Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Golden Handshake

The discussions are everywhere everyday....

But there is no right or wrong regarding this issue.

An entirely personal decision which is based on:
1) Personal goals
2) Compensation package
3) Attitude towards future
4) Risk profile
5) Number of dependents
6) Desired industry of future work

Every one is entitled to their own decision. Judgement is not of human interpretation. And it doesn't require a judgement to begin with. To take up the offer or not, it is a personal choice.

Life is full of uncertainties. Noone knows if you'll get a fat package and get a great job the next day. Nothing is impossible. You may also stay on and get retrenched with a lousy package another month. Make the choice based on your own situation and risk factor.

Many grumble the existence of choice. Yet, the grumblers are those who complained that they should simply retrench them instead of wasting time forcing leaves onto them. Choice is just a decision process, where you exercise a decision based on your priorities, but holding on to the responsibilities that comes along. It appears that people love to blame on every other thing, than to appreciate a choice of deciding what you want. People rather the environment pass them the death sentence than to pass a death sentence onto themselves. Yet, when glory of success comes by, many take it as a glory resulting of personal wise choice.

Everyone needs positive energy. The fine line defining positive energy and optimistic is often stepped over. It took me a long time to clear that thought. But I do clearly feel that I am filled with positive energy but I'm not-so optimistic with the current reality.

My choice? I'll take.
Reason? Personal goals.

Laidback work life is enjoyable. However good, it is not my cup of tea.

p.s: my word of the day today: burnish (a word that is so.... work! haha!)


Anonymous said...

Hmm....it is the fault of those sitting up there. Each time when there is a crisis, they kept on making mistakes. Thus, adding burden to the already happening crisis. 2001, 2007 & now. Yet they are still down there.

They see what they wanted to see & ignore those that they felt absurd. Yet those absurd data or findings are seldom false. They are so conservative in making decisions. Not bold at all.

jing xian said...

Oh well, we may be a MNC, but we function like a Singaporean style MNC, with slow respond to market changes and demands.

It is a conservative management style lack of motivating and creative leaders. It is not easy to change the mindset of the management, and many of us end up changing ourselves to suit their management style. The cumulating years made one stifled with rigid ideas. That is also why we never done spectacular break-through.

Anonymous said...

Hmm, judgement can be used as part of the decision making. Go is a forward idea while stay is a conservative decision.

A person who work eight years will need only three months to recover the package. Many have forgotten to include the lack of CPF contribution by company. Yet, like what you say nothing is impossible. You might just find a high pay job after having a fat package. What's the possibility. Or you stay on. However, by staying on, the risk of fresh grads from NTU, NUS & SMU competing with you for a job increases as June is nearing.

In fact, you are using judgement to decide. It's just how you interept judgement. ;)

jing xian said...

I agree that the entry was written with slight judgement as it was written when everyone was taking the conservative option, complaining that the choice is difficult since the market is bad.

The results surprised me a little though.

It is easy for me to make my choice. Afterall, I have my personal goals and areas I wish to head to.

But leaving is indeed difficult. :(

Anonymous said...

It's a sad day. There were 3 major batches. 2000, 2003-2004 & 2005-2006. Many of 2003-2004 batch were gone. Now only one or two are carrying the flag. 2005 - 2006 batch are those who are reaching the stage where they can hold on their own & contribute to the co. The biggest group, which is the 2000 batch, is the one that is able to connect those below t the upper management. It is also a pillar of strength that HOMS has been relying on due to their experiences. Alvin, Vincent, Alex Liew, Desmond, Kok Yaw, Lwee, Farm, Chin, Ju Peng, Charlotte, Chia Chee, Andy, John, Aiwah, Yen Ling, Kim, Lin Ping, Ang Chor Boon, Ang Hwee Peng, Leong Beng, Stanly & Qiu Hui.

So many were gone. Yet those later batches who were supposed to be succeed them were decimated in strength. Worst, ,many others who opted in were of longer service. How can HOMS go on like this? For those who stay it will take a strong character to continue & make HOMS strive. Or will they? Some have already lost heart. Others were washed out completely by the golden handshake exercise. Vincent, Alex Liew, Kok Yaw, Ju Peng are some of those who are or will experience such feelings. They have built something viable & stable with many other HOMS member. Yet now everything has gone to dust. When the dust settle & the tears dried up, will they be able to pick up? 真得很不舍得。。。

I wonder how will the offices look like on Monday. So somber, so depressing.....the laughters were gone...yet the journey is still long.....till the death bells are sounded. That's when a new entity is created via joint venture between HOMS & SDK.

The spirit of HOMS are borne by those who believe HOMS can grow by leaps & bounds. Yet, when some of these chose to go, in order to save HOMS. They carried part of the spirit with them. What's left is disappointment. HOMS has gone back to square one.

Hmm I will really miss the voices & sight of my gone comrades, the intense smell of lunch boxes & coffee or tea & most of all esprit de corps of HOMS local staff.

jing xian said...

It is indeed sad, though the 'mass activity' of leaving made it easier for the heart to take. However, it is very difficult. I had to fight my tears many times on my last day. On my last day, last thurs, tears fought their way out when I was on the bus to HOMS. It was the most trying day of my life.

I made up of the 2005-2006 batch. But I have to say that some of those of my batch who stayed disappointed me. (Note: Some, not all) They often asked me why I choose to leave. Many of my close colleagues/friends who understood me well knew I had the idea of leaving some time back as I couldn't stand rotting w/o any direction. In fact, those of my batch, of small numbers though, namely Yulli and Lileen, who left had the same sentiments as me. As our compensation is minimal and is not monetary logically to opt for the handshake, many question me why. I was told that the life here is good, with nothing to do and good pay (with the OT, of course). These replies by those who stayed disappoint me a whole lot. I agree it is a good life with great colleagues, but the nothing-to-do part isn't a sign we can be proud of. And with the seniors leaving, it is more difficult for them to rely on others for the journey ahead.

There are lots of great minds in HOMS, including some of the very committed production workers. I personally received SMS early this morning from one of my favourite, very committed prdtn staff. It breaks my heart as it hits on me the reality of parting. She ended our SMS conversation saying it is her honour to have known me. Am very very touched...

I have to agree that the departure of the 2000 batch is a great loss to HOMS. Their dedication, contribution, knowledge, experiences etc, cannot be easily replaced.

Its a cruel reality we all have to face. Be strong.