Wednesday, May 11, 2005

"A Lai Wah!"

If you are a Graduate Trainee in a company and you are under a supervisor who serves as your guide, your teacher and your mentor at the same time but he picks on you everytime you do something, whether it is right or wrong. Your situation is something like Kenny Sia's description of a woman's behaviour when she is PMS'ing...

"I stand up also kena. I sit down also kena. I hang around doing nothing scratching my legs like that... ALSO KENA!"

What do you do?

Do you stand up and fight for your rights or do you just let him kenakan you all the way without justifying the reasons why you sat down, stoood up or scratched your legs?

This supervisor of yours also criticises your self-appraisal (something most employees in semi-big and large companies have to do in order to gain a promotion. read: paperwork, red tape). He reads it once and says that you should give examples on how you enhanced your relationship with your clients, presented a good image about the company and interacted with your team mates. You ask him...

"Do you mean I have to write down ALL the projects that I have done in the past 6 months?"

"Yes, of course!"

After that he steps on you even further by saying...

"I've been a Graduate Trainee before. Don't think I don't know that you copied your appraisal from a management book at Waterstones during the weekend."

You spent many hours thinking of the work you have done in the past and writing them out. You never ever thought of even going to Waterstones to jenguk sedikit, what more waste a whole weekend copying down management jargons?

You don't want to pick a fight with him so you dutifully do what he says.

On the day of the interview with the company Director, that idiot screws you up.

You know you did your best. Other colleagues are less hard working than you are. You are always willing to learn and try your best to contribute during department meetings. Yet, you are stepped on by this man who thinks he is a know all.

What do you do now?

Quit?

Scream?

Change department?

Complain?

Or just say - "A lai wah!" (Thai for What the Fuck!)

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