Hope for the Flowers

To those who were able to read this book, I’m pretty sure you can relate to my post.

Today is our 7th day of consultative workshop with an American consultant. Our team provides the capacity figures of our plants. We have four major plants with several departments inside of it. We usually provide the plant capacity figures on a quarterly basis. Our day-to-day tasks include bottleneck management, shop floor audits, project management, layouting, manpower review and OEE review. We interact with the process owners, human resources department and supply chain group for this.

The integrity of our data is a sensitive topic because it will surely BREAK everyone’s trust in our team. What I hate most is when somebody suddenly realizes that he has alzheimer’s disease; he tends to forget what we had agreed upon in our previous meetings.

To bark at our team in front of a foreigner; much more, a consultant hired by no less than the chairman and owner of our company, is a big NO-NO!

Every organization has politics on it; I accept that. What I can’t accept is when somebody starts to play Pontius Pilate.

Loyalty To The Company

How is loyalty to the company being taken by the Filipino working class? Is there an available statistics of loyal employees? What is the ratio of home grown talents versus a non-home grown ones in a company?

Back in the old days, loyalty to the company is like being loyal to one’s country. Promotion and the reward system were based on years of service in the company. It’s no wonder why our grandparents were able to afford large houses and nice cars back then. It is like the age-old belief that a college education is the key to one’s success. Remember Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter’s “Rich Dad Poor Dad?” Loyalty to the company and obtaining a college degree to get rich are related assumptions. Both are old-school beliefs. I won’t discuss the principle of “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” you try to read the book if you care to know about it. I will be focusing on my own belief that “loyalty to the company is old school.”

And why is it old school? As I mentioned, during the time of our grandparents, the reward system was based on years of service to the company. Is it happening now? Let me cite Intel Philippines as an example. Intel Philippines wrapped down its operations in 2009. Ask any ex-Intel employee and he/she will just give you a uniform answer. They would all agree that when it comes to compensation and benefits, Intel was the champion at it. Some if its employees were middle-aged men and women who even bought a home within the Generial Trias area. Maybe ten years ago, they thought of permanently settling down in Cavite though some of them came from as far as Northern Luzon. Of course, it’s not Intel’s fault if its employees decided to settle near their work area. My point is, these loyal employees did not foresee that the semicon superpower would someday pull out its operations in the Philippines. Where did their loyalty put them? Thanks to Intel’s separation pay? Unless you’re a good businessman, then maybe that amount is in good hands.

Some employees tend to bind theirselves into the company that they learned to love but they fail to acknowledge that our employers are business-minded people. They hire us not because they want to give us a better life. They hire us because they think that we are capable of expanding their assets.

A friend asked me,” So, are you implying that I must be lax and lazy just to prove my disloyalty to my employer?”

What a question! I did not mean to say that a person must be lazy and lax to his work just to show his disloyalty. My point to all this argument is this. Be hardworking, show your commitment but for your own sake, do not be a blind follower to your company. Leave when you feel that the company does not respect or acknowledge you. Leave when there is a better opportunity. Do not be stagnant, learn a new skill, find the best employer, learn how to invest your earnings while working.

Duty First Before Pleasure

Today is Thursday. I’m supposed to text two of my former college housemates about our get-together on Saturday. We haven’t seen each other for 12 long years and we believe it’s about time to reconnect with each other. Also, my youngest brother’s birthday celebration will be on Saturday; I need to be there to enjoy with my family.

10:30 AM, meeting with the bosses. Result? I need to report to work on Saturday to train some supervisors and engineers about productivity monitoring.

My ever supportive boss asked me, “Okay lang ba na pumasok ka sa Sabado?”

“Yes, sir…. if it’s needed, I will,” I said.

I though I saw my bitchy alter-ego saying these: “Liar! Liar! You don’t wanna go to work on Saturday! You don’t wanna go to work on Monday which is a holiday! Why don’t you tell them that you have an appointment with old friends on Saturday afternoon and a birthday celebration to prepare to on Saturday night? Why don’t you tell them that you will need to go to Zambales on Sunday to attend to your friend’s baby’s baptismal? Why don’t you ask them to give you a break?

I thought I was lost in space for a few minutes. I was torn between my career and my personal life. Duty first before pleasure?

I remember the time when I was just starting my career in my first job. My mother was always mad at me for going home late and for being workaholic. It was not my choice to be workaholic, the nature of my job as an engineer demands me to be one. How can my mother understand my long hours of work when nobody in the family has the same nature of job as mine? It was only about six years later when my brother vindicated my workaholicism when he started to work as an engineer, too.

Duty first before pleasure? As long as they don’t ask me to report to work on Christmas and New Year, yes, I will prioritize duty before pleasure. Babawi na lang ako sa mga mahal ko pag-uwi ko.