Days went by and they got allocated to different works and they became busy guys. Their work was going on well and Sam got to learn new things and was able to work independently on the assignments assigned to him. Eventually the confidence put on him by their lead also increased. Days turned into months and months turned into years. It was then that time of the year when all their hard work was appraised and the eventual ratings were given to them by management. We all were asked to showcase the work done by them and on the basis of the data available with the management the ratings were assigned to each employee. All the discussions were over and we they had to wait for 30 days till the ratings were to be disclosed. So all had gone back to their normal work. Sam had a gala time there working for the whole year and it was real fun to work on different products and technologies for him. Every day was an excitement and it was more so at the end eagerly waiting for the next day.
Then one day he came to office and checked his emails as usual and saw this mail from manager disclosing the ratings the company had given on his performance. It was actually more of disappointed than shock for him and he could not believe that management felt he had done only average performance during the previous year. He felt he had done everything well and has exceeded the expectations in every aspect of the work assigned to him. He had put in so much of hard work and was really disappointed to see himself in that position. In the meantime Danny came and Sam told him about his ratings and all the frustration he was going into this. Danny heard all that Sam wanted to say as if he knew Sam will say all the same words and he was prepared to hear them all. After Sam finally finished with all his bla bla, Danny said just one thing, its ok and smiled and started to return to his desk. Sam asked him did he see his ratings and he turned and smiled at him again and said yes and he was given the top rating. Sam was like… What … Why …. How. The highest rating is given to only one person in the department of 450 people and it is usually given to someone in senior position. He didn’t trust him and went directly to Danny’s desk to check himself and was literally stunned.
His anger now grew more as to what did Danny do more than him to get this and him an average rating. He wanted the answer to the same at the very same time and call it his inexperience or immaturity he banged into the cabin of his global project manager to ask for answer without permission or even knocking the door and little did he realize he had entered into the room when the CFO had come in for the yearly review of the project and he was sitting there with him. Sam was really embarrassed and no words were coming out of is mouth. But his manager understood why he came this furious and said to him, boy you can come in after sometime. Without saying a word he left the cabin and was like what have he done and should have knocked once before entering. He thought he was having the worst day of his life and everything was going against him and decided to settle at his desk and be there till the end of the day without doing any further harm to himself.
Meanwhile his manager forgot about him that day and he did not ask for him for about a week and Sam thought he was saved and can finally forget about it and relax. He continued his work as usual, though the ratings were there in the back of my mind. Days went past and it seemed to be the same each day and his motivation level also seemed to be depleting by the time.
Then one day he got a call from his manager to come to his cabin. It was about 20 days from the incident and he was back to normal. He went to see his manager and his manager asked him to sit and even offered him a coffee. Sam was relaxed and thought he had called him to discuss about some new assignment which he wanted him to start working on, because in the past every time he had offered him coffee it happened in that fashion. So Sam asked him directly today which new assignment for him. Hearing this the manager smiled and replied back that today there is no new assignment he had for him. Sam was surprised and asked him then what is the matter and he replied he wanted to discuss the ratings issue which he had with him.
Sam was surprised at this because usually after every appraisals the only subject the managers don’t want to discuss is the issues relating to ratings. Manager asked him if there was any issue with the ratings given to him that he wanted to discuss with him. Sam told his manager that he had actually come to terms with the reality and didn’t wanted to discuss anything related to that. But manager did not accept that as an answer and asked him to tell if there is anything that can be done from management side which can help me. He thought for some time and said to manager that he didn’t have anything to discuss related to his ratings but the only question that he had is why Danny got the best ratings and he got the average when both of them did the same work during the whole year.
Manager was really happy that he asked him this question and this was evident from his expressions on his face. With a happy face he replied to him, you are correct that Danny did the same work as you and both of you were at par in your performance in that aspect. But what was the surprise being what he did over and above that. Even we were shocked to hear about few things said by the other colleagues of yours, said the manager.
He paused for a moment and continued. See during the performance review meetings which your managers did with each of you, they were asked to check with each individual to name a person in the team who had made the difference in their work during the last year. This was one among the many questions which was asked to each of you. And when we did the data analytics we noticed that 85% of the employees had named Danny. Even the managers did not know why he was named by such a majority and even by the seniors. So it was decided to analyze this further and we checked with few individual employees on the reason why they choose him specifically. And we were shocked to understand that this guy was really amazing at work. He indeed helped many to make their life much easier.
Sam didn’t believe this, he reverted back. I am with him the whole day and I know he did not do any of their work or anything that he is said to be. Manager smiled at him and said he was saying the same lines which even Danny’s manager said. I will explain you the manager said and he started. See Danny did not do anything very special to be get noticed by others. He just did very simple things which helped the respective persons to do their work more effectively. Will give you an example which were shared with me. One day Srini was having heavy work and deadlines to meet and he was working that day overtime. Danny while leaving for the day saw Srini to be still working and he went to him to inquire the same. Srini was fully into his work and deadline and he replied angrily to Danny to go and don’t disturb him. Danny realized he was tensed and there was something which is bothering Srini. So without saying any word he pulled a chair and sat next to him. For about one hour he sat their next to Srini without uttering a word. Seeing him sitting there Srini asked him why he was sitting there when all others have gone home long back. Danny simply replied, but you are still here right. This made Srini to feel little warm and relaxed and he said to Danny, its ok I have to complete this work and deadline in tomorrow so I have to extend today. You can go home. Danny did not say a word again and Srini continued his work. After a few minutes Danny asked Srini if he needed something to drink, and Srini was desperately needing a coffee. So he smiled and replied Coffee. Within no time Danny was gone and came back with 2 cups of hot coffee. This started the conversation and both of them talked about a whole lot of stuffs that night. It was an amazing time as they laughed and sang and danced the whole evening. By early morning 2 AM Srini completed his work, much before the deadline and they both left home happily. You know what Srini said when narrating the incident, he said he worked that day for over 18 hours, but when he reached home he felt much satisfied than the normal days of his work. And he never felt he was working for the whole time as Danny made sure the time was always pleasant and happy.
Similar stuff was shared by others also. He made an impact in their life’s be it for at least one day. So is it not fair to give an extra rating for the person who indirectly helped you to achieve the performance you have done.
Sam was again astonished at this boy again. How does he do all this. He thought him his life’s second lesson in the journey of being selfless and doing that extra mile for others.
Someone has rightly said,
“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment”.