The Answer Lies in Integration

Constructive Conflict and the Workplace

Impropriety and unethical treatment at the workplace leaves young employees in a tricky position—suffer silently or speak up and jeopardise one’s career.

The real world is very harsh!” I had always wondered if this was just the opinion of pessimists or an actual fact. The idealist in me always believed the former, until one day, I stepped into the “real world.” I was among 15 trainees who had been selected by the top-most consultancy firm in India. It was my first job, and I was beaming with enthusiasm and hope. After a training programme in Delhi, all of us were assigned mentors who helmed specific projects.

As destiny would have it, the head of Human Resources (HR) Mr B, opted to mentor me. He was working from home after an accident had rendered him temporarily immobile, so I met him at his home office. The introduction went well. Mr B suggested that given my educational background, I should aspire to be a civil servant. Unsure where this was coming from, I told him that I was not interested, and he was visibly surprised.

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