Narayana Murthy : "LOVE YOUR JOB, BUT NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR COMPANY BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN COMPANY STOPS LOVING YOU"

Something that I received in my mail today.. wanted to share with you guys..
Mr. Narayana Murthy is undoubtedly one of the most famous persons from
Karnataka.
He is known not just for building the biggest IT empire in India but
also for his simplicity.
Almost every important dignitary visits Infosys campus.
This is interesting... A MUST READ for people doing Over-Time (OT) out there...
An interesting speech delivered by a CEO of a premier IT company of
India during an employee session with another IT company in India. He
is incidentally, one of the top 50 influential people of Asia
according to the latest Asiaweek publication and also the new IT
Advisor to the Thailand Prime Minister.

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Extract of Mr. Narayana Murthy's Speech during Mentor Session:

LOVE YOUR JOB, BUT NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR COMPANY BECAUSE YOU
NEVER KNOW WHEN COMPANY STOPS LOVING YOU - Narayana Murthy

I know people who work 12 hours a day, six days a week, or more.

Some people do so because of a work emergency where the long hours are
only temporary. Other people I know have put in these hours for years.
I don't know if
they are working all these hours, but I do know they are in the office
this long. Others put in long office hours because they are addicted
to the workplace. Whatever the reason for putting in overtime, working
long hours over the long term is harmful to the person and to the
organisation.

There are things managers can do to change this for everyone's
benefit. Being in the office long hours, over long periods of time,
makes way for potential errors. My colleagues who are in the office
long hours frequently make mistakes caused by fatigue. Correcting
these mistakes requires their time as well as the time and energy of
others.I have seen people work Tuesday through Friday to correct
mistakes made after 5 PM on Monday.

Another problem is that people who are in the office long hours are
not pleasant company.
They often complain about other people (who aren't working as hard);
they are irritable, or cranky, or even angry. Other people avoid them.
Such behaviour poses problems, where work goes much better when people
work together instead of avoiding one another.

As Managers, there are things we can do to help people leave the
office. First and foremost is to set the example and go home
ourselves. I work with a manager who chides people for working long
hours. His words quickly lose their meaning when he sends these
chiding group e-mails with a time-stamp of 2 AM, Sunday.

Second is to encourage people to put some balance in their lives. For
instance, here is a guideline I find helpful:

  1. Wake up, eat a good breakfast, and go to work.
  2. Work hard and smart for eight or nine hours.
  3. Go home.
  4. Read the books/comics, watch a funny movie, dig in the dirt, play with your kids, etc.
  5. Eat well and sleep well.


This is called recreating. Doing steps 1, 3, 4, and 5 enable step 2.
Working regular hours and recreating daily are simple concepts.
They are hard for some of us because that requires 'personal change'.
They are possible since we all have the power to choose to do them.

In considering the issue of overtime, I am reminded of my oldest son.
When he was a toddler, if people were visiting the apartment, he would
not fall asleep no matter how long the visit, and no matter what time
of day it was. He would fight off sleep until the visitors left. It
was as if he was afraid that he would miss something. Once our
visitors' left, he would go to sleep. By this time, however, he was
over tired and would scream through half the night with nightmares.
He, my wife, and I, all paid the price for his fear of missing out.

Perhaps some people put in such long hours because they don't want to
miss anything when they leave the office. The trouble with this is
that events will never stop happening. That is life!! Things happen 24
hours a day. Allowing for little rest is not ultimately practical.

So, take a nap.

Things will happen while you're asleep, but you will have the energy
to catch up when you wake.

Hence "LOVE YOUR JOB BUT NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR COMPANY"

Source: http://community.sgdotnet.org/forums/p/4155/12921. aspx


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