Showing posts with label ThomsonReuters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ThomsonReuters. Show all posts

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Four years [21/365]

Today will mark my fourth year in ThomsonReuters.

This will be the longest I've lasted in any company. And the best part is I'm still loving it.
I find myself evangelizing about the company to new hires and energizing the exhausted.

While I've had my moment of despair and epiphanies, I've been able to meet some of the most selfless people.
People who have been courageous and are heroes in their own right.
Working here gives you a sense of belonging because I believe that a company is only as good as how it treats it's employees.
TR may not have the flamboyance of a Google or a Yahoo! would have. But it certainly treats its employees as the heart of everything it does. And I've seen how employees work better when they are not in an eternal fear of getting the pink slip.

I've grown within the organization. Both personally and professionally.
Am I destined to work here till I retire? Not sure.

My wishlist for a company that I've grown to love?
Lesser politics at office. I've seen nepotism and favoritism in close quarters. I've seen managers pull strings and keep their friends close. I've seen bosses cut their opponents down to size. I've seen lousy managers become lousier task masters. 
Yet there might be hope, because I've also seen leaders who've led with courage amidst retaliation.
But I wish the right talent is recognized and circulated within the company.

And most of all, I would like to see my company get recognized for the wonderful place it is.
Cheers to another four years!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Able and Willing.. Part 2

The Freedom Foundation
AIDS is an absolutely tragic disease. The argument about AIDS' being some kind of divine retribution is crap.
Visiting The Freedom Foundation, my team and I were reminded of how easily we can discriminate. 
If my earlier posts gave you a glimpse of what happens with a government with blinkers, our weekend with the children showed me how wonderfully well behaved and ordinary they all were.
Two weekends ago, Neetha and I decided to pay them another visit. And this time with a small surprise. We decided to cook some gulab jamuns knowing that the kids love sweets. We set about making 100 gulab jamuns, and took it to them while it was still warm.
Anyone who's given a child a surprise can vouch for how much fun and satisfying it is to see the smile on their faces.
Much like an advt for a credit card, their smiles were 'Priceless'!

The Friendship Foundation
The Team that made it possible!

The mentally challenged, a term that is often interchanged with mental illness can be grossly misleading.
Visiting and working with The Friendship Foundation this past week gave me a whole new appreciation of the way amazing work that mental care professionals do among the specially abled.
While I realised why it is so easy to ignore the specially challenged, I also noticed why we have very little progress among those who needed help.
Brushing aside the tons of research that has been documented, nations like India can definitely benefit if all that research is put to good practice.
Nearly all of the children that I met were very well behaved, had no airs about themselves and were ambitious. Most wanted a career in the army and the police.
The more severely affected children made me realise how easy it is for people to victimize them. Oblivious, they don't care and won't know if you are a scheming a**hole or a sexual predator. They would trust you with all the innocence of a 1 year old.
I guess as parents, we sometimes wish our children never grow up and remain the cute, cuddly baby that would gurgle, giggle and roll around in the floor.
But we so easily learn to ignore children who are trapped in a body of an adult.
Are we being fair?

Monday, October 10, 2011

love conquers all

They say a smile is a much better way of exercising your facial muscles than a frown.

The sixth project that I'll be doing as part of the biggest Community Service program of its kind in Bangalore, I was able to visit The Friendship Foundation this past Saturday.
Tucked away, nestled between a busy railway track and a sprawling apartment block, I had difficulty locating the NGO. They had no signage. I was later told that they did have signage but as innocent victims of haphazard development, nearly all of them were uprooted by the most recent civil construction that happened. The first sign of public apathy and civic shortsightedness.

I was able to spend some quality time with Elizabeth Benjamin, founder of the NGO and mental health Professional.
I got to learn about their philosophy and a little about mental retardation. What amazed me was how the foundation's school is very similar to any other institute you'd stumble across in Karnataka. As a principle, they do not sedate or otherwise medicate children who are unruly, because of the obvious medical side-effects of such techniques.
Though Ashalaya, was founded as a Home for the intellectually challenged thirty years ago, The Friendship Foundation is the brainchild of Elizabeth's daughter who is a qualified Psychologist and mental health Professional, believed the society needed an institution who could foster life skills and quality education to those who cannot afford expensive special schools.
Not an asylum, not a hospital, this Foundation has been doing groundbreaking work in rehabilitating special people (Yes, because that's what they are: Special)

Between kinder-garden and ninth grade, the Foundation has around 200 students. Mainly from families that cannot afford other schools.
Some have gone on to pass their tenth grade and get jobs in the mainstream society.
Take for example, Vignesh, an adorable 12 year old boy. He is the youngest resident and a bundle of activity. Mute, yet vivacious and full of energy, he has been here for close five years now. With an IQ of 53, he has the mental age of a two year old but I was able to see how wonderfully well behaved he was. He was able to comprehend and obey instructions and recognize and recollect pictures off books. We communicated with smiles and pats on the back.

Movies have distorted our collective vision of mental illnesses and people with special needs. While some movies choose to present special people in an unflattering way, most movies are just outright inhumane.

Through the course of the day, I was able to understand how it is so easy to ignore a special person. People who are intellectually challenged are not fussy. They can't fight for their rights. They won't fight you if you jump in front of them in a line. They won't pick up an argument if you are giving them the cold shoulder. While the society extracts its share of practical jokes and pun on 'mental people', the truth is that they suffer in a way that you and I cannot comprehend. I've never had to interact with a special person until last week and I bet most of us would never have had to and that is the reason why our societies view intellectually challenged people in a way that is simply not right.
One of the most important fact I learned was how dementia and mental illnesses have very little in common with retardation. Retardation is not an illness and as the name suggests, is just a sign that neurological development didn't happen at the time it was supposed to happen for various reasons, mostly during pregnancy.

They need all the love that we can give them. They after all not asking for privileges but opportunities to be understood.
I've said this often and I'll say this again - As people who has been created by the same God, in His image, with all the love and tenderly care that only He can think of, they deserve to be treated with equality and love.

In the meanwhile, I'm looking forward to visiting the Foundation in the coming weeks.
I've got a date with God's Special People.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Shitting on the honest @ work

You know what really ticks me off?

Besides the insane motorists on the road.
Its the people who cheat at work.

You'd think that with all the fail-safe checks and quality monitoring that goes on at work, you'd be able to eliminate people who use unethical ways to be noticed and get ahead.

I know this certain individual at work, who writes her own client accolades to herself!
If you thought faking orgasms was outrageous, well, you ain't heard nothing yet.

We do have the fail safe technologies in place, its definitely idiot proof but not genius proof.
Her modus operandi is simple: She simply retypes an email from the client, changes the time stamp and forwards it. Pure genius!
Ka-ching! The cash registers ring since we have (or rather 'had') a policy to reward each accolade.
Don't you just love people like this?
She used to 'reward' herself with upto 3 accolades a month, which is serious moolah.
People who take the most crooked path to success. Unscrupulous people who screw it up for other people.

Fuck you, honest guy!

Wearing the sham of honesty and being 'Miss Popular' makes the crime as contrasting as Heaven and hell.

Well, ofcourse the management is too worried to put the axe for the many myriad reasons it has.
For a management that proclaims to uphold the law, it sure does not make a very good example.

Now, you could debate on how many honest people are left at work. The answer is 'many'.
Its just that when you start realizing that the management is really not going to do jack shit about its corrupt employees who eat into the process, that the honest people tire down.
The Management did find out about all the fake Client accolades. It had rock hard evidence and screen-shots of her typing in the accolades after several months of monitoring her computer but never took cognizance against her. Just because they might lose out on manpower, something that we were already suffering on. They just made it tough for all of us. Scapegoats of an unscrupulous bitch. Well, Christians and other minorities can identify with this.

In a dog eat dog world, I admit we'd hate to live in other people's Utopias, but is it too much to ask for honest practices at work?
Back to current day, she really hasn't stopped faking yet, she's just gone round the system so that her 'work' cannot be monitored.
She is aiming to be an HR soon.
RIP, my dear company.

Do you have such unscrupulous people at work? People who will take any route to get more money and or to a higher position?

Much like a nasty bed-bug that shares your bed, dines with you but also leaves you with a nasty itch. How I wish I could just disinfect my workplace.

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