I worked abroad with western company throughout my working life and the office culture is that we address our colleagues by their first name but in India you are expected to stand up and say 'Sir' to all your seniors or at least that is what I have seen in most offices where I visited. May be the new generation offices are different, but defenitly the government offices are still following the old British practices which even the Brits have left long time back.
1)Your salary 2)Job Profile 3)Your immediate boss 4)Your co-workers 5)Job comfort level 6)Office Atmosphere 7) Facilities 8)& last but not least there should be one good looking girl in your office, which help you to motivate you.
I have been working in Europe for last 9 years and travel to India quite often. One thing everyone missing, including Parul, is attitude of WE Indians about giving strong statement, even if we do not know anything. We seldom use words like I believe, I think, I feel, I hope instead we heavily go with I am confident, I am 100% sure, I know for sure, you are wrong. Please understand giving strong statement (even if you are 1000% right) may not go well. After all the only "certain truth" in life is death.
Re: Basic is always neglected.
by Raj Thackersey on Jul 06, 2011 08:25 PM
i worked for a large consulting firm, and one thing we told clients is that a YES by an Indian professional does not actually mean a yes.
Also notice that we nod our heads the same way for YES and NO.
Also common thing among all asians is that we do not make decisions, due to the fear of making mistakes. Its also true that corporations come down severely on people who commit mistakes.
Indian managers go by superficial facts, for example how many hours do you spend in office how many days in a year are you on vacation No trust, they suspect every action of yours, and partly blame lies on sub ordinates for this.
We also need to respect offer letters, once accepted, a person should not think of joining another company. The company also needs to honour the offer if accepted by candidate at all costs.
Etiquitte in telephone calls is most important but left out. Junior calling seniors through assistants / PAs and making senior wait for the junior to take the call; it is just mis-conduct and indiscipline; but most of the younger generation guys don't know this basic etiquitte.