All stories by Shyamal Majumdar
Hinduja squabble: Lessons for business khandaansRediff.com27 Jul 2020
'India is home to the third-largest number of family-owned businesses in the world.' 'While everyone pays lip service to succession planning being entrenched in the functional DNA of family-owned business enterprises, it's still not an area of focus for a lot of family businesses', points out Shyamal Majumdar.
How your workplace will change foreverRediff.com15 May 2020
From properly spaced desks to visual signals, office life is expected to change beyond recognition, predicts Shyamal Majumdar.
COVID-19: Job loss, salary cuts are BIGGEST worriesRediff.com11 Apr 2020
'A large number of people are suddenly waking up to the fear of losing jobs,' says Shyamal Majumdar.
The ugly truth of dying in a sewerRediff.com16 Feb 2020
It's impossible to get the actual number of people dying and not getting compensation but the number is obviously much more than stingy official estimates. In any case, nowhere in the world are people sent inside gas chambers without oxygen cylinders and masks. Unofficial estimates suggest that on an average, one sanitation worker dies every five days all over the country, writes Shyamal Majumdar.
Job losses are inevitable in ITRediff.com7 Jan 2020
'The focus for IT companies will shift from adding scale to building a smaller, more specialised, talent pool with specific domain expertise,' says Shyamal Majumdar.
Why is India Inc so scared all the time?Rediff.com13 Dec 2019
'India Inc has been afraid to criticise the government of the day for many years now, and it is perhaps unfair to blame the current one alone,' says Shyamal Majumdar.
Work: The 888 vs 996 debateRediff.com3 May 2019
Mumbai is the most hard working city in the world. Mumbaikars work for an average of 3,315 hours annually. In comparison, a full-time employee in Beijing works for an average of 2,096 hours a year, says Shyamal Majumdar.
The BIG threat facing the fund housesRediff.com17 Aug 2018
New technologies such as block chain are throwing up new opportunities; so the axe is bound to fall on those who are still stuck in the past and not reskilling themselves, says Shyamal Majumdar.
The 'naughty boy' who runs a hotel empireRediff.com24 Jul 2018
'A heavy tanker takes time to move, but when it starts rolling, it's difficult to stop it,' Indian Hotels CEO Puneet Chhatwal tells Shyamal Majumdar.
Why company auditors are suddenly showing some spineRediff.com19 Jun 2018
While auditors have come in for a lot of praise for their proactive stand against what they perceive to be dodgy practices followed by companies, there is still a long way to go, says Shyamal Majumdar.
Would you say 'open your kimono' at work?Rediff.com13 Jun 2018
Jargon-heavy management bluster is taking over everyday office chat.
Why Aditya Ghosh had to quit IndiGoRediff.com14 May 2018
The founders of IndiGo may have thought it's time to go for a rejig of the top leadership team which can take care of the growing demands of an airline that has grown much bigger than they could have ever imagined, says Shyamal Majumdar.
Mid-career burnout: Don't let office blues ruin your lifeRediff.com3 Apr 2018
A common mistake people make is to believe there is nothing they can do about it
How best to restore India's toxic banks to healthRediff.com24 Mar 2018
The government must set up a Bank Investment Company to shrink its role in PSBs, if we are serious about tackling the two persistent issues - lax corporate governance practices and discretionary decision-making, says Shyamal Majumdar.
How 'forex specialist' Shetty retired as deputy manager at PNBRediff.com6 Mar 2018
A large number of public sector bank employees, as a matter of routine, do not "take" promotions so that they are not transferred out of their hometowns. The eastern region is famous for this, but it is a common practice everywhere, says Shyamal Majumdar.
Gujarat's won, now Mr PM, please fix our biggest problemRediff.com18 Dec 2017
43 months after Modi's election promise that his government would create 10 million jobs, the reality does not paint a pretty picture, warns Shyamal Majumdar.
What IndiGo needs to do to restore its imageRediff.com25 Nov 2017
IndiGo clearly needs to refresh its HR and training manual, says Shyamal Majumdar.
Meet India's highest paid CEORediff.com25 Oct 2017
His compensation in FY17 was more than the combined salaries of the entire boards of TCS, Wipro and Infosys. 'I am a self-made man from a very modest background,' Tech Mahindra's CEO C P Gurnani tells Shyamal Majumdar.
Indian execs paying a high price for life in the fast laneRediff.com17 Oct 2017
Experts say one in every four mental health problems is due to depression and anxiety at the workplace.
Nachiket Mor has his heart in the right placeRediff.com9 Oct 2017
After a 25-year stint at ICICI Bank, Mor suddenly quit as he wanted to add more value in the bigger areas of health care and financial inclusion.
Boomerang CEOs at Infosys: A band-aid solutionRediff.com5 Sep 2017
It's debatable whether going back in time -- twice in a span of four years -- by bringing back a once-proven leader at the top is the correct thing to do when Infosys desperately needs to be made future-ready.
How to fire employees with dignityRediff.com22 Aug 2017
'Demonstrating respect and compassion during exit meetings are important.' 'After all, how you treat people on their way out of the door does not go unnoticed by the rest of your organisation,' says Shyamal Majumdar.
Lesson from Infosys: Fear the founder!Rediff.com8 Aug 2017
Many say N R Narayana Murthy returned to Infosys only because it was floundering. Ironically, that itself can be interpreted as the great man's biggest failure.
Lessons India Inc can learn from the Indian cricket teamRediff.com10 Jul 2017
The Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble fiasco proves that two power centres don't work whether it's Team India or Indian companies, says Shyamal Majumdar.
Job creation: Time is running out for ModiRediff.com27 Jun 2017
Three years after the prime minister's election promise that his government would create 10 million jobs, the emerging picture is not pretty. Employment HAS TO take on a critical status in the government's agenda, says Shyamal Majumdar.
Why Narayana Murthy is angry with InfosysRediff.com9 Jun 2017
The culture clash isn't the only issue - most of the founders are still wary of risky bets while the new management thinks calculated aggression is necessary in the new world of business, says Shyamal Majumdar.
Job losses: Are you in the firing line?Rediff.com29 May 2017
Prospects are grim for many, as humans and organisations aren't keeping up with the pace of technology. Shyamal Majumdar ponders the future of employment.
The loneliness of being a CEORediff.com17 May 2017
Whether they live away from their families or with them, all CEOs struggle with work-life balance, says Shyamal Majumdar.
Do you suffer from nomophobia?Rediff.com23 Jan 2017
Most people have this permanent nervousness about somebody separating them from their smartphones.
What ails the NSE?Rediff.com12 Jan 2017
An exchange which preaches others on governance must start practising it first, says Shyamal Majumdar.
Why realty sector gives nightmares to buyersRediff.com22 Sep 2016
The trust deficit has widened with buyers losing confidence in a developer's ability to construct and deliver a project on time.
Who will benefit from the Child Labour Act, Mr Modi?Rediff.com19 Aug 2016
Amendments to the Child Labour Act say children can work in 'family enterprises' but the definition isn't clear, points out Shyamal Majumdar.
10 million new jobs in textiles to remain a dreamRediff.com22 Jul 2016
The government has to cover a lot of ground if it wants to achieve the target of generating 10 million new jobs in the sector over the next three years, says Shyamal Majumdar.
Accidents: Why blame car makers alone?Rediff.com14 Jul 2016
Indian carmakers will have no option but to manufacture safer cars from October 2017.
How the government mismanaged Rajan's exitRediff.com8 Jul 2016
Even if Modi had wanted Rajan out, the government could have done it with some finesse and tact.
How Renault scored a goal with the KwidRediff.com1 Jul 2016
How did the Kwid become an Indian success story?
Why MTNL should shut shopRediff.com17 Jun 2016
For FY16, MTNL's standalone net loss was over Rs 2,000 crore.
Gender pay gap: Who's to be blamed?Rediff.com20 May 2016
India, in fact, sees the highest drop in representation of women from junior to middle-level positions, says Shyamal Majumdar.
'Copying global templates won't work in India'Rediff.com10 May 2016
'My mantra is simple. If a customer demands something, we have to deliver at the speed he wants. No customer will wait for us. That is where local top-quality talent comes in,' says the MD of Bosch India.
How the companies plan to keep their employees happyRediff.com22 Apr 2016
Employers are completely off track if they think money and flexible timing alone are the motivators.