If telling the truth will put you in trouble, will you do what is right?
During public talks, private coaching or counseling sessions, I oftenly encourage my audience to do what is right regardless of the cost. I am a firm believer of integrity. Of course, I knew it’s easier said than done– but the benefits far outweighs the consequences which are temporary.
Unless you are the ONE who need to make the choice and feel the pressure.
Just recently, two of my female staffs made a blunder that will definitely cause the termination of a male staff. The male staff has done no wrong, performance is good enough and work attitude is double “A”. The problem lies with his school records wherein his university failed to authenticate his school docs on time. This could have been avoided if t’was attended to by the two female staff. Now we ran out of time.
Our option is to do what is right, that is recommend for the continued employment inspite of the deviation and lapse, which will definitely cause heads to roll (including mine), or save our ass by just ending the employment of the male staff and consider him casualty of life’s unfairness. Humanly speaking, the safest decision is to just let go of the male staff quietly. But something is not right.
So we decided to do what we thought our conscience will be satisfied. We did what was right for the male staff and proceeded with the recommendation to continue with the employment of the male staff. Immediately, I was asked to explain (twin notice rule is in motion/ I am afforded due process) by one of the executives. So I did, explaining that the situation, the male staff, (myself and 2 female staffs who may have been negligent) be given consideration. Nevertheless, the executive respected my recommendation and endorsed my request for approval.
I can not also blame my two female staffs who were in the thick of preparation for the opening of our grandest business center, the one our company will showcase to the world. And of course, accountability goes to me as well as their Manager and head of the Division.
Have prayed hard for God’s grace on this matter. I left my anxiety and fear in the Master’s feet hoping for the best at the same time preparing for the worse. This chapter in my career is another learning experience… prayerfully the experience will add value to my character.
Have you gone thru a similar experience? What did you do?
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