Come Diwali every year! All and sundry get busy with cleaning everything and anything in the house. The ceiling fan, the forgotten nook, the drawer, the hanging upholstery, the stacked refrigerator, the box storage under your bed mattress and of course the piling pair of shoes and sandals!
What do the corporate honchos not do during Diwali?
While housekeeping takes care of all the external cleaning in corporates, have you ever bothered about those snoopy corners where young talents give up on their ambitions just because a boss did not care to listen? Do you worry about the gaping pair of eyes which stares for 12 hours on the computers in your office but see very little beyond today? What about the person who tries very hard every month but has kept on failing with no one to tell him that results will not change unless input changes? Of course, you know who is internally competing to the point of fighting with whom thereby spreading negative energy? Please do not tell me that you are not aware of all those orders you have passed in the last one year which you yourself detested when you were young in your career?
Why don’t we create a charter of cleanings to be done on every Diwali in a Corporate?
The lip service of sharing Diwali gifts with every employee is very extrinsic motivation. I think it will be a great idea to conduct something similar to a Gallup Study every year just before Diwali and calculate the Internal Customer Satisfaction Index (ICSI) and many other such metrics related to Motivation of employees.
The leaders as per the organisational structure take turns on Diwali to wish their team. Thanks to corporate etiquettes and humanity. I think Diwali is the time when we should work on the Leadership quotient of each and every employee. The growth of organisations are often triggered by employees who shun the status quo and try to drive performance , change and prosperity in that order. I propose that on Diwali, the top management should gift employees with an annual leadership development plan to each genre and cadre of employees.
Getting into a huddle together and shouting in chorus…… “We do!” is one thing and working together complementing and supplementing together as and when the need arises is another thing. On occasion of Diwali every year , the top management should look at Job Rotations, Team alignments and Leadership rotations. While HR does all this through out the day, Diwali can be a target date for these things to be done because anything that is done across the year is actually not (never) done!
Wherever there are more than 7 human beings, there will be a difference of opinion. This is an old saying which my Professor of HR use to teach me in B-school. In the course of an year many relationships go sour. Why? What? Where? How? When? These are some questions which HR can look into across the year. On the occasion of Diwali, can we create a Confession Box and encourage people to come and confess and mend relationships which were actually supposed to rock! The logistics of this event can be worked out but it is very impactful and I strongly recommend this for corporates on the occasion of Diwali!
Conflicts are good provided we know how to manage them. All of us know that there are some conflicts at work which one is not able to manage despite full knowledge of the same. Diwali is the time of the year where a “Jaddo ki Jhappi” can really help resolve conflicts. (This is if you have not already done this on Holi day!)
Change is Permanent! Yet most of us allow change to happen rather than making it happen. How does one do this? Well, prepare a change management plan for your self on Diwali and gift the same to yourself in writing. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!
Any professional who can enslave his time, has arrived in life.
Any one of us who says that “I have already enslaved time 100% is a liar”
The truth lies in between the above two statements. On the occasion of Diwali, irrespective to what percentage you have been able to enslave time, create a plus one plan on time management where you can take your percentage one notch higher on time management. Gift yourself this plan on Diwali!
In a nut shell
I strongly recommend corporates to get into a Diwali act which is beyond giving Diwali gifts alone. Let us contribute towards Diwali cleaning in 2021!
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