With the economy growing at a robust pace, employment opportunities are multiplying, particularly in the rural sector, with companies focusing on the untapped potential there. Mint presents a fortnightly column on job prospects in the sector.
I have been working in a medium-sized agriculture inputs company. Many of my colleagues in office have switched two or three jobs in the last two years and are getting double my salary. I am doing well here and want to remain loyal to my employers. What should I do?
You have raised a very pertinent issue. This phenomenon can be termed “loyalty penalty”, and is being observed on a large scale.
There are several issues involved here. If the issue is only salary, you could bring it to the knowledge of your management and seek a hike. In case this does not
work out in your favour and you remain keen to draw a higher salary, you need to evaluate if you are ready to take the risks and uncertainties associated with changing jobs. The risk could pertain to a less interesting assignment coming your way, or you may not have a similar rapport with the new set of superiors, or it may involve relocation?to a place that you or your family may not prefer, etc. In my opinion, in the event that satisfactory salary and responsibility increase are not likely to come in the near future, it may be a good idea to explore job options. Once an opportunity comes your way, you will be in a better position to compare your current and offered packages.
I was happy working in my home town in Chhattisgarh. I got attracted by a big retail organization and I now work in New Delhi. I do not like my peers, and am finding it difficult to adjust. My old employer may not accept me again. Please advise as to what should be my course of action.
This looks like an adjustment problem, or what is known as a culture shock. Focusing on your career may help you take this in your stride. Once you start getting involved in the work given to you, you will automatically start performing. And once you start performing, your rapport with peers will also improve. Having made a move, you may want to focus on your job and everything else will fall in place within four to six months.
Besides, you will also learn to respond to changed circumstances, a lesson that will help you immensely during the rest of your career.
I have a job offer for procurement of fruits and vegetables. However, the company wishes to hire me on the rolls of some consultant. Should I take it up?
This is part of the current trend of outsourcing. More and more companies have begun hiring their workforce through contractors. This is mainly to avoid large-scale recruitment on their rolls, which would permit organizations to pay lower salaries as well as avoid fulfilling several statutory and legal obligations. There is absolutely no harm in going with this trend.
Fruits and vegetables is an upcoming field and it would be worthwhile to gain experience in their procurement, whether directly with the company or through a contractor. Once you gain sufficient experience, you can always move on to larger, reputed organizations in this field.
Ajay Gupta is CEO of ruralnaukri.com. Your career questions are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org