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When HR Lied To Me By Saying, “We Are A Family”

By on Dec 19, 2010 | 4 comments

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I sometimes remember the days when I was a new entry into the world of Indian IT Industry. I was fascinated by everything including awesome looking buildings, fully air-conditioned offices, ‘free Internet access’, post interiors, free coffee, unlimited supply of biscuits and tomato soup. I felt like I achieved something.

However, as the time passed by and I went through appraisals, project deadlines, steps of corporate hierarchy, some ugly bullshit under the name of ‘outsourcing’, I realized that life wasn’t as rosy at it once looked. However, I continued going to the office because of monthly paycheck. I didn’t bother how much I made, but there was a feeling somewhere in the back of my mind that made me feel comfortable. Soon, I realized that I’d not achieve what I wanted without getting out of that comfort zone. One meeting with HR confirmed that I wasn’t a ‘fit’ in that Industry. This is how it went –

We had the chief of HR visit us from the company headquarters to ‘motivate’ us to keep our clients happy. The HR tired his best and repeatedly told us that we all were a big family! Somehow I wasn’t convinced. So after the gathering, I spotted this top HR guy in a coffee room and started chatting with him. I asked, if we were a part of family, why did the company book low-rung hotel rooms for us and booked five-star for our managers, while we were sent to another city for a training.

Obviously he didn’t expect that question; and couldn’t answer it well. My point of argument was if we were a family, we should be allotted similar rooms as our managers.

I don’t know whether it was right or wrong to argue like that. However, I wish to know from you. Do you feel like a part of a ‘family’ of your organization? Or you just take your relation with your organization as a plain, cold ‘business’?

The Big K


  1. Janhavi

    December 20, 2010

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    Well, I think saying “We are a family” by HR of an IT company is like saying “A daughter-in-law is like our daughter” by people. 😉 😛
    I think that if these people don’t mean what they say, they just shouldn’t day it.

  2. Ajit K

    December 28, 2010

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    Just like my dog Bruno is a part of our family(but he still doesn’t sleep in my bedroom), Just like the servants are a part of the rich people’s family, employees are a part of the family of the company. I hope you understand what the HR tried to convey. This is what he wrapped in silk and gold by saying we are a family.

    • The Big K

      December 28, 2010

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      So employees in any organization are in the same league as ‘dog’ in a family?

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