Forgotten Values and their Impact…

This is another case I would like to share with all of you, hopefully it will be of some help…

Let us start with the definition of personal values first, and then move to the case which happened in one of the companies I worked with.

As per the definition in Wikipedia. Personal Values are an integral part of every culture. With worldview and personality, they generate behavior. Being part of a culture that shares a common core set of values creates expectations and predictability without which a culture would disintegrate and its members would lose their personal identity and sense of worth. Values tell people what is good, beneficial, important, useful, beautiful, desirable, constructive, etc. They answer the question of why people do what they do. Values help people solve common human problems for survival. Over time, they become the roots of tradition that groups of people find important in their day-to-day lives.

These are the values we carry wherever we go, be it workplace or any other place. These set of values become a part of an Organization’s culture.

We were a close knit group…the office in India consisted of just 31 of us and we all used to work as a family. Some of the group members had been working with each other since the last 6-10 years, I was comparatively new but had been given a warm welcome by all of them barring a few.

As the company was introducing new concepts and products in India, lot of training programs were being organized by the Parent company at their Head Quarters, which was offshore.

HR, IT, Sales and Marketing training were being organized for all of us at various stages and time.

Once our IT guy, Pratik, had to go to attend one such training program outside India, he was the youngest of all of us and was a little childish too. He got married a few months back in a very instant kind of wedding which means that he met his wife a day before his marriage and they got along so well that they decided get married the next day.

So, he went for this program and everything was going well till one day I got a call from my boss- the HR Director who was a foreigner and used to work from the Head Quarters. He told me that, Pratik, was coming back to India without completing his training and what he told me next was very very shocking.

Pratik, was caught with a girl in a compromising situation in a red light area in that Country, and the place got raided by the Police. The girl also told the police that she was just a victim and had no clue where Pratik was taking her, which was surely a made up story as Pratik, had gone to this country for the first time.

But he was put behind bars and the senior management of our company got involved with my HR Director also. They all were called by the police to verify Pratik’s statement. The HR director knew, Pratik, very well since all of them had been working together since many years and he even knew that he had got married a few months back only and that his wife was expecting their first child as well.

They somehow helped him get bail and arranged the bail money which was paid by the company itself as Pratik’s salary was not that much and he was not carrying that much cash.

As per, Pratik, he met the girl in a bar and the girl asked her to accompany her to a place and he agreed to go. Reaching there some people (girl’s allies) came in and they started asking for money from, Pratik, and started blackmailing. And so he got caught with his pants down.

The HR director also told me that, Pratik, was also filmed by the allies of that girl who were hiding when things were happening between the two.

Finally he was sent back to India, and was given a strict written warning. This is because the HR Director was a very nice person, and as he knew all about his family he did not ask him to leave. Another reason to keep him in the company was that he had to pay the entire amount of bail in installments.

I was so disturbed with this guy’s behavior that I did not speak to him for many days, not even professionally. And being a female the feelings were a little strong.

And I am sure if he would have been in some other company, with a different culture and different people he would have been sacked immediately.

Now my question to you all…

  • What would you have done in this case?
  • Do you think that our values are so weak that the moment we are out of sight we can get involved in such activities, without thinking anything about the wife, the peer group, the subordinates and seniors?
  • What if the culture of the company was not that family oriented?

Will wait for your views and opinions…

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