Jan 12, 2007

IT folks get bored easily?

Rediff reports on what Infosys' HR head said recently. Hmm, coming from a former CFO, shouldn't the statement have had more grounding in numbers? Heh, maybe making fuzzy statements without data comes with the territory of a HR job ;-) [Hat-tip: Bis]

New IT pros get bored easily:
"'I think the people, who have been joining in the last one-two years, have a feeling of restlessness among them,' T V Mohandas Pai, who is in charge of human resources at the Bangalore-headquartered Nasdaq-listed firm, said.

Pai, who is also chairman of Infosys BPO, said IT professionals joining today are restless, they want to go up the ladder very fast and see rapid change in the work they do.

* Infosys Q3 PAT up at Rs 983 crore

'They get easily bored. They do just one project and they get bored and they want something else,' he said in response to questions at a press conference, where the company announced its third quarter results.

Pai sought to term the trend as a 'qualitative change' and 'symbiotic' of what is happening in the society today."

Seriously, I think Mr Pai doth protest too much ! If these are indeed " 'symbiotic' of what is happening in the society today" then Infosys and he should be doing something about it.

Firms today claim to be super-responsive to ever changing client demands and specifications.

Well helllooo, welcome to your other client, your employee. Dear HR heads, your employee is not just a resource (oh, how I hate that term !) anymore, but a stakeholder. You are no longer the high and mighty 'mai-baap' who can say 'take it or leave it'.

Welcome to the new world of work!


  1. Ask me. I am in BPO. People leave coz we didn't serve chocolate ice cream for lunch. Or when the temperature in the bay goes above 24 C (Did you notice how hot it is getting here today?).

    The resource term sucks - esp. the line 'You are a great resource' (Amaron???)

    Infosys should try cutting attrition and holding people managers responsible (just like GE - he he I love selling my brands) instead of cribbing about the society, people, television, media influence and other such consolidated bullshit.

  2. I think employees expect fast movement up the ladder because they see everything around them moving up fast. They are a part of it and it is very natural for them to think of their own growth the same way as compared to the industry revenues.

    Things will be back in place when the economy bull run takes a breather. So just hang around.