A report has mentioned that a major chunk of employees in India's corporate sector have already applied for a leave on Mar 24, the day India takes on defending World Champions Australia in a knock out match. Some others are mulling to come early and leave early enough to catch the live action from the comforts of their home.
In India, where cricket is nothing short of a fanatical religion, the trend of giving the office a miss especially on the day of such a crucial tie is nothing new. But with the rapid expansion of this extremely lucrative sector, it is getting tougher for employees to get a leave for a reason which most HR managers consider as the height of frivolousness. So how do they manage to get a leave to perform their bit in boosting the morale of Team India. Simple, cite some health reason or kill a long dead relative.
Kuldeep, who works for a reputed MNC said, "I had no idea when would India play its quarter-final match, so had never given a thought of skipping office. As soon as I knew of the India-Australia encounter, I was determined to watch the match... So I shot off an email to my manager citing that my grandfather (who died 7 years ago) was critically ill and I need to be besides him...Hopefully India wins and I get my leave's worth."
Subhra, an HR executive herself resorted to the same watch India win and Sachin score his century of tons. She said, "Most others in my office had taken leave on one ground or the other, so I had a hard-time in getting mine sanctioned...So I have got a medical certificate done and will now stay on leave and present it on rejoining..If India wins, then I have to plan something for the Semis if it falls on a working day."
HR managers have already let their bosses know of the prospect of decreased productivity on the match day. While some others have been smart enough to bring in TVs for the live broadcast of the match in the work space so that at least they can retain employees on the match day immaterial of how much effort they are putting in.
With all those sacrificing their one day of work and possibly a days salary as well, the onus is now on Team India to win and let not all these go in vain. But if they do, it will be another round of excuses for employees and headaches for Managers.