AGNOSTIC….

A word frequently used these days.

The Webster’s dictionary defines it as

1 : a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly : one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god

2 : a person unwilling to commit to an opinion about something

And so I get press releases that say Company X,Y,Z is domain-agnostic, while my favourite cousin, who incidentally turned a teen this May, declares “I’m agnostic.”

As used as my ears were to hear agnostic tagged with everything and anything, my poor ears still got a jar when they heard a senior HR manager say, “We are people-agnostic.”

So what did this mean in the context of Webster –

the company was unwilling to commit anything to its people

OR

unwilling to commit its people to anything

or worse, it did not care about its people.

While I’m still trying to figure this out, a few thoughts crossed my mind, and dear reader, I would like your perspective on this:

  • Given the level of attrition companies see this day, is it but fair that they not have fixed affinities/loyalty towards their people (employees) ??
  • Companies should not let their employees feel that the company, its success, its growth depends on its people ??
  • Companies should not nurture or cultivate a policy that makes the employees feel they are the most treasured asset a company has ??
  • Companies should ensure that employees feel or realize they are dispensable akin to a paper tissue ??


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