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Mail sent by Narayan Murthy to all Infosys staff:

It's half past 8 in the office but the lights are still on...

PCs still running, coffee machines still buzzing...

And who's at work? Most of them ??? Take a closer look...

All or most specimens are ??

Something male species of the human race...

Look closer... again all or most of them are bachelors...

And why are they sitting late? Working hard? No way!!!

Any guesses???

Let's ask one of them...

Here's what he says... "What's there 2 do after going home...Here we get to surf, AC, phone, food, coffee that is why I am working late...Importantly no bossssssss!! !!!!!!!!!"

This is the scene in most research centers and software companies and other off-shore offices.

Bachelors "Time-passing" during late hours in the office just bcoz they say they've nothing else to do...

Now what r the consequences. ..

"Working" (for the record only) late hours soon becomes part of the institute or company culture.

With bosses more than eager to provide support to those "working" late in the form of taxi vouchers, food vouchers and of course good feedback, (oh, he's a hard worker... goes home only to change..!!).

They aren't helping things too...

To hell with bosses who don't understand the difference between "sitting" late and "working" late!!!

Very soon, the boss start expecting all employees to put in extra working hours.

So, My dear Bachelors let me tell you, life changes when u get married and start having a family... office is no longer a priority, family is... and

That's when the problem starts... b'coz u start having commitments at home too.

For your boss, the earlier "hardworking" guy suddenly seems to become a "early leaver" even if u leave an hour after regular time... after doing the same amount of work.

People leaving on time after doing their tasks for the day are labelled as work-shirkers. ..

Girls who thankfully always (its changing nowadays... though) leave on time are labelled as "not up to it". All the while, the bachelors pat their own backs and carry on "working" not realizing that they r spoiling the work culture at their own place and never realize that they would have to regret at one point of time.

So what's the moral of the story??

* Very clear, LEAVE ON TIME!!!

* Never put in extra time " unless really needed "

* Don't stay back unnecessarily and spoil your company work culture which will in turn cause inconvenience to you and your colleagues.

There are hundred other things to do in the evening..

Learn music...

Learn a foreign language...

Try a sport... TT, cricket..... ....

Importantly, get a girl friend or boy friend, take him/her around town...

* And for heaven's sake, net cafe rates have dropped to an all-time low (plus, no fire-walls) and try cooking for a change.

Take a tip from the Smirnoff ad: *"Life's calling, where are you??"*

Please pass on this message to all those colleagues and please do it before leaving time, don't stay back till midnight to forward this!!!



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Excellent post Monicka - you've nailed a terrible ill that plagues our workplaces.

We've become ignorant and oblivious to what really constitutes productivity.

And, largely it is because of the below-par managers that we're churning out. And, like the saying goes - 'monkey see monkey do'

But, in fairness, let's not only demonise the bachelors who remain at work past lights out.

Its also becoming common to see many middle managers in their early to mid 40s exhibit the same behaviour. However, their reasons for doing so are almost diametrically opposite to those of the bachelors.

Either way, apart from disrupting the work environment (as you accurately identify), such behaviour is also representative of societal thinking, attitudes, and behaviours at large. After all, a workplace is a microcosm of the larger society within which it exists, thus not immune to the latter's foibles and idiosyncracies.

But, that's a topic for another discussion.

Once again, thank you very much for an insightful and reflective post.
terrific post Moni . . . . . And what a person Mr.N.R.Narayan Murthy is? I read small passages about him from his wife Sudha’s autobiography. He is an ultimate personality, A idol.
Dear Monicka,
Thanks for sharing that wonderful email with everyone.
Mr.N.R.Narayan Murthy really knows how to send a msg accross to his staff :) I wish we have more people like him in this industry and also I hope that this message get to those people who waste company resources for their own personal pleasure.
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