A sudden meeting was called. Our assistant manger of Quality Assurance department had mailed all of us . I was surprised to see the management also in the invitee list.
It is 2 O'clock in the clock and the board room already was occupied by all other managers and their sub-ordinates. First i felt a paucity of space. Though everyone knew about the topic to be discussed all were muddled thinking why all of a sudden? I kept quite. Why? I might be the only person over here knowing that answer.
In a few minutes our Director of the company accompanied by QA asst. manager came in. Director himself took his chair and gave permission to start the meeting. The whole hall were silent. QA person, Gyaneshwar, came to the podium and took a deep breath. Greeted everyone and started his topic on password security of the ERP system we are using.
He started off, "First of all, I am sorry to summon all of you over here amidst of your duties. But i felt the need of discussing this with you all and help you out from landing into such dreaded situations."
I saw his hands quavering. I know him before i joined this company. very true to heart, very pleasant chap. Nobody will have any bad remark about him. Maybe thats what made him land up here like this.
"Yesterday evening i was almost nigh to get a sack order from management. That too for an unknown mistake i had done, for committing a silly mistake which turned out to be a big problem. I trust many people and had kept my password in our system very open, known to my many of my collegues." His voice was trembling. His fellow mates were staring at him, still not knowing what exactly had happened.
"One of my collegue hacked my password and through that he hacked our ERP system and many of the confidential documents were copied. These were kept in my computer hidden from me. And as all of you know its very easy to find out such frauds from the server." everyone looked at me. I sat proud for finding out that leakage. Months back i had told them in such a meeting, about the importance of networking and server system.
He continued,"So friends, after it was found out in my computer obviously the management will doubt me only. The whole evidance was against me." His eyes got red and wet. He continued his words. Emotionl utterances were hitting others heart. Nobody have seen him like that.
"Please my request is to ensure that your password is only known to you" He stopped. He couldnt controll his tears from running through his cheeks. The room filled with silence. One minute. Nobody spoke. The director himself got up from his seat. "My collegues" He couldnt pull it off from there. We saw his eyes were red. They were watered. Then he started saying something. Slowly increased his pace and gave some wise advices. I couldnt hear anything. My thoughts had already sank into his tears. His eyes showed how much he was moved by the emotional narration of his sub-ordinate. His trembling words showed how much he cared for his collegues.
I turned around and checked everyone. Everyones face showed sympathy for their collegue. After the meeting got over i got up from my seat, trying to wipe tow drops of tears waiting to fall down.
No wonder our Director always says, "We, the company, a family.