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STORIES OF CHANGE

RAJASHEKAR

Inclusion Works For Business 

by DRF in Story of the Month | July 11, 2017

It’s a routine busy day at the printographics office on Bommanahalli at bangalore. The bustle and the noise of traffic outside are matched by the hum of several machines and photocopies whoosing at highspeed. Totally unmindful of the busyness around, is a serene looking young boy, focusing on a sheet of paper with zen like concentration.

Rajashekar Murthy is a hearing impaired young man who has been working here for close to a year and a half and is extremely popular with his colleagues and supervisor.

A Gentle touch by his HR manager on his shoulder snaps Rajashekar’s attention and he turns to face her with a big smile. She nods, and points to the door and walks ahead and he follows her, but enroute, he makes several pit stops for cheerful hi-fis with colleagues who clearly share a camaraderie with him. Obviously communication is not an issue despite Rajashekar being restricted to his sign language.

Says Printo’s Assistant HR manager Shwetha, who had interviewed Rajashekar before recruitting him “at Printographics we have a very inclusive policy and an open attitude. Rajashekar is a hardworking and cheerful person and in terms of productivity, he can match the best here. I am enthusiastic to work with him and I am trualy proud of him for we aknow we can count on him” Rajashekar too is trilled to be working here. “I love the place” he signs with his hands as our interpreter translates for us. “I am loved here more than my family”

Shweta adds “he has such a winning smile that it is impossible to get angry with him!” and adds “he works well with least supervision or distraction and we have never felt he is less than the others. we are thankfull to Dr. Reddy’s intiative for training him.”

And therein lays the tale of how workplaces that are inclusive and enabling can become heavens of joy and acceptance for people like Rajashekar

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