Work is fun!
"Do you enjoy working?"
I consider work to be fun by its nature. There are challenges in front of you, you solve them with your best effort and abilities, and you enjoy its "aftertaste." Many challenges keep coming, enabling you to enjoy different aftertastes which makes you grow and makes work fun.
On the other side, the tough situation is when you don't have work to do. For instance, when I started this venture company and business was not picking up, I couldn't find things to do, and I still remember it being very vacant and mentally tough.
Recently, we experienced a similar case.
Our colleagues in India were suffering from a work-less situation. They worked hard but progress was minimal, and there weren't so many potential customers. Last summer, there was a person who decided to leave our company in India and I thought something was wrong. I went there, listened to their complaints, and found the situation quite serious.
Although work culture in India has an embedded seniority system, respecting elders, and obedience to seniors, I insisted they work in a friendly style based on equality. That was a big mistake. Everyone became someone else's boss, except the most junior member who took everyone else's commands. That was when I decided to visit India every month to fix the issue.
So, what did I exactly do?
I set a line of command with a proper structure. The priority lied in implementing e-Jan culture in a remote area. So, I asked Mr. K, who has been our employee since 2005, to be the president of the operation there. At the beginning of organization-building, the president should not be absent from the office, specifically because implementing a new culture is impossible without physically being there. So, I also asked Mr. K to relocate to the office in Bangalore from his local town, where he worked remotely.
As the president, Mr. K has become extremely busy. When he faces problems, he comes to me and we discuss the issues, one by one. We were lucky to have a newly developed product and got a purchase order for its installation. The same thing applied to sales, so we decided to set up a system to approach potential customers.
Gradually, things got better in India. With a positive attitude in a sound organization, members each take responsibility and contribute to others, and work itself becomes more fun. "Problems" or "issues" are an opportunity for growth, both personally and as an employee. As we have more cases to close, we have become more proactive. The more activities we have, the better the atmosphere at the organization. Yes, work is fun!