The first two months of my career as an employee are memorable not just for me, but also for all those who then sat around my desk. I was assigned a place next to my anchor/TL who is famous around here as ‘the delegator’. He was assigned the task of molding me from being a market-novice to some kind of an expert. Bah! High hopes! I spent the first day telling my anchor how clueless I was about my job profile and the responsibilities entailed to it. I scrutinized his career graph and asked him a zillion times if he thought I was in the right place, doing the right thing.
A fresh recruit is usually asked to read, without being assigned any work on the first day of joining in my organization. Contrary to this norm, I was flooded with an urgent project on my day one!
After my email account was set up, I checked my mail, only to be disappointed- The dress code was formal. Sigh! 😦
I restlessly looked around, wondering why everyone was so quiet?! The place somehow reminded me of a prison. The girl on my right seemed so involved in whatever she was doing. I quietly asked her I could access facebook. She said, “Yeah.. But be careful.” I thought, “Careful? About what? ”
The highlight of the day was something my anchor says, he will never forget in his life. I finished my work at around 4-ish. I sent him an update and jumped up saying, “Yes! I’m done! Can I leave now?”.
“No. You have to stay here till 5:30 atleast,” he said.
“Please pleeeeeeease?? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaseee????” I was poking poor Suri with my pen now :p
“Look, the office timings are 9 to 6. I am letting you go at 5:30 today. It’s not even 4:30 yet. I’m sorry, but I can’t let you go.”
“Please Suriiiiiiiiiiii…….suri suri suriiiiiiii… Pleeeeeeaseeeeee….”
“Ask the manager”
I knew the cute puppy face I was making wasn’t getting me what I wanted.
I sent a string of messages to my ex-college friends, cribbing about the prison and it’s quiet prisoners.
All this didn’t dampen my spirits. I continued trying to sneak out of office with every possible real/fake reason. This effort continued for two whole months, after which I realized that there was no escape from this dungeon 😛
Seven months down the line, I am now, like the other prisoners here-I am tamed.