I have been working in the field of IT for the past 27 years now. Hence it is needless to say that I have a lot of experience in the field and know almost everything about it. In the vast number of years that I spent in this technical world, I have tried a hand at working in numerous companies. Be it a budding startup or a well-established multinational company, I have been everywhere. There have been good and bad experiences everywhere and from each of them I have learnt something. But fortunately I have never had to undergo the claws of a nagging boss.
Around two months back, I joined a tech firm as they offered me a higher post than my previous job. I had heard some unpleasant feedback about the place but I thought there can’t be anything which I will be unable to manage. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I did take up the job in the greed for my power and a higher post but now I deeply regret it. The work is something I’m already good at but it’s the atmosphere and disciplinary attitude of the workplace which I can’t handle. Here all the managers expect people to blindly follow their orders just because they have a higher authority. Not only this, but extremely strict actions are taken even if someone reaches five minutes late or attends phone calls at work. Because of such repeated actions, there is a fear-based environment instilled at the workplace. It seems like a dictator is ruling the office in the form of team leaders. Even if an employee goes and puts forward such a complaint to the HR, nobody pays any heed to it and instead simply dismisses the person. Therefore there is no support from anyone in my office.
A major drawback of such an environment is that an individual does not feel free to go and consult his leader in case he has a query. Even
if an employee is genuinely undergoing a crisis at the workplace, he is unable to bring it to his leader’s notice. This is really bothering me. It feels like there is a dictatorship in the office and everyone has to simply follow the orders without questioning them. Guide me as to how should I survive in such an environment. I am not eager to leave this company as it will have a negative impact on my resume.
You aren’t the first person who is facing the problem of such a fearinduced environment at the workplace. Leaders believe that slight fear among the employees is necessary as it helps in getting the work done on time and people tend to take instructions more seriously due to it. This is a justified thought as if all the leaders become laid-back with their teams, then the professional attitude will go out of the window due to which the work will lag behind. You might feel that the environment at your office is fear-based but it can be so because you may have always worked in a liberal culture. Thus before coming to any conclusions look around and try to analyze if the fear instilled among the employees is reasonable or not. In case you feel that the fear is more than necessary, then maybe you can make certain suggestions to rectify it.
There are mainly two ways to deal with such a situation. The first one is to recognize your fears and own up to them. It has been put into our heads that fear is a sign of weakness. This is not applicable at a workplace. By admitting your fears, you might discover the self-imposed silence which is stopping you from speaking out. The
silence of fear can cause low-grade anxiety along with agitation by keeping it suppressed. Try to be more vocal about your suggestions and opinions in a meeting or any such professional gathering. The fear of judgment is omnipresent among everyone but one has to overcome it. The worst that can happen is that your peers will disagree with you. But it isn’t the end of the world. At least you can put forward your points and who knows someday it might result in a brilliant idea.
The second one is to deal with your fear with courage. I have met employees who used to avoid facing their managers due to the fear of disapproval. At times there are managers who are only interested in numbers and are not open to new ideas. If you come across such a manager at your workplace, make sure that you raise questions wherever necessary instead of living in doubt. Come up with unconventional ways of working which might help in improving productivity and suggest them to your manager as well. When your colleagues will witness you speaking up, they will also overcome their silence of fear. Take the first step so that the people around you will follow the same.
I finished my Bachelor’s in Commerce after which I took an academic drop for a year so that I could attain experience by working at various places. I recently attained my Master’s degree in Management but I am not looking forward to my college recruitment process because I feel that marketing is not my cup of tea. I have always been intrigued in managing people at work hence my first preference for a job is in the HR department. But I am absolutely clueless regarding how to go about it. I have already applied at various places in the given field but have not yet received an interview call from any of them. When I called them for a follow up, they said that there is an opening in the marketing department if I was interested. But I politely declined it. I don’t want to compromise on my field of interest even if it takes a while before a good opportunity walks in.
Also I would like to know that what qualities an employer looks for before hiring HR personnel. In the meanwhile, I can try to inculcate some of them so that I come across as a preferable candidate to the employer. Should I make any changes in my CV according to the requirement of the job?
The job of an HR manager seems quite appealing to people these days but it is not as easy as it is perceived to be. This job position is no longer just a tactical, administrative, and paper-pushing role. The job of HR has evolved over the times and has become more statistical and skill-based than ever before. Such HR managers are considered strategic partners by the employers which help in driving the overall goals of the company keeping in mind the expectations of the employees as well. The HR manager is a link between the employer and the employees so that the goals of both the sides of the company are worked upon. Considerable progress can be achieved with the help of talent management skills in order to make the most of the employee skills available at the workplace.
Even though approaching companies through recruitment agencies or other such platform like online portals is considered the ideal way, in this social age networking plays a major role in knowing important people of the field you are interested in which will keep you updated about any such job openings in near future. Attend a public conference related to HR where you will meet people of the same field and interact with them about the same. You will have a common topic to strike a conversation on where you can mention
your aspirations. You might come across people who can help you out in the search.
Some people forget that to get to the top of the mountain, you first have to begin from its foothills. Same is the case in any professional goal. If you see yourself as an efficient HR manager, you need to prove that to your employer first. As a newbie in the field, it is very rare that someone will directly offer an important position to you. What I’m trying to say is that be open to internship opportunities as well. By going through an internship program, you will get a clear idea of the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you prove your efficiency during your internship, the company might hire you. And even if you don’t, you will have some experience in the HR field to show on your CV.
A point often overlooked is that the resume of a candidate must be updated every time he appears for an interview. Necessary changes must be made keeping in mind the qualities needed for the job as well as the expectations of the company. While appearing for an interview for the post in the HR department, try to focus on your management skills and how you would deal with a crisis. Simple things like these catch the attention of the interviewer. I wish you luck for the same. Hopefully, soon you’ll grab a job in the field you like and you’ll look forward to going to work everyday.