Just a thought

Its a classroom, though not with a class in progress. Today, it’s the HR team of the reputed multinational firm XYZ that has graced us with their presence along with their technical experts to ease some of us into deciding whether or not to go through the transition to being “one of them”. People look forward to getting placed there, being inculcated into their amazing office culture & of course, grabbing their lucrative package.

It all starts off fine. People are on time, which itself is a positive sign in institutes like ours. After all, everybody’s time here is too valuable to waste on listening to the nitty-gritties of a company’s working. Just a wham-bam-thank you ma’am would be fine, if you could please!

Anywho, I digress a little. So the session starts on time. A nice little video comes up on the large screen set up to facilitate the students to be able to look at the larger-than-life picture of XYZ’s happy productive workers & their utopian stories describing the kind of work they have been doing, just so that the ignorant (read, us) could get a picture of the kind of job we would do, albeit a biased one.

The video goes off as planned, starting off with a bang, with a meaty middle & a resonant applause to top it all off. The HR guy comes up on stage, brimming with confidence, riding on the success of his video, trying (& secretly hoping in his own little world), to dazzle the audience in front of him. Just another day at the job after all, isn’t it?

But there’s a slight problem. He’s inexperienced. He’s lacking. He’s gramatically incorrect. Most importantly, HE’S NOT INTERESTING! And that, of course, is a deal breaker. How could the firm send an uninteresting person to lure us in? It shouldn’t matter after all, that the guy has prepared a presentation to try & answer as many queries he can, to help sort out doubts that we might have. I mean, it IS his fault that he has come all the way to campus leaving his comfortable desk just to present some stupid facts about his company which no one cares about, isn’t it? Of course, it is. And hence, we are absolutely justified to go ahead and do something about this.

It is our duty of course to try and tell him that “Beta, tumse na ho paayega”. It is our moral obligation to point out his flaws to him so that he can improve the next time he dares to come up and engage in such preposterous behaviour. After all, how dare he try to educate us intellectuals about XYZ?!

So what do we do? The one thing we truly know best. We talk. We chat. We clap. We do everything we can to not listen to him. Not just that, we try our best to make sure that we disturb everyone around in doing so. We are not interested in the company, man. You ARE? What, are you actually interested? You MUST be joking surely?! *insert judgemental-auntie-face* Leave it dude, he sucks and is uninteresting. Here, listen to me jibber-jabber about this free chocolate I got lying on the ground which has just about lit up my monotonous life!

I don’t really wanna go ahead & preach anything more with any more sarcasm but would just like to ask something. Are we really that immature? Are we so full of ourselves that we can’t even offer the common courtesy to a fellow altruistic human being trying to talk, trying to explain & trying to answer our queries for no good of his own?

I really hope to be able to answer the above questions negatively someday.

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7 thoughts on “Just a thought

  1. kari23m says:

    a little bit of empathy is what is required…. the people who are laughing off in d audience today might end up on the podium someday… then they will realize maybe!

  2. SVG says:

    Can we offer that common courtesy? Yes. Should we be polite? Yes. We should politely tell the person to their face that they are not doing a good job, and wasting our time. Can we do it? No. What alternative?

    • prateek1592 says:

      Why not give the person a feedback face-to-face? He will genuinely take that feedback and try and improve. Being noisy & rude during the talk won’t make him realize it’s him who is bad, rather it would build an impression for him that the crowd lacks etiquette.

      • SVG says:

        I am all for giving direct feedback. It is the most effective way to help the other party improve. However, this is easier said than done. Our society frowns on being blunt. It is much easier to vent your feelings (which comes off as being impolite) under the cloak of anonymity that a crowd offers.

      • prateek1592 says:

        I agree to the society frowning thing, but if you go ahead and talk to the speaker personally after the talk, i’m sure there wouldn’t be any scope for societal frowning. All you are doing is just giving another person feedback, one-on-one. And if society does frown on a person being blunt while genuinely giving constructive feedback, but deems it ok to mask yourself in a crowd while doing so, it’s pretty sad.

  3. Madhura says:

    Nice post. ‘Judgemental-auntie-face’ was funny!
    But seriously, we’ve done that too. The immature disruptive behavior. But isn’t the reaction of the audience a kind of feedback in a way. And the personal feedback after the talk would always help I think…

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