Jul 25, 2008

Bam Slam!

Basically when we work under someone, we have to listen their advice and try to do a good job. That is my belief and if we are not agreeable to advice and feels that there are other ways to do thing, we can always discuss.

Remember the lady that we hired at school couple months ago?

She was wonderful lady, very hard working and basically been friendly to everyone – the teachers and the students. Her work on keeping the school clean and her cooking was great too (I learned some good tips from her). After 2 months with us, something happened. The principal of the school have telling me that this lady’s work performance has been degrading and despite their chats & some perks, it has not improved. One area that we are very particular is on cleanliness – this is a kindergarten and the last thing we want is to have unhealthy environment for small children. There is no compromise on this no matter what is the excuse.

Just couple days ago, as the principal of the school came back from the meeting, she noticed some rubbish in front of the school compound. So, she asked this helper lady to clean up and was about to go back to her office when this lady replied “No, I cannot do it”. That took the principal by surprise and when we found out, we felt bewildered ourselves. Hey, what is happening to this nice lady that we knew of?

So, the reply was a strong “no, I cannot do it”, the principal asked whether she need to do it then? – implying that she is the principal and it is not her job scope. The helper lady still said no, she is not going to clean up the rubbish.

As this argument between the principal of the school and helper lady was on-going, we got anxious but kept to the teaching work. We even heard the principal asking this lady whether she is having any personal problem for it is not known for this lady to refuse to do cleaning work (it is her job anyway). In the end, the lady had enough and walked off from the school, leaving the principal in a very angry mood.

Till this day, no one knows why this lady was angry and walked off for the principal has been a fair to everyone and did ask the lady politely to clean the rubbish. Complaint from the bosses is very usual and it is something everyone needs to get used to it. Certainly things are strange – the lady could have some personal problems but certainly it is not way to quit the job. The last I heard, the lady is still unemployed and even called to get her old job back. But everything is too late for her now since her requests have been rejected.

Here we go again – looking for helpers for the school…

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