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Monday, June 06, 2005

Work place - From a kid's view

The Kid was just wondering as to what his Dad would be doing regularly in the office...He visited his Dad's office couple of times and couldn't understand the environment. Each & every friend of his Dad has a small cubicle with several files on the side and a computer. It doesn't look like his classroom, blackboard missing, eventhough the file shelf reminded one of the book shelves in his classroom.

The following were the questions posted by that curious Kid to his Dad - while the Dad was checking about his son's progress in the school. (tit-for-tat!!!)

1) What to you do in office with your friends?
2) Do you play in the Computer and play in the Canteen?
3) Will you talk to your friends during office hours?
4) What will be your Boss teaching?
5) Will you write exams, after those teachings?
6) Are you getting paid, only after passing the exams every month?

My reply to that curious kid, my son, was "Don't ask too many delicate questions. It would be difficult to answer". Somehow, I convinced him with few answers. (As a kid, I used to think the same way few years back, while I was studying hard and my Dad used to watch TV with my Mom.)

But, when we relook into the questions, some pertinent points could be noticed...

In many Private Sector organisations, the work culture has changed in the recent years to meet the demanding situation. People relax in the cafeteria, chat during the office hours (many times, electronically), read & learn many new things. This is somewhat different from the traditional Indian Public sector offices / Nationalised banks, where people at the lower end, go out and play cards (as I had observed in the parks outside the Indian Parliament), read magazines during office hours (my observation in PSU banks / Insurance cos.)

The difference is that the Private sector has relaxed the rules knowingly and the Public sector couldn't control the growth in this category. Private sector may turn the table all of a sudden & become strict, which the Public sector cannot do due to the unionised work force. The reply I had given was just like...'ya.. we do some work, some talk, etc., etc.,'

Another issue is the high staff turnover nowadays, which makes the training rooms always filled with new entrants.. Everday, new learners join. Anyhow, when you happen to see new faces, there used to be a breeze always..... In some organisations, the new entrants mayn't know the head & tail and you can only see their pale faces. :-( :-(

Now the fun part....The replies, which I avoided were

1) Sometimes, we don't know what we are doing, while sitting on the bench....
2) Instead of playing, we people blog...
3) Unfortunately, we are not paid for browsing & spending time on learning, unlike some privileged elite people.
4) Luckily my Boss doesn't ask me to write some exams, before crediting the monthly pay.

BTW..before getting paid, are you getting tested thru exams regularly?? How do you react if that is the case?

Don't miss out reading the post on our Bloggers meet, just after this post......


Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

The last 4 points are 100% right. I do it when the load is light.!

And who was the kid?

I brought my kids to work ( they have son's day/daughter's day ) in my office.

My daughter asked a few questions but none like what you mentioned.!

About Private Sector in India these days - Its a welcome change isn't it.!

Monday, June 06, 2005 4:29:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

He is none other than my son.., Mr.Narayanan.

Monday, June 06, 2005 4:31:00 PM  
Blogger thennavan said...

Oh, the travails of a father :-)

But you are far luckier than I am (at my current stage in life). At least you have a son to respond to.



Monday, June 06, 2005 9:41:00 PM  
Anonymous kavitha said...

well, the angle with which a child views things is different in most cases. In a way our yearly appraisals and reports are exam results, meaning that our everyday performance is evaluated instead of restricting it to performance in a day.....

Monday, June 06, 2005 10:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Prasanna said...

Vanakkam, ayya...Prasanna here.

Nice blog-site & this piece was interesting...'Kaalai ezhundhavudan padippu'nnu Bharatiyar sollirikkaru, neenga 'Kaalai ezhundhavudan blog'aaa?(seeing the posted time as 6:31am). By any chance, r u in morning shift @ work?? ;)


Tuesday, June 07, 2005 12:41:00 AM  
Blogger sophie said...

tat was just hilarious...but worth asking...ur son...hats off to him

Tuesday, June 07, 2005 1:08:00 AM  
Blogger Chez said...

I'm sure ur son too become like u... but i wonder if he'd spend time blogging in his generation..

Tuesday, June 07, 2005 5:32:00 AM  
Blogger virumandi said...

yeah..it is easy to ask questions, but answering them is very tough.that too, the questions asked by kids are really delicate and sometimes v all want to avoid!!!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005 8:06:00 AM  

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