Provide a purpose: Providing a clear
purpose for the company’s role in the larger
society and the employee’s role in delivering
that value for the company, in particular, and
the society in general, is a huge
Challenge: Continue to challenge your
employees with disruptive goals. This keeps
the team agile and helps them think out of
the box. Encourage cross-functional teams
for every task and avoid a culture of
functional or business unit silos.
Opportunities lie in intersections between
functions and business units.
Be transparent and respect workers: Create a culture of mutual respect for every
employee, irrespective of hierarchy, and be
transparent in terms of directions, decisions
and policies. A transparent organisation and
leadership goes a long way in keeping
Celebrate: Celebrate not just successes, but
also failures. It may seem strange but we
have awarded even teams that have failed.
This is not just to encourage them but also
to recognise their efforts and institutionalise
the learning from their failure. It does
wonders to team morale and removes the
fear of failure or experimentation.
Reward merit: There are several examples of
talented employees getting dissatisfied and
leaving the organisation. As the workplace
get more heterogeneous, it is the
responsibility of leaders to ensure that biases
don’t creep in at any stage of the employee
life cycle. A level playing field works best for
all, be it at the marketplace or the workplace.
CEO, Sterlite Technologies