Article (October-2020)


Case Analysis : It is the time for Raman to leave

Mihir Gosalia

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Organization : -  Mumbai


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1- This case represents a classic adage that says fall in love with your job but not with the company, because you never know when the company might ditch you. There is nothing wrong with the thought process or values as a person that Raman brought to his company, but unfortunately the company and the co-colleagues with whom Raman worked with had other ideas on how to misuse it. They were only looking for their short term gains and benefits as to how they could use Raman's skills and abilities, his knowledge, skills & education for their benefit, advancement of their careers or promotion. Loyal employees are very rare these days and hard to find and companies should look at retaining them. May be there might also be a case of Raman undervaluing himself, his own talent.

Another personality trait of Raman coming out here could very well be perseverance. Persevering in the face of adversity can prompt learning and improvements of skills. Those who treat challenges and limitations as an opportunity to develop and learn tend to perform better in the long term. They persist when they face challenges, and the reward is a deeper and wider skill set. This could be seen in 2 examples in the case study wherein inspite of setbacks, Raman persisted with the organisation and his job. And also the fact that the day he wrote his resignation, he got calls from CEO Mr. Grover and also MD wanted to meet him. Suddenly Raman had become a very important person in the organisation.

2- A trait of a good leader is that they take their employees along with them when they grow. However, Mr. Grover here seems unable to do that when he got promoted as Company VP with huge salary increment as he had saved the company liability of Rs 50 lakh in a PF dispute case. This was however possible only because of Raman's friend's father helping. However, Mr. Grover did not think it proper even to update Raman this, to express gratitude or to say a word of thank you.  Also in another instance, Mr. Grover used the innovative ideas of Raman by suggesting it as his own and thereby helped the company become a brand in the housing. Mr. Grover was made the CEO this time, but in all this growth of the company, Raman featured nowhere. He was only promoted to the level of manager in these 8 years at the company with an average increment of 10% p.a.

Mr. Grove also comes across as a leader who lacks character or integrity and is prone to rationalizing unethical behavior based upon current or future needs. His formula for success is optics over ethics. His actions don't match his words. Bad leaders often say one thing and then do another, which makes it all but impossible for their team members to trust them. This is also seen in the case study when the idea behind the housing business was of Raman's and growth of the company could be attributed to it but nothing happened. In fact Grover demonstrated that he did not take feedback of Raman seriously and reprimanded him for by-passing the organisation's hierarchy and coming to him directly. This had led to Raman being demoralised.

3- One should stay in a company for only two reasons, either you are getting a good raise Y-O-Y or there is enough learning in the current profile that you can expect a handsome increment in the next organisation. Beyond that there should not be any reason for working in any organisation. Opportunities were there for Raman in his existing organisation, he was demonstrating success in it too. However, his hard work, sincerity, dedication and commitment were not recognized by the company nor were he rewarded for it commensurately as seen by the meagre 10% annual increment.A great job is one that helps you grow and learn. It's one in which the people recognize you for the job you are doing, and a lot of what you're working on is exciting and rewarding. It's time for Raman to tune up his resume. He should not get hung up on whose "fault" it is; if it's time to leave, it's time to leave.

Raman should do a quick job analysis before quitting. Is the organization he is working for the source of his concern? Yes, it is. Then he better look for a similar job with another employer. Is job the problem? No it isn't. Then, he should consider making a move within the company before he decides to leave.Maximum time that a person should spend in an organization these days is 3 years for growth purposes. If after 3 years, one doesn't start getting rewarded, recognized or success in the 4th year, then should start looking for another job. Raman may very well wish to evaluate his current scenario in the company being promoted to Manager in these eight years with average increment of 10% p.a.

Mihir Gosalia - Pune