The family is the primary focus for the average Indian employee.
All other tasks in a routine day are tied to the family somehow.
Whether providing food, or perhaps just a small gift, an Indian worker's
life revolves around his or her family. Family also provides connections
for jobs and even aids religion in determining social standing.
The educational level of Indians, as seen in the Statistics section
of this website, is very low. Not many fields of employment in India
are very technical, and those that are highly technical employ very few
workers. Those few workers gain the vast majority of the education
the Indian government is capable of providing. The rest of the workers
of India must make due by learning on the job, or learning from friends
or family members.
The economy of India is rather poor. Rather than sitting
back and waiting for foreign aid, however, the Indian worker goes out and
makes a living with what he or she can. When the job market is depressed
and jobs are unavailable, the poor usually do favors for the wealthy or
influential in the hopes that their religious beliefs of kharma will indeed
deliver a return for them.
The realm of the rich and powerful, politics is limited to a few
very elite families. The vast majority of India does not have the
benefit of running for political office, no matter what the official form
of government may be. To do so without the permission of local politicians
is seen as disrespectful, and is usually met with strong reprisals.
Religions, as can be seen in many of the posts on this website,
plays an integral part in the everyday life of the Indian worker.
Focusing on the reward in next life, as a result of the good actions in
this one, Indians tend to keep religious worship a high priority.
India has many association, ranging from local worker's unions
to national humans rights and preservationist organizations. These
organizations are heavily populated with the same rich and influential
families that the Indian political arena hosts, and thus tend to have very
coordinated, efficient, effective efforts and goals on the international
Not much attention is paid to the health of the average Indian.
While health initiatives are in existence, organizations such as the Red
Cross have difficulty aiding the mass of people that need medical attention.
The fact that malnutrition is so prevalent also does not help the situation
at all. Without proper nutrition, the same problems occur again after
they have already been cured.
Not much time is left for recreation. What little time can
be devoted, though, usually includes religious retreats and family activities.
Games similar to basketball and soccer are prevalent, and are not seen
as very competitive activities. Rather, recreational activities are
seen as a reward for hard work and dedication, and are highly respected
India has changed in many ways over its long existence, but many
of its old habbits are still widely-practiced throughout the nation.
The following is what the average Indian accepts according to Hofstede's
Value Dimensions as a guide:
1. Power Distance - Authority figures are respected and trusted.
The manager's religious piety in past lives and hard work in the current
one are recognized and treated in a very humbling manner.
2. Uncertainty Avoidance - Indians are balanced in this dimension.
While they attempt to influence their next life through the actions of
this one, they truly do not know what will happen. Striving for betterment
is certainly an aspect of the average Indian's personality, and as thus,
their uncertainty avoidance would be considered high.
3. Collectivism - The average Indian finds peace in groups. Respect
for fellow employees as well as the hope for personal betterment drive
workers to work together for a common good.
4. Masculinity - Indians tend to be providers. Not necessarily
for themselves, but for those around them, especially their families.
The ability to provide and nurture others is shown great respect in the
Indian culture, and is a measure of a person's social status in a community.