Time and Organizations

During the last three decades the importance of time in understanding organizational processes In fact, the ability to control various aspects of
time, such as the the subjective experience of time, how one thinks about time and the value attached to the time.

Here a few cases that are real and their names have been changed for maintaining the confidentiality:

Company X got a Leader ( a real leader for all operations rather than the official leader) who values “coming early and going late, not taking leaves are the primary indicators of being loyal to the company. The PMS in this organization is predominantly influenced by this criteria.

Company B is lead by a Team of two that values punctuality as the prime indicator of an employee. It believes in working 24×7 for the company. Working on Sundays is the clear indicator of commitment.

Company N is lead by an unofficial leader from Finance and Accounts. This leader rewards those who got lapsed CL, SL and EL. He gives special rates of pay for each leave that lapses. There are employees who used for work hard to get this special pay.

Company S is a unique one in the sense its HR Processes are flexible. It promotes persons with an ability to kill others’ time, make people wait long hours and use this as a punishment. The MD of this company believes in working with his teams only after office hours. The PA of this MD schedules meetings with the HoDs after office hours and many times the meeting scheduled at the last is cancelled at the last moment and the HoD needs to wait for his term on the next day. Many HoDs left the organization and there is a huge turnover yet the MD gets more jump in his salary and even extension of his term.

Company L loves to reward employees who are creative enough to reduce cycle time / turn around time at any cost even to the extent of destroying the work-life balance of many. Those who can endure shall be rewarded and fail to endure will leave naturally. A unique talent development program based on the belief that in Private Companies human beings shall work like machines and yet carry good name about the company.

Company P abhors those who ask for leave and pays huge sum as attendance bonus. During the interview itself it selects those who are workaholics. It is termed as the Paradise for workaholics.

If I waste the time of another individual I bound to get the result for this Karma in physical sense itself by using Newton’s third law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object. What does this mean? It means the amount of time of the other individual that I waste is nothing but an interaction of two forces. In the case of wasting other’s time the organization enjoys more power to ensure its wish is fulfilled whereas the employee succumbs to its wish as he/she does not find any other better way to protect his employment. The employee breaks his interaction the moment she/he finds a better interaction. Therefore the loser is the organization not the employee. Many Organizations might think that there are many job seekers in the market and it can choose one that is compatible but in the process of inducting and relieving individuals it loses many benefits of sustained and meaningful engagement of an employee.

India inherits the most unique knowledge about Time but it has been failing to know this fact and leverage this. Indians are subjected to more hard working hours both in the modern IT, ITES and BPO companies and in Contract Research and manufacturing organizations as India is identified as a Nation that does not value Time and Indians are known for not valuing their Time. The best proof of this can be seen in the above cases that represent one way or other many Indian Business Organizations.

Its time we value our Time as Time is God – Kaalaya Tasmai Namaha