The debate about which is the most demanding and stressful working environment is pretty common among professionals. In India in particular, the discussion about the work environment and work culture along with comparisons between the working conditions at different organization and the benefits being offered is pretty common. Adding fuel to this discussion is the impending festive season, which is all set to make a grand entrance to the City of Joy. Most of these debates and clash happen between the IT and the Non-IT organizations. While there are a plethora of private organizations which fall under the ambit of IT sector, a big part of non-IT sector organization comprises of the Government organizations and the banking and insurance sector. With the state government in Bengal declaring additional days off for the festive season, the debate is going to get hotter.
Those employed in the IT sector, mainly those who are frequenting the Salt Lake Sector V and New Town areas certainly have a tough time balancing their personal and professional life. As Kajal, an employee of Ingenious Minds Consultants Pvt. Ltd., a private IT organization, puts it, “The work pressure is certainly there. It’s much more than that of the Government jobs and there are added responsibilities as well.” The feeling is pretty much the same all through the IT sector. While they are definitely high-paying jobs, there are deadlines to be met and very little scope for error. Additionally, having to take care of projects of off-shore clients, the IT professionals often face situations when they have to work for long hours to ensure delivery of the project in time. The difference in the culture of the client might even threaten to encroach into the festive holidays. However, that’s not the case for all. Pushpendu, colleague of Kajal and working in a different process within the organization mentioned that their company always makes sure that when it’s time for a break, there is no mention of any work. All that has to be done is completed before going for the break. Overtime working might have to be accommodated to ensure that the client’s interest is not compromised because of festival breaks.
The non-IT sector employees can hardly counter the argument of having to deal with the excessive workload, especially those who are employed in Government offices. The workload is distributed all over the year making sure nothing disturbs the holidays. The scenario is quite similar across the country where Government job is considered among the most secure and relaxing of all, barring a few specialised jobs at the highest level of administration. However, we must not forget about the other organizations which fall under the ambit of the non-IT sector. Banking, insurance and other marketing and sales related jobs mostly make into this list. Even though most of them have quite relaxing holidays, the workload and responsibilities are there as well. Monthly, quarterly and yearly targets often keep them running about all through the year.
The clash between IT and non-IT is one that is going to last long. But, it can be rightly said that professionalism is prevalent in both the segments – whether it is time for festival or not.