Why Your Workplace Help is Missing the Mark (And How You Can Fix It!)

Here is why your workplace help is missing the mark and how you can fix it!

Help In Workplace: The Choice

This is a real-life happening from one of my product teams related to workplace help.

I have a technically excellent team member. We will call him P.

P has been working on an important project with a steep deadline. 

But recently, P decided to help another team member for almost the whole day on another project with somewhat lesser business importance.

He missed his deadline on an important project. The business is still suffering the consequences of P’s choice.

P is a great team member with excellent technical skills. But he could not stay on course. 

The Management Decision

Was P sacked? 

No. But he had to be reprimanded. 

“It is okay to help the others if it takes 10-15 minutes of your time.

It is also okay to help others if it takes more time but does not impact the project in focus; otherwise, that help is a waste of business resources!”

~ Some day in Feb 2021
You have power to make your choices — not outside influences. Realize this, and you will find your performance mark! ~ UV (Utpal Vaishnav Quote)

Any respectable business works on defining priorities and performance. You disregard the priority, and you are a poor performer. 

In my team, it is acceptable to make mistakes. But not the same mistake twice. 

When you are working on an important project, you get everything done to deliver that project. 

Nothing more, nothing less. 

That’s the fundamental responsibility. That’s what makes you a performer and provides the perks. 

In business, helping others is great, but not always. Not at the cost of your own performance. That’s not running an extra mile, that’s an inappreciable performance glitch!

Note to Self

  1. When you are working on a project, stay on-course. Or don’t participate in the project.
  2. Helping others is noble only if it does not impact your own performance. Put your oxygen mask first
  3. Mistakes are acceptable as long as they are used as stepping stones to learn and get better at the core craft. 

Think for yourself. 

Startup India

Has Indian startup eco-system seen a better initiative than this? Startup India Standup India?

With Government of India’s Startup India, Standup India initiative, that is intended to build a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation and Startups in the country, I am seeing the Sun of new hopes for creating something on the face of an uncertain next.

Since the thought of building the Startup ecosystem has got attention from the Government, the economy is going to be benefited from it. You get better at what you focus on!

Highlights:

  1. Rs. 10,000 crore fund for startups
  2. A single point of registration for startups
  3. A simplified regulatory regime based on self-certification
  4. A fast-track mechanism filing patent applications
  5. A credit guarantee fund for startups
  6. Tax exemption for three years, and capital gains
  7. A Startup India Hub for collaboration
  8. Relaxed norms of public-procurement
  9. Faster exits for startups
  10. Atal Innovation Mission to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation
  11. Innovation focused programs for students
  12. An annual incubator grand challenge

More Info on Startup India Standup India Initiative

With this initiative, I visualize that the Indian youth will get better at creating more rather than complying and consuming.

Still today, many smart grads think that since they’ve finished their degree of education, they should get a higher paying job if they “comply” to the set standards and commonly accepted norms. Not an effective strategy in 2016. A better way is to create something that only you can create. Be a Linchpin!

Why it is a better way?

Because you will be the first in your own creation. Rather than worrying about getting chosen, you will be able to choose!

Is it a silver bullet?

No, it is not and I am sure this initiative will pass through iterations and improvements in its due course but this is the nature of any new creation … and guess what, effective startup founders are comfortable dealing with uncomfortable situations with ease. Be one.

Opportunity is to focus less on compliance and more on creation … create something today. Let us Start-Up India!