There is a disturbing trend that I see emerging from India that has to do with the way people use their work email.
Every week I receive numerous forwarded email chains that have been forwarded to dozens of people before it pops up in my mailbox. The contents of these emails are jokes, funny incidents and sometimes political rants. A cursory glance before hitting the delete button shows that the people forwarding the chain at some point worked for a lot of big fancy MNCâ€™s.
A few examples.
I got an email which was originally sent out by someone working at Morgan Stanley India. That went to a whole lot of people, one of whom worked at Infosys. He forwarded it to a colleague at SAP India who forwarded it to someone at Merrill Lynch India who forwarded it to my friend who forwarded it to me. This is a typical scenario. On different days of the week the names of the MNCâ€™s may differ. You get the gist.
The email contents are generally
A list of 12 reasons why men are better than women.
- How Malayalis speak English.
- Why food is better than sex.
- Parsi “Bawaji” and “Catlick” Pao jokes et al…
â€¦and dozens of other such similar email topics.
I do not have issues with receiving these and I take them in good humour even when there are Parsi Jokes 🙂
However I find it baffling that people working for these MNCâ€™s actually use their corporate email IDâ€™s to send these emails out.
If the same thing happened in the US and someone from say Merrill Lynch sent out an email about how all Rednecks are stupid (aka Sardarji kinda jokes) the employee would be fired immediately and the company could be sued by any redneck worth his salt.
However the same MNCâ€™s seem to allow this to go on in when they are in India. I am sure there are HR personnel in their India offices too and so are there guidelines.
Is it just a case of us Indians being more tolerant and that extends into the way we use work emails ? Or is it that we are ignorant and do not even realize the implications of this in a globalized world.
If I really had a litigious bent of mind I would sue one or all of the corporations who allowed their employees to use their emails to hurt my Parsi feelings when they forwarded those funny â€œbawajiâ€ jokes. I may not get a lot of money out of it, but surely a lot of publicitiy. And yes if I sue the parent company here in the US, I surely would get a good chunk of money too.
All my friends working for the above mentioned companies here in the US never abuse corporate email while their counterparts in India do.
I wonder what the actual reasons are. If you are working for an MNC, I would like to hear your opinion.