Has religion and rituals contributed anything to the ?corporate behaviour? of the man in the corporate world? Corporate is a place, largely believed and understood to be ruled by the professionals and professionalism, business interest and pragmatic thinking, planning and achievements etc., Hence, the room for religion, religious faiths and practices are expected to be completely absent in the corporate. This is what is popularly believed about the corporate culture in general but such beliefs are far from truth.

People in the most corporate are highly religious at their gene level. The expression is seen less does not mean people are a-religious and professionals in the corporate setup. In every conduct of their behaviour, we can see the effect and impact of the religion. People in the corporate across the globe do carry religion in their behaviour and in their leadership approach as well.

Animal sacrifice in the places of worship is well known to mankind. All religions, whether it is Christianity, Islam, Hindu etc., have been practicing animal sacrifice in one form or other. The genesis of such practice has its roots in pleasing and appeasing the god in order to get the blessings. To get rid of the evils also, animal sacrifices are practiced.

Animal sacrifice is considered as the highest form of offerings where one can please the god easily as well as nullify the effects of evils.

Look at the corporate setup closely. There used to be several commotions and wars do break up in most corporate. Whenever things go wrong, the people move from pillar to post to spot a ?sacrificial goat?. Once such a goat is identified, in a well orchestrated manner, the person identified will be blamed for the entire chaos and put him onto a cross.

It is the religious faith that the sacrifice will help one to minimize the effects of evils kindles such behaviour of people in corporate. The same behavioural trait only hence compels the corporate man to hunt a sacrificial goat.

Once the goat is sacrificed, no one needs to take up the blame for the failure of a project. The top management in most corporate appreciates the people who have identified the sacrificial goat with a notion that the goat was the cause for the failure of the entire project. In a sense, the ?offering of a sacrificial goat? has given its benefit to the ?givers? in the corporate.

Interestingly, whether such animal sacrifices in the place of worship are really doing any good to the believers or not, it helps the corporate people a lot to hide their mistakes and also to receive the pleasantries from the top management. Ironically, the single man driven corporate is the one that suffers the worst from such cult of people.

Such practices are very common among boss-subordinates, at peer level and at intra department functions. Most of the a-religious men in corporate are highly religious and do all religious practices to get their dividends, may be without the knowledge.

How to control it? It can be controlled only by knowing it. The corporate leaders must develop intelligence and ingenuity to the fact that no single man can cause such a total damage to any project. Once such truth is cognized, no one will dare to come to ?the alter? with another goat for sacrifice in future.

Ironically, the HR in most corporate is competent in all other functions in the corporate except its own. Make them competent in knowing various aspects that influence the human mind and human activity.

Dr S Ranganathan, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd.

Learn more from the management book ? ?Jungle wisdom for corporate management ? lessons from university of nature? by Swami Sukhabodhananda and Dr S Ranganathan

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