Working at i-exceed: a cherishing experience

Working at i-exceed: a cherishing experience

21 October
Written by: Ujwala Kidiyur

Humour me a little… Allow me to paint my first day in office for you… pin-drop silence for most of the day… any talk, if ever, was in hushed faraway tones…some smiles here and there, no laughter whatsoever.. no small talk, strictly business… and this wasn’t just my bay but the entire workspace including the pantry… people used to have lunch in silence.. afternoon just got worse, maybe the post-lunch effect.. none-the-less, this completely alien world was already sounding the death knells for me…

So on my very first day, i-exceed put me into a reflective mode… I suddenly realized how much I yearned for conversation and laughter.. how my loud and gregarious nature could actually spoil the gentle equanimity of this place.. how I thrived on noise and the complete lack of it here, would drive me up the wall.. and finally, how I’m going to be thrown out, just like in school for raising a racket.. serious back-to-classroom feeling

After being down in the dumps for a while, I started consoling myself.. maybe.. new job.. new place.. new people.. new location.. new workstation.. and so, maybe strange new impressions J.. at the end of day one, I was really hoping this was just the first day syndrome and things would get better along the way.. I really had no clue how I would spend the rest of my time here making myself believe I was born with no vocal chords or eardrums…

But thankfully, all hope was not lost.. all the all-work-no-play extremely-serious-in-life reserved colleagues of mine were quite a delightful and friendly bunch.. just that you need to warm up to them.. you have to coax some life out of them but you really have to make that effort.. especially if you are someone who hasn’t worked with anyone before and you are complete stranger to this place.. but once you take that teeny tiny step forward, life can get a lot more beautiful than before.. suddenly there were wider smiles.. maybe slight giggles.. no raucous laughter, not yet.. but it was so much better.. maybe it helped a little that I was sitting with the company HR.. right under, the biggies’ noses but that’s a different story altogether.. but more than anything, it gave me hope to survive.. and survive I did, and yeah I guess, everyone else did too 🙂

Every organization comes with its own culture.. some believe work should be a fun place.. some believe discipline is the key.. some give employees a lot of leeway.. some believe latitude leads to disaster.. to each, his own.. i-exceed is all about serious business with serious people.. no doubt about it.. and I admire everyone here who is able to work incessantly with a goal in mind.. I don’t deny it’s a little difficult for a newbie to fit-in, but it definitely grows on you… Unlike big organizations where one always gets an overwhelming feeling of being a drop in the ocean of humanity, working in a nascent organization has its own charms.. more than a company, the feeling is one of a family.. you get more guidance, more encouragement and definitely more than just friendly advice.. with a better support structure, you tend to work better, understand better and in the long run, perform better… I speak for myself here, but the learning process in a start-up is far more rigorous and enriching than elsewhere.. and if you get lost, help is just a shout away…. Especially, if you are stuck in a different location under unexpected circumstances, colleagues cross over to being friends much faster than anywhere else.. simply because they are the only ones you know well enough to rely on.. and they won’t let you down…

If you happen to land here from an organization functioning like a well-oiled machine and this happens to be your first time in a start-up, then prepare yourself to be a little disconcerted…. Since everything is relatively new, some things take a while to settle, a while to formalize into a process and a while to be rolled out as policies.. give it a little time and eventually everything does fall into place.. there’s no escaping the growth pains but there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.. just don’t be disappointed and just don’t give up.. patience is the key…

Make the most of your time, cherish every moment and revel in the challenges life has to throw at you.. you never know, the lessons you learn now may be the stepping stones for a brilliant future…
Cheers 🙂

  • Ujwala Kidiyur
    Ujwala Kidiyur

    Ujwala is a senior professional in our consulting services team. She handles the functional aspects in the banking domain for some of the key clients of our company.

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