In a HR workshop, which I attended some time ago, the speaker asked, â€œWhy do people, those in senior positions included, sometimes, leave organizations, even when they are paid high salaries and given good perquisites?â€
It prompted me to share with the participants of the workshop, a story from Chandamama, I read during my younger days. It goes like this:
Once there was a businessman, by name Ramaiah, who conducted his business in an honest fashion, and took good care of his family. Another important quality in him was his hospitality to anyone who visited him.
One day, a Swamiji, on his journey to Himalayas, drops in. Pleased by Ramaiahâ€™s hospitality and pious style of living, Swamiji says,â€ I am pleased by your hospitality and life style. I have the ability to send you to Heaven. Do you like to go?â€ Ramaiah says, â€œI am grateful to you for your kind gesture, Swamiji. But I am unable to take it now, since my three sons are very young, and will become orphans if I leave them now. After some time I will utilize the opportunityâ€ Swamiji says â€œfineâ€ and goes on his way to Himalayas.
Many years later, Swamiji was going down south and passes through Ramaiahâ€™s town and visits his house. He sees Ramaiahâ€™ s photo garlanded and realizes that he passed away. He further realizes that Ramaiah, who took rebirth as a Horse, had the ability to know who he was in the previous birth, comes back to his sons, and has been supporting them, pulling a cart, as they lost all their wealth, after Ramaiahâ€™s death. Sprinkling divine water on the horse, Swamiji asks if he was ready to go to Heaven. Horse thanks Swamiji, but wanted some more time, as his sons were just stabilizing in their transport business.
Years later, Swamiji finds Ramaiah as a dog, guarding the house of his sons. At that time, in response to Swamiji, the dog likes to guard his sonsâ€™ wealth for some time. Some years later, Swamiji notices Ramaiah, in the form of a big snake, guarding a treasure, in the backyard of the same house, in a deep well, hoping that he would protect it from others, till his sons located it. At this stage, Swamiji asks Ramaiahâ€™s sons, if they are interested in a treasure. They willingly go to the backyard of the house, along with Swamiji, and start pulling water from the well, on his instructions. Progressively, they notice a treasure, and a big snake guarding it. All the three take sticks and started beating the snake. Before the snake died, Swamiji stops them, puts divine water on the snake, and asks it, â€œare you ready to go to Heaven?â€. The snake says â€œyes Swamiji. Without any further delay.â€
At this stage Bethal says to Vikram, â€œRamaiah was prepared to move from one birth to another, in his hope of seeing his sons prospering, postponing the opportunity to go to Heaven. But as a snake, he said he was ready to go to Heaven. Is it because of the treasure with which he thought his sons would prosper? Or is there any other reason?â€
Vikram replies, â€œTo Ramaiahâ€™s sons, their father passed away when they were children. Horse, dog or snake were no one to them. But only after receiving their beatings, as a snake, Ramaiah realized that he was nobody to them, and was ready to go to Heaven.â€
Analogy of this story to people leaving organizations is feeling left out or not being considered as a part of the organization. What can we do to stop talent leaving organizations? Three things that come to my mind are â€œCommunicateâ€, â€œConsultâ€ and â€œInvolveâ€.
There is nothing like over communicating, and communication is a two-way process, and includes listening to feedback.
Consult is a more specific form of communication with an intent to obtain the views of the person, you are speaking with.
Involve is recognizing the need for taking into account views of those people particularly, and without fail, if they are impacted by any decision under consideration.
Thank you for your attention.
Tulasi S Sastri.
© 2015 Tulasi S. Sastri