HSS Ltd. is a leader in high-end textiles having
headquarters in Bangalore. The company records a turnover of Rs 1,000 cr. Plus
a year. A year back, HSS set up a unit at Hassan (250 km away from Bangalore)
to spin home textiles. The firm hired Maniyam as GM-HR and asked him to
operationalise the Hassan unit.
Maniyam has a vision. Being a firm believer in affirmative
actions, he plans to reach out to the rural areas and tap the potentials of
teenaged girls with plus two educational background. Having completed their
12th standard, these girls are sitting at homes, idling their time, watching TV
serials endlessly and probably dreaming about their marriages. Junior colleges
are located in their respective villages and it is easy for these girls to get
enrolled in them. But degree colleges are not nearby. The nearest degree
college is minimum 10 km and no parents dare send their daughters on such long
distances and that too for obtaining degrees, which would not guarantee them
jobs but could make searching for suitable boys highly difficult.
These are the girls to whom Maniyam wants to reach out. How
to go about hiring 1500 people from a large number who can be hired? And
Karnataka is a big state with 27 districts. The GM-HR studies the geography of
all the 27 districts and zeroes in on nine of them known for backwardness and
Maniyam then thinks of the principals of Junior Colleges in
all the nine districts as contact persons to identify potential candidates.
This route is sure to ensure desirability and authenticity of the candidates.
The girls are raw hands. Except the little educational background, they know
nothing else. They need to be trained. Maniyam plans to set up a training
centre at Hassan with hostel facilities for new hires. He even hires Anil, an
MBA from UK, to head the training centre.
All is set. It is bright day in October 2006. MD and the newly
hired VP-HR came to Hassan from Bangalore. 50 principals from different parts
of the nine districts also came on invitation from Maniyam and Anil.
Discussions, involving all, go on upto 2 PM. At that time, MD and VP-HR ask
Maniyam to meet them at the guest house to discuss some confidential matter.
In this meeting, Maniyam is told that his style of
functioning does not jell with the culture of HSS. He gets the shock of life.
He responds on expected by submitting his papers.
Back in his room, Maniyam wonders what has gone wrong.
Probably, the VP-HR being the same age as he is, is feeling jealous and
insecure since the MD has all appreciation for the concept and the way things
are happening. Maniyam does not have regrets. On the contrary he is happy that his
concept is being followed though he has been sacked. After all, HSS has already
hired 500 girls. With Rs 3,000 plus a month each, these girls and their parents
now find it easy to find suitable boys.
made the MD change his mind and go against Maniyam? What role might the VP-HR
have played in the episode?
What would you do if you were Maniyam?