Nearly three years – That is what it takes…

Walking to my desk this morning, I smiled and let a lady go ahead of me. Crossing another balding gentleman, I waved a hi! and struggled up the stairs. Crossing the kitchen, I noticed a bunch of people with coffee mugs and I realized I knew each one of them by name.

Suddenly it hit me that I had finally grown roots at my current job. The last time I had felt this way was at Wipro. A decade back. Right from waiting for the Wipro bus to arrive, we would be huddled in giggly gangs of six or more. Chatting non stop we would reach office and file into our cubes only for extended chat sessions over breakfast to be continued over IM.

The pleasure of knowing colleagues by name, knowing where they come from personally gave that extra touch when working together professionally. The past couple of years, I would come to work, stew in my cube, venture out for that occasional coffee/tea break around mid noon and scurry back to my cube.

While my current workplace resembles nothing of the Wipro I was happiest at, it is slowly beginning to have a homey feel about it. The people, the work, the feeling of familiarity and the general bonhomie. When I chat with the new person that joined my group recently, I feel like the insider. I feel the need to make the other person welcome. It speaks volumes for the ownership I have come to feel.

I feel happy and secure.

6 comments

  1. Good. That’s all that matters. Secure and happy 🙂

    @rads: Absolutely! BTW I am rooting for your 48 days to go campaign. You go girl!!

  2. You are lucky..trust me. Having been through several changes in the companies I have worked for the past 4 years, I really do not know what it feels to be the same environment for an extended period of time. I have changed 3 companies in the past 4 years, mainly due to changes in company direction. While I do not regret the changes I underwent and it has taught me to be more flexible and welcoming of new experiences, I often feel my career growth would have been faster had I been in the same company and worked with people I enjoyed longer.

    @naan: Been there done that. At the risk of hearing people go “Chee Chee!”, this is my eighth job in a career spanning over 10 years. 🙂 It did teach me to look at change positively and give me the strength to welcome it rather than feel afraid. Its unnerving that I am starting to grow roots here. Hope I don’t jinx myself 🙂

  3. Laksh, good that you have developed a sense of belonging to your work place! It takes time, especially considering the cultural differences.

    @Suman: It surprises me too. In the four jobs I have held since I moved out of India, this is the first place where am beginning to develop a sense of comfort.

  4. Its a nice feeling to be knowing many of our colleagues and have atleast something to talk to them.. rather than waving a simple hi or dropping a smile. Also, it is kind of a double-edged sword, where we tend not to come out of this comfort zone and look for opportunities or challenges outside.

    @Shankar: True! Just that I have had my fair share of jumping around and am looking forward to some settling down 🙂

  5. hi laksh,
    it’s strange i chose to post a comment to get in touch with you. chanced upon this when i was searching the recipe of cabbage kootu and i ended up following your recipe. do drop me a mail at thanuja.sandhari@wipro.com

    hope u read this post.

    @Thanu: My pleasure. More over email.

  6. Yes, not feeling like an outsider is an extremely comfortable feeling.
    Between, I have only heard about the fun culture while working in India, never experienced it. It almost seems like an extension of college. This is not to say people here are bad, I still have a comfortable rapport with people from different countries. People are friendly but yet for a lack of better word, the ‘apnapan’ is just not there.

    @sachita: I loved it working in India and still do. The past couple of times, I have taken to working from desh when I get a chance and absolutely love it. With you on the “apnapan” factor.

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