That people are anxious about pink slips shows in the way Delhi’s rush hour has moved up by about 45 minutes, an indication that latecomers are no longer being tolerated.
Coming in before time seems to be the order of the hour as commuter Nisha Tiwari notes, “When I left home at 8.30 two months ago, the roads were empty, now it seems to be rush hour even at 8.30 am.” Rush hour patterns have changed on the Delhi Metro too. Anuj Dayal, PRO, says, “When we started in 2002, the peak rush hour would be around 9.15 am to 10.15 am. These days, on an average, it starts at 8.30 am and continues till noon.”
In a worldwide survey of senior HR professionals done by the law firm Sweetly Bircham LLP, in collaboration with King’s College London, it was found that poor attendance was one of the major reasons why people got fired in these times of economic downturn.
Employees have taken note of the stricter HR policies and started coming to work not only on time, but a little earlier, if possible. Some have even postponed their holidays, in case that is held against them when their work is reviewed.
Neha Kapoor, a 25-year-old marketing manager with a media house, says, “Earlier, the timings were quite relaxed. If the reporting time was 9 am, then [coming in at] 9.30 am was quite acceptable. Now there’s a new system where our punch-in timings directly reach the headquarters. This has been done to keep a direct check on the employees. So, I’d rather reach office 15 minutes early than come late.”
Journalist Anusha Chaturvedi, who is in her third job, says the layoffs in her organisation have given rise to “a sense of insecurity. My colleagues and I have started coming to office on time or even earlier,” she says.