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Re: Kautilya’s Arthashastra - September 3rd, 2006

Name of paper: MUMBAI MIROR (Times of India)
Date: Monday, 7th August, 06 (page 22)
SAY ADIEU TO EMPLOYEE WITH A SMILE
- Radhakrishnan Pillai

(This weekly column will explore the relevance and application of Principles and Strategies of Chanakya as discussed in his 3rd Century BC treatise, Kautilya’s Arthashastra, in Today’s Corporate World)

The skilled manpower is increasing in the country, competition for hiring better employees is growing unprecedented among companies, attrition rate is going up and the challenge of retaining your able force is mounting. This is the scenario almost in all sectors of the economy. This is the time for every entrepreneur to think and form strategies to tackle with such incidents.

Chanakya, for such a phase in industry, says,

“Masters may bear testimony for servants, priests and preceptors for disciples, and parents for sons” (3.11.32)


If your subordinate is leaving the organisation for better prospectus and you are not able to provide the same, it is the duty of a senior to provide the best heartily wishes to the junior and say adieu.

The above verse says that the master should also provide certificates (testimony) and reference. “Let him prosper in his life” – is what you should feel for that individual.

However such parting events are not very easy to accept. How to make such moves in life more positive and happy event for both parties?

TIPS FOR EMPLOYEES LEAVING THE ORGANISATION:
  1. GIVE ADVANCE NOTICE: Every company has got a minimum notice period. Make it a point to fulfill that agreement and do not just run away. Speak to your boss and make him understand why you are leaving.
  2. REPLACE YOURSELF: When you leave, the biggest question for a boss is - Who is going to do your work? The best solution is to have an alternative ready. Even, you can look for potential people and suggest your boss.
  3. TRAIN ANOTHER NEW PERSON: The best way to tackle this situation is to get a person trained up in your work before your last day.

TIPS FOR EMPLOYERS:
  1. ACCEPT REALITY: People will leave and do accept this important fact. Do not hope that someone will be devoted to your for a lifelong.
  2. CONTINUOUS TRAINING: Keep recruiting and training people on regular basis. If you have a requirement of 50 people, train 75-100 people as ready backups.
  3. MULTIPLE TASKING: Teach all the employees to do multiple works. So, when someone leaves, you can immediately ask others to take up his task.

Chanakya suggests that no employer should let his employee leave with a fight and hard feelings. You never know when you will require the person again.

Mahabharata says, “Life is a like logs of wood flowing in a river, they flow together for some time and part, and meet again”

So, you never know when the time will bring your old associations back with the same person.
(The author is the director of ATMA DARSHAN, a company that provides services, including spiritual tours. He is a management consultant and trainer. He can be contacted at radhakrishnan@...)


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Nikhil Gadodia
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