Synopsis: Communication For Productivity
Letters written to some 7500 Workers / Managers / Union Leaders, following a period of strike / Go slow / Murders (1979 - 1987), at Mumbai factory of Larsen & Toubro Ltd. This direct / open / honest communication led to a remarkable atmosphere of trust between Workers and Management, which, in turn, increased productivity at 3% per year (ave).
25 DEC 1980
RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL
The Bible speaks of a father and his two sons.
When the sons grew up to become adults, the father gave each an equal share of his wealth. There was also some fatherly advice on how to make the wealth multiply by working hard.
It so happened that the younger son did not quite heed the advice. He was a happy-go-lucky type of a man and avoided work whenever he could get away with it.
Now that he had money in his hands, to spend as he wished, the younger son left home and started visiting places of pleasure. He squandered away all his money and soon started begging for food. Half-starving, he now realized the good advice of his father but felt too ashamed to go back to him.
Finally, one day he overcame his remorse and returned home. The overjoyed father ordered music and feast to celebrate the event.
When the hard-working elder son returned home from the farm and learned of his father's orders, he was very unhappy and refused to take part in the family reunion. Here he was, toiling away under the blazing sun to preserve and multiply the family-wealth and whose home-coming is being celebrated? - the good-for-nothing vagabond!
It was now the father's task to explain that whereas he had greater respect for the elder one and valuad his work, he loved both sons equally. The rejoicing was to mark the return of the prodigal to the family-fold and to the family tradition of hardwork and respect for the elders. No matter how far he may wander, a child that returns home by evening is not to be considered "Lost".'
On this X-mas day, I wonder if the story has any relevance to our own times and to our own lives !