey there are number of things which can attract and retain the talent for your business.
1. Work culture: This is something which is developed by business owners or promoters over the period of time. I believe this can be a winning card, a main differentiator as why one would love to work with you (or hate to work with you if not developed properly) . It can be open & full of fun. We, at Bharat Infotech have a culture of having fun with work which keeps us all fresh and less tired even in our busiest day. Members interact with each other help them in processes & deliveries but at the same time they do pranks, go for movies, have matches inside or outside office, gossips, dine and number of things which never give them feeling that they actually working in office. It is likethey have fun while doing their regular work and it is win-win situation for them and for office. This way they develop a loyalty with the work(fun ) place and friendship with fellow colleagues.
2. Holidays: Think a situation where employees love to come to office rather than putting excuses & taking leaves and if ever they don't want to come they may feel free to take off as long as they wish. This may sound impractical but I can tell you if you have right people working with you, it is never difficult to have that culture. Here is the fact about mycompany, we don't have provision of sick leave, casual leave or earned leave etc. we have N number of holidays allowed for all of our members/ employees that too without deducting a single penny for holidays taken. Now imagine holidays taken by our members considering no deduction &obligation? It's almost zero for most of our members. Yes, given the privilege of holidays is not that they actually exercising this option rather I feel they become more responsible for work and company.
3. Work life balance: I was reading an article where it was proven by a study that employees may be ready to sacrifice on their salary/hike if they find perfect work life balance in their job. And I realized it too in my organization. We have policy for overtime, we don't allow it. Our employees are not allowed to stay in office after our official working hours. Period. I am personally a big advocate of work life balance and always look out for ways out to implement that in my company. Now ever since I introduced no overtime in office,imagine number of delayed project deliveries? None. It is not because that we have easy time lines or we are too efficient but our marketing team always try to buy sufficient time from our clients as per our working culture and once project is in our tech team ensures project gets delivered with in time line and that too without putting extra hours (remember our no overtime policy) we don't call our employees on holidays for any work. They can keep their cell phone on without bothering to have any call from office or customers on holidays or after office hours. For that very reason we do not share our member’s personal number with customer directly and all calls are landed to me on holidays & off working hours.
3. No rank: Ever heard of dirty politics. . I am sure a lot, while talking about office environment. There is lot ofpolitics in offices to prove oneself to management to defame colleague and become hero in front of senior officers and so on so forth. Most of these politics is due to gain points or promotion or hike. These politics usually dent the company culture, revenue &reputation also. We don't have any rank in our office and all of them enjoy same respect, same attention and same sense of duty. There is however people who are more experienced guide the people who are relatively new. So although there is hierarchy but not by force with rank but by experience& willingness.
There are couple ofmore points which I will be sharing in my next article if I get the interest & acceptance. I remember how my one client after knowing our policies said that Harish you are spoiling the working culture in offices. Do you also believe that this is “good to hear but not practical” kind of thing or know some companies which are also doing this partially or completely? Do you endorse this culture or have same opinion that it is disturbing. I would love to hear you point of view and some of the best practice that you follow in your company.