One Who Lacks Employer Ethics

I just learned today that my closest friend is having trouble with his employer. Attitude problem? Sort of.  Too much workload?  Definitely yes.  Low salary wage?  Yup.  Swindled?  Shockingly true.

Nowadays, people can really do anything just to save some cash.  Even if it means blinding someone from the truth and even if that employer is actually your relative.  My friend told me how he was convinced of accepting the job offer and was also informed how much the employer is willing to pay.  To be honest, the figures are really bad.   However, my friend accepted the job since he was in need of money and also his heart ached seeing how that person desperately needs someone who could lend her a hand. Before he even started working, he was sure that his duties were mainly focused on certain areas only. Then again he was suddenly informed of the other numerous things that must be worked on.  My friend sucked it all up and just now he discovered the craziest truth from that lady. After working for this woman for a couple of months, he has just been told that his salary is actually less than two hundred dollars from the original amount that he and his employer have agreed upon.  And so she kept on talking about how hard it is for her to find a stable job and that she can only fulfill her promised wage once she finds a decent earning.  My friend attempted to reveal his frustrations about the issue and demanded a good pay but she rampaged and got mad for being too ambitious and greedy.

To all the readers, your head must be probably boiling hot now huh?  I felt the same thing and it makes me sick.  Things like this really happen and they’re full of shit.  But it’s this shit that makes you learn.

For those who have encountered this freaking scenario before, read what’s written here below and might as well print and throw it to their pretty faces – I mean keep it and use it as a reference for any complaints which are worth filing.

Employer Ethics

  • No to false assurance.  I’ve read several blog posts before saying that they were given false hopes by their prospect employers.  It even led them to closing other opportunities since they were already secured with a job but only to find out that they weren’t actually hired.  Some would call them, notifying them of their rejection while others would find weird excuses.  And if they’re already involved with the job, whatever it is (I suspect delightful offers and benefits) that came from them during the orientation phase will suddenly vanish.  There really is no definite truth unless everything is written in the paper.  So, it’s always better to secure a hard copy rather than depending on the in the information given to you via word of mouth.
  • Right to proper treatment.  Just because you are being paid for what you are instructed to do doesn’t mean that you are already entitled to be abused and maltreated.  Remember, employers get the output of the workforce in exchange of money.  Without you they will remain incapacitated.  So it is rightful for employees to get the correct treatment they deserve.
  • Right to earn the appropriate wage.  This may seem quite familiar to most of the workers especially for those who are into blue collar jobs. Employers think that they can get a big chunk out of their people’s salary through several excuses e.g. income tax, government programs and other organizations that would require monthly deposits.  Where in actuality, they haven’t dropped a single coin to those accounts.  Always check the payslip and also cross check it with the the institutions declaring deposits.

I guess overall, these are the factors I’ve summarized on how the code of ethics for employers works.  Whichever country you might be in today, the code will remain applicable.  It is therefore a general rule just like how the standards of nursing or teaching comes in.
photo courtesy of:  Scott Liddell

sources:

Employer Ethics [online].  Available at: http://www.speedupcareer.com/articles/employer-ethics.html

Jones, Kasey.  n.d. Ethics in the Employer-Employee Relationship [online].  Available at:  http://www.ehow.com/info_8444312_ethics-employeremployee-relationship.html

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Welcome Weary August – Did I Get the Job or Not?

From the 1st of August up to now, nothing has changed.  Still the same old me.  Oh yeah, something interesting did happened… I got an invitation for a job interview.  You see, I was so busy applying for several jobs here in our local city.  I don’t want to be away from this place anymore.  Living abroad was the worst nightmare I ever had.  It was a huge mistake involving a huge amount of money.  Damn it, I just can’t forgive myself for being so stupid.  Anyway, the interview went well last week.  I am just not sure if I will be getting the job!  I got an idea, however, that we will be having a third interview soon.  That is, for those who they think have the potential.  Well, I hate to live a life full of expectations.  I guess I just have to wait until they ring me… or maybe they won’t bother anymore. Oh how I hate this feeling!  Okay, now to make this post fruitful, let me talk about several indicators on how to know that you got yourself a job.

Right after the interview, I got myself a pack of lunch and went home immediately.  The following day I googled anything there is to know about the ‘indicators’. And here are the information I’ve gathered:

  • Chemistry.  The people coming from different sites I’ve visited say that interviewers would display an inviting feeling if they are about to welcome you to their company.  Some commenters also described the ‘spark’ on your conversation as you go along with several kinds of topics.  It comes out naturally from the interviewer.
  • Body Language.  You might observe the interviewer exhibiting excitement and curiosity to your CV or to your previous job description.  They also avoid any gestures that would mean that they are not really interested to your heartily written ‘sell-yourself’ paper.  These kind of behavior indicates that they like your experience and your over-all professional background.  But if you see someone who would cross their arms, frequently check their watch and raise their eyebrows – there is a huge chance that you might not be the one they are looking for.
  • Note Taking.  If you your interviewer are taking notes, they are interested in you.  Just make sure they are not just the short ones, for all you know it’s just a memo saying ‘application rejected.’
  • Loooong Interview.  When I say long, I mean really really long.  Sometimes it would even take hours.  It is very important to be very patient and to stay engaging during your conversation with the interviewers.  If you are tired of answering their questions, then endure it!
  • Closing Statement.  If you have been told as to how and when they are going to communicate with you just before the interview ends then there is a great chance of you being hired by their company.  Though most interviewers are stating this as an S.O.P.  If they know you have a slim chance of getting hired they won’t give you the full details.  In short, the interviewer must give you full instructions and shouldn’t make it sound vague.  Some would even discuss the salary range, company expectations, and a summary of the succeeding things that you will be hearing or expecting from them.

If you have already experienced a job interview before and have seen these familiar indicators then I guess you can totally relate to what I’ve just written in here.  If not, considering that you’re a fresh graduate or you’ve been previously spoon fed with a job – just like me, you must give time to prepare!  Honestly, I went to that interview without any preparations (since I was used to it when I was still residing in a different country, totally different culture!)  I felt really incompetent with what I just did.  And I guess there is no reason for me to be wondering if ever I get rejected.  But please! Rejection doesn’t really mean that you are no good as an employee.  Every company has their own preference and if you don’t get to be chosen then it just means that your skills and professional background won’t suit their needs.  It doesn’t reflect your personal worth!  So don’t pity yourself.  The next time you apply for a job and landed one, you’ll see that you are actually in a much more excellent position.

photo courtesy of: www.celalteber.com