On December 16, 2013, an engineer who had not obtained any job since his graduation in April 2013, started working with an engineering consultancy company owned and managed by my friend.
During his interview, the engineer had been told that, while the normal working hours were 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Saturday, it would be necessary for him to stay on in the office till about 7.30 pm almost every working day during the month-long training period. He had readily agreed to this.
On the first day, the engineer left the office at around 7.00 pm after completing a training session with his supervisor. The next morning, he informed his supervisor that he would not be able to stay back in the office after 6.00 pm since he had reached home later than expected due to heavy traffic. The supervisor told him that he should discuss the matter with their employer. The engineer spoke to the employer, who pointed out that the engineer had agreed during his interview that he would stay on in the office till about 7.30 pm almost every day during the first month. To this, the engineer replied that, at that time, he had not foreseen that he would be held up in heavy traffic. Realizing that further discussion was pointless, the employer agreed that the engineer could leave at 6.00 pm every day, and requested the supervisor to adjust the training schedule suitably.
On December 26, the engineer’s 9th working day, the employer was in another city to meet some prospective customers there. Between two meetings, at about 11.30 am, he read an email from the engineer requesting for 3 days’ leave on December 28, 30 and 31. He immediately telephoned the engineer and asked why he needed leave on those 3 days. The engineer replied that he had to visit his hometown to meet his parents. In response to the employer’s question, he clarified that there was no work or function to be attended. The employer pointed out that it was highly unusual for any person to take 3 days’ leave in his very first month at work, and asked the engineer if he could postpone his visit by a few weeks. The engineer replied that his train tickets had already been booked a month earlier. The employer was upset that the engineer was informing him at the very last minute despite having planned this visit a month back. He told the engineer that he would have granted 3 days’ leave at such short notice only if there was urgency of some sort. Since this was just a routine visit, he could not grant leave. When the engineer said that he could not cancel his visit, the employer repeated that he just could not grant leave. To this, the engineer replied that he wanted to resign with immediate effect. The conversation ended there.
A few minutes later, the employer received a call from the supervisor, who told him that the engineer told him that he was quitting his job, picked up his bag and walked out of the office.
This engineer had got a job after being unemployed for 8 months. Many of his batchmates have not yet got jobs after graduation. His employer had been very transparent about the working conditions. Yet, he backed out of his agreement to work beyond normal working hours during the training period. Finally, he chose to throw away his job for a very flimsy reason.
I have come across many such persons. To obtain secure jobs with decent working conditions and good salaries, they make commitments during the interview, but back out of these commitments once they are employed. They want employment, but don’t want work!
I cannot understand the mindset of such people. Can anybody enlighten me?