When Kondo had joined the workforce, she remembers being a subordinate, both in designation and in her mind. The manager was all-knowing, but things are different today. “In our time, we had no opinion. We were given a task and we did it. Today, people are more ambitious; they have the guts to tell their managers what they do not want to do,” she says. Change in the Indian workforce is happening at the top as much as it is happening at the bottom. “Even for the manager, engaging with the employee has changed,” says Aditya Narayan Mishra, president, staffing at Randstad India. “There needs to be clarity and speed of action.” Sometimes this means letting employees be vocal about their needs.

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