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February 17, 2010

Coming Home

Filed under: Musings,Singapore — jackoatsmon @ 5:59 am

My spouse is a Malaysian and we often have to travel over to Malaysia to spend time with her parents.  I used to hate it as I have to drive for many hours and stories abound about accidents, staged accidents where robbery follows, corrupt cops, etc.  Over the years, I have come to accept and even welcome these trips.  At the very least, it gives me a period where I am out of touch from the office and need not do much beyond vegetating at my in-laws house.  Nevertheless, it is always a joy to reach back to Singapore at the end of the trip.  For some reason, it always revitalizes me to cross the checkpoint and get back on to Singapore soil even though it may have been a really long and tiring drive back.

My spouse being Malaysian however, always gets a bit upset over how happy we are at leaving Malaysia and would exercise her right to be in a bad mood for a day or so.


February 2, 2010

Of Responsibility and Cheapskates

Filed under: Work — jackoatsmon @ 2:29 pm

This entry is a bit of a rant. Just have to try and get it out of my system.

I would think that if a person signs out a piece of company property, said person is responsible for it. If it is lost (and I mean by negligence and not due to a robbery, burglary or other disasters), I would think that the right thing to do is to replace it out of your own pocket. Isn’t that taking responsibility for things that you are entrusted with? As an officer of the company, is it not your duty?

I have a high level officer in my company who has signed out for equipment with accessories.  He has lost one of the accessories and now expects the company to replace it for him.  After many hints that he should pay for the item out his own pocket, he still doesn’t get it. He had the audacity to tell me that he would use his departmental budget to purchase the item for him (that is still company money!).  He feels that such accessories (such as the detachable power adaptor) are ‘consumables’ and should be replaced if damaged or lost.  How can he not be able to tell the difference between damage from wear & tear and losing an item?!  He feels that is is ok so long as it does not happen all the time.  I finally had to tell him up front that I considered leaving things behind as being “irresponsible” and that I expect him to pay for the item himself.

The item in question cost less than $100.  If this was a junior staff, I would have had a little bit more sympathy but being one of the higher ranking officers and earning several thousand (?) dollars a month?  Perhaps that is how he expects to get richer, by making the company provide everything for him.  Still can’t get over what a ******* and cheapskate this person is.

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