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Friday, March 02, 2007

Passionate employees ??

This was an interesting read for me.

How to identify people who are passionate about their jobs.
Don't ask employees to be passionate about the company!

I think the last 4 points are very important, and probably you can use in your interviews to filter people who are not passionate about their jobs.

The simple 4-question test to see if someone has a passion for their work:

* When was the last time you read a trade/professional journal or book related to your work? (can substitute "attended an industry conference or took a course")

* Name at least two of the key people in your field.

* If you had to, would you spend your own money to buy tools or other materials that would improve the quality of your work?

* If you did not do this for work, would you still do it (or something related to it) as a hobby?

posted by 88Pro / Friday, March 02, 2007

Where does company responsibility end?

Is it true that companies always strive to look at their interests primarily when it comes to devising policies, just to safeguard their interests? And incidentally the policies appear to be in favor of employees?

I think it might be true for all the other industries, however for software industry, when your main asset itself is the human skill, wouldn’t it become the company’s primary responsibility to protect that in the company’s best interest?

Here is an ethical question:

1. Company has a policy for providing claims for transport facilities for employees who work late for no extra pay.

2. In a particular day a company social event was organized after working hours, and the company refused to provide transport for some of the employees who required it (mostly female employees).

Note: most of these employees regularly work late.

What do you think about the above scenario? Please share your thoughts.

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posted by 88Pro / Friday, March 02, 2007

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