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An OFW’s dilemma:
should I renew my contract?
Dear Ms. Ina,
I'm currently working as an Accountant
here in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, and my contract will soon
end on April 02, 2005.
My boss, who is a Palestinian,
chose and entrusted me important and delicate jobs among
other fellow Filipino accountants because of my good analytical
skill. But there were a few times that he got angry with
me because I committed errors in doing them. There's an
instance also when he did not approve my overtime hours.
I tried to negotiate for it because I already worked for
those OT hours; as an OFW, the OT is also a valuable amount.
But the boss really neglected my appeal. I think he's
unfair and inhumane, I can't last working with this kind
of person. Aside from money, I also want to work in a
good and friendly environment, and have a good relationship
with fellow workers.
Right now, I'm thinking
of not renewing my contract but finding another job.
What would I tell
him? What if he offer me an increase so that I'll not
leave? With his bad treatment of my fellow workers, I
think I will not consider his offer. I'm an emotional
person and maybe would have a hard time controlling my
patience if he treats me the same way. Please help me
arrive at a good decision.
Should you stay or should you go?
I think you have
answered that question in your heart, and I am happy to
hear that you are unwilling to accept unfair treatment.
Tell him you want to leave because you have to attend
to important family matters (finding a more decent employer
with better pay is an important family matter!).
If he offers you higher pay, politely tell him, "No,
thank you, I really must attend to these family matters."
You need not explain what these family matters are.
And, although, he has not
approved your overtime hours in the past and seems to
have treated your countrymen unfairly, be sure
to be calm and unemotional when you talk to him. He has,
after all, recognized you for your analytical skill and
entrusted you with sensitive tasks. Be the better man
– be gracious, thank him for the opportunity to
work abroad, and bid him goodbye.
Teves is an organizational development consultant with
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