Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Ash Mathew
Recruitments, Training`
Human Resources - Generalist
Learning And Development
Raj Kumar Hansdah
Shrm, Od, Hrd, Pms
Agile Solutionist
Hr Student - Learner
Account Manager
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Hi Seniors,

I am working in a private limited IT company as HR personnel since 10 months. By being as a HR person,my responsibility to introduce the policies by keeping in mind about organizational & employees growth. Now, the problem is, initial tenure of 3 months, everything was perfect, but after that I came to know & understand practically about dictatorship behavior of boss. He wants to run this company as one man army types. Whatever the decision he makes, that should be implemented in any circumstances, where as he even do not think of my suggestions necessity also. He treats their IT engineers as labours of factories, and implements all non sense kind of policies without thinking of revert effect. I can give you a small example, I tried to start communication training session, as i felt it may help engineers to perform well at client location and it would also improve our rapport, but boss has refused to permit by saying that "if they would improve than they would not sustain in our company", do not it shows how mean and narrow minded he is? It is just an one example, where as I have ample of activities done by him regularly. In my view it is completely exploitation.

The worst part, he now started taunting or commenting on me as well from past 4-5 months and also started putting me down for my any reason (do not miss the single opportunity),because of that I feel this is not the right place to grow myself. He started giving me task with deadlines without providing me resources. So, I thought of start giving interviews, and tried at few companies, but in interview i did not find absolute answer for the some of the questions i.e., why do you want to leave this company in only 10 months? I am just not able to convince the interviewer.

Seniors, please suggest & help me, what should I do, as I am feeling frustrated and finding no growth by working in this company, looking for change desperately, no reason can convince me to sustain in this company anymore, as I have tried my level best by giving my all efforts towards organization development. please guide me! Thanks a ton!!(If any seniors could provide his/her contact details, it would be really helpful for me)

From India, Mumbai
Dear Ram,
Reason for move can be: Looking for oppptunities that can utilize your expertise.
You can mention that thought the current organization is good - it seems like there are less possibilities of using your skills, and you'd like to look for an opportunity that can make use of the available talent.
You could let them know that, the first few months seemed promising as far as utiliaing skills concerned, but then you later felt that the purpose of the role was lacking visibility.
You could always state that money is not the reasobn - "job content" is the reason.

From India, Madras
Hi Ash,
Trust me!! I was expecting a nice solution from you as I alwayz go through your solutions for different issues. I really appreciate your solutions, thanks a millions also for this time.
But, I would request you to go through my problem once again as I have edited & something by giving some example. Probably you would be able to understand that pain which I am going through.
Thanks Again!
Tk care!
Sr. Executive-HR

From India, Mumbai
Dear Ram,

All of us (including me) tend to NOT see the "actual problem" when we are deeply depressed.

I can mention a few of the emotional issues you are going through:

a) You hate getting up every morning and think that you are going to work

b) You sit at your desk and sometimes glance through all the work you have done and

feel like deleting it - because, you feel there is no point in you having worked so hard

c) You feel that you dont have anything to sell as far as skills are concerned, because the last 10 months you have been hopin that things will take a fine shape atleast later

d) You tried showing facts and figures to prove that your efforts are really for the benefit of the company, but your boss cannot understand

e) You discovered the true face of your company only after the initial honeymoon period

f) This depression is getting on to your personal life as well - as you are not able to be a part of every other good thing since the career aspects have dominated you

g) You FEEL you cannot convince prospective employers on teh reason for chaneg

Let me tell you whats the actual problem here:

You have made up your mind to move, you only need a pat on your back to motivate you during interviews and not to give up any hopes.

Solution: Inventory your skills, highlight your contribution (irrespective of whether it has been implemented or not), If possible take the sufficient material with you to prove your efforts. And please let the interviewers know your real need for change. Its not your boss that you should blame during interviews, it should be your "need" to improve and contribute and safe guard your skills and increase the skill set.

Also - tell them, if their fear is whether you will move out of the new job very soon, you can even agree to work for a specific number of months.

AND - please make sure that what ever profil you take, you are confident that it is a place that will "help in enhancing people's performance"

You might wonder why I did not suggest you to talk and convince your boss. Buddy I have seen such people - I have also tried. But since I am very young in my profession, I cannot experiment and then "wait" for that success. Had I been a person with 20 years of SUCCESSFUL HR career, I would have opted to convince that person and change his attitude becuase : have already achieved what I dreamnt of, I would take this as a challenge.

But at this point when we are tryign to develop our career, we need proper guidance and the scope for implementing our thoughts / efforts/ work. So - dont waste your tiem by even worrying for this employer.

From India, Madras
Hi Asha,
Hats off to you!!! Its a pure mature solution which you have given to me, you are absolutely correct as its exactly same happening with me and my both personal & professional life are getting hampered drastically.
It is an awesome solution and suggestion. Well, I shall really try to boost up my motivational factors, and yes I remember, I did some mistakes in my past interviews, which I would not repeat.
I had started thinking of resigning from the current job without waiting for the new opportunities. Anyways...I would like to appreciate you for your million dollars solutions.
Thanks n Regards,
Sr. Executive-Hr

From India, Mumbai
Dear Ram,
Dont quit before getting a new job. Take it from me - one month - try hard for a job. Until then just follow what your boss wants to do. Becuase if you remain jobless, it will be difficult to convince any employer. They may think that you cant handle pressure - when the truth is something else.
:-) I am happy you have been a bit relieved. We tend to be the victim of someone else's stupidy. Juat make sure if you are depressed, there is a true reason for it. Keep looking! Leave in a cheerful manner, becuase reference checks matters. Your boss may refer you stating that "he quit becuase he could not handle the work here".
So - stay until you get a new job.

From India, Madras
Dear Ram,
Management science or no science for that matter is above our good old proverbs. You are casting pearls before swine and getting stress out of this.
Cast what a swine likes. Else find out someone who understands value of your pearls.
At the same time make sure that you do not walk off in a huff!
Preceding posts show you had good amount of interaction with Ash that is well-founded.
Dinesh V Divekar

From India, Bangalore

Hope you are reporting to CEO or a person in Director Level. My response is based on that only. In case if you are reporting to HR Head, this is not applicable

I too have the same question ''why do you want to leave this company in only 10 months''.

Please don't act on the basis of sudden thoughts or better to avoid impulsive decisions. You need to understand the hardcore reality that in any industry ultimate decision maker is the investor and not HR Manager or HR Advisor or VP HR. Who hired you? Investor, right? So she/he has 100% authority to decide your 'job profile'. Your boss may allow you to provide strategic suggestions but never expect that you can run the show.

Also please note that you can't practice all that you have learned in management books...investor may publish HR philosophy in corporate plan, speak for hours on Human Resources Development...but end of the day core objective would be 'to make the business more profitable' and being HR, your job is to support investor to make more profit. Over a period of time, you can become more powerful (Eg:- if you can convince your boss that your suggestions can make more money or reduce wastage or improve quality...)

Eg:- Your boss is not wishing the engineers to be trained in communication because he/she fears that the engineers will quit the job if they improve communication skills. This can be a strategy of your boss. So being HR, you are supposed to support it or come up with a better strategy ( your boss may accept your suggestion if you workout a plan with solid financial advantage)

If you are experiencing ethical conflicts, when you move to another company ' there will be no-guarantee that you can work as you wish'.

So relax and enjoy work...best of luck

From India, Bangalore
Hello Ram,

Though your situation seems tough, I would suggest that you do take some time introspecting yourself and the situation before you reach a decision. Is your manager generally like this with all employees, or is it just with you? ( to know if there is personal angle to this). There is also a possibility that this could be the general attitude of the manager and that he has been a task master all his life!

In that case you would have to be manipulative( what I would call "STREET SMART") till you get another job or are able to win over him by doing things the way he wants it. Show him that you can stand up to the occasion and can deliver at the toughest of times. Do not accept defeat - I know its tough....real tough but you need to go through these things to make you stronger. Bombard him with your achievements, keep him aware of what you are doing everyday and take in the comments no matter how sarcastic they might be as a step to self improvement.

These things will keep you motivated and pumped up at all times and can sure help you put your best step forward in an interview.( remember a dull face will do you no good). Besides it will also buy you enough time to find a new job.

Good Luck!


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From India, Delhi
I am not a senior but still i feel to suggest you so putting some tips of my knowledge, never loose ur job untill u hve other in hand.
2) Always be clam very clam when u r neglected by boss.
3) At d time of interview never give bad comments about company. you can say..there are some bad practices when are been asked to imply were as its voilation of policies ...so i am looking for other job.
I hope these tips ll help u by any means..
Take care & happy seeking..Good Luck

From India, Mumbai

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