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Monday, January 15, 2007

Striking a balance

Work life balance is becoming an important topic of discussion in the working segment of people. I feel this is a very important term that needs to be discussed in today's situation.
In an Indian IT working environment, the peer pressure is very high. Because of this some people are forced to work more than what they can actually can. Moreover there are a lot of managers who feel working long hours means the person is a hard worker and that person gets better benefits in appraisal compared to a person who works the required hours but still more efficient than the person who works long hours. This mentality of the managers forces the efficient employees to stretch their day just to appear in the good books of their managers.
There is a saying which goes as follows which applies to many workaholics in today's IT industry... Its goes like "Work to live. Don't live to work."
I feel we Indian do not give importance to family when compared to work. Work is important i dont deny that, but work is not the only thing. People need to spend more time with their family and also enjoy doing some hobby.
Extended hours of work can create stress to the employees, especially when the employee does not enjoy doing the work much. Some of the conditions in work force that create job stress are :-
1. Hectic and routine tasks give little sense of control for the employee. Heavy work load and long work hours create stress.
2. Lack of Support from supervisors and coworkers creates stress.
3. If employee has little say on decision making creates stress.
4. If the job expects too much from the employee, it creates stress.
5. If the employee feels there is lack of opportunities for growth and promotion it creates job stress.
6. Working environment such as crowded, noisy or polluted office environment creates stress.
Studies have shown that psychologically demanding jobs put employees at greater risk of cardiovascular disease, greater risk for developing back and upper-extremity musculoskeletal disorders and Psychological disorders.
Some of the suggestions for employers are:
1. Have flexible timing for employees.
2. Option of working from home.
3. Employer regularly doing a review of work life balance of their employees on regular basis.
4. Adequate leave options should be given to the employees.
Employees should also take conscious effort to improve their own work life balance. They should choose to work fewer hours and spending more time with their family.
But I have seen that due to bad estimations and due to heavy competition to win a project, most of the projects are executed in crunch time with lots of slogging by employees. So in order to curb this problem, I feel a union should be started like how it exists in mechanical industry. I feel so because the employee do not have much say if their managers expect them to slog for a project which was estimated badly.

Varta...

118 Comments:

  • At January 15, 2007 10:45 PM, Blogger G3 said…

    first!!!!!!!

     
  • At January 15, 2007 11:17 PM, Blogger Krithika said…

    s..it's quite hard to strike a balance..but i feel,there's sum chance if both the spouses in a family dun have the same kind of profession

     
  • At January 15, 2007 11:19 PM, Blogger Krithika said…

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  • At January 15, 2007 11:21 PM, Blogger Krithika said…

    n yes..the suggestions also wud help dem..

     
  • At January 16, 2007 12:21 AM, Blogger prithz said…

    Nice post kk! will help lots of working pl reading your blog.

    post one suggesstions post for students, university profs also.. for striking a balance between personal life and studies :D

     
  • At January 16, 2007 12:31 AM, Blogger gils said…

    yeah..idunalaa thaan me d esc to playing after office...gym n play is something in the schedule under not to be missed...vela panreno ilayo athu immaterial :D :D

     
  • At January 16, 2007 4:34 AM, Blogger Bharani said…

    neengal solvadhu ellam unmai. unmayai thavira verdhuvum illa...adhaan naan appadiye vazhimozhigiren :)

     
  • At January 16, 2007 4:35 AM, Blogger Bharani said…

    correct thane guru :)

     
  • At January 16, 2007 4:38 AM, Blogger G3 said…

    super topic.. vaarathukku 1 post pottalum kalakkal posta podareenga :)

    Hmm.. neenga soldra cases naan neraya kelvi pattirukken.. but I never faced any such problems.. If I had to extend my working hrs then surely I'll make sure that I come to office late the next day :) and idhu varaikkum endha managerum nammala kelvi kettadhilla.. :)

    And regarding ur suggestions.. the first and last point wud 100% help.. option of working from home.. sometimes its gud.. but sometimes its kadi.. modhalla net connect panni appuram vpn connect panni application open panna adhu sema slowa irukkum.. adhula naduvula either vpn will get disconnected or net will get disconnected.. kadaisila ellam ozhunga connect aana.. enakku vela paakara mood irukkadhu :( azhaga oppicela 10 nimishathula mudikkara vela veetla panna half an hr aagum :(

    And that bad estimation.. chancae illa.. nachunnu pointla adicheenga :) That is one of the critical reasons for over pressure on employees.. :(

    Seri comment romba chinnadha pochu ;) porumaiya padichittu reply pannungo... naan appalikka varen :)

     
  • At January 16, 2007 4:40 AM, Blogger G3 said…

    first commentukku menu kudukka marandhutten.. hehehe.. tandoori chicken marakaama parcel anuppidunga :)

     
  • At January 16, 2007 5:00 AM, Blogger Heidi Kris said…

    Nice post and well said too. Totally agreed with Point no.3 of employees.
    3. If employee has little say on decision making creates stress. somehow this problem creates a lot of stress in me. I feel so bad if i cannot implement my ideas or cannot even have a say in a problem which I face in my day-to-day work life. Some bloody boss sitting in his cabin decides about what shud be done or not done without knowing the practical difficulties.

     
  • At January 16, 2007 6:31 AM, Blogger Conundrum Of Sonata said…

    Yeah right said.. spending time with family is slowly diminishing nowadays.. and infact all these ppl see so much money at such an young age so they get psyched out after some point of time.. and worse is ppl dont even bother 2 spend time with family in the weekends..they hang out with their collegues (i mean the unmarried ones).. People r very frivolous in relationships & very callous too..

     
  • At January 16, 2007 6:39 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    :)

     
  • At January 16, 2007 6:42 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    Unions in Software Industry too???? Inna Kk, s/w industry nalla irukardhu ungalukku pidikalaya? Indha communism'ah ingayaum kondu vandhu spoil pannanuma?!!!!

     
  • At January 16, 2007 6:43 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    aprom evanum velaye seyya maatan.... strike pannuven adhu ennoda urimai... sambalam kudukardhu unnoda kadamai nu kaththa aarambichiduvanga!

     
  • At January 16, 2007 6:44 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    strike senji strike senji dhaan indha naadu naasama pochu! :(

     
  • At January 16, 2007 8:18 AM, Blogger Arunkumar said…

    to sum it up, have a work-life balance as an american !!!

    few oppurtunistic IT leaders(??) who want to enjoy the competitive advantage are throwing the work-life balance of a lot of Indians (esp offshore) out of equation :(

    having worked in oracle and then being here in US, i didnt go thru much of these but have always felt bad for ppl working long hrs not giving importance to their families...

    sadly,we are digging our own pit and i go with BSK, unions doesnt help, only creates more bureaucrats !!! mindset should change and i guess it is...

    Nice post KK.

     
  • At January 16, 2007 8:24 AM, Blogger Sat said…

    nadamuraiku othu varuma?
    union ellam....nope!
    half is the fault of managers, and the rest the employees themselves!
    Bad estimates are one thing, but if the person is not willing to slog, they should put that forward.
    But most employees simply accept that fact and remain mute, reason being, to keep the manager happy. Most of this ‘chamchagiri’ (boot licking?!) is attributed to the fact that the employees appraisal and hike is directly influenced by the manager. Instead, bring in peer feedback also as a parameter and lift some burden off the manager, things might slightly get better. But in the end it’s all upto the employee. If something can wait until tomorrow, it had better wait! There’s no need to be pro-active and complete things today and get overworked.

    P.S: idhuvum nadamuraila kashtam thaan, because the people who speak for themselves don’t ascend the corporate ladder very fast and definitely don’t end up being a favourite with their boss. It’s a vicious circle and it’s bound to continue!

     
  • At January 16, 2007 8:54 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    //i go with BSK, unions doesnt help, only creates more bureaucrats !!! mindset should change and i guess it is...//

    thanks senior'ey! :)

     
  • At January 16, 2007 8:57 AM, Blogger Janani said…

    Just with one day's experience I don't think I am fit enough to comment on this ...But I do think this kinda job cannot be done through out the life time. How evr the person is a code maniac it will drive the person crazy if he is careful enough to balance..
    Work hard and Party Harder!!!!

     
  • At January 16, 2007 9:01 AM, Blogger Ramya said…

    Honestly u could take up counselling ! :D
    I've seen couples from different professions fight like crazy coz each one has a different time schedule.

     
  • At January 16, 2007 10:20 AM, Blogger priya said…

    KK: I do not accept the fact when someone says he/she working long means doing a lot of hardwork. Thaz stupidity. In IT you can also finish your work in less hours. But the problem from the client/with team, they might think you are too smart will take that person out. The company will not get the money if that perosn finishes it faster. You need to act working 8 hours and later too.

    Just becoz people migrate and get into corps' they totally become submissive due to fear or in the process of green card.

    Leave out North Indians, if you take southy they are conservative to mix with other groups. They always look for their own community, state or castewise. How mean?? Such ppl' shud not be called Indians at all coz they just divide among themselves different parts of the world.

    Everything differs and matters if you are born here. Even with a higher education locally, they do not care coz its always competition.

    I won't say all Indians are workaholic. Ther are people who can't play with communication with less job and be american. Hope you got it.

     
  • At January 16, 2007 10:22 AM, Blogger priya said…

    KK: Work-Family balance- not many give some space for the family coz they keep moving and ther is always a stress. If the guy/girl works here and the family is in India, it really brings them a gap with other coworkers when they have noone to go with.

    If both husband and wife are in IT, its a mess of either give and take or nothign works in different places which widens the gap between them to understnad eachother. In that case, you see more of divorce or other relationships involved due to loneliness.

     
  • At January 16, 2007 10:23 AM, Blogger priya said…

    KK: Unions works with manufacturing industries only...

     
  • At January 16, 2007 6:02 PM, Blogger G3 said…

    Quarter!!!! :)

     
  • At January 16, 2007 9:13 PM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    @ G3

    next inna kupra padukka poringala? :)

     
  • At January 16, 2007 9:15 PM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    inna KK, 25 comments'ku mela vandhadhukaprom kooda replya kaanom? Romba aani pudunga vidraangala?

    Oruvela adhunaala dhaan indha posto? ;)

     
  • At January 16, 2007 9:16 PM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    ungal velai nalla badiyaga mudiya en vaazhthukkal! :)

     
  • At January 16, 2007 10:42 PM, Blogger KK said…

    @G3 - Congratulations!!! Tandoori chicken idho!! :)

    @Krithika - I agree with you that its kinda better if the spouses in the family have different profession. But still they can work on it.

    @Prithz - Thanks Prithz!! Suggestions for Students??? hmmmm... Study Study Study... :)
    For university prof's let the students have fun... :D

    @Gils - Good practice Gils... I used to miss my gym in the evening because of work...

    @Bharani - Nandri Bharani avargale.. :) Romba correct :D

     
  • At January 16, 2007 10:42 PM, Blogger KK said…

    @G3 - //but I never faced any such problems..//
    Hello athu verum velai seiravangalukku than... chumma ungala maathiri browse pannuravangalukku ithellam varathu :)

    //idhu varaikkum endha managerum nammala kelvi kettadhilla.. :)//
    Unga kitta even vaiya koduthu maatuvan? :D

    //oppicela 10 nimishathula mudikkara vela veetla panna half an hr aagum :(//
    I agree with you, but some working mothers can still work from home when they are taking care of their ill kid... thus they wont lose out a leave.

    //And that bad estimation.. chancae illa.. nachunnu pointla adicheenga :)//
    Daily paakurathu thane :)

    @Heidi Kris - Welcome here Heidi Kris!! Hope to see you around :)
    I am sorry that you do not have much say in the decision making in your office... Hope this situation changes soon. Else I think its a good idea to convey it to your boss.

     
  • At January 16, 2007 10:43 PM, Blogger KK said…

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  • At January 16, 2007 10:43 PM, Blogger KK said…

    @Sat - I agree that the problem is due to both the sides... But see if a person is not willing to slog... it is not taken in the right sense by the manager. That person will lose out in the appraisal or he may have to face other conciquences like late onsite and other perks. Actually that person didnt do anything wrong.
    Exactly this chamchagiri is another big problem... I have gone through it personally. If you lick then you become the pick...
    I agree completely with your P.S... you should know the truth that you wont climb the corporate ladder if you choose to speak for yourself... One plain truth which I learnt.

    @Janani - Hey Janani!! How are you??? so back to chennai and into production? Hope you are having fun :)
    Yep it cannot be done all through out ones life... Have fun :)

    @Ramya - I think its more because they are not able to understand the job nature of each other.

     
  • At January 16, 2007 10:44 PM, Blogger KK said…

    @Priya - I dont thin any of us agree that working long hours means hard work. But thats been the manager mentality. I agree with the 8 hour work thing. I agree to all your points... what ever you have said are all facts :) So I dont deny at all :)
    I agree not all Indians are workaholics... There infact many like the kind you have mentioned :)
    Yes, due to bad work life balance there are more divorces these days...
    By union i mean a more evolved union for IT industry...

    @G3 - Quarter Old Monk sent :)

    @BSK - Yep, too many aani pudingings...post potaalum poten niraya aani pudunga vechutaanga :)

     
  • At January 16, 2007 11:43 PM, Blogger itchingtowrite said…

    my fav topic too. its very important that one knows when and where to draw the line. i wudn't mind doing extra hours to complete a deadline project but only 1 off days.

     
  • At January 17, 2007 1:04 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    Notepad'la edhayo type pannitu.. edhayo publish pannirkeenga paarunga....

    sila peroda comments'ku replye kaanom!

     
  • At January 17, 2007 3:30 AM, Blogger Sat said…

    Yep...that's why I said that the fact that a person should get promoted shouldn't lie with his manager alone. Peer feedback has to be taken and then the employee has to be validated. if the person has a bad rapport with the manager, surely the manager would not favour him...but if the team members give a good feedback, then may be he stands a chance...
    In an office you need to leave self respect at the door step if u want to get ahead quick...or if you still want to decide what you do, then u'll get there alright but a bit late. what's the problem anyway, who's in a hurry? ;)

    P.S: Also today's employees are tomrrow's bosses, and god knows they would do the exact same mistakes.

     
  • At January 17, 2007 5:22 AM, Blogger reborn said…

    I cant comment much about what happens in IT ... but any field , the work pressure is on the rise now ... it s to do with more money mostly ... at times ethics/rules are not followed too ....

    In my field ( medicine ) most compare themselves with IT guys ( in terms of money !!! )and get worked up unnecessarily ...!!!

     
  • At January 17, 2007 7:17 AM, Blogger Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said…

    Great tht u realised :) Not every1 will realise abt the imbalance..May b after retirement during old age ;) ithellam thonum...

    Thought provoking post :)

     
  • At January 17, 2007 7:20 AM, Blogger Syam said…

    attendance pls KK :-)

     
  • At January 17, 2007 8:02 AM, Blogger Has to be me said…

    well said. Only wish this balance is really enforced & practical. Do pass it around to the bosses & the employers!! :)

     
  • At January 17, 2007 8:24 AM, Blogger prithz said…

    Study study not nice... play, watch movies, go out, shop only nice.. study only when u have time :D

    ivalo periya level la post podrel...neenga college days la pannadha edhuthu sonna.. next generation ku helpful ah irukum la :P

     
  • At January 17, 2007 10:41 AM, Blogger பொற்கொடி said…

    timingana post! :) mudhal la enga veetu aal kita kaamikanum.

     
  • At January 17, 2007 11:00 AM, Blogger Heidi Kris said…

    @ KK, Im reminded of the message that Narayana moorthy sent to his employees on over time working..

     
  • At January 17, 2007 11:44 AM, Blogger Syam said…

    //we Indian do not give importance to family when compared to work//

    enna panrathu family ya shopping kootitu poganumna ipdi velai senjaa thaan atchu :-)

     
  • At January 17, 2007 1:49 PM, Blogger lalitha said…

    You brought up a very valid and important point.It is so true that we are so occupied with our work that family is neglected.before we know it the kids are grown and you would not have enjoyed life,all you have is money to show for the work you did(hopefully).I think we should work to live and not Live to work.

     
  • At January 17, 2007 3:04 PM, Blogger Vidya said…

    You know what I have also noticed, when people get to a certain age, then they themselves start to realize that work and family life has to be balanced and learn to do that automatically !!

    But you are also right about impossible deadlines that need to be met at impossible timelines !

    Vidya

     
  • At January 17, 2007 6:54 PM, Blogger Keshi said…

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy :) Thats all I can say KK. U r spot on!

    Keshi.

     
  • At January 17, 2007 9:59 PM, Blogger KK said…

    @Conundrum of Sonata - Welcome to my blog. Hope to see you around. :)
    I agree with you that many IT professional dont sepend enought time with their family. I guess they spend so much time wtih their colleagues that they feel comfortable being with them always. Its bad but I guess that is the reason.

    @Karthik B.S - :)
    Karthik unions I mean not the exact same way how it is in other industries. Since we have a well educated lot of people we can evolve the union according to us. So that it becomes more productive for the company and emloyees. :)

    @Arun - I agree with you on everything except the union thing... I feel we can have a modified version of union, this is because IT is going to have a well educated set of people to deal with. I feel currently the employees dont have any say in what the organization decides. It is difficult for an individual to fight against things like consistent bad estimation due the competition the company faces. :)

     
  • At January 17, 2007 10:00 PM, Blogger KK said…

    I will reply to the remaining comments soon... Kindly excuse :)

     
  • At January 17, 2007 10:19 PM, Blogger G3 said…

    Half!!!!

     
  • At January 18, 2007 12:14 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    justu missu! :(

     
  • At January 18, 2007 1:39 AM, Blogger Venkatesh said…

    nice post man.. balance is very very important in life.. work smart, and not long..

     
  • At January 18, 2007 3:28 AM, Blogger oliveoyl said…

    thanga thalaivar, union leader KK vazgha!!!

     
  • At January 18, 2007 3:32 AM, Blogger oliveoyl said…

    jokes apart, I second sat's thought. Cause there are lot of employees who waste their time by chatting, calls, etc., by when they could have completed their work much ahead of the schedule.. adha vittutu last minute okkandhu stretch panni no use according to me!!!!

    And I totally agree to your point regarding manager's point of view regarding time spent in office... siladha yellam matha mudiyadhu... unfortunately........

     
  • At January 18, 2007 8:25 AM, Blogger Ganesh Ranganathan said…

    From tomorrow, no work no stress..KK's advice

    Anyway, how come you don't visit my blog anymore???

    And you have been tagged...

     
  • At January 18, 2007 9:21 AM, Blogger Syam said…

    //I will reply to the remaining comments soon... Kindly excuse :) //

    ungalayum aani pudunga vitutaangala
    :-)

     
  • At January 18, 2007 9:54 AM, Blogger Sat said…

    aah....someone's working too much :D
    romba santhosam!

     
  • At January 18, 2007 10:55 AM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said…

    correct-ana points ellame KK..

    athuvunm supervisor kitta irunthu support illainna naama padura avasthai irukke.. eppaa..rombak kashtampaa

     
  • At January 18, 2007 2:34 PM, Anonymous purnima said…

    hey kk,

    how've u been?? well i totally agree with wht ur saying here.. but having worked for two compltly american companies.. as in i was the only desi wrking i understood how much leniance i was given in terms of my work hours whn compared to my friends working with indian bosses.. im wondering if its only the desi mentality tht makes it this way or am i wrong?

     
  • At January 18, 2007 9:36 PM, Blogger Syam said…

    I am the 60... :-)

     
  • At January 18, 2007 10:44 PM, Blogger KK said…

    @I2W - Exactly, Even I would not mind doing extra hours once in a while. But it should not become the norm.

    @Karthik B.S. - Thagavalku Nandri :)

    @Sat - Hey! thats a nice idea. But donno how feasible it is... Though there is no hurry, you generally tend to get demotivated when you see people along with you being promoted while you remain the same.
    I too keep wondering if I will be like today's boss when I become one... no answer yet :)

    @Reborn - I think its to do with the money every where... peopl always want more and more...oh people in medical stream too get disturbed by IT people? thats news.... I heard one IAS officer wanted to become a IT professional... it sounded crazy now this sounds even crazy :)

    @Ponnarasi - I realized from day one only :) I look out for every possible way not to work :)

    @Syam - Attendance marked :)

     
  • At January 18, 2007 10:44 PM, Blogger KK said…

    @Has to be me - If I pass it on to my boss my balance will be disturbed...i will end up getting work then :)

    @Prithz - First para typical student :) Donno you students are going to change :p (JK)
    Naan pannathulam post pota unga appa amma lam yenna thedi vanthu adipaanga :)

    @Porkodi - Welcome to my blog. Hope to see you around :)
    Kaaminga Kaaminga :) appa oru thar kaavathu useful'a irukku :)

    @Heidi Kris - Yeah I too remember that, but I doubt if Infosys works that way :)

    @Syam - Siru vaaka sonnalum thiru vaaka solli irukeenga :)

    @Starry - Exactly Starry, we tend to realize the importance of family only when everything is over. Hope many realize it soon enough.

    @Vidya - Yep :) True that people realize at certain age. But by then they would have missed from noticing a few valuble non master card moments like the kids growing... Hope people realize soon enough for it.

     
  • At January 18, 2007 10:45 PM, Blogger KK said…

    @Keshi - Who's Jack?? is Mr. Darcy's name Jack??? ;) lol!!!

    @G3 - Correct'a Quarter, Half, Full'ku vanthudureenga... yenakku santhegamave iruku...inthanga Half OC...

    @Karthik B.S - Inthanga oru peg :)

    @Venkatesh - Hey Venkatesh! How are you? Hope you had a great vacation back home. Thanks man! :)

    @Oliveoyl - Hello naan union leader'lam illai :)
    You are bang on the chatting, calls thing... so many people spend so much time on these things and end up sitting late at office.
    Naama manager aagum bothu maatha try pannalame :)

    @Ganesh - Hehehe... No work is also stress... its really bugging without work man.
    That tag is deadly man... punishment for not visiting you blog is it?? :D

    @Syam - Mega size aani's :)

     
  • At January 18, 2007 10:45 PM, Blogger KK said…

    @Sat - Yenga amma kitta solluren iru :)

    @M.Karthikeyan - yeppa pa romba kashtam... :)

    @Purnima - Hey!!! How you doing? I am gud man. Long time no see :) There is big difference between Indian and American bosses. Indian bosses dont care about you much, all they need is the work to be done. But American empathize you and eztimate accordingly so that you also have a family life.

    @Syam - 60th comment'ku or large (60ml) Bacardi :)

     
  • At January 19, 2007 2:56 AM, Blogger G3 said…

    //yenakku santhegamave iruku//
    chey.. edho namma blogla comment mazhai pozhinji vaazha veikkareengalaennu oru nandri kadanukku inga vandhu commentina en commenta poi sandhega pattuteegale.. :(( Idhu nyaayama dharmama? ungalukkae idhu adukkuma :((

    habba.. romba pesitten.. irunga.. oru soda kudichittu themba varen.. 75th comment poda :P

     
  • At January 19, 2007 3:23 AM, Blogger Marutham said…

    Aha.... Romba stress pola. Nalla post..
    Relax when u can... :)

     
  • At January 19, 2007 3:28 AM, Blogger Viji said…

    "rooba nottula vaazhuraaru gandhi, vai neraya jora punnagaiyai yendhi. kaasa paatha, gandhi thatha, pola nam sirippommmmmm...." :-)

     
  • At January 19, 2007 6:10 AM, Blogger Sat said…

    answer kadacha udane adhayum oru post-a podunga...punniyama pogum

     
  • At January 19, 2007 10:52 AM, Blogger golmaalgopal said…

    idhula naaa chinna pula...irundhaalum i quite agree with wat u say....adhukku dhaan romba aarva kolara ellathaiyum mudichhu adutha velaiya paaka koodaadhunu periyavanga sonnaanga(enga gumbeny'la) ;) and hey ppl here were surveyed and was found dat 83% of them were in favour of unions...naa enna feel pannaren naaaaaa............ no peelings on this

     
  • At January 19, 2007 1:14 PM, Blogger Kittu said…

    KK,
    super topic eduthutta maa..ellaarum ingku vandu kandippaa kadhara poraanga :-)

    "Work to live. DOnt live to work".
    Romba correct. Working for others need to stay with dedicated hours. Avlo daan. Indha maadhiri vetti paer vaangi innuthayum namba saadhikka pordhilla. India la IT situation pathi kaeta nijama bayamaa dhaan irukku :-) Inga US la idhu varaikkum mostly stick to hours basis dhaan. Inimae India la poi nungu eduthaa enna pannuvoomnae niraya paer India poga thayangaraanga.

    India should ease out their work cuklture for sure. Slowly it is getting close to the japanese people. Work mudichuttu neenga solraa maadhiri family and hobbies will definitely relax a person to a great extent.

     
  • At January 19, 2007 1:34 PM, Blogger Deepa said…

    A person who might agree with all these points, eventually might get promoted and become one of those managers that "expects" the team to start work at 4pm and end at 2am.

     
  • At January 19, 2007 6:50 PM, Blogger Shiva said…

    Well captured KK. This is the reality. Smart work VS Hard Work. However, it's Smart word that always gets paid off. I have not seen an American or European working beyond 5 or 6PM. Indians tend to work more, unwillingly though! That too, if you have an Indian Manager, you are dead. Chinese and Japanese - They know nothing else than work!

     
  • At January 19, 2007 9:21 PM, Blogger Syam said…

    sat,

    //answer kadacha udane adhayum oru post-a podunga//

    athu post ah pottu free service panna mudiyaathu...book ah podurom kaasu kuduthu vaangi padinga :-)

     
  • At January 19, 2007 9:22 PM, Blogger Syam said…

    @kittu,

    maams romba pongiteenga pola... :-)

     
  • At January 19, 2007 9:22 PM, Blogger Syam said…

    potamla potamla...75th potamla :-)

     
  • At January 19, 2007 9:28 PM, Blogger G3 said…

    @Syam : Grrrrrrrrr... I was waiting for 75th.. yaaravadhu 2 comment podattumnu vitta.. neenga 3 commenta pottuteengalae.. :(

     
  • At January 19, 2007 9:30 PM, Blogger G3 said…

    @Syam : aanalum ungalukku 5th roundla ivlo thelivu aagaadhu.. :(( *** Me with sad face :( ***

     
  • At January 19, 2007 10:17 PM, Blogger Shuba said…

    The best thing about yr blogs is they are one of the most sensible ones and i like everypost of yrs though im mite not comment....its jus an excellent post from u!

     
  • At January 20, 2007 1:48 AM, Blogger Venkatesh said…

    me doing good.. how r u?? vacation ellam super than.. mudinchu vanda pin vela ennum super.. ;)

     
  • At January 20, 2007 2:18 AM, Blogger G3 said…

    Rounda oru 80 pottudaren :)

     
  • At January 20, 2007 9:19 AM, Blogger Pavithra said…

    True !! In US I've seen people spend enough time for themselves as well as their family. I feel those people care more for their personal life than Indians..even in US if u see a person working late he would mostly be an Indian. I posted something similar recently..

     
  • At January 21, 2007 3:39 AM, Blogger Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said…

    Hi,
    There is a tag in my blog. I felt you might be interested 2 write the tag :)

    Pls have a look and feel free 2 ignore if you are not interested to write :)

     
  • At January 21, 2007 1:08 PM, Blogger Usha said…

    aaama aama, inga naan 12 varaikumlam velai seyyaren, managers-kellam akkarai irukunreenga? Chanceless!

     
  • At January 21, 2007 8:34 PM, Blogger G3 said…

    weekend too bijee??? aalayae kaanom??

     
  • At January 21, 2007 8:34 PM, Blogger G3 said…

    85th :))

     
  • At January 22, 2007 1:26 AM, Blogger Anand said…

    hey,
    bang on!
    I realised how much over worked we indians are only when i started working outside india..its only when u work outside India do u realise the importance of work-life balance!

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:20 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    G3 start meejic! :)

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:20 AM, Blogger G3 said…

    start meejic!!!

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:20 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    ippo 88

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:21 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    90

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:21 AM, Blogger G3 said…

    start panniten.. nee ingayum mundhittiya?

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:21 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    91

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:22 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    aama enga katchi engayum firstu dhaan! :))

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:22 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    enga katchi vaaazhga

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:22 AM, Blogger G3 said…

    ada paavi.. un system over fast.. endhu sema slow :((

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:23 AM, Blogger G3 said…

    naan ethinaavadhu???

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:23 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    michael schumacher going on in the first place! :D

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:23 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    long live our Party! :)

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:24 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    innum onnu dhaan

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:24 AM, Blogger G3 said…

    100!!

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:24 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    100???

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:25 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    idhukku peru dhaan NOVAMA NOMBI KUMBUDRADHU'nu solradha?????????????????????? :((

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:26 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    haiyoooo!

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:27 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    aana onnu mattum nalla therinjikonga G3,

    Jeikravanga yeppovumey jeichikite irukka maatanga...

    adhey madhri...

    thokravanga thothukutey irukka maatanga!

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:28 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    unga katchi naaaasama poga! :(

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:31 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    aana KK, unga blog'la edho problem nu ninaikren...

    ennoda browser (internet Exploerer) and G3 oda broswer (Firefox) rendumey at a time close aiduchu unga blog'ah first open panna vudane! :(

    Unga blog'ah edhavudhu Service center'ku anuppi repair pannunga! :)

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:36 AM, Blogger G3 said…

    @BSK : enna dhaan polambinaalum century adichadhu naan dhaan :)) u try next time :))

    Aaha.. indha postla 1st, 25th, 50th and 100th comment naanae!!! Asathitta G3!!!

    Seri KK vandhu avar bloga cricket grounda maathinadhukku odhaikkaradhukku munnadi me the 'S'... :))

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:41 AM, Blogger Sat said…

    Enna Syam KK-ku padhila nenga attendance edukureenga?...for a minute idhu yaar blog-nu confuse ayiten...
    aama...unga blog padikiraduke neengellam engalukku kaasu tharanum...idhula book-a naanga kasu koduthu vangi padipomo?!...aasa dosa appalam vada! :P

     
  • At January 22, 2007 3:58 AM, Blogger Jeevan said…

    Because of this long time spending of work before the computer while sitting, one of my uncle’s doctor warned him not to sit before computer for long time, but he don’t know what to do, even he can’t refuse the doctors advice, so he left the job and changed his way towards other occupation and now traveling between city to city.

    One of my friend also not getting time to spent with me online, as he was new to work his manager is giving over work to him, he arrives home at 10pm.

     
  • At January 22, 2007 7:44 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    110! :(

     
  • At January 22, 2007 9:11 AM, Blogger KK said…

    Will be back with the replies soon :)

     
  • At January 22, 2007 9:30 AM, Anonymous Lera said…

    KK, you are absolutely right, well written !

    Balancing work is quite a challenge in today's scenario, with so many factors to be taken into consideration, work stress, and workload issues continue to be seriously challenging ,especially for professionals .
    I would feel working from home as an option needs to be excercised more frequently :)
    Gradual change is required on multiple levels with the employees being given more control& flexibility ,to make a real difference & make it easier to balance WorknLife . KK, I do have a question, do you plan to head the union ..?;) just kidding!

     
  • At January 22, 2007 6:14 PM, Blogger Keshi said…

    LOL cmon u know wut I mean :)

    Keshi.

     
  • At January 22, 2007 10:13 PM, Blogger Harish said…

    Po maapilai...ida pathi pesi pesi thondai thanni vathi pochchu....
    even kaekkaraan...

     
  • At January 22, 2007 11:45 PM, Blogger KK said…

    @G3 - Adukkum. Paathu goli thondaila maatika poguthu :)

    @Marutham - Relax thane... pannita pochu :)

    @Viji - Situation song :) Super!

    @Sat - Answer kidaicha Syam sonna maathiri book yezhuthida maatom... How to be a gud manager appadinu :)

    @GolmaalGopal - Yellam serntha puthusula than aarva kolarlam... appuram yellam G3 maathiri aagiduvaanga :)

    @Kittu - India'la poi nungu yedutha.. panamarathulaye irukavendiyathu than :)

    @Deepa - Exactly...Thats why I wonder how I will be :)

    @Shiva - Well said Shiva! Indian, Chinese and Japanese are tough to work for.

    @Syam - Super'a soneenga Natamai :) Namma katchi DMk maathiri pala puthagangal release pannalam :)
    75 th comment ku oru Bacardi full and one chettinaadu Chicken :)

     
  • At January 22, 2007 11:45 PM, Blogger KK said…

    @G3 - heheheh Better luck next time :)

    @Shuba - Thanks Shuba. That was very encouraging :)

    @Venkatesh - I am good too man. Great to hear that your vacation was super kewl :)
    That's there... vacation'ku appuram velai romba kashtam...

    @G3 - 80 yepothume rounda than irukum.. yena yellame circle circle'a thane irukku :)

    @Pavithra - Hey Pavithra! How are you? Long time no see?
    Yeah, actually looking at American's only instigated me to post this topic. They seem more organised than what we are. Will read you post soon :)

    @Ponnarasi - Will write it soon.. many tags pending.. will write one by one...yours is #4

    @Usha - Ungala 12 varaikkum utkaara vekalana cinema'ku poitu road'la yevanaavathu kooda sanda izhuthutu vanthuduveenga :) athan managers appadi irukaanga :D

     
  • At January 22, 2007 11:46 PM, Blogger KK said…

    @G3 - Romba bijee :)

    @Anand - Exactly! only then we get to compare ourself with people who have a different life style.

    @Karthik B.S & G3 - Kudos to both of you!!! Super'a enjoy panni irukeenga pola irukku... Rendu perukkum Anjappar Biryani parcel :) with a muttai each :)

    @Sat - Kaasu kodukaatiym antha dosa, applam , vadai yellam Annapurna'la vaangi rendu renda parcel panni anupunga :)

    @Jeevan - Working in Computers is very bad for health. I too have a bad back. I have seen people who suffer terrible back pain. Its just ruining life of many.
    S/w life is like a vagabonds life :(

    @Lera - I dont have the traits of a Union leader... prolly we'll vote for you :)
    You seem to have great ideas for implementing gud work life balance at work :D

    @Keshi - Absolutely no :) lol!!! Want to hear from the horses mouth :D

    @Harish - Nee solliyum yevanum ketkaliya... oru vaarthai sollu thatidalam :)

     
  • At January 23, 2007 3:12 PM, Blogger Kittu said…

    @syam
    enna panradhu maams. pongal vandhudhaa adhaen pongittaen...

     

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