“I quiT” – Episode @21

(01:47 PM)

After the lunch, everyone returned to their desks and resumed their work. When Ishanth turned on his monitor, he saw Quadhar’s message on his inter-office communicator. When he saw that, he immediately went to Quadhar’s desk.

“Hello Quadhar” said Ishanth and sat in the chair.

“Hi Ishanth.”

“I saw your message and so came here running. What happened Quadhar?”

“I guess you heard the info that Uthrani submitted her resignation.”

“Yes Quadhar, she explained us just now during lunch time.”

“All right. She will be moving out in max 7 to 10 days. I am working on my plan to release her as fast as we can. Few minutes back, me and Thyagarajan had a discussion on that.”

“Okay.”

“As part of that, you may need to take up Uthrani’s tasks.”

“What? I should take up Uthrani’s tasks?”

“Yes Ishanth. Meher is a junior, he cannot handle and so Thyagarajan decided to assign them to you.”

“But Quadhar, look at the load of work I am currently handling. I am working late nights which you know I don’t like at all. But, I am doing it just to avoid working on weekends. Or else I would not have done even that.”

“Ishanth, I know about you. But, here you have to understand that this is Thyagarajan’s decision.”

“Whatever it may be, I cannot take it up Quadhar. I am telling you this right from day 1, I don’t like taking up that project. I am not interested in that maintenance activity. I am sorry. If you want, I can talk to Thyagarajan and settle this down.”

“Okay Ishanth. Better do that now, he is forcing me to assign additional tasks to you and I am not left with any other choice.”

“It’s okay Qudhar. Don’t worry about it, I will speak with him.”

“Okay Ishanth. And, the other important news is that we will be on-boarding two additional junior resources into our team.They will operate from Bengaluru location. And regarding assigning tasks to you, if you deny, then maybe we have to assign this project to one of them. You may have to speak with Thyagarajan.”

“Okay Thanks Quadhar. I will speak with him” said Ishanth and started moving out from Quadhar’s cabin.

When he just started moving out, Quadhar called Ishanth back and “Hey Ishanth. Wait for some time; let me talk to Thyagarajan for one more time. If he is still not intending to change plans, then you can talk to him directly.”

“Okay Quadhar” said Ishanth and went back to his work desk.

Quadhar had some thoughts running in his mind and so he stopped Ishanth from speaking with Thyagarajan.

(02:57 PM)

After Ishanth left of his cabin, Quadhar worked for sometime and then went to Thyagarajan’s cabin to discuss about the next steps.

“Hi Thyagarajan. Good afternoon.”

“Good afternoon Quadhar. Sit down.”

“Thyagarajan. I have devised a plan.”

“Oh. Good.”

“Shall I start explaining?”

“Yeah sure Quadhar.”

Quadhar started explaining about the plan he prepared for the next steps to be followed in the project as Uthrani is moving out. They are also in the plan to on-board two new fresher’s into the project who will be working from Bengaluru location.He clearly drafted out the plan on who will be working on which project, who will be taking up Uthrani’s project and also the revised timelines. It took about 55 minutes for him to discharge the entire explanation to Thyagarajan.

After going through the complete plan, Thyagarajan started shooting questions at Quadhar on the plan and Quadhar answered them politely.

“Quadhar. Why don’t you assign this project to Meher and let him share the work with one of the new joiner. I think that will be a better idea.”

“Thyagarajan, even Meher is a new recruit into the project who joined few months back. So, I don’t think he can handle this out and also he is completely from a different background. This is what I have told you right from the beginning.”

“I understand Quadhar, but we are left with no choice. Ishanth straight away rejected when we assigned this project a few months back. I think he will deny it even this time if we try to assign it to him. Uthrani is the only girl who used to work on this and now even she is leaving all of a sudden. We cannot accept the risk of attributing this to fresher’s. I am not able to understand what to do. This is bumping my brain. Quadhar, Why are we not able to allocate the tasks in a proper way?” asked Thyagarajan with a very low voice for the first time in the last three days trying to figure out a way to break this problem.

“Thyagarajan, can I say one thing if you don’t mind?”

“Yes Quadhar, go ahead.”

“We are actually running out of resources. For the count of projects we have, the number of resources with which we are handling these two projects are not enough; we have to pull more resources to run this project in a smooth way.”

“We cannot do that Quadhar, we are already on-boarding two fresher’s into our project. We cannot go for more resources. For sure I cannot consider that option. Anyway, let’s leave that for now. So, now, this is the entire plan and revised timelines? ”

“Yes Thyagarajan.”

“All right. I will look deeper into this and will get back to you. Meanwhile, please summarize the tasks on that project and submit me a report in the next 24 hours. And also give me an update on the project which we need to demo next week. We will sit for sometime tomorrow morning and will discuss on those two things.”

“Sure Thyagarajan. I will do that soon. As of today, I will assign those tasks to Uthrani and will ask Meher to learn the process from Uthrani.”

“That’s wonderful. We have to keep going Quadhar. Our progress rate is down when compared to the reports from last quarter. We need to work on that and see where we are lagging and refine that. I don’t want to see the same kind of results in the next quarter. I want you to focus more on the productivity so that you can produce more results from the team by effectively managing the resources. Now that Uthrani is leaving, we will have some pressure, we have to handle that well and see that it is not doing much damage to the timelines and the smooth functioning of the process.”

As Thyagarajan is explaining, Quadhar interrupted him. “Thyagarajan.”

“Yes Quadhar” replied Thyagarajan staring at him why did he stop him in the middle.

“I want to speak to you about one more important thing.”

“What is that Quadhar?”

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“IquiT” – Episode @20

(10:13 AM)

Quadhar reached Thyagarajan’s cabin and “Yes Thyagarajan. You have called me.”

“Sit down Quadhar. I called you to talk about Uthrani’s resignation mailer which I have received yesterday mid-night.”

“What Thyagarajan? Come again? Uthrani resigned?”

“Yes Quadhar.”

“What is the reason Thyagarajan?”

“I don’t know yet. She hasn’t specified anything in the form.”

“Okay.”

“Is she in to the office today?”

“I suppose she is not yet in Thyagarajan.”

“Will she come today?”

“Ya. She stated that she will definitely come in today morning.”

“All right. Once she comes in, set up a one-to-one meet with her and then tell me.”

“Why so immediately Thyagarajan?”

“She specified that she needs to be out in 7 to 10 days.”

“So, she will not be working the entire notice period?”

“Speak to her Quadhar. Do that once she comes in and then let us discuss further.”

“Okay Thyagarajan. Sure.” Said Quadhar and left from Thyagarajan’s cabin.

He straight away went to the bay where Meher and Uthrani will be working and asked Meher “Hey Meher, Uthrani is not yet in?”

“No Quadhar. She is not yet in.”

“Ask her to come and see me immediately when she reaches her desk.”

“Okay Quadhar” replied Meher with a bit of tension in his face as he is worried what might have taken place. Quadhar looked worried when he asked about Uthrani.

“Thanks” said Quadhar and left from there.

Ishanth, who is observing this from his desk, came walking to Meher after Quadhar left and asked Meher “What happened Meher?”

“He asked about Uthrani. I said she is not yet in. He wants Uthrani to meet him immediately she arrives at office.”

“Why?”

“Don’t know Ishanth. He dint tell me any reason.”

“Okay. He is looking a little worried right?”

“Yes Ishanth. Even I felt the same way. But I dint ask him anything.”

“Ok” said Ishanth and went back to his desk to continue working on the assigned tasks.

(11:19 AM)

At around quarter pass 11:00, Uthrani arrived at her work desk. The moment she arrived, Meher informed her that Quadhar had called her and asked her to visit her cabin once she arrives at her desk.

Uthrani, who knows very well that it is about her resignation, kept her bag on her desk and went up straight to Quadhar’s desk.

“Hi Quadhar. Good Morning.”

“Hello Uthrani. Good morning. How are you?”

“I am fine Quadhar. How are you?”

“Ya. I am fine too. Come, sit.”

“Thank you Quadhar.”

“So, how did you celebrate your vacation?”

“Yeah it went on fine Quadhar. Had a good time with family members after 4 long months.”

“Wonderful. So, what did you bring from your home town other than resignation?”

“What Quadhar?”

“Yes Uthrani, Thyagarajan called me early in the morning and told me that you have submitted my resignation.”

“Yes Quadhar.”

“What happened Uthrani? Why is this sudden decision now?”

“My marriage is almost fixed Quadhar and so I had to move out.”

“Why all of a sudden?”

“No Quadhar. They were looking from many months; it was me who is dragging from many months as I was not getting leave to go to home town. Now that I have been to my home town, they asked my decision. I said yes and so they started making preparations. That is the reason I have specified that I want release in 10 days.”

“All right. When is the marriage then?”

“Any time in the next few weeks Quadhar.”

“You will invite all of us right?”

“Sure Quadhar. Definitely.”

“Hmm. Okay Uthrani. I will talk with Thyagarajan once again and will set up an official meet sometime today or tomorrow on the next plans.”

“Thanks Quadhar. Try to do me a favor by processing the things faster. I am even ready to pay the early release payments.”

“Sure Uthrani. I will do the best I can.”

“Thank you Quadhar” said Uthrani and left from Quadhar’s cabin.

(11:49 AM)

The next moment, Quadhar went to Thyagarajan’s cabin and talked about the discussion he had with Uthrani. Thyagarajan initially denied releasing Uthrani in 10 days because the normal notice period is 60 days. But when Quadhar said that her marriage got fixed and that she is also ready to pay the early release amount, he had nothing to say and so asked Quadhar to start with the further process. They also discussed about whom she will be transferring all her project works. Thyagarajan asked Quadhar to come up with the plan on who will be taking her place and whether they would in need of any resources. Discussion went on for about 70 minutes.

(01:07 PM)

Uthrani, who used to regularly go for lunch with her academy mates, joined Meher and Ishanth on that day to update them about her resignation and marriage.

“Hey Uthrani. What’s special today? You have connected with us for the lunch.”

“Yes Ishanth. There is some important news which I have to share with you all.”

Before she replied for that, Meher asked her about why Quadhar called her to his cabin.

“Yes Meher. I joined to update you both about some important news.” –Uthrani answered.

“What is that Uthrani?” asked both Meher and Ishanth who are very eager to know what happened.

“I have submitted my resignation.”

“What? Why Uthrani. What happened?” asked both getting tensed.

“My marriage got fixed guys.”

“Oh. Wow. Wonderful.When?” – asked Meher.

“In the next few weeks. Date is not yet fixed.”

“Oh. That is the reason you have been to home and came one day late?”

“Hmm” said Uthrani.

“Where is the guy working Uthrani” asked Ishanth.

“He is working in Mumbai Ishanth.”

“We will be missing you Uthrani.” – Meher.

“I will also miss this office, my flat, my friends and especially both of you. But, what to do guys, I have to move on.”

“Hmmm” replied Meher in a very low voice.

“Don’t forget to attend my wedding. I will send you invitations once the date got fixed.”

“Sure Uthrani. But, this fellow has to approve leave for us.”

“Hmm. Don’t worry Meher. I will make sure that it falls on a weekend.”

“Even that also may not work Uthrani. This fellow is not leaving us even on weekends. And that Quadhar is assigning me tasks which I am not aware of. Now that you are moving out, he will not leave me. Till today I thought you will come back and will take up those tasks.”

“Hey Meher. I will teach you before I leave from here.”

“Thank you so much Uthrani.”

Uthrani answered all their questions and their  lunch time went on with that discussion.

After the lunch, everyone came back to their desks and resumed their works. When Ishanth turned on his monitor, he saw Quadhar’s message on his inter-office communicator. When he saw that, he immediately went to Quadhar’s desk.

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“I quiT” – Episode @13

“Hmm” said Shamina giving a little serious kind of look towards Quadhar and went inside.

Quadhar is still not able to come out of that mode. He somehow managed to not to show that on his face and stepped inside.

(09:07 AM – Next day)

Quadhar reached office and started preparing deck (A power point presentation) for the Quarterly meeting. He reached early to the office to make sure that he starts early in the evening from the office to celebrate her Angel’s birthday.

After reaching in the morning, he assigned all the tasks to the team through mails and then started working on the deck.

At approximately 10:15 AM, Quadhar received a message through internal communicator from Thyagarajan asking Quadhar to come to his cabin. Quadhar immediately turned off the monitor and walked towards Thyagarajan’s cabin.

“Hi Thyagarajan Good Morning.”

“Good Morning Quadhar. Sit down. I was merely going through the project reports in detail which you have sent yesterday night. I called you to discuss on that.”

“Okay Thyagarajan.”

“I knew we already had a discussion on this. I want to know few more updates on that.”

“Sure Thyagarajan.”

“Did the team started working on that?”

“Not yet Thyagarajan.”

“What? I told you yesterday that we have to start working on that. We should not stop working on current task just because we got a new task.”

“Yes Thyagarajan. I updated you yesterday right. Considering the priority of this, I have kept that on hold.”

“No. I made it very clear yesterday to resume work on that.”

“Yes Thyagarajan. But, resources are occupied 100%.”

“100% you mean 8 hours?”

“Not just 8 hours, even more.”

“But I don’t see any productivity.”

“Thyagarajan, they are running more than 12 hours daily from last week.They are still working during weekends.”

“Yes I understand. But working for long duration doesn’t mean that the work is getting done.”

“I dint understand Thyagarajan.”

“Let me make it neat.Try assigning multiple projects to each person. Then only they will feel challenged.”

“Uthrani and Ishanth are already working on multiple projects Thyagarajan.”

“What about others?”

“Others are still juniors. They even dint complete 6 months in the project. And so we cannot assign them to multiple projects.”

“No, you have to. Then only they will start learning to manage and then only you can get 100% productivity from them.”

“Thyagarajan I still don’t understand this 100% productivity concept.”

“I want you to assign the other project to Uthrani and ask her to share the work with Meher. I want an update on that in next 24 hours.”

“Thyagarajan. Uthrani is on leave today.”

“What? You said she is in leave only till yesterday and today she will be returning back.”

“Yes. But I got a call from her yesterday morning. She stated that she was not able to go due to some personal emergency.”

“What? Personal emergency? This is the best excuse. This is why I don’t grant leaves in emergency situations. They drag it a day or two with excuses. Okay now leave that. For today start with Meher.”

“Thyagarajan. Meher has no idea regarding this project. We cannot assign him this project.”

“You have to Quadhar. We don’t have any other way now. We cannot keep that on hold. We have to keep it going. And Meher is our only choice.”

“Thyagarajan. Meher is still in learning stage.”

“Quadhar. We are not here to teach them or train them. We are here to give a task to them and it’s their duty to finish the task which we assign them.”

“Meher is from a different technology. He has no idea about this technology.”

“You cannot stick to one single technology. You have to put your fingers in all technologies and learn them. Assign him the work, he will learn and do.”

“Even for learning and doing, he needs time as he is already overloaded with the current project work.”

“Quadhar. Okay You manage it. But I want an update on that project in next 1 hour on how you are planning to complete and by when you will be completing it.”

Even though Quadhar wants to discuss further on this, he merely replied “Okay Thyagarajan” as he knew that Thyagarajan won’t listen to his words.After the discussion, Quadhar left from Thyagarajan’s cabin and reached his cabin.

(10:27 AM)

He started thinking what to do regarding what Thyagarajan told him. He cannot put more pressure on the team as they are already filled with heavy load of work.And also when coming to Meher, he joined project few months back and he cannot assign him multiple projects as he is still in the learning phase.

He is left with no choice but to assign the task to Meher. Uthrani is on leave and she will be joining next day morning. And even though if she comes back, she has to work on the QA and fixes and then integrate the module with Ishanth and make it ready for demo.”

Quadhar sent a mail to Meher on the project details and also the task which he needs to work on.

(11:00 AM)

Ishanth just stepped into the office and is walking to his desk. When he crossed Meher’s desk, he noticed Meher sitting at his desk and looked very dull.

“Good morning Meher, What’s up man? What are you working on so seriously in the early morning?”

“Nothing Ishanth” replied Meher with a very low voice.

“Hey, what happened Meher? Tell me?”

“Just look at this mail.”

“What’s in there?”

After reading the mail which Meher kept opened on his screen, Ishanth got little bit shocked.

“How can he assign you this project task Meher. You are from a different technology right.”

“Yes Ishanth. That’s what I am worrying about. Also he wants me to update on this by today EOD(End of Day).”

“Did you speak with him?”

“No. I just got this mail now. Not knowing what to do.”

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