Daily Archives: 21 October 2006

Appraisal vs Resignation

> > > A newly-joined trainee engineer asks his boss ” What is the meaning of
> > > appraisal ? ”
> > >
> > > Boss : ” Do you know the meaning of resignation ? ”
> > >
> > > Trainee : ” Yes, I do. ”
> > >
> > > Boss : ” So let me make you understand what an appraisal is by
> > > comparing
> > it
> > > with resignation. ”
> > >
> > > Appraisal
> > >
> > > Resignation
> > >
> > > In an appraisal meeting they will speak only about your weakness,
> > > errors
> > and
> > > failures.
> > >
> > > In a resignation meeting they will speak only about your strengths,
> > > past achievements and success.
> > >
> > > During an appraisal you may need to cry and beg for even a 10% pay
> > >
> > > In a resignation meeting you can easily demand ( or get more without
> > asking)
> > > more than 50-60% pay-hike !
> > >
> > > During an appraisal, they will deny promotion saying that you did not
> > > meet the expectation, you don’t have leadership qualities, and that
> > > you had several drawbacks in reaching objective/goal.
> > >
> > > During resignation, they’ll say you are the core member of the team;
> > > that you are the vision of the company, and so ” How can you go ? “;
> > > you have
> > to
> > > take the project on your shoulders and lead your juniors to success.
> > >
> > > There is a 90% chance of not getting any significant incentives after
> > > appraisal.
> > >
> > > There is a 90% chance of getting an immediate pay-hike after you put
> > > in
> > your
> > > resignation.
> > >
> > > Trainee : ” Yes, boss, good enough.  Now I know what to do.
> > >
> > > When you are about to do my appraisal, I will resign. “

Go find a real job lah

I had a missed call from an unsaved number the other day. I called back that number, nobody answered. I assumed that must have been a headhunter or friend calling from office. Nevermind, I would call back the next day..

The next day, before I called back that number, an ex-colleague called me with that number.

“Eh, are you still looking for job?”

I was like, huh? “Yess…” I answered hesitantly.

“Do you want to go back to [previous company where we both had worked]?”

“Err.. who are you?”

“Aiya! Me larh!”

“Who?” Huh huh.

“C larr. Aiya, cannot recognize my voice meh?”

“Now that you mention your name, I can recognize your voice. Hahaha.”

“Hahaahah. So do you want to go back there not? The sales team is hiring.”

“Err.. don’t want to go back lar.”

“Why not? When are you going to find a real job?”

“This is a real job ah! It’s honest work!”  I was indignant.

“Uh yeah? Then when are you going to find a better job?”

*roll eyes to the sky* “I am lar. But I don’t want to go back there lar, thanks for informing me.”

“OK lar.”

Sure, I have a Degree in Computer Science. I had worked 2 years in Customer Support and Service only. In my whole life, I had worked almost 2 years as Sales Assistant in retail, selling clothes. I didn’t utilize my Degree to the fullest extend. But I do use the skills I learnt in my daily work, albeit not as much as programming as I did while learning. But my current job is a valid job as any job, just that the so-called “status” is not as “high class” as say, Network Engineer, Project Manager, System Analyst.

And yes, my job can be superficial. Who needs to care about where the sleeves end when there are so many people dying of hunger? But then, do the Computer Science and IT grads save the world? Do they not create porn websites and virus?

Sometimes I feel like shit. My job doesn’t define me but I’m working more than 47 hours per week. I know there must be other better jobs..


Time management, scheduling and flexible working hours

These 3 things help employees to become more efficient, satisfied with their work and employers. Everyone likes control over his/her life. Nobody likes to be told to do what he/she dislikes.

Newbies for counters train @ shops 1st

Now that there were only PotatoGal (in charge of Ladies) and I (in charge of Men’s), ShopMgr hired 2 more Full Timers but told PotatoGal, “Let them stay at shop for training first. Let them be competent first before coming to department store.”

Wah, so good? At least ShopMgr can see their level of competence when they are based at shop. But then, it is not an accurate indicator.

Some people behave differently when in front of higher, more important/powerful and lower rank people. Take Ralph for instance. When he’s in the same shift as ShopMgr, he would wipe every dirt on all of the glass table and floor as well as stands. When ShopMgr is not around, he would just maybe wipe 1-2 glass tables at most, then walk around aimlessly, saying, “What to do ar? Nothing to do uh..”

Since we have to eat, ShopMgr send 1 staff – 1 only! – from shop to department store to “assist” us.

The counter way (better one) 

The way we arrange shift for department store is different from the shop. We prefer to get maximum rest.

That is.. we ask everyone working in our counters:

  1. When is the rest day you want?
  2. Any other special request, like wedding dinner, date or seeing dentist (like me)? If I have to see dentist in the mornign, I must work noon or off that day.
  3. Which day full shift?

Usually we just check for #1 & 2. Once we have selected the day for our rest day, we then arrange it to be morning on rest day-eve, then afternoon on the day after rest day for maximum rest :D

PotatoGal said, “It’ll be like having 2 days off. Almost.”

Everyone has a say in the next week’s shift.

The shop way 

Shop’s time table is arranged either by Supervisor or ShopMgr. They don’t care if you don’t get enough rest, as long as they get enough rest. Sometimes they can give you rest day on Friday this week, then Monday rest day for next week. Or you can get noon shift on rest day eve and morning after rest day.

Staffs in shop would sometimes complain that, “Eaiiyeaaa.. I have off tomorrow and then Full the next day! Where got feel rest?”

“Hahaha. Give you rest kao kao then work kao kao!”


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