This post has been itching my mind for past few days and how much ever I try to make it humorous, the funny words just refuse to come.
I have been working for the past decade or so and had the chance to work in different companies with different work ethics and environment. Indian companies have evolved and so has the work culture. We now spend most of our waking hours at the workplace and it is like a second home to us. The workplace is like a big dysfunctional family with some members we want to completely avoid and others who bring comfort to us.
The work culture has changed drastically in recent times with people having long work hours and the pressure to perform. With the influx of more and more young blood each day at the workplace most of us have become expendable. There is fear of getting overshadowed in this race to climb the corporate ladder. In such situations anything and everything has become acceptable. There is an insane rush to get promoted and stand out from the crowd.
All throughout this work journey, I have come across specimens at my work place who never failed to amaze me. There have been some instances in my previous jobs wherein some of my female colleagues were ready to do anything to climb the rungs of the corporate ladder. A fat pay check and a designation were the motivation for their actions. Dressing provocatively, with necklines plunging lower and dropping subtle hints with their body language, a flicker of an eye and a promise of a little something to the Boss were a few of them. These colleagues climbed higher on the rungs and were awarded promotions and pay raise without any significant contribution to the job at hand.
People like me who thought that their work and dedication will speak for itself were left behind. It always irked me when colleagues with pea sized brains but who were considered 'Hot' always got to cut the cake and eat it too. The male colleagues too flocked around them, helped them in anyway possible, even shared their workload.
I never knew how to interact with such people, I felt as if I stood out like a sore thumb in midst of such chaos, I could never fathom their reasoning or play the game. My definition of morals definitely took a beating.
A recent conversation with a friend in India is suddenly making me feel ignorant and naive on the subject of morality. It feels as if suddenly the definition of morality has been re- written. People are flaunting affairs with colleagues and a romp in the sheets with their bosses as something which is matter of fact and nothing to be shocked about. All under the name of 'Karna Padta hai' (It just needs to be done).
I am not taking a moral high ground here but one thought is stuck in my mind, What happens to people like me who don't go with the flow or bow down to popular notions? Who prefer doing their jobs to the best of their abilities and expect to get their due. Who are not ready to bend the rules just to jump a few steps up on the corporate ladder.
Will it be a hard fight for us to make it to the top? Will some of us get tired of fighting and change sides and then 'Sab chalta hai' attitude will become the slogan?
I am angry and ranting cause I have been the 'Fall Guy' too many times since I refuse to play the game. I expect to get promoted on the basis of my merit and work and not by ample display of my lingerie, looks and charm.
Here is a short clip from the TV series 'Friends', where Rachel starts smoking for her career.
P.S: This is definitely a rant and readers you can rant your heart out in your comments. I know many of us face this situation and it feels really good to vent out our anger.