The Dilemma : The Curious Case of the Unwilling EmailerThere is a very popular story in Indian Mythology called Vikram aur Vetaal. Vikramaditya was a very powerful , popular and just King. The legend says that the King, in order to fulfil a vow, had to carry a corpse (betaal) on his shoulder to another plac - in absolute silence. Enroute, the Betaal would narrate a story and pose a question to the King . If the king knew the answer , he had to reply. Else ,his head would be split into a thousand pieces.
I present this series of episodes based on real life scenarios. At the end of the incident, there will be a question which you will have to answer. The correct answer will be rewarded with a surprise prize J.
Once upon a time,, in the peaceful land of Project “Eutopia”, a team member named “Disruptus” arrived. Disruptus was moderately good at his work. He was part of an important module and did his work satisfactorily. Sometimes the peace was disrupted, but the leader managed the situation by talking to Disruptus. He needed regular doses of feedback. One day, there came a need for a team leader for his module and since he was the senior most in his team , he was chosen for the role. This role required him to check his emails from home and respond to them as appropriate.
Manager : Congratulations ! You have been assigned the role of the Team leader. You have wanted this role for a long time. So I hope you will make the most of it and do your best !
Disruptus : Thank You ! I will try my best !
M : You have bigger responsibilities now. So it is inevitable that you will have to check your emails regularly from home and see that the project work goes on smoothly.
D : But I do not have internet connectivity at home !
M : Not a problem. The organization has a policy where it will reimburse you certain amount of money for your connectivity.
D : But the reimbursable amount won't be enough!
M : The difference is negligible . I assume that you will do your personal work also which you will have to pay for yourself.
D : I don't want to spend on the down payment of Rs. 2000. I would like the organization to pay for it.
M : Our policy doesn't cover this payment and we cannot make an exception for you since this will set a precedent!
D : I have spent 3 years with the organization. Don’t I deserve to get a small thing like this from the organization ?
What should the Manager do ? Please post your reply in the comment section below.