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Does your Workplace Value your Opinion?

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Does your Workplace Value your Opinion?

Having worked in three different sectors (aviation, education, and telecommunication) and four different organisations, working at UpGrad came to me as a cultural shock.
Most of the big companies have a set hierarchy, rules and instructions. You have a lot of resources at your disposal, which according to me, limit your learning experience as you don’t learn by doing things. If you have an idea, you spend months on months discussing it with your bosses or their bosses which becomes frustrating. You have very little authority or visibility, especially if you join at the bottom of the organisation, as a fresher. Irrespective of the field of work, entry-level jobs are pretty similar:

  • You are assigned a specific task.
  • You are expected to complete the given task and be predictable in your approach.
  • You are supposed to do the same work day in and day out and the growth or learning curve moves at snail’s pace.

What I like about UpGrad is the feeling of close community and collaboration which I have not experienced in other organisations. I feel that when companies grow exponentially they lose their unique identity and shared values. Instead at UpGrad, there is a sense of free-spiritedness and flexibility, the feedback is direct and you get recognised for good work through rewards and recognition, townhall mentions (being appreciated for your work in front of the entire organisation), team lunches, etc.
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UpGrad believes in building a community by stressing the importance of listening and taking action. The organisation has an open-door policy and you will always have someone or the other to listen to your woes and provide solutions, unlike other organisations which only see their employees as a means to achieve their end goal: revenue.
The company stresses the importance of celebrating even the smallest of accomplishments with one and all (it throws some great parties!) The perception that a corner office or a big cubicle makes you better than someone in the hall does not exist here (it doesn’t have any compartmentalised offices, so I am not sure what that makes us!)

Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.
– Henry Ford

UpGrad gives you scope to do something more, something different every day. It gives you an opportunity to experiment using your skills and strengths. It’s a place where your opinion matters and you have a sense of doing something bigger than your everyday tasks.
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In the end, I would like to say that UpGrad as an organisation believes in the immense power of building a healthy community at work because they know that is how they will deliver what they stand for, i.e; Building careers of tomorrow.

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Mishtha Wadhwa

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Mishtha Wadhwa is a Student Success Manager at UpGrad. She's responsible for analyzing, guiding and helping learners to progress and complete the course.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1 How can you share your opinion at your workplace?

Voicing your opinion at your workplace could sometimes be the hardest thing to do. When you stand against the majority, your problem begins to come at you. Moreover, voicing against your boss could put you in their bad books too. Therefore, it is important to find the most effective way to share your opinion while you are at your workplace. Start with the art of listening. Listen to everyone at the table, and once they are all done, step forward to speak. Listening is an excellent underrated skill. Plus, when you listen to everyone, you can collectively point out your opinion and approach. Also, when you listen, you gain a perspective on the subject. This helps the workplace professionals understand that you have been hearing them and are taking their inputs positively.

2How does keeping a positive attitude help in the workplace?

It is best to know the situation you are in before you start a conversation. Saying no or disagreeing with the subject isn’t the correct way to approach a talk at the table. Your colleagues or manager could take them as negative implications and might not want to listen to you any further. The best way to put your voice is by telling them you understand. Once they do, you can then share your perspective. That is a sign of a healthy conversation. When you treat everyone in your workplace with immense respect, you are automatically entitled to it.

3When should you remain silent?

Under rare circumstances, it is best to not voice your opinion. Although the venue decides how prudent you should be, it is nice to remain silent in situations that do not demand an unpopular opinion. It could be a department meeting or a general announcement. Your opinion may attract strong reactions. Speaking is important, but you should have an eye for the right audience. If you think your opinion is dissenting, it is appropriate to not convey them at all.

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