(One hour later- 10:00 AM)
“Ping…” – Office Internal Communicator.
Ishanth heard a sound and when he looked at the monitor, he saw a group ping from his manager.
“Hi Team. Good Morning.”
Everyone else in the team responded to it wishing the manager back. Ishanth is just staring at it without even wishing the manager back. He is waiting to understand the context of this group conversation. He is well aware that most of the group conversations initiated by his manager leaves no important message to the team. Only this time it is something important. Something not only the team but also every employee of the organization is waiting to hear.
“Team, the most awaited day is here and the much awaited list is now reached my Inbox few seconds back. We all shall quickly get connected through video conference in next 15 minutes. I will be sending you the meeting invite right away.” Ishanth’s manager pinged the team in the group conversation.
Ishanth along with fellow teammates reached the video conference room and got seated. Video conference just got started and all other team mates across various locations got connected. Everyone is so eager to hear the results and are waiting for their manager to speak.
Mr. Thyagarajan M, Senior Manager – Projects is basically from Pune and so manages all the projects and operations from Pune location. He travels to other locations every now and then to meet his teams. At around 10:18 AM, he stepped into the meeting room and got connected to the conference by dialling the bridge code.
At IT offices, every conference room is generally equipped with two large display televisions, a high resolution camera and a microphone. Out of the two large screen televisions, one projects the other locations live stream and the other one projects any presentations or videos used for the conference. After wishing all his teammates, he started prepping for the conference by connecting his IBM laptop to the presentation projection adaptor available there.
He barely glanced at the display which is projecting the live stream of other locations. The first thing Mr. Thyagarajan noticed is the eagerness of each of their faces and also their eyes which are filled with anxiety. Even though he knew that everyone is waiting to hear the promotion results, he planned to take up the conference with updates on one of the critical project the team is working on for last 18 months.
“Hi Team, I know you all are so eagerly waiting to hear the results. I could mark that on your faces. Even I am so eager to speak out the results. I received the mail some 30 mins back. But, in this meantime, I also had another important mailer. I own both the mailers opened on my screen. One mailer is regarding the promotion list and the other one is about a critical update on the major project which you all were working from last 1 year. Tell me which one you want me to talk about.?”
Even though Mr. Thyagarajan knew that the team wants to know about the promotion list first, he tried to add a little bit of tension to them by starting the conference talking about the updates on the project. The moment he read those words, most of the team members who were connected from various locations shouted that they want to hear about the promotions list first. Their voices clubbed all together created a little piece of noisy environments. With that, he very well understood that all of them wants him to talk about promotions first and project later.
“Ok. Ok. I get it now. I will go with the promotion mailer first. I will be reading out the names one by one from the list” said Mr. Thyagarajan opening the promotion mailer that he had received from HR(Human Resources) team. He paused the projection to make sure that the team will not sneak peak into the list before he speak out the names.
“So, team. Here we go with the people who made it through this time. M. Harsha from Koltaka location got promoted to Senior Architect. Congratulations Mr. Harsha.”
“Thank you so much I thank all my team mates who supported me and especially my lead who is a continuous support for me right from the start of this project” said Harsha who is connected to video conference from Kolkata location.
“Next we have Rupali from Hyderabad. She got promoted to Business Analyst from JBA. Congratulations Rupali.” – said Mr. Thyagarajan wishing her through the conference bridge.
The same process repeated for each of the names he read out from the list. Every time he read out a name, the one who got promoted started speaking about their experiences thanking each of them who helped them all the way to make this happen. As this is happening, it added more tension to Ishanth. But, as like every time he made sure that it dint appear on his face. He knows very well how to hide his emotions or feelings inside and no one could ever make out from his face what he is feeling inside.
Mr. Thyagarajn started asking each of them what would be their next step and how are they planning to achieve it. And every one answered it in their own way.
At around 11:00 AM, it was Ishanths turn. Mr. Thyagarajan spoke out his name and everyone shouted out loud making more noise. Not only Ishanth, everyone else in the team is so eager to hear his name. All of them are pretty sure that he will come through this time. The moment he heard his name, Ishtanth felt relaxed immediately and gave a smile.
“So, Ishanth. How are you feeling?” – Mr. Thyagarajan.
“First of all thank you Thyaragajan. And yes, it obviously feels safe when you are promoted no doubt in that. The same way I am feeling happy. I was actually waiting for this moment since last 3 months.”
“That moment finally arrived bringing a lot of happiness in you. That’s pretty good. So what are your plans next? How are you planning your next step?”
“I am resigning.” – Ishanth.
Guess the story: Why did Ishanth say that he is resigning?
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