XAT 2013 Question 35

Instructions

Read the following caselet and choose the best alternative:

It was the end of performance review cycle for the year 2012 when you asked your subordinates about any problems they were facing. Natrajan told you that an important member of his team, Vardarajan, who had also won the best performance award for the year 2011, was not taking interest in work. Despite Natrajan's counseling, no change was noticed in Vardarajan, rather his attitude deteriorated. You had also received such information from other employees. You had not interfered hoping that Natrajan, an experienced hand, would be able to solve the problem. But now that Natrajan himself brought this to your notice, you decided to call Vardarajan and counsel him.

Question 35

Vardarajan did not find his work challenging enough, given below are some steps that could be taken to motivate him:

Solution

Since Vardarajan does not find his work challenging so the first step that should be taken to motivate him will be to give him a more challenging assignment. Next step in the series would be to transfer him from the Projects Department to Training Department so as to give him a change of roles and responsibilities. This may prove to be beneficial as he would get a break from his routine tasks and will have an opportunity to explore new avenues. If all this fails then the best possible thing will be to give him a long break from work and send him on a vacation for two months. This will give him time to for self introspection and he can start afresh when he joins back. Hence, the sequence will be 1,2,3. Statement 4 is irrelevant as Vardarajan is not facing this kind of problem at work.



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