Friday July 25 2014

the workplace >When quitting is not an option

By Isaiah Kitimbo

Julius is such a committed employee but his efforts are often daunted by office intrigue at his workplace. When he joined a city supply management firm, he was promised better pay and promotion after probation.
This motivated him to work even harder.
However, at the expiry of probation, he noticed funny things in his department. When a senior colleague resigned, he thought he would be the suitable candidate for the slot. Unfortunately, his supervisor had a different game plan. He advertised the vacancy immediately and selected a new person.
Later, more employees were also hired to support Julius after he had complained of a heavy workload. To his surprise, their terms and conditions were much better with extra bucks in terms of weekly per diem yet they were doing less work. Tired and frustrated, he quit his job for ‘better’ offers.
Julius is a common example in many workplaces today, especially in private companies. The illusion is always that since managers can hire and fire at will, they can easily get the best skills as a result of the high unemployment rate in the country. In the worst cases, the victims are pushed into early separation and the defiant ones are frustrated. Some managers side with workers to scheme a foe’s exit. But this plot is not always successful.
This is why you need to critically examine the situation before planning your next move. Any stupid decisions that you make without thinking twice can cost you a fortune. Thus, guard yourself against paranoid tendencies and concentrate on doing a good job lest you will be fired for incompetence.
Also, consider discussing the matter with your supervisor to clear the air because rumours can only bruise your work relationship with the boss. Resign only when you must.

The writer is a human resources expert and a journalist