Did you attend last year’s party in December? If not, you should have been sacked on New Year’s Day. If you were not fired and you still hold your job, count yourself lucky, but remember your supervisor made a note of your absence and made some comments in your file.
It is important not miss this year’s bash if your organisation takes the pain to organise and pay for it come December.
But Karangwa attended the party last year and still found himself on the chopping board in the New Year. He embarrassed one of the senior managers whom he reminded of his past, which the boss thought nobody knew about.
Never embarrass your boss either in private or public. It is another offence. But this takes us to the next mistake committed by many employees at the end of year party, over-indulgence.
Alcohol may be free and over-flowing but it is the responsibility of the employee to exercise caution. If you are weak at handling alcohol, you become an automatic nuisance to the bosses and colleagues. It could lead to embarrassment and dismissal.
Before management calls for the next appraisal, where you were planning to tell a small lie about your upgraded skills and knowledge to justify a pay-raise, think twice and carefully revise your curriculum vitae. You are likely to be reminded, that you are holding a fake certificate from a bogus institution, claiming to offer internationally recognised papers.
One lie at the workplace, could remind the bosses of various other lies about fake vouchers after spending a night in a backyard facility, but secured a bogus receipt from a posh hotel with plans to make illegal money through reimbursemen Lies at the workplace have left many in a flood of tears. They lead to summary dismissal when detected.
One senior supervisor at his company, failed to decode the message from colleagues about keeping his trousers zipped up. He imagined, indeed bragged, about his exploits and heroics with the secretary, the tea girl and the university intern whom he intimidated with his position and took advantage of.
When claims of sexual harassment were finally made, the supervisor’s session with management led by the female human resources manager turned into a thorough embarrassment when he was reminded the workplace was no place for employees with insatiable libido.
There is another good employee who also found himself dusting his CV as he prepared to look for another job. His disengagement caught everybody off guard. Because he had been previously rated and appraised as a go-getter employee who always finished his assignments on time. The company was reaping maximum profits from his efforts and initiative.
But praise from the management was the very reason he had to be fired. During one of the planning meetings, one manager told those in attendance to take their duties seriously and emulate him.
The public praise immediately went into his head and started bad-mouthing the company that it could not do without him allegedly because he was its backbone. He even bragged he was much better than the director.
When he was summoned by the director accompanied by the human resources manager, he was reminded he could not be allowed to continue working for the organisation which he was bad-mouthing. He was also reminded the meaning of teamwork
In another office, one supervisor used the terms insubordination and dereliction of duty as she persuaded the human resources manager to sack the company secretary. It is important to familiarise yourself with the two terms because they could explain why you should be disengaged.