Satish is a mechanical engineer at a multinational company. His official shift timing is 6 am to 2 pm, however, in his memory he does not remember when the last time he left the office at 2 pm.
The company is one of the world’s largest in what it does but the manpower is short and hence, Satish is always busy. To make the job difficult, Satish has lesser number of technicians than required.
It is not that Satish did not ask for the manpower but the manager says that the budget would not allow.
In the early part of his career Satish had realized that overworking is a part of job and for senior posts one cannot justify going home at time.
In fact, his leaving the office right in time would raise many eyebrows. This is why he preferred a working lady at the time of marriage.
His wife is also in the corporate world and understands the misery of Satish as she also faces the same thing. Interestingly her office timings are 11am to 7pm and rarely does she leave the office by 7pm.
Before Satish entered the corporate world, he was a fit man. Now, for the past few days, he has started feeling backache. Sometimes in those stressful days he feels severe headache too.
As soon as he enters his home, he would throw himself on the bed for his legs would generally be paining badly and mind full of stress. Luckily, when he comes home his wife is still in office.
So, there is no “Grah Klesh” (unrest at home) and there is no excitement. Mostly he gets at least an hour or two before she returns and her condition is not much different than his. Generally they talk less.
Extended working hours have become part of their lives interestingly they have just accepted it. It is not that they like it but they don’t have the courage to strongly resist extended working hours theory because their manager would not like.
Someone advised him to maintain good relations with the managers as you never know when you would need their help. The fear is – What if there is no job?
This is why Satish still follows this advice. He listens to whatever his manager says, accepts whatever work they give and is (verbally) appreciated most of the time. Appreciation could sometimes mean increased expectations (workload).
This is not the first company that Satish is working for. He has changed five companies prior to this one and this is the sixth one. Satish works in any company for maximum 3 years and then quits the job.
For him the reason for job change is not money. He changes the job to take a break. At least for a month or two he would get some mental rest before the same story gets on track.
Why does he change the job/company? Could he not ask for leave (vacation)?
To this Satish has an answer. He says, "Ask yourself, how many days of leave would your manager grant you in one go. Even if you have 30 leaves in your account, you will not get more than 10 days of leave to relax. Even 10 days is too much to ask for. They will negotiate and you will get some 4-5 days. An once you are on leave, will they stop calling you over phone? No. Never."
Note: Satish is an imaginary character.
लाभस्तेषां जयस्तेषां कुतस्तेषां पराजयः I येषामिन्दीवरश्यामो हृदयस्थो जनार्दनः II