'No' to abuse in the workplace

Ormoc Business News – Job applicant says no to abusive would-be employers

ORMOC BUSINESS NEWS – Have you experienced applying for a local job, sending a resume, receiving no feedback, or being set for an interview but the interviewer does not arrive on time or not at all? Here is what happened to an abusive would-be employer who cared less about those responding to his calls for job applications.

A wealthy owner of a business involved in the distribution of liquefied petroleum gas in Leyte got a surprise Christmas lesson worthy of a new year’s resolution when a modest job applicant turned his supervisory job offer down after learning about the company’s less than agreeable attitude towards its own employees.

The applicant who asked her identity not to be disclosed by the Visayan Business Post said that she passed the company’s IQ examination and ‘screening’ by its Human Resource Office and was scheduled for a ‘final interview’ by the owner.

“The first time I was asked by the owner to come to his office I was told by the staff that the owner would actually not arrive that day since he was out of town. The second time, I was told to report for interview again and was made to wait for more than an hour, no owner showed up. The next day, the owner personally called by phone and told me to report to his office on a given date and time. No reason was stated as to the previous cancellations. On the appointed time and date I came to the office and waited. The owner arrived two hours late”, she said.

“When the owner did arrive, I was told to wait again although the hour was already half past lunch time”, she said. “The owners, a middle-aged Chinese couple, then both proceeded to dress down one of their employees who also had not taken her lunch yet. It was a seriously awkward moment, so I felt I had to excuse myself”, she added.

The owner then called her up by phone about thirty minutes later. He wanted her to return for the interview. “By that time, I realized that I was no longer fully convinced about proceeding with a possible employment with the company because of what I experienced”. She politely informed the owner about it. That same day, the company’s Human Resources Office called her up to tell her that she had been hired and would be given a supervisory-level position albeit with minimum wage. She respectfully declined.

The applicant said that the incident was both stressful and a blessing because in the three different days that she was made to wait for long periods for the arrival of her future employers, she was able to learn from the employees the following significant insights: employee salaries were usually given late, salaries were way below the region’s minimum wage, there was hardly any holiday or overtime pay even if they would be required to report to work during holidays or work beyond the normal working hours, they were given no proper food allowance during out of town deliveries, and were receiving sub-human treatment by the employers –– the latter she actually witnessed when the owners arrived and had an employee receive a lunch-time scolding in public as their first order of business.

The company is currently under investigation by the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) in relation to complaints about non-compliance with local minimum wages.

Human resource experts agree that companies or business owners who do not treat applicants professionally are most likely to mistreat them when they are hired.

Here are some basic worker’s rights that all types of employers should observe according to the Bureau of Working Conditions:

1.Equal work opportunities for all
2.Security of tenure and removal only for a just or authorized cause after due process
3.Proper work days and work hours and rest day
4.Leave benefits
5.Wage and wage-related benefits
6.Proper payment of wages
7.Reasonable working conditions for women
8.Safe working conditions
9.Right to self-organization and collective bargaining
10.Employees compensation benefits for work-related contingencies

For more information about Philippine worker’s rights, visit http://www.bwc.dole.gov.ph/