Thursday, October 25, 2012

About quitting

Quitting a job is not something new. I have seen many of my colleagues and friends quit their jobs for better opportunities and also to pursue other career paths. In professional life, this is common. When such things happen, there is always advance notice. A couple of weeks back, I was taken by surprise.

When a colleague did not turn up for 2 days, I attributed it to his health. The weather has been behaving erratically in this part of the world. So, it is natural for our bodies to succumb to the vagaries of nature. On the third day, another colleague told me the real story. The guy who was not turning up for the past two days is never going to come back. He quit the job. But what about the notice period? That was my question. He was a contractor. He had a showdown with someone in his company. So, he quit. He has the freedom to do so. 

Since he quit, someone else had to take up whatever he was doing. The person who took up had to work late hours as there was too much to do in less time. Too much as the new guy has to understand the history before tackling the present. The guy who quit ended up looking for a new assignment.

Being temperamental doesn't help anyone.




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12 comments:

  1. Its the management who scores well (financially) with contractors and it is the employees who suffer... Nice post...

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    1. Contractors are good when you have to deal with sudden demand in skills. There are additional benefits too like the cost. Since this is a temporary workforce, it is the organization who has to decide how effectively to utilize them without creating dependency.

      In any case, the employees suffer. Contractors are also employees of another company. :)

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  2. Good post Nona :)Quitting can have many different connotations as well, quitting does not always mean giving up.
    I did a take on the Quit syndrome few posts back.
    Keep up the good work

    Regards

    Jay
    http://road-to-sanitarium.blogspot.in/

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    1. The title is slightly misleading. It is a deliberate from my part. But I intend to talk in terms of employment. :)

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  3. Very sensible. Should be mandatory reading.

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    1. Thank you. Please feel free to share. :)

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  4. Being temperamental doesn't help anyone...so true!

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  5. Griin..I am temperamental person myself--join and leave as I please, and quit cities overnight! I guess I should feel sorry but cant pretend...I can only say LOL

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