Article (April-2017)


Alignment of body with mind

Deepanita Dutta Mazumder

Designation : -   Founder Director

Organization : -  STRIDE Human Skill Management Private Limited, Kolkata


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When we speak of HR, the first and most oriented definition which comes to our mind is HUMAN RESOURCES...... did we ever tried to redefine HR as "Hansatey Rakho" !!

Within this universe of generally defined HR, we have components like the JDs, KRAs, KPIs, PMS, KSAs, Appraisal, Attrition, Behaviourally Anchored Rating Scale [BARS], Core Competencies, Benchmarking, Change Management, Emotional Intelligence, Employee Retention, Empowerment, Ergonomics, Goal setting, Group dynamics and so on and so forth.

All the above terms look very familiar, isn't it.....? Some of my valued readers may have already started thinking of the terms which are not mentioned here. The HR professionals generally have been subjected to remain within the prescribed ambit of HR, as a topic mostly - which progressed, adopted and adapted with business and organizational challenges.

An individual human being performs to the best of his/her abilities when - the body, the mind, energy, knowledge, living & lifestyle - all are aligned and balanced towards positive orientation. Future performance management needs to devise ways and means to work upon this combination of tangible and abstract aspects rather than only focusing on the technical attributes. When I say abstract, a question may arise - has anyone been able to ensconce abstract into tangible form? 

The body and mind is reactive to the surrounding situation and environment. Mind is free to veer in any direction, purely driven by perceptions and individual understanding and interpretation, which may or may not depend upon proven past experiences. Also, in the whole physical anatomy, mind is something which at times acts as conflicting and contradicting reactant.

The knowledge entirely depends on situational tangible elements during the process of growing up of the individual. Enhancement of knowledge, by way of seeking further refinement and updation of course depends upon the person's willingness to pursue and acquire more awareness and clarity to develop and enrich himself/herself.

Energy is a relative factor, dependent on host of features like food intake, physical wellness, etc. living & life style in present time is well influenced by technology and its advancements.
So...... where and how does once begin to work on these combination of abstract and tangible factors in order to formulate future performance management?

I believe that, going back to our roots may be the best option, for a change !!

A reference here may be made to "Hawthorne Effect" - a term produced as a result of an experiment conducted by Elton Mayo, whereby he concluded that expressing concern for employees and treating them in a manner which fulfils their basic human needs and wants will ultimately result in better performance.

To take a step in this direction, we may consider interspersing our various employee engagement activities with innovative solutions. The Training & Knowledge sharing sessions may include periodic but regular yoga & meditation sessions. A flexible healthy body nurtures an open and receptive mind. The moment the mind's chatter becomes silent and the person can focus on nothingness all that is relevant surfaces and that which is garbage gets out of the whole system. The process will eventually lead to heightening of energy levels in the individual too. The feel good factor may further be able to arrest attrition in today's highly volatile talent jerky market.

Enhancing knowledge through individualistic approach may be considered more apt by an employee, rather than as in big group approach. Talent blossoms best, when given more space and scope, rather than in a bunch, where everyone tends to elbow each other. All that is required  to connect individual talents to create group excellence.

On an average, in the daily defined time of 24 hour cycle, an individual spends 8-10 hours of every day life and moments at work. The rest 14 - 16 hours is devoted to family, friends, daily chores, etc. Given a situation, where the body is well aligned with the mind - there happens to be high energy level which the individual experiences internally, everyday and every moment. Then living and life will generally happen in a more sorted manner. This in turn will create a sense of blissfulness which shall certainly have a direct impact on the individual's performance. 

There are many  ancient but very recognizable objects in our country which defines the performance of those long forgotten minds and hands - who have left behind time tested deliverables, when human resource management, as we know today was not there to intervene, guide and neither measure individual/group Performances.

The Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand - which withstood the great Himalayan Tsunami; 
The Taaj Mahal ;
Sun Temple - Konarak ;
Sanchi Stupa ;
Meenakshi Temple ;
Qutub Minar...... and numerous more located across the length and the breadth of this great land.

Hence delving in our ancient past may surely yield much more appropriate results in finding means of devising processes of performance management which is future oriented, as our populace through eons has shown performance in every sphere, be it in developing knowledge centres and education hubs, city building, structure building, Trade and Commerce - both domestic and international, cultural excellence,  as also have shown tremendous resilience and pliability in face of repeated aggression by plunderers/invaders.

In conclusion, sympathizing, understanding and mind connect is more essential requirement for HR professionals with all stake holders, in my belief and perception to manage performance in future.