“Pritam, can I see you in the conference room for sometime??” Rahul my Project manager asked me. “Sure Rahul, give me a minute” I said, wondering what could be so important. There was an involuntary shudder. I always thought going to the conference was getting bad news. I locked my comp and proceeded to the conference room with a notepad and pen.

“You have been doing some amazing work I heard” said Rahul as I sat down. Now I was pleasantly surprised.

“Well…, Thank you, Rahul.” I stammered.

“I also heard that you are staying late these days?? I should add here that I know you are under tremendous pressure. But that doesn’t justify anything”

I gave a what-do-I-do stare.

“You should plan your work and leave on time. I know that you live with your family. Don’t you think you should be spending more time with them than your computer??” he asked.

“Yes, I think so… But the…” I started…

“No buts..You are planning and leaving early from now on, Pritam. This is for your own good. Ok?? Keep up the good work.” Rahul stood up after saying this.

I mentally noted that I should leave at 8.20 that day.

A week later, Rahul passed by my cubicle and said “Good, you are leaving early these days… great” and gave a thumbs up sign.

Friday evening as I started to leave, a mail popped up.

“Congratulations SPOT award winners…”

I eagerly opened to see if there was my name in the list. Sadly there wasn’t. As I was about to close the mail, a sentence caught my attention

“Jim – ABC project

He totally deserves this spot award for his dedication and hardwork he has shown in this project. ………

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Also the effort he put in after office hours is greatly appreciated..”

The time was 8.15 pm. I opened my DART and started a task “AB357434 – Coding PCD”… and continued in to the night.