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Treat employees with respect 
15th-Feb-2007 10:31 am
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.
15th-Feb-2007 04:35 am (UTC)
*kicks* bosses can be ebil.... that's why strive to be em if not we'll have to suffer their wrath... *shakes head*
16th-Feb-2007 01:31 am (UTC)
You mean, be your own big towkay? Muahahahaha...
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16th-Feb-2007 01:36 am (UTC)
Erm, I think CASE is only for retail purchases. Ministry of Manpower would probably be the more appropriate authority.
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16th-Feb-2007 02:31 am (UTC)
Heh, true! XD
I honestly don't know if we can put any amount of faith onto MoM to follow up for this kind of grievance.

What really gets my goat is that so many Singaporeans are complaining that foreigners are taking their jobs (though honestly, many of these jobs are the ones Singaporeans are unwilling to do), but jobs here are not all that fantastic. Many foreigners take up the same pay (if not a lot less) than what locals get, and are treated poorly because they don't have a choice (eg. having to work in Singapore 3 years due to studying here on subsidies).
15th-Feb-2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Good god. My friend is going through a similar situation now where her boss is trying to grind her into flour because she was *gasp* daring enough to attend an interview for another position in Starhub - after 2 years, shit work, lousy working environment and no prospects with the current one. My poor friend has no choice but to resign, as it's become a full blown case of victimisation/bullying.

What shits me is that employers get away with this crap and employees largely have no one to bring their grievances to. Does Singapore not have any People Practice legislation, with the unions if not anywhere else?
16th-Feb-2007 02:02 am (UTC)
Unions have unfortunately proven to be worth very little and they certainly do not help with smaller organisations.
15th-Feb-2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
I've put up with stuff like that before. Bosses can be just heartless.
16th-Feb-2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Heartless, soulless and brainless.
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