The three kind of employees

I am not a HR person, so pardon me for this transgression. I have identified 3 personalities in employees. This might help me in future rather than help the readers.

Here are the employee prototypes

The Enthusiast Employee

This employee type is what 80% of the workspace consists off. They are the type of employee who never miss the 9 am local and reach the office at 10 am. They leave spot on time at 5:30 pm. They are the shut it, forget it employee. Once they are out of office, their leisure time is for their family and social circles. Also don’t you dare them to work on weekends.

This employee is the do-er, tell them to think and they will offer resignation as thinking is not considered work.

The Amatuer employee

They are the ones, who lack discipline. You don’t find them sticking to a job for long time. They are forever in and out of one exciting project to another. They are cheap but expensive to maintain. They are self driven, you don’t have to do much to make them work. These kind of people could be better running their own business but do-not have the shrewdness to make any venture sustainable.

The Pro Employee

They are always going to exotic places for vacation like lonavala and Pavna. Their children are well turned out. They have worked hard for their entire life and now feel people should pay them $$$$ without any questions or strings attached. They are not ready to learn new things. They are existing in your Organisation primarily to enjoy the fruits of other people’s hard-work. They would be totally unemployable but they have very impressive resume’s.

You might be in one stage or another, typically a person starts as an enthusiasts employee and ends up as a Pro.

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Review of the Billionaire Raj by James Crabtree -useless book skip it.

This book is written for a foreign audience in mind. Most of the stuff in the book is what you can google or go to the news archive and get it.

The author has met a few people like Vijay Mallya, Jindal and Arnab. Besides that there hardly seems to be an in-depth analysis. Most of the things like the Lalit modi scandal or the Nirav modi scandal is from the newspapers.

The modi chapters were the most boring part. Please skip this book. Read ParanjoyGuhaThakurta book Gas wars or Feast of Vultures by Jeby Joseph instead if you want to understand crony capilasim

My experience in Hiring.

Over the last couple of months, I have been hiring people. I remember the words of a techie friend.

I use technology instead of hiring people, as people are very difficult to manage.

I am trying to build a remote team who can work from home. A small team.

I have used mediums like advertisements, social media and WhatsApp. Robots are not yet intelligent enough to do all humans tasks. Below are some of my experience in Hiring.

Word of mouth

I spoke to a few friends who I thought would be helpful. I contacted people who were teaching colleges or principals for interns. Not much came out of it. Why? +Interns+

Interns

Interns are a complete waste of time, if you have a small requirement. They will join for 2 months. If you are starting, don’t bother with interns. They are completely raw and you will wasting more energy just coordinating with them.

Advertisement are a waste of time unless you are looking for a very niche skill.

I placed a advertisement immediately. I wanted good amount of choice in the talents. I didn’t want to be shortchanged. The responses I got were from far away places mostly the outskirts of Mumbai. Places like Virar, Vasai, kalyan and Dombivali seems to be where the low paid white collared manpower is available.

There was a issue with fluency in English which was first stumbling block. Then they were way too young. They expected jobs to be places where they can go and work out of.

I have used indeed.com(https:indeed.com) and internshala(internshala.com)

Social Media Works

I have a good network on social media which I have built over the last 8/10 years. Few take me seriously on social, but I have my admirers.

My best hires came from my personal social media network. of course there was some bloopers also. But your own social network is a good place to look for talents.

These are people who understand you and there is certain level of cultural similarities. The communication is easy with them and they are ready to risk it for you.

There is downside here too.

If for any reason you picked the wrong person. Your relations could get scarred. It has happened to me before. Once very trusted person who I wanted to join as a partner started acting real weird after getting on board. I haven’t talked to him since we parted ways.

People will bluff

Inexperienced people will bluff that they can handle the job. The thing is they are too naive to even understand the profile. Don’t take their word for it. Test them, give them a notice period.

The best thing is to get people who are honest

Judging honesty is difficult. Sometimes you know a person for years still you don’t know if that person is honest. The best judge for honesty is people who are a bit less confident about their abilities. They are always skeptical whether they are the right candidate for the job. But then people are again tricky.

Hire people who can do the work and think also

There are 2 aspects of work. One is actually working, which is a minor aspect. The more difficult aspect is thinking about work. People wake up and do all the things they are meant to do. They think only far enough to safeguard their status quo.

  1. The working part required vitality and good health. Also without peace of mind and support one cannot be very productive. Anyone going through a bad phase in life or stressed because of personal issues, needs to taken care off.
  2. The thinking part is not everybody’s cup of tea. I like people who can have Idea-sex. Idea-sex termed by American author James Altoucher. He says we are now in the idea economy, and ideas are the new currency. I am not sure about the idea economy and no one else besides Altoucher have seconded the idea. But who wouldn’t like someone who comes up with brilliant ideas and can follow it through with solid work. With out follow through, ideas don’t have any strengths.

A important business lesson I learned from Hritik Roshan

I generally look down on Bollywood, but couldn’t resist following the Hritik and Kangana controversy.
Hritik’s interview with Choubey came out much better than his interview with Arnab. Here Hritik is much more free flowing and manages to shut up Choubey a few times.
The video at 54.15 where Hritik describes how Bollywood has the best of people and if people get hurt it is because they come with the wrong expectations.
I realised I get very angry at clients or prospects who make me stoop below my price point. I am offended like any other typical Indian when I am not given respect.

His analogy of how a bird collects bits and pieces from all over the place and then builds a home somewhere else was inspirational.

What do you think, who is lying Kangana or Hritik?

Check the video below

 

My Passion, My Mission and My Goals

My Passion –

I am in love with technology, particulalry internet technology. My focus is on affordable consumer technologies right now. The idea that technology can be a equaliser and democratise access to information is quite heartening. I want to see how we can transform each others lives with technology.

My mission –

I am pained by the way Mumbai is turning out. Instead of getting rid of potholes, people prefer to buy costlier cars. Instead of having better medical care people prefer to opt for the expensive healthcare solution. The state is pretty much saying that if you can afford it, you can have the quality of life fit for a decent living. Otherwise you are pretty much on your own.

I want to make cities better. I want our cities to offer better houses, efficient transportation, and safe and vibrant neighbourhoods.

My Goals

Leverage Technology to make city better. Make an Impact, increase brand recognition and reach..

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