28 Jul 1986
A NON-PRODUCTIVE MACHINE ?
In one corner of the worker's Lunch-room (LR-3) in Powai West, stands a box-like structure. At first glance it looks like a steel cabinet for storing grains - (what else could you store in a canteen?).
But a closer look reveals that it has a 3' X 2' frosted-glass screen, with a slide-projector housed inside.
And, of all the things, it stores information !
On the 22nd of this month, our Chairman, Mr. N.M. Desai came to my cabin and said,
"Let us go and have lunch in the worker's lunch-room today".
During lunch, I pointed out the slide-projector to Mr. Desai and said, "During lunch-period, we propose to show to the diners, slides on
- Productivity (always first on my list! )
- Suggestion-Scheme, etc. etc.
In brief, we propose using this machine for sharing with our employees, all kinds of information about the company's operations.
This projector-machine is going to be the chief instrument of our Project Information Share, because, I believe an informed employee makes a better employee. We will soon have a similar machine in Powai-East worker's lunch-room and next year install similar machines in LR - 2".
While appreciating the idea behind the project, Mr. Desai added,
" I agree. Sharing information about the company is a good idea, and using lunch-break for this purpose may also be a good idea but how about using your machine for a little entertainment as well ?"
I had to agree that this was an even better idea !.
So next day, I handed over. to Inder Sethi (extn: 451), some colour-slides which I had brought during my last visit to Europe and U.S.A.
With economy-drive (and things to follow !) we must confine our sight-seeing to colour-slides at the lunch-table!
So I approach you with a request. If you have any information, about -your departmental operations that you would like to share with employees - at - large, please rush it to me-in the form of tabulations, graphs, pie-charts, etc. We will make a 35mm slide out of it, mention your name on the slide as the "Source" and display it on our "information-machine". Tell us about the positive-trends which you want accelerated, and the negative trends which you want reversed. Give a 3/5 word message to inscribe on the slide.
And you are welcome to send your sight-seeing slides as well -(these, of course, we will return to you in due course).
An unproductive machine ?