Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I Respect GE for 'Imagination At Work'

If you get to enter the GE Office on Cambridge Road in Bangalore, do this – at the ground floor, instead of taking the elevator to wherever you are headed, take the stairs next to the elevator and go to the basement (on the pretext of collecting your Welcome Kit of course…what procedure is this! YOU have to collect YOUR own Welcome Kit? I mean, YOU have to welcome YOURSELF? Well, it is that way in my company too :-) ).

Anyway, get to the basement and right where the stairs end you will see the Mail Room, where all the mail comes (obviously!), where the printer is and from where the Welcome Kit and Coffee Mugs are issued (the latter was really my focus when I got there…I am a software person after all…stimulants have to be second nature to me!). It is more or less the facilities hub of GE.

I don’t know what reputation GE holds in the Indian corporate environment, among the masses and frankly I don’t even care. If they saw what I saw, I am sure it would affect their opinions.

The Mail Room of that GE office is manned by a special person, in the real sense of the word...the Mail Room is manned by a spastic person.
I have no words to express how I felt upon seeing, let’s call this person V, there. As I collected the Welcome Kit, I had the most normal of conversations with V, who sat there in that formal dress with the GE tag around the neck akin to most software employees. There was so much confidence and authority in the way V talked and ordered the office boy about. And it was nice to see that.

GE has set a paramount example in equality by giving V the right to work with them. GE has shown that it looks beyond what meets the eye. GE has embodied its tagline – ‘Imagination At Work’ by going an extra mile, employing V and respecting him.
And I respect them for that.