Gone are the days when IT professionals used to jump at any given opportunity to visit U.S. After the 2008 recession cost-cutting has become number one agenda in all major IT firms. Like I shared in one of my previous posts, corporate companies have already done their fair deal of cutting – from employee head to toilet paper. Now the new season of recession soon arriving, companies are bracing themselves for a second round of extreme cost-cutting measures.
This time they have their eyes on trimming down the daily wages paid to employees posted on off-shore duties abroad – especially for employees visiting U.S. Companies who used to pay 50$ a day (excluding accommodation) are cutting it down to 35$ and less.
Just imagine, in a country like U.S an average Indian meal would cost around 8 – 10 $. How can our people manage four meals a day at just 35 $? And also, people visiting U.S do not just want to go there, work, and come back. They do want to visit tourist attractions, play in a casino, dance in a pub and perhaps get cozy with a babe?! Well, but where’s the money?
My advice to all IT firms who are hell-bend on saving a few dough; please give your employees a guitar when they are visiting U.S – at least your employees can raise some money on their own by singing in street corners after their work and make some extra cash to realize their dreams. I know you would not want to increase the daily wages, but you can do this.
My advice to employees; hey, please get yourself a towel or a hat (c’mon you can’t expect your company to provide everything), and learn the song ‘What a wonderful world’- I heard Americans really like positive attitude!!