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The most basic rule of etiquette is a rather straightforward one. Simple enough to remember, really: "Do unto others as you would have them do to you." It is the basis of most ethical systems and its meaning is rather self-explanatory. And yet, when it comes to the corporate world, I suspect their HR departments lost this memo. Or threw it in the bin when it landed on their tables eons ago. The end of the year always comes with its share of blues. You tend to review the year that was. You take a good hard look at your life, your career, your goals.... And you pretty much decide to make some hard calls. You may not put in your papers in December but the process starts then and it's only a matter of time before you step out to embrace the next challenge in your life. At a personal level, September seems to be my month of change, indicating that I need a nine-month gestation period — from the first sign of discontent to discontinuation.
Anyway, my phone has been ringing off the hook with people thinking about quitting, but most of them are nervous about how their company will treat them at exit. For me, that's a sure sign you need to leave and leave fast. If you cannot be sure that your organisation is going to be decent when you resign, then run. As fast as you can. This place is not for you.
The funny thing is tomes are written about how employees should behave. But not enough is said about how employers should behave. Specially when it comes to giving a human face to an exit policy. The worst offenders are small companies with fluid HR — yes, you know what I mean. Rules are bent only to make life harder for the employee. Take the case of clearing dues. Here is the simple rule: pay. Immediately. Unfortunately, accounts departments are taught that they must never part with money. Even when it rightfully belongs to someone else. I am unable to understand why companies choose this particular time to start nitpicking. It would be so much more graceful to look at all the extra hours people put in and accept that commitment must be rewarded. And if one must nitpick, then over a period of time would be a great idea. Say, at the end of every working day? A ridiculous suggestion, do you think? Not as tacky as refusing to pay someone what they have earned.
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