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Impact of Discrimination on an Organization  
It has often been noticed that any benefit by the Corporate is mostly divided between the higher levels of Management, without caring for their subordinates' hard work, without rewarding them appropriately, or benefits passed on showing disparity in distribution. Discrimination in distribution of such monetary benefits to the Employees will certainly demoralize the staff resulting in low performance, stagnation in the development, resignation of jobs, loss in sales, and loss in overall revenue to the Organization itself.


 
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Impact of Discrimination on an Organization

 

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By Naeem A Syed

 

Organization Geared Up

 

Once the New Year is up, all hectic activities of a company become suddenly geared up. New Proposals, New Product launch, New Tenders, New Contracts, New Agreements, New Recruitment, New Appointments, and so on.

 

Each Department or Division responsible for the respective activities starts its part of assessments, budget forecasts, manpower requirements, etc. for the development of the business activities which will naturally culminate into the development of overall businesses of the company. These Departments or Divisions also generate Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs) of their staff in order to award them with promotions, bonuses and other monetary benefits in the shape of allowances.

 

A company, small or big has to have a few departments of importance to run the business smoothly. Planning an organization, Creation of Policies and Procedures for the functionality of the proposed company, Manipulation of Finance, etc. comes at the top of the urgencies prior to the company's commitment to Production and Marketing. That is why the Corporate Office comes at the top, heading the company. It takes into confidence and consults with various set ups of the company from time to time, while planning an activity or considering a launch of new Product, chalking out healthier policies, arranging finance, allocating budget, Installation of Plant and Machinery, Recruitment and Training of staff, Production and Marketing.

 

The Problem

 

Each Department or Division of the Company has its own peculiarity. A dereliction of duty or any sort of lapse on the part of any Department or Division deteriorates the performance spirit of the staff resulting into a demoralized work force and culminating into a monetary loss. This type of managerial problem from any single department has its full impact on the overall functionality of the Organization. Thus without the required proper input from the concerned Department, the healthier fabric of the well knitted policies and procedures becomes weak. Due to one problematic Department, the whole Organization suffers.

 

Identification of the Problem

 

It becomes imperative on the part of the top management to quickly identify the problem and take rectification measures to bring back this derailing and failing department on the tracks. Generally, the problems occur in a Department of a healthy Organization due to the application of wrong methodology, non application or improper implementation of certain policies and procedures, insufficient budget allotment, shortage of manpower, unrest of staff due to the weak or mismanagement of a particular Departmental Head. His discrimination in passing on the corporal benefits actually chalked out for every staff of the Organization becomes the major factor. Favoritism shown by him to only a certain segment of staff becomes the root cause of all the trouble.

 

Impact of Discrimination

 

It has often been noticed that any benefit by the Corporate is mostly divided between the higher levels of Management, without caring for their subordinates' hard work, without rewarding them appropriately, or benefits passed on showing disparity in distribution. Discrimination in distribution of such monetary benefits to the Employees will certainly demoralize the staff resulting in low performance, stagnation in the development, resignation of jobs, loss in sales, and loss in overall revenue to the Organization itself. This will have an indirect impact on the image of the company with the outside world, due to the large no. of resignations, job hopping and transfer requests of the staff. Resignation of well trained staff by the company is surely a loss of time and efforts in the making of talent for the company, which could have been otherwise utilized for the best benefit of the Organization as a whole. Right from the lowest segment to the computerized environment of the entire Organization there is no any special technicality in anyone. In other words everyone is as important as any single rung of a ladder while the ladder stands straight and goes up to reach the top.

 

The mantra of success for an organization lies at its understanding the fact that every one in an Organization needs to be recognized. Discrimination between staff on any lame excuse in order to pass on the monetary benefits only to a particular segment of staff will certainly cause the organization to develop ruptures within, which in the long run will ruin the well knitted fabric of the Organization. Normally well qualified staff leaves Organizations where such discrimination is practiced. A study shows that talented staffs do leave the company due to the behaviors of their immediate Supervisor or Manager. The unjustified application of procedures and unequal treatment cause a stir within the employees, who at any given stage adopt unison tactics, culminating in Employees Union formations - an avoidable, biggest headache for the Organization. The undue favoritism shown by the particular Manager to a certain segment of staff falls under unhealthy and unreasonable corporate practice which is considered a clear discrimination. For such an abuse of power disregarding the laid down procedures and polities of the Organization, the concerned Manager becomes responsible for the dereliction of his duties with egotism and unwarranted personal self-importance.

 

Remedy

 

Proper Classification of Staff

 

In most of the failing Organizations, it has been observed that the discrimination between staff comes due to wrong or improper classification of staff. A healthy Organization treats and takes care of the entire staff segment as one body. Staff pertaining to Corporal activities such as Procedures and Policy makers, Finance Managers, HR Executives - who care for the overall recruitment, selection, hiring, training, deployment and further welfare of the staff - Administrators, Accountants and Office Supervisors should be considered at par as important as the staff belonging to Architectural and Engineering, Production and packing, advertisement and marketing, machinists and technicians. Technicality and non-technicality must be duly taken care of by the time of appointment itself, offering them an allotted pay scale with allowance for their higher qualifications, and placing them in appropriate grades.

 

The responsible Corporate office must enact and ensure for all to follow one code of conduct, one procedure for the implementation of its policies, one common grade according to the classification of jobs, one pay scale to the applicable grades, without any distinction, discrimination or favoritism. Annual Bonuses, Bonus based on performance, Dearness Allowance, Housing Allowance, Transportation Allowances, Medical Benefits etc. must always be common to each and every staff of an Organization.

 

It is very easy to find out the problem erupting from any Department or Division of an Organization if the Corporate Head and the concerned HR personnel at command possess hearts and minds to appreciate the grievances of the suppressed staff. Simply monitoring the implementation of laid down policies and a liberal counsel from senior staff from all segments of the Organization other than the Departmental Head and/or Supervisor, would help identifying the culprit or root cause of the problem. On identification of the trouble maker or the problem, simply the Manager concerned must be given a training therapy in behavioral science for the development and inculcation of his well mannered approach towards his subordinates. He must be advised to attend courses on inter personnel skills. He must be made to understand the harm he is causing due to the adopted way of his thinking with undue favoritism practiced at the expense of other staff. Many a times, persistent stir of the employees cause considerable loss to the Organization, which could make null and void the projected savings due to non implementation of the common code of practice and stoppage by him of sanctioned monetary benefits to all employees at a stretch.

 

Unless the concerned Organization / Company treats its staff at par and ensures proper distribution of benefits to all, there are more chances of its losing very many excellent hands, bearing the brunt of loss of time, money and energy in the making of a talented work force. This discrimination between staff would also help opening a Pandora box of organized unions of its employees, finally.

 

Naeem Syed is the Founder And CEO of Shaadmaani.Com & Co-Founder of CaliberJobs.Com. A Social Worker And Responsible Citizen of India, Naeem Syed has several Websites for the benefit of Citizens of this world. He writes on Social Issues and Cultures. Naeem Syed may be contacted at http://www.Shaadmaani.Com & http://www.CaliberJobs.Com

 

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