Monday, September 10, 2007

First day at work? CEO may greet you with flowers

When Gerald Prasath walks into a new job, a big surprise awaits him. The CEO and management of his new company, Bangalore-based Aditi Technologies, greets him at the gates.

Then, the rituals begin: the crowning, tilak, garlanding, aarti and a puja in the background.

As if that's not enough, an ornately-decorated elephant showers blessings, as well. Prasath is one of 14 new recruits, and they have never seen anything like it.

“It’s an out of the world experience. We are fortunate to be part of this family,” they say.

IT firms are going out of the way to make staff feel wanted.

Honeywell Technologies extends a welcome card, business newsletters and a gift or flowers to new employees even before their first day at work.

Unisys Global Services extends, on the other hand, puts up a welcome aboard sign with the new recruits' names and gives them a kit with a company branded t-shirt.

ITC Infotech conducts a campus to corporate module to simplify the transition from a college mode to a more professional corporate culture for first timers.

FMCG firm, Hindustan Unilever plans to send an official pick-up and drop for new employees on the first day.

“Younger profiles are entering the job market, they have seen and explored, experienced a lot of possibilities and organisations, so its’ very important that you enter and feel good,” said Nanda Majumdar, Head of HR, Manpower.

With attrition at a high of 30 per cent every year among IT firms and BPOs, companies realise they need to ensure new recruits feel special.

Now flowers may soon wither away but they are meant to leave a lasting impression.

Via: IBN Live