I used to believe that most people are essentially kind and good, and that it is circumstances that make people do bad things (ie. bad upbringing, bad policies, etc.)
The SO's last 6 months of employment has proven that theory wrong.
- When his parents came from Oz for their annual visitation, he had to leave halfway through dinner to work till 3am at the office.
- We couldn't celebrate his birthday (on a Sunday), because his bosses called him back into work.
- His bosses conveniently 'forgot' to pay him the rest of his 13-month bonus for 2005.
- His bosses reasoned that since the client hasn't paid, the SO wouldn't get all of his 13-month bonus for 2006.
- After he submitted his letter of resignation, his bosses held a company meeting and not-subtly implied that he should've been eternally grateful that they gave him a job in the first place.
- His pro-rated salary this month was calculated on a 20-working day month, when the reality is that it's 18-working days due to the Chinese New Year holidays, a shortchange of S$85.
- They verbally notified him 25 minutes before the end of the day, that it was to be his last day.
There have also been a number of other things that have cumulatively made it a hostile work environment and I am somewhat glad that he does not have to deal with it anymore.
Because in the end, the work and the pay can be shitty, but if you treat your employees with respect and not consistently try to screw them over
so that you can buy yourself a new car
, you would go a longer way in becoming someone others can respect and aspire to become.