A graduate, fresh out of college and throbbing with new ideas, will experience a hard realisation on the first day of his new job. Contrary to hopes of being asked to devise strategies, he is given tasks, the bottommost, least intellectually demanding chore in the job hierarchy: strategies, businesses, functions, sections, projects and lastly tasks.

The newbie employee has a lot of “doing” in the course of the job and little scope for rationalising a process of work. With the same routine every day, he is bound to grow restless and wonder “how do I treat all the nonsense that comes to my table every day.”

“This is an inevitable in the first decade of your career and how you face it makes the difference,” Mr Ranga Reddy, CEO and Co-founder of Maveric Systems, told MBA students of Chennai Business School in BL Club lecture organised by Business Line along with presenting sponsor Central Bank of India.

“Youngsters should realise that their parochial worldview could drag them into failure.”

Working in an inspired environment and emulating successful people in their handling of the day-to-day drab could help youths make their work-lives happier. “How you work and whom you work with is more important than what you do and in which company.”

There are four attitudinal stages an employee goes through in the first decade: Self-centric – he's forever looking for a better job; Social – he gains a little acceptance from the boss and uses that to avoid conflict and smoothen working relationships; Autonomous – workplace friction does not affect him, he's largely detached and focuses on specialising in his domain but is “still divisive and cold.”

Lastly Integral – he is one with the company's ideology and goes by all its tenets. He understands that it takes all kinds of people to make a world, “and turns inclusive. He can co-exist with others and help them along.”

bharani.v@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on June 15, 2012)
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