Nobody was anticipating this. And I certainly not. But it happened. The select list was out and my name was missing. This was for the promotion from one grade to another, and this was the first time in my entire career that I was not found suitable for promotion despite being in the prime of my career.
I was in HR Department then. My immediate boss was on the verge of retirement. So I was acting as the de facto head of the department, where I had introduced a plethora of measures for the welfare of the existing and retired employees. That was known to one and all in the organisation.
In fact I was brought in the department by one General Manager (GM), Mr Jain, who had a bitter rivalry with another GM, Mr Gope. Incidentally, Gope was made the Chairman of Interview Committee for that promotion, and he used this opportunity to embarrass Jain by rejecting his one of the star performers. This jealousy was known to all, and also that I was made a scapegoat.
The result was shocking and humiliating too. I went into my shell after applying for leave. My friends started pouring in at my residence. When I resumed the office, I was told by all including my bosses to prefer an appeal against non-promotion. The idea didn’t appeal me, my conscious didn’t allow, as it looked like begging.
The other day I was called by the Managing Director, who told me that the channel of appeal had been provided by the organisation to redress the injustice inflicted on a person knowingly or unknowingly. Acceptance of injustice is cowardice, as Mahatma Gandhi had stated. He advised me in unambiguous terms, “Go and make an appeal.” So finally I did and got promoted with retrospective effect.
Subsequently I met Mr Gope in an informal party. I confronted him why he did it to me, and he confirmed in his own words, “You were not the target.” Such cunning and calculating games are played by some people in most of the organisations with employees as chess pieces.
I come across people who feel quite dejected and disconsolate just like me. Their usual retort is, “I have sacrificed my life for this organisation, what has it done for me?” But we tend to forget that the organisation primarily gives the livelihood. My humble advice for such down-hearted souls is,
“The organisation is made by the people, but if two or three persons take a deviant approach, it doesn’t mean that organisation is meting out injustice to you. The organisation is like your mother with children having different temperaments. If a child starts acting like a maverick, it doesn’t mean that the mother has failed. Though she tries to restrain her children in her own ways, you know, we have to live with some aberrations and infirmities too, in this world of imperfections.”