Hi rashmi,

I can suggest you that the environment should be positive always in any office premises.So that it motivates the employee also and build coordination between employees which can be also possible as like MUSIC Engagaement activities for your Employees.

Need of Music Employees Engagaement:

Benefits of music:•

PHYSIOLOGICAL as coordination between mind and muscles, hands-eye coordination, development of fine motor skills

•MENTAL BENEFITS Encourages creativity, Concentration and focus, Use of left and right brain, Intellectual stimulation, Self control

•EMOTIONAL BENEFITS Aesthetic appreciation, Emotional expression, Self-confidence, Feeling of accomplishment, Spiritual experience

•SOCIAL BENEFITS Shared activity and communication, Performing for an audience, Music is an international language, A sense of pride and accomplishment

Several Studies have been conducted about effects of music on brain. Scientists says that children who are exposed to music or who plays a musical instrument performs better in academics than other students who don’t participate in musical activity. Music learning helps in IQ, Vocabulary and development of certain parts of brain. Music Training can enhance brain functions.

A research team exploring the link between music and intelligence reported that music training is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children's abstract reasoning skills, the skills necessary for learning math and science.

The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling--training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once.



Broad Objectives of Guitar Program inside office -

•Recreation – Referring Stress Management, Engagement Activity and Entertainment for employees to lower the attrition rate.

•Health Benefits – Achieving Social, Psychological, and Physiological benefits associated to Music.





(We can provide you the Music Activities for your Employees as we offer specialise employees engagement activities for Corporates)

From India, Delhi
Following things can be initiated by you.
1) To arrange an "outing" for employees with their families if possible, on a weekly holiday so that
they are treated well by management. By this participative management method, employees
shall be motivated.
2) To form suggestion committee, inviting suggestions from employees.If possible, constitute
best suggestion award to employees on quarterly basis.
3) To constitute Best employee award. (award money should be attractived to employees).
4) To constitute Best attendance award for employees.
Try the above and feel the difference.
Thanks
R K Nair

From India, Aizawl
Dear Rnk61
I again reiterate that education level of absenting employees is very low. Mostly are illeterate and will not understand the employee participation techniques. They will rather enjoy a home gathering where alcohol will be available to them.We have a suggestion committe and suggestion do come but only from educated employee like supervisors where absenteeism is not a problem. We also organise best employee function in all category on quarterly basis.So bookish methods do not applies here. Only individual councelling may work to some extent. Kindly advise something else.

From India, Pune
Dear Gautam,

I know myself having worked with one of the deepest mines in the world, about the working conditions of a coal mine that too in India, and again around Bihar/ Jharkhand/West Bengal areas where the conditions are really bad. I also understand dewatering has to be carried out 24 x 7. I’m not sure whether your mine has got facilities of ventilation & pumping of fresh air or Airconditioned air to the work places/phases. It’s highly stressed that work environment should be human friendly especially where fumes and inflammable gases occupy everywhere. I’m sure your mine administration is taking enough care against flooding and fire which cannot be compromised in an underground mine. We used to address your problem with wider tunnels and winzes and raises well supported with railsets which also could enable you to install effective ducting of fresh/cool air to enable free movement of men and machinery, running pumping lines becomes easy. Your Mine designers are well aware of your own conditions, I hope. I don’t think others will have better solutions than what you people would have having been experienced all kinds of problems there. However I hope Design experts will have some novel ideas to tackle your problems. So if you don’t have in-house expertise you can appoint consultants to look into your problems to resolve the issues.

Secondly consumption of alcohol among miners, especially less literate is nothing uncommon. It's hard to deny them the pleasure after strenuous UG work in trying conditions. It's also understandable how difficult to convert them when they become addicted to. It's unfair for us to talk about their addiction in the era of IT boom where liquor use is not considered a bad habit at all (you know even female are increasingly into this) . We don't have any short term measure to tackle this, I only think of forming ideal groups consisting of a few tee-totallers alongside others and slowly they may wean away them towards other pass time efforts which should also give them soothing comfort. Alarm ! It shouldn't work the other way.

From India, Bangalore
I appreciate the reply by loginmiraclelogistics who understands UG mining very well. We have ventilation problem and excessive watery condition.Workers looses energy fast and cannot continue more than three days in a week. In my opinion this is the main reason of their absenteeism.Any way thanks for your suggestions.
From India, Pune
Mr.kumar's post has given an idea of hardships of working in coal mines.Apart from what he suggested to reduce stress, is it possible to involve agencies which deal with alcohol problems to educate the workers and then mitigate this problem as well as experts in family counselling to instill a sense of responsibility in the workers? or whether non-monitory incentives(cash incentives may encourage more drinking) can work to improve attendance.
B.Saikumar
In-House HR & IR Advisor

From India, Mumbai
Thanks for your posts. Having lived among them and toured many major mining companies all over India, including coal, copper, zinc, iron ore, aluminium, uranium, over 3 decades , the general psyche in mining population at the phase workers level more or less the same. The working conditions naturally very arduous that they exhaust before reaching the actual work phase. In some narrow mines they have to go trekking over 2-4 kms in Ug, by foot thru' the slushy pedestrian path like ways, sometimes climb up and down. By the time they reach the spot carrying instruments, explosives, safety equipment atleast they have to take rest for half an hour. No beverages served Ug. except when VVIP visit the spot. Oxygen levels are very low compared to surface. Immediate medical care hardly available any where near. Many a time braving mishaps and grievous to fatal accidents. All these put together drive them to seek some physical relaxation in alcohol. When it becomes routine addiction towards drinking is automatic. High % of absenteeism among these triggered by 'hangover' due to heavy drinking overnight. Unless we improve the working condition/environment it's very difficult to retrieve them. In some companies they have the scheme of attendance bonus. It's not possible to introduce promotions because next to phase workers a promotion means to a grade which requires that they should pass 'Competency Exams' conducted by the Dept.of Mines Safety and how these less literate persons could qualify these competency exams is practically not possible. As a part of 'Safety Week' celebration and competitions, which are compulsory event for all mines under Mines Regulations where themes propagating better, safe living are conducted. Hospitals attached to the mines also (should) play crucial roll in constantly monitoring them one to one on daily basis. Ofcourse any no.of counseling given to them may result in temporary change but the amount of physical strain push them back to good old drinking which also root cause of disturbance in their family relationships. I'm also sure drinking habits when it's addicted to is the main cause of many families on the surface as well. Unless all governments bring in total prohibition (now only Gujarat state has the prohibition policy) policy backed by very effective anti-spurious drinks/drugs substances in the form of country liquors like toddy, arrack, bong etc there won't be peace at our homes.
From India, Bangalore
Thanks for your posts. Having lived among them and toured many major mining companies all over India, including coal, copper, zinc, iron ore, aluminium, uranium, over 3 decades , the general psyche in mining population at the phase workers level more or less the same. The working conditions naturally very arduous that they exhaust before reaching the actual work phase. In some narrow mines they have to go trekking over 2-4 kms in Ug, by foot thru' the slushy pedestrian path like ways, sometimes climb up and down thru' man hole like ladder ways. We may imagine like what the defence personnel do during their field drills and for miners these drills are daily routine. By the time they reach the spot carrying instruments, explosives, safety equipment atleast they have to take rest for half an hour. No beverages served Ug. except when VVIP visit the spot. Oxygen levels are very low compared to surface. Immediate medical care hardly available any where near. Many a time braving mishaps and grievous to fatal accidents. All these put together drive them to seek some physical relaxation in alcohol. When it becomes routine, addiction towards drinking is automatic. High % of absenteeism among these resulted by 'hangover' due to heavy drinking overnight. Unless we improve the working condition/environment it's very difficult to retrieve them. In some companies they have the scheme of attendance bonus. It's not possible to introduce promotions because next to phase workers a promotion means to a grade which requires that they should pass 'Competency Exams' conducted by the Dept.of Mines Safety and how these less literate persons could qualify these competency exams is practically not possible. As a part of 'Safety Week' celebration and competitions, which are compulsory event for all mines under Mines Regulations where themes propagating better, safe living are conducted. Hospitals attached to the mines also (should) play crucial roll in constantly monitoring them one to one on daily basis. Ofcourse any no.of counseling given to them may result in only temporary change but the amount of physical strain push them back to good old drinking which also root cause of disturbances in their family relationships. I'm also sure drinking habits when they are addicted to is the main cause of many family problems on the surface as well. Unless all governments bring in total prohibition (now only Gujarat state has the prohibition policy) policy backed by very effective anti-spurious drinks/drugs substances in the form of country liquors like toddy, arrack, bong, ganja, opium etc there won't be peace at our homes. It's also taking its toll among schools and college students as well. Nowadays parties are hosted for now and then eveywhere, no matter to what time it should extend with free flowing drinks. A social sea change is the need of hour to reign in good moral character in every citizen of our country especially in youth to build a better tomorrow.
From India, Bangalore
Coming from some one who was privy to work life of miners, Mr.Kumar,thanks for expanding our understanding of the pathetic plight of mining workers.They live a very a hard life and allow their bodies to take the toll.No wonder they take to the cheapest escape route of drinking to forget the hardship for a while.I appreciate Gutam for showing concern for the plight of mining workers and their addiction to drinking.Trust, he will explore the possibility of trying suggestions made by you and other learned members as the workers need all the sympathy
B.Saikumar
In-House HR & IR Advisor

From India, Mumbai
Dear,
Talk to your Manager for once, let him formally announce that no one can get an absent without informing or so, ask him to empower you, because your employee might be taking you lightly. Ask your employees to submit a documented proof if they going to get an off e.g. medical prescription or exam schedule whatever the case may. Also write down the instructions on the notice board about your attendance policy. They will loose their annual leaves or salary cut down because at the end there should be a disciplinary action to be taken. For example: our 3 lates will be counted as 1 absent, that's how many people loose their leaves for just late comings.
You can also issue a warning letter to the employees individually, who have consecutive lates and offs.
Cheers!

From Pakistan, Karachi

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