Bhagavad Gita and Employee Performance Management




Bhagavad Gita

No work stains a man who is pure, who is in harmony, who is master of his life, whose soul is one with the soul of all.




The Five Factors To Be Harmonised

There are five factors that go into the execution of work. They are the ego, physical and mental faculties, inhibit values and external forces (karta, adhitanam, karanam, cheshtah, and daivam respectfully). Unless one takes into consideration all these factors and works for their harmonious development, the worker remains a disoriented and disintegrated person, incapable of knowing, developing and executing his group-oriented work (dharma).



Enjoyable Work as the Key To Self-Motivation

Vedanta says, “The individual is essentially divine, and vast potentialities are latent in each soul.”
The worker, in his essential nature, is the atman, the ever-creative, ever-fresh, eternal source of youthful energy and intelligence. It is only when the worker enjoys his work, regardless of the immediate material rewards, that he can touch this source of inner freshness whereby work becomes supremely enjoyable. In other words, the worker is self-motivated.



Bhagavad Gita

Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.  >>>



Find a Fit with the Innate Nature of a Worker

In order to make work enjoyable, the worker should be able to identify the work and mode of training that fits his innate nature which is composed of combination of the three characteristics (gunas) – creativity (sattva), activity (rajas), and intertia (tamas). A recruitment and training programme which employs this paradigm of thought can understand and communicate better with the Indian mind.




Work Culture

People are restless without work and they are generally group-oriented. They enjoy group activities, chipping in their individual mire. It is this gregariousness of the individual and his zest for work which is to be tapped.




The Four Nuances of Work

1. Karma is individual work.
2. Dharma is group-oriented work.
3. Svadharma is group-oriented individual work.
4. Yajnakarma means dedicated, egoless, group-oriented individual work.

Prosperity and peace occur when society engages in yajnakarma.

These ideas are embedded in the collective mind of society and need to be refreshed and reemployed to communicate a healthy work culture and values.