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May - 2007 - issue > The Recruiter

Hire Chargers Not Batteries

Anil Sharma
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Anil Sharma
When Sapna left the marketing division of a company, everything went on fine for two weeks. People worked unperturbed; they would call Sapna almost every day, as if she was still there and they did not feel her absence.

Gradually, her colleagues started realizing that there was something amiss. The whole atmosphere was becoming more official. Discussions at lunch barely went beyond clients. Post-lunch walks and interactions about each other’s personal lives were no longer part of the agenda. Although every one wanted to, there was no common thread binding them; they felt like a chain of pearls whose string had been broken.

The manager, Rahul, did not realize this until someone from the other department told him. At that point, it struck Rahul that forget having lunch with his team, his discussions with the team members in the past two weeks had always centered around clients, revenues, billing and business development. Gupshup about the latest movies, fashion icons and new restaurants had taken a back seat.

You might question as to what is wrong with such an environment. After all, it is the manager’s job to get the work done. But I am sure you have heard this – that ‘all work and no play make Jack a dull boy’.

By now you might have guessed that I’m talking about people who bring a zing to the work-place. If you have one in your department, you are lucky; if you don’t, well it’s time to hire one.

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