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HR, Fizzbuzz and Loads of Fun

March 31, 2010 2 comments

In late 2006, I joined a new company in Mumbai. We were a group of about 10 new joinees that day, and were going through the induction process together. Around noon, the HR lady said “the next speaker is stuck up in a meeting, so we have half an hour free. So let’s play game and HAVE FUN!”. And she proceeded to explain “the game”:

You will all starting counting from 1 to 100, each person speaking out the next number. However, on your turn, if the number is a multiple of 3 – CLAP YOUR HANDS!! If it’s a multiple of 5 – SLAP YOUR HANDS ON THE TABLE!! If it’s a multiple of both – DO NOTHING!! Anyone who makes a mistake is out of the game, and the last man standing wins!

I “accidentally” committed a “mistake” on my first turn, and enjoyed the misery of the rest for another 20-odd minutes.

1 year later, same old HR lady sends a common mailer “We will be having a meet this Saturday, attendance is mandatory”. I strolled up to her desk and asked what this was about.

“Don’t worry, we’ll have lots of fun!”

The first of the weekend was therefore spent “having lots of fun”, sitting in a corner of a conference hall, listening to Senior Management rave about “why we are a great company and why your career is secure here”.

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Scroll down to 3 years (and 2 companies) later – my friend peeked from the neighboring cubicle and asked: “Will you be attending the event they’ve organized today? The invite says “we’ll all have lots of fun!!!”

I looked at him solemnly and replied, “the mail’s from the HR folks, right? So be afraid.

Be VERY, VERY, AFRAID”

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Between a rock and a hard place

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment

The place where  I work sucks. To summarize, things like humility, politeness, courtesy are conspicuous by their absence. What you have instead, is an abundance of arrogance and egos larger than nine football fields. If you want to grow here, there is no alternative but to suck your way up (which means my career will never have an upward trend here).

So here’s the catch:

  1. My job sucks
  2. The pay is good (OK enough, actually)
  3. I enjoy the personal life that I get

So what do I do – do I let my office life suffer in return for enjoying personal life, or do I let my personal life suffer in my quest for career progression?

This is not the first time that I have had this dilemma…

Testing… Testing

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Testing the post-by-email feature of WordPress. If it works, I’ll be the happiest person!

Fingers Crossed…

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