“I quiT” – Episode @3


“That moment finally arrived bringing a lot of happiness in you. That’s good. So, what are your next plans? How are you planning your next step?”

“I am resigning.” – Ishanth.

Some of them laughed when they heard that reply from Ishanth. Ishanth is a fun guy who plays well with comic lines every now and then. When he said that he is resigning, they thought that he just said those words to create a little fun at the conference.

When he heard that, Ishanth looked at everyone. He doesn’t understand why everyone is laughing. He is trying to speak out and continue his conversation. But then he is not getting a chance as everyone is laughing out continuously.

“Ha Ha Ha” Mr. Thyagarajan also laughed out loud for Ishanth’s words. “That’s funny Ishanth. Now let’s get to the point.”

“I know most of you will think that it’s funny. But, this is not funny, I am serious. I am resigning” said Ishanth with little louder voice.

All of a sudden the entire conference room turned silent. It was so silent that we could even hear the sound of the air coming out from the air conditioner blower. None of them spoke out; all the people who were connected to the conference bridge from various locations remained silent without uttering a word. They ran into shock when they heard those words from Ishanth.

Thyagarajan looked at all the locations live stream, everyone is so serene. All of them are waiting for either Thyagarajan or Ishanth to speak out. All of them are in confusion whether to take Ishanth’s words for granted or whether he is attempting to get some play in conference as usual.

To break the silence and to continue the conference, “Ishanth, what are you talking?” – Mr. M. Thyagarajan asked Ishanth.

“Thyagarajan I am serious. I am not making fun here” replied Ishanth doing something with his cell phone.

“Ishanth enough, I think you should stop it here” one of Ishanth’s team mates said to Ishanth with a low voice.

“Thyagarajan, can you please check your Inbox, you would have received a mail from the app by this time.”

The moment he heard those words from Ishanth, Mr. Thyagarajan unlocked his laptop and refreshed his Inbox. As this is happening, the team set about discussing within themselves.

“All the teams, can I have your attention?” said Mr. Thyagarajan seeking the attention of the team members. “He is not joking. He submitted his resignation to the department. I received mail from the Human Resources portal.”

The entire conference became silent. They understood that Ishanth is not joking and it is true that he submitted his resignation when he heard that he got promoted. A question arose in everyone why he did he do like that. Ishanth is a talented and dynamic personality who completes his tasks in no time. They all ran into shock when it was confirmed that Ishanth resigned. They never anticipated that he will present his resignation on a day like this that too the very next moment upon hearing the news that he got kicked upstairs.

“Ishanth. What happened? Why did you acquire such a decision?” – Thyagarajan.

“Thyagarajan. I will explain. I will explain in detail” saying these words looking at Thyagarajan on the screen, Ishanth stood up from his chair to catch every ones attention.

Some of them, who are still in their internal discussions, dint notice this. Noticing this, “Can I have all of your attention please?” said Ishanth with so much command in his voice.

Conference rooms again turned silent. Everyone started looking at Ishanth. All of them are so eager to know what he will speak. They want to understand the reason behind his resignation.

“Good evening everyone. I know that you all want to know the reason behind my resignation. Before I share with you the reason, I want to know the answers to some of my questions. I will be taking some of you these questions.”

With these lines from Ishanth, everyone stared at him with anxiety. People who got promoted forgot their happiness, people who didn’t promoted forgot their sorrow and who didn’t get the results yet, forgot their curiosity. Everyone’s attention is on Ishanth.

“Can somebody tell me when was the last time all our teams across locations had a video conference like this?”

“Two months back” one of the team mate replied.

“All right. Can you tell me what the team count was that time?” – Ishanth.

It took few seconds for people in the room to think and respond. And in the meantime, Mr Thyagarajan replied “47 people across all locations.”

“What is the team count now?”

“46.”

“Okay. What happened to that 47th person?”

“She resigned.”

“All right. Do any of you remember how many people moved out from our team in the last 8 months?” – Ishanth.

“3 people.”

“Does anyone in this room know why did they resign?”

None of them uttered a word out when Ishanth asked that question. But, Thyagarajan replied.

“Ishanth. Why are you living in the past? Everyone had their own reason. One got a job in Govt. sector, one wants transfer to another location, and so on. I don’t think we should talk about this right now.”

“We have to discuss Thyagarajan. We have to discuss it. And we have to do it right now, in this conference room” replied Ishanth with loud voice adding a little bit of control in it. “I want each of you to know why they gave up. What reasons or factors forced them to abandon the company?”

“We don’t have time to learn from their stories Ishanth” replied Thyagarajan trying to drop the conversation.

“Mr. Thyagarajan, please sit down. Don’t break this now.”

@HeatingUp

Guess the story: Guess the reasons behind?

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