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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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