Out Of The Blue

For me, yesterday was a hectic day and today was mere inches away from being a disastrous one!

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Okay, let me explain. Today, 2 senior most officials from my company’s global HQ in Germany landed in Karachi to meet us and get an in-depth insight about our working. Since my company is a small but vital part of their giant organization, this visit was termed as the most important event of the year by our local management.

Office wide renovations and cleaning was underway for past one month as all managers and heads of different departments were preparing themselves for their arrival. Presentations were prepared and rehearsed several times by them because even a slight margin of error would be like a train wreck.

So, the big moment finally arrived at around 11:30 AM local time here when those officials stepped inside the office. Everyone got alerted up and there was a pin-drop silence on the production floor, where I work. After touring the ground floor, those officials walked upstairs with MD and head of production department. My manager was called up by the MD as he introduced him to the officials. MD kept on briefing the officials about production department’s daily procedure and working. One of the official noticed the scoreboard screen, which display the hourly count of products being produced by each team in production dept.

And name of my team was on top of the list!

He immediately asked the MD about my team’s whereabouts and MD pointed him to my team lead desk. He almost ran towards my team lead and shake hands with him while congratulating him for being on the top. Since I sit right in front of my team lead seat, I had no choice but to get up and shake hands with the official too. That was the moment when all eyes across the whole floor were locked on me.

And I’m talking about 80+ pair of eyes here!

I’m saying so because we were told by the management that officials will not interact much deeply with everyone, so what I did was something no one was expecting up at all. Heck, what the official did in first place by running towards my team lead and shaking hands with him was also unexpected. So, what I did was nothing but good manners.

I then also introduced myself to the official, while MD stood next to me. The official asked me about what I do here and what am I working on currently. Since those were pure technical based questions, so I’m not going to bore you up with that. But I would like to tell you that I didn’t managed to answer him up properly. Yes, I got nervous up a bit and was unable to sync my mind with what I wanted to say. My manager helped me out a bit on this and the official seemed impressed. MD also diverted his attention and the official moved ahead. I felt so relieved then.

And as soon as both officials stepped out from the floor, life returned to normal. I was approached by many colleagues who jokingly teased me about this unexpected encounter. Yes, this was totally unexpected as this wasn’t suppose to happen at all and no one ever imagined it too. Except for me!

Yes, that is right!

Since yesterday, my mind kept on thinking about what if those officials pick me to show them how things proceed in production dept or more. I swear from the bottom of my heart that my mind didn’t stopped imaging scenarios like these. But I didn’t paid attention to them because those were just thoughts, nothing else. But what happened with me today was certainly out of the blue.

And my nervousness was just because of the presence of MD and my head of department. I didn’t mind about those 80+ pair of eyes being locked on me but those two special pair of eyes certainly put so much pressure on me. I literally felt if my tongue slip up, even slightly, it will be bad for me. Because this tour means so much to my company’s management and screwing it up is not allowed at all.

So, I didn’t spoke much and kept myself quiet. This might not be what my company’s management was looking for but at least I saved myself from something inevitable.

What do you say?

I wrote the above before leaving office today as I planned to publish this from home. But what happened before I reached home made me realize that some people, no matter how much they educate themselves or act as civilize human beings, are bound to act like a jerk.

One of my collegues, who holds the same job title as mine in production department, jokingly informed a guy from Software department about “the blunder” I made in front of the official earlier. That jerk must have heard it from someone else and considered my reply to the official as a joke. As if he could have nailed it perfectly if he had been approached up by the same official.

This pissed me off so much but I didn’t replied to that jerk because I believe in maintaining a difference between myself and people like that jerk. This may sound not the right approach to you but this feels right to me.

And I also found out later the official who questioned me had a vast experience in finance and team management area. Despite that he asked me a technical question regarding my work, just to get a know how of what I do. And yes, I admit that I made a blunder by not answering him up clearly because me and others were told to mind our own business during the visit, we didn’t planned ourselves for this unexpected event. Does this qualifies what and how I responded to the official as a matter of joke?

For many, like that jerk, this was nothing but to make fun of those who were just an inch away from making a complete disaster.


Added for The Daily Post’s Disastrous

Added for Word Of The Day Challenge: Duress




16 thoughts on “Out Of The Blue

  1. Karina Pinella March 12, 2017 / 2:04 AM

    I’m sure it was painful when it happened, but remember, as humans, we have foibles and what happened to you is not unusual, not the first, and not the last that anyone will ever witness again. I’m talking about it will happen again to others and you’ll probably see something like that happen again somewhere else, not necessarily in your company or have anything to do with you, but just as a witness. In other words, let it go, which you did so you are fine. Chalk it up to being just another human. 🙂

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    • Hammad Rais March 12, 2017 / 10:57 AM

      Thank you very much for your comforting thoughts. I didn’t dragged about this incident much on that day but for my co-workers, it was more than unusual. I have moved on but many of them haven’t.

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    • Karina Pinella March 12, 2017 / 4:35 PM

      Good for you. Some people tend to re-hash other people’s so-called foibles so they can feel better about themselves.

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  2. camilledefleurville March 8, 2017 / 7:49 PM

    I reacted directly after reading your blog and thought you were worried. I did not elaborate much. But, as Patty (above), I say “congratulations” and “give yourself a treat”. Knowing you as I do now, I think that taking time with your family (have you told Jia?), going to the park next Saturday with all the kids and, before that, having some extra playing time with Uzair – all will be perfect! And I am very happy to see that you have not retreated into silence but have posted your daily blog today! Of course, we all may (and have to) enhance our capacities: you may practise putting you forward much. However, considering that you would not speak of your lifestyle in your blog a year ago (LOL), you have made great progress!!!! 😉 You were great. You deserve a treat. And let the jealous, petty tongues wag idly: thy would not have done better! Ah! 🙂

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    • Hammad Rais March 9, 2017 / 3:22 PM

      This may sound strange to you but it is the truth: I don’t discuss or share about my workplace life at home with anyone. I do the same in office by not disclosing much about my personal life. I follow one simple rule: keep office in office! This is very good for me and my family 🙂
      A trip to park sounds more fun. Beside, your honorary nephew ask me on daily basis when will I take him there. There is a park near our home which is under fast renovation since Dec 2017. There will rides for kids, big playing area and more. I took Uzair there few days ago and he got so excited. Although park is still under renovation but he can enjoy few moments there with his cousins. Witnessing their enjoyment will be a treat for me 🙂

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  3. Patty March 8, 2017 / 12:37 PM

    Like I said in the other posts; managers aren’t monsters (well, not all of them) and if he thought you blundered, he would have walked away immediately. Trust me, I was a management-assistant for many years, I know how managers can be 😉
    You received a valuable lesson; work on you speech, in case another manager crosses your path again.
    And about that yerk; you did the right thing by ignoring him. Guys like that just want attention. Negative attention is also attention, so don’t give in to him.
    So, no we have that out of the way: ENJOY the important moment in your career! Congratiolations dear Hammad! XxX

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    • Hammad Rais March 8, 2017 / 1:06 PM

      You are so right and a very big thanks for your valuable advice. I certainly need to work upon my speech. Not always good to follow the policy of stay quiet and listen more. When I need to talk, I better talk.
      But like you said, in situations where it is needed mostly. Not in engaging myself in a verbal encounter with some jerks.

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    • Patty March 8, 2017 / 1:07 PM

      Indeed. So, treat yourself on a favorite snack or something to celebrate at bit, ok? You deserve it! XxX

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    • Hammad Rais March 8, 2017 / 4:28 PM

      Thanks a lot, Patty!
      A movie or trip to a park with kids on weekend will be great. What do you say?

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    • Patty March 8, 2017 / 4:31 PM

      Yes, that is a perfect way to celebrate that moment. Your kids can be proud of their father 🙂 Wishing you already lots of fun! XxX

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    • Hammad Rais March 8, 2017 / 1:08 PM

      I was confused and bit angry too when he passed a comment right in front me. But ignoring him was the right thing I did.

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  4. camilledefleurville March 8, 2017 / 12:11 AM

    Well, you were not prepared to what was an unexpected encounter. You had been told to mind your business and let powers above you do the presentation. Moreover there was an accumulation of stress built up for days and days. You did what was best at that moment, being distracted from the initial planning. You shook hands, you spoke, and, as far as I read, the German official was pleased with you said with the help of your own bosses. Why worry about little envious and jealous guys who turned it into a blunder and a joke? Do you think they would have done as well as you? I am not sure. It is always petty minds that make silly jokes about others in order to discredit them. Just ignore them and keep to your work and your routine. Sending lot!)s of comforting friendship (hopefully, it will be comforting!) 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Hammad Rais March 8, 2017 / 4:27 PM

      Camille, thank you so much for your comforting words, my far away comforting friend 🙂
      I ignored that jerk the moment he blurted out about my discussion with that official, because I’m not like him. I choose my words carefully and then let them out of my tongue. But this scene happened without any prior information, so I got bit nervous.
      It’s a new day today and I’m looking forward 🙂


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