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Dear Seniors,
I have total 6 yrs of experience in HR (mainly in Engg. & Mining) and currently I am working with a Travel Company in Bangalore from past 4 months. They have been in the industry from past 12 yrs & never had a HR in the company. Then the mgnt decided to have a system in place & they hired me. I don't get proper support by the Mgnt.
I really want to go back to an Engg. Company as I started my carrier in recruitment for Engg. industry .
I request you all to show me the right path.
Regards,
Smriti

From India, Chicalim
Hello Smriti,
You have just worked for 4 months only in your new company and
hence it is too early to come to any conclusion.
Since your company did not have HR dept previously you will have to
impress upon them with your efforts and performance.
Give your self a reasonable period, say a year and half or even two years
and take up the current challenges as opportunities coming in your way.
You will succeed. Such a success will give a you a sense of accomplishment.
HR people, wherever they work, always will have the daunting task of
winning the hearts of other department people. So please change your approach.
Good Luck to you,
V.Raghunathan

From India
Thank you Mr. Raghunathan,

I appreciate your advice.

I decided to stay for min. 2 yrs. but before I could join management promised so many changes upon my joining. Now the employees have their expectations to be fulfilled and I do not have anything to do about. I can't blame my management in front of my employees but same time there are many incidents where I have been put down by the directors in front of employees. I really lose my morale. The same is been experienced by around 80% of our employees. The prob is if my directors change a little towards the company’s common goal and build little trust in our employees, it will work fine. But every time when some sr. employee/ authorized employee will suggest them, their standard answer will be that they will decide/handle.

I get much worried because it is my job to keep my employees morale up to get a good result from them. But when the director’s carry a rigid attitude it become suffocating for anybody to work.

I would request you to suggest me the best thing as I do not want to leave this company in such critical stage.

Regards,

Smriti

From India, Chicalim
Dear Smriti,
It is imperative to make a beginning you need the support
of a senior person in the organization.
Who was the person who was instrumental in selecting you to head the HR department?
You can confide with that person and share your problems.
However if no one in the Apex Management is listening then the matter is serious.
First option is to try to win the confidence of Top Management, atleast one person.
Then try to establish some stability. This may take few more months.
Even after that if nothing works out you may have to consider alternative employment.
V.Raghunathan

From India
Dear Mr. raghunathan,

Refer to you reply. I was appointed by one of the Director (he has never worked in any organization and does not know head or tail about HR). Sorry if I am soundign rude but, this is the first statement he told me while taking my interview. We do have a very Sr. person absed in our regional office (H'bad) but my director doesn't listen to him either. whenever someone trie to explain him the better things he immediately become rigid about the way he has selected.

I do understand that a Director can make any decisions and it should be implemented by all of us. But what I fail to understand is, how can a director himself plays with his company policy? To give you a small example sir, We have a NO Smoking policy and nobody is allowed to smoke in the office premises. But, my director will make sure that he smokes in the pantry are where there is no ventilation and every one on that floor complains. Now you tell me sir, is it good to tell a director not to smoke in a No Smoking area? He always says that I am unprofessional and I will remain this way forever.

I am sorry to trouble you sir, but I really feel bad as I can't motivate my employees.

Regards,

Smriti

From India, Chicalim
Hello Smiriti,
The details provided by you indicates that the Director acts in a whimsical way
and is a bad example to emulate.
If it is a small organization he can get away with anything as a person
of the stature of Director calls the shots.
Motivating the employees is according to me is a different issue.
In small companies such a senior person can afford to behave
the way he wants as there is no check on him. It is an unfortunate state of affairs.
Yet you can make sure that others / juniors do not follow him in such habits.
Perseverance is the only way to convince your Director and of course it is a
with a time limit that you should set yourself.
It should be possible for you to know your Director's areas of interest.
Your task is, as I said before to be tactful and win the confidence of the Director.
V.Raghunathan

From India
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