Choose your boss!

Imagine you selecting your boss! This is the latest strategy firms are increasingly adopting to check attrition. Raja Shekar, a young software engineer, and two of his colleagues played a key role in selecting their project manager in Net Apps...

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Published: Fri 16 Mar 2007, 11:12 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:28 AM

a US-based company with operations in Bangalore. 'Who you work with is critical to performance,' says Shekar. 'It was a great feeling when we were recently given a say in selecting our boss. A group of us interviewed a managerial candidate, basically to understand his background, cultural fit, the support he will extend to the team, how hands-on he is, his energy levels, passion and enthusiasm at work and his openness to new ideas and innovation. We felt these factors were key to our professional growth and overall productivity.' Enterprises are beginning to look at adopting an open culture where superiors and subordinates together establish comfort level right from the recruitment stage. They believe this will cut attrition levels.

Those adopting such practices include Sapient, WNS, Capgemini, SunGard, Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Some companies have even abandoned recruitments of senior staff where juniors could not reach a consensus on their selection.

Says Akila Krishnakumar, CEO, Sun-Gard: 'Such an environment opens up a free and fair communication channel. It increases better understanding between employees and employers, resulting in greater team-play and longer stay of talent.'

Vikram Shah, CEO, Net Apps, says: 'Our team members are asked to interview their respective team heads. We also follow an open-door policy. New recruits are free to interact with senior managers.'

Though US companies, including their operations in India, seem to be leading the way in bringing a non-hierarchical culture, some Indian companies are said to be experimenting with it. Zubin Shroff, MD, Talent Management Group, says Indian enterprises are becoming aware that they need to align with the global corporate culture to retain talent.

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