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Pitiable condition of Indian professionals

Tuesday - October 16, 2018 4:45 pm , Category : OPINION & INTERVIEW

WTN- Indian work professionals are some of the most sleep-starved, leave and holiday starved and most overworked group in the world even as the pay parity with their western counterparts is huge. Or in other words, Indian white collars are low paid and exploited, left with little time for recreation, family outings and holidays, which in turn makes them stressed, unhappy and jittered. 
 
This has been claimed by several studies over the last several years, yet there has been no major shift in our corporate culture that gives more mental space to the individual. When thus exploited, Indians fail to give their optimum performance and hence productivity suffers. There is high attrition rate across companies and offices and India’s happiness index slumps.
 
The average for any professional in an Indian firm is less than 3 years, which is one of the lowest in the world. Loyalty is more rewarded than merit, and it is the hours of slogging that is counted as good work than the quality of the product or the efficiency of the worker to do more in less time. Thus stressed in office, these young Indians have a fractured family life since they cannot give proper time and attention to the family needs.
 
This further exacerbates the personal space of an individual by disturbing his sleep and eating patterns. Indian companies want to extract more from little. They want lesser hands to save costs, yet want the best product, which ideally would need half a score more hands.  Such a skewed ratio puts undue pressure on each individual employee and a silent process of breakdown sets in that gradually drains the person. Long working hours takes a toll on his health.
 
The best years of his life are thus sucked by the office for a salary that just makes ends meet and takes care of the very basic necessities of life. Most Indians are not any opulent by global standards. The same kind of work fetches much more to an individual professional in a foreign country than in India. Cheap labour, which comes as an Indian attribute for foreign investors, means exploitation of our people. They know in India lots of work can be got by paying half of what they would need to spend in their own countries. This also leads to brain drain as the best indigenous minds prefer migrating to foreign countries where they earn much more for lesser work. They get much appreciated there for their work and get the right hikes and promotions which are commensurate with their ability.
 
In India the assessment process itself is convoluted as many factors like a person’s religion or caste, and his chemistry with the bosses etc are factored in while giving hikes more than sheer ability of the person. And even then the hikes are paltry and promotions are reluctantly given. Leaves are sanctioned after must supplication and pass ups and riders that make the process a dreaded experience for an employee. All these exploitative trends make India a bad professional space for meritorious individuals and devalue our own productive capability. 

Companies look from a narrow perspective of short term gains while failing to retain their own assets. Some companies and MNCs are albeit there which uphold the right to provide better working conditions to their staffers, but they are not many and the majority of Indian professionals thus still suffer. There must be better government regulation to ensure a better life to its people working in the corporate sector.
 
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