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Inspired by Game of Thrones, engineer requests ‘appraisal by combat’

17, Jun 2014 By Vaibhav Anand

Gurgaon: After getting an unexpectedly below-par mid-year appraisal, Tadapit Kumar – a software engineer based out of Gurgaon – has requested his organization, an IT major, to permit him ‘appraisal by combat.’

The request came apparently after Tadapit was handed a below par mid-year appraisal so as to accommodate the bell curve.

Trial by combat

“If that guy on TV on that show that everybody keeps talking endlessly about can get a trial by combat, why can’t I?” Tadapit reasoned. “I working for 12 consecutive weekends and was Chaddha’s personal slave for two years; but if that still means I am ‘Unable to meet expectations’, I think I can display meet some of those expectations by converting Chaddha’s nose into a bell curve. I think it will bring to the fore  my ‘ability to think out of the box and innovate’ and ‘paradigm shifting competencies’ – things I have been hearing about almost as long as this TV series.”

The HR department was a little confused by the request and used the opportunity to allow themselves to catch up with the latest ‘Games of Thrones’ episodes in a conference room.

“Yes, we watched the latest season of Game of Thrones after gathering together in a conference room,” a senior HR executive for the company said, on condition of anonymity. Responding to a question from this reporter, he said, “No, we took special care not to enjoy watching the series as that would have been a waste of company resources. All we had for snacks was tea and biscuits; we didn’t even order pizza or Maggi from the cafeteria.”

“We are yet to decide whether to allow Tadapit the right to get appraised via combat,” he added. “To decide on that, we have booked one entire day to watch the past seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’. We are proactive HR managers, you see.”