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Working with inmates of Tihar Jail: What will it take to work with them

Many of you must have read the recent news that all the inmates of Tihar jail getting released in next 6 months have got 100% placement. I was thinking, how will it be if I had to work with them as my colleague, reportee or even a boss. Let me be Share the first few thoughts that flashed my mind :
– First one was whether I would be able to have conversations with them the way I have currently with people at workplace
– Will I be able to confront them with an issue the way I do with people with no criminal background
– Will I be able to treat them with same respect or will their background constantly hover in my thinking
– Will I be able to invite them to get together’s
– Will my family accept them during such get together’s
After an hour or so I got over the above thoughts and said to myself that nobody in this world comes with a plan to do things they did and spend time in jail but it is the circumstances that made them do what they did. If I was born in the environment and circumstances that they were in, I possibly would have done the same.
Once I said this to myself I saw many new thoughts coming to my mind that actually can be of a great advantage to the corporate and let me share them :
– Ability to handle uncertainty. The uncertainty about the future that they go thru during the trial period cannot be matched to any other uncertainty in this world. I see many cribbing about uncertainty of jobs, career because the recession which to me now looks very minuscule when I see their uncertainty.
– Visualizing a positive future. After they get sentenced by the court what keeps them alive and ticking while serving the sentence is a visualization of what they will do once they come out of the jail.
– Living in a confined space. The inmates live in a small space that at times is shared by other inmates but in corporate people ask for bigger cabins, bigger cubicles, corner office, window seat and so on. For sure Facilities Management can have a great time with no complaints from them on this front.
– Live life without any variety. I keep hearing in corporate that the food court has only 7 types of cuisines whereas in the jail there may be only 1 type of cuisine with more or less the same gravy / masala (only occassional change of vegetables) both for lunch and dinner and possibly even for breakfast. We may not need any Food Committees any more in corporate who keep changing the cuisines every few months and still not able to satisfy the demands of employees.
– Adherence to time: There is a fix time in jail for each activity including lunch / dinner and the attendance call. They learn to strictly adhere to time. This can be a great quality that corporate can learn from them as many people take adherence to time in corporate not as seriously.
– Patience: Nobody in the world can have the level of patience they have as all the above qualities cannot be demonstrated without patience.
At the end I would like to say that I look forward to working with a Tihar Jail Inmate and imbibe many of the above qualities from them.
Let me know what thoughts are you having after reading this blog ?

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