A young man was promised a good posting in a reputed company. He was looking forward to it and prepared himself diligently. He read all the literature about the company, and armed himself with information about the competitive companies. He was just raring to go.
He discussed the advantages of the posting to his close friends. They were happy for him. It would mean longer hours of work, but he was game. He felt it was a step up the corporate ladder and was confident of rising up to the expectations. He had several meetings with his seniors and boss and felt ready to take on the challenge.
The company suddenly decided to give the post to someone else. To say he was disappointed, would be the understatement of the year. He was shocked. He did not react. When he was presented with the news, he quietly handed over all the information he had with him and just withdrew. He was told he would be accommodated elsewhere in the company.
All his hopes were dashed. His adrenaline rush came down swiftly and he felt drained. He was so looking forward to the posting, he felt he was stabbed in the back. The reason given to him sounded flimsy, he knew there was some other reason.
He did not want to confront is boss, he just let his boss know he did not accept the reason. He took a day off, to recoup. He was disappointed. He did not want to cry in the office. So he maintained a stiff upper lip. Maybe he did at home.
He reported for work the next day after leave and was his usual self. He said he could not afford to lose his job, he had to take whatever was offered. He wants to know the actual reason for his being withdrawn. He said he would ask the right person later. He seems to have taken the disappointment in stride. Or he is masking it.
He has two options. He can confront and create a scene. He can demand to know why he was sidelined. His credentials were known, why did the company build his hopes and then crash land him? The company has the right to do as it pleases, but the right reason has to be given. This is more aggravating for him, he is not being given the right reason. Because if he is lacking in certain skills, he needs to know. He can improve on that.
Or he can accept that corporates do function in such a fashion. They take decisions, and abruptly even change them. The larger the company, the less the explanation given. He has a job, he can function in that post and try to be the best there. What other options does he have?
He can of course leave, he can try for a more challenging job. That option everyone has. He chooses to remain and see if any more opportunities will open up. He does want a valid explanation, he hopes the bosses give him one.
What would you do if you were in his shoes? Do you think he retired tamely? Your comments are invited.