Ashish Sharma, National Institute of Technology, Surat Alumnus — There is No Respect Associated with ‘Sir/Madam’ Greetings, We are Just Habituated to Follow it
Ashish Sharma, the founder and president of Socio Apps (http://www.socioapps.in) understandingly supports No Sir No Madam heed. Socio Apps is a Non-profit Organization focusing on developing technology, for enabling individuals to successfully contribute for good causes effectively. He is also part of the team that has developed SecureMeApp (http://securemedevices.com).
Ashish is a bachelor of mechanical engineering from the prestigious National Institute of Technology (NIT), Surat. He has headed various ventures before realizing the need to develop a platform to counter social stigmas via advance technology.
Ashish has implemented No Sir No Madam doctrine in his organization. He believes that No Sir No Madam convention creates comfort; Whereas, salutation edict builds the difference between two people. Moreover, it also enables you to connect personally and build strong as well as long-lasting bonds with people.
He shares the example of his team member who was also his junior in college. Ashish vocalizes, “I hired one of my juniors who was a friend. However, initially he used to address me as ‘Sir’, as he was working for me. I had to inform him to refer me by my first-name. He continues to be an integral part of our team, and we converse about things other than work too. Additionally, he is always there to help me and deal with technical or personal problems.”
Ashish has tried to instill first-name custom even while he was working for corporate organizations. Ashish opines that a lot of private-sector companies have now started adopting No Sir No Madam tradition.
However, on the contrary, some of the public sector employees still continue to adhere to salutation edict. Ashish remarks — It is mandatory to refer the bureaucrats with a salutation as they take offense to be addressed by their first-name. Consequently, they display their anger towards people by ignoring their work.
It is unfair to the general public that they have to stick to such unwarranted rules and customs set by government employees. People should be able to converse with others, irrespective of their designation in a respectful yet, comfortable manner. However, Ashish conveys that a lot of public office administrators are now letting go of the ‘babu’ culture.
Furthermore, he advocates that people from all sections of society deserve to be respected fairly. Therefore, he emphasizes, even blue-collar jobs should be treated as equal. Salutation tradition has impacted the workers as people disregard them and are biased towards them. Inculcating No Sir No Madam custom while communicating with people from socially backward sections would ensure that they are honored for their work and identity.
“I remember when I was working for Godrej in Mohali, I was assigned with many manufacturing workers. These labourers were not much educated and would address people with a salutation. However, I informed them to address me as Ashish because of which I formed a cordial relation with them. This also enabled me to work efficiently with them as our production per day would be higher than the targets given.”
To make people follow No Sir No Madam decree, it is very important to educate them about it. Ergo, Ashish suggests to teach students about first-name culture in schools. It would help kids to understand to be respectful to others while not subordinating themselves. He conveys that not a lot of schools are doing this. Other schools too should adopt No Sir No Madam heed and exercise it. He shares an experience of his college life where the senior students would make the juniors address them as ‘Sir/Madam’. All these practices are a form of bullying in colleges, which is totally unnecessary.
Moreover, Ashish formed a creative lab in his third year where he instilled No Sir No Madam habit. Students do not have to address anyone with a salutation when they are in that lab. Similarly, we too can take such small initiatives to eradicate disparity and teach people about the benefits of first-name custom.
In conclusion, Ashish speaks “No Sir No Madam smoothens relation. It allows you to form strong bonds with others and understand each other on a personal basis.”