Sunday, 13 September 2015

Award - My moment of Fame

Last one week has been extremely generously on me, showering lots of love in personal life and appreciation in professional. While personal end can be put off for the moment, I would like to share my professional achievement here. 

I am just a month short of completing 2 years with Infosys. These 2 years looks not exactly like a flash in second, but yes, it doesn't feel like I am going to complete 2 years so soon. I have always enjoyed working here. Employees of Infosys, relative of employees, media & population at large have innumerable things to say about Infosys. Good, Bad, Ugly...! We're the first one to hit media top lines for positive or negative reasons. Personally for me, it has been a journey full of learning, fun & memories. 

For HR team, the rewards are given away semi-annually. There is a HR town hall in which people who have contributed significantly &who went the extra mile are rewarded. This time it was scheduled on 10th Sept. Morning when I logged in, my calendar looked packed. I was in no mood to attend the townhall and I thought let me utilize this time for completing piled up work. At 10:30 am, I thought its late now! And then an email popped in, saying the town hall will begin at 11 am. Snacks are being served from 10:30-11:00 am. So far I was giving myself the reason that it will be a long walk from bldg 4 to bldg 12 [Infoscions will understand this], and its better not to attend than being late for the town hall. But now I did not find an explanation to escape town hall. I said, its once in 6 month, something is done for us. Else always we're busy organizing things for others. Let me take this time out. With this thought, I took the long walk in pleasant weather and reached the auditorium. 

After 1.5 hour of speeches, discussions & debates on various topics, came the time for rewards. A presentation was projected on the Video Conference. And came in first slide. My eyes quickly skimmed through the names & photos and they stopped on one! It was a girl's photo in a blazer, written underneath - "Komal Laddha - HRD Shine Award in recognition of outstanding performance and contribution to HRD 2015-16". Yayyieee. It's me! And people in the room started clapping. SMS started pouring in. People on Lync started to ping to congratulate me. My team's email thread was started and team member's started writing some good words for me. And this was my moment of fame :) It really feels good when your colleagues come up to you and say "you totally deserved this". That's what matters more than an award. 

I was still cherishing for this award, but it was not over yet! On 11th Sept, we had an internal team meeting. In that 2 members from each team were being recognized for the efforts put in to ensure maximum retention [ya! It's right. That's my job!] From my team it was me & my location colleague who received the appreciation & reward from our HR head. And all I could do was smile and say "thank you". 

Recognition for the work done, is one of the biggest motivation. You may be well paid off financially but if you do not enjoy coming to office each day, the journey in the organization is bound to be short lived. And that excitement to go to office comes when you have the confidence that your efforts will be recognized :) 

That's me, posing off with my accomplishment !!!

Signing -off on this note. 


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