"Do You Think I'm Doing Charity?" — Employee Asks For Pay Despite Not Turning Up For Work

Jun 18, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership

A 20-year-old business owner recently shared an appalling conversation she had with a part-time employee she had hired, which has gone viral

Taking to Facebook, Ke Xin, who runs her own cake business, posted about an employee who had the audacity to ask for her salary despite not coming into work.

The conversation she posted begins with her asking the 22-year-old employee to come in at 11am on 28 June to pack mooncakes ahead of Mid-Autumn Festival.

Strangely, the employee said, "Sorry, I'm unable to come in to work."

When asked for a reason and why she was not informed earlier, the employee replied that her family told her not to go in.

"My family said I'm a fast learner and they are afraid that you guys will bully me. They are scared I will learn so much in two days that you won't let me go," the girl explained.

The employee's response enraged the boss as she was only hired to help with packaging, and not even as a baker

Ke Xin replied furiously, "Woman, I'm younger than you by two years, I'm only 20-years-old. I hired you to help me pack mooncakes, not bake."

"And I do not care if you learn fast or not. [How dare] you use these excuses to not come to work, and did not even bother to inform me?"

"So if I had not messaged you earlier like this, [you would] have made me wait stupidly [on the 28th]?"

The boss' anger heightened when the employee still had the guts to ask, "Can I still get my salary?"

Ke Xin was appalled at the bold request as the employee had not even started to work or done anything to receive a salary.

"Do you think I'm doing charity?" the boss questioned.

Shockingly, the employee replied, "But you are wasting my time."

Finally, after scolding the employee using a vulgarity, the employee apologised to Ke Xin and backed off.

Netizens were in disbelief by the employee's behaviour, her strange excuses, and her feeling of entitlement

A netizen said, "It is recommended for you to stay at home and sleep, just wait for your mother to raise you."

"Who is wasting whose time?" another added.

"After the pandemic, it isn't a group of people fighting to find jobs, it's a group of cows coming out to steal these jobs," a netizen sarcastically said.

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Talent shortage in Singapore with 8 in 10 employers reporting difficulty in filling roles

Jun 15, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership

In ManpowerGroup Singapore's Q2 Employment Outlook Survey, the company revealed positive sentiments regarding pay increments and bonuses. In the latest edition of this report, for Q3, the sentiments have shifted towards hiring between the July to September 2022 period - labelled as "a record high" in the report.

In brief, Singapore’s net employment outlook (NEO) is at +40%, with the previous "record high" being in Q4 2011 at +31%. Further, employers surveyed in all 11 sectors (i.e. communications & media, manufacturing, and construction) anticipate positive headcount growth in Q3, with not-for-profit employers reporting "strongest" hiring intentions at 67%.

Despite the optimistic outlook, Singapore’s talent shortage level has been found to be at "its highest in 16 years", with more than eight in 10 (84%) employers reporting difficulty in filling roles. This statistic represented a 20% increase from 2021. Prior to that, talent shortage levels were quite high in 2018 at 56%, and in 2010 at 53%. According to the findings, the most difficult-to-fill roles are in restaurants & hotels (97%), other services (89%), and construction (88%).

That said, the "most sought-after" professions are: IT & data, operation & logistics, sales & marketing, manufacturing & production, and customer facing & front office. On top of that, employers are also looking at soft skills such as critical thinking & analysis, creativity & originality, resilience & adaptability, leadership & social influence, and reasoning & problem solving.

"The shift from pandemic to endemic has given companies greater clarity on their business outlooks," explained Linda Teo, Country Manager, ManpowerGroup Singapore. "Employers are ramping up their hiring due to a combination of factors like pent-up demand for manpower, employee attrition, and shortage of workers with the right skillsets."

Dissecting the local numbers

Filtering Singapore's NEO figure, analysts discovered that:

  • More than half (52%) of employers plan to hire;
  • More than one in 10 (12%) of employers expect a staffing decrease;
  • Close to four in 10 (35%) of employers plan to keep workforce levels steady, and
  • Less than five in 10 (2%) of employers are undecided about the hiring/talent scene.

In addition to not-for-profit employers having strong hiring intentions, those in other services (professional, scientific & technical, and administrative & support) similarly have positive intentions at 59%. These employers are then followed by those in banking, finance, insurance & real estate (56%), wholesale & retail trade (50%), and restaurants & hotels (46%).

A global perspective

Of the more than 40,000 employers surveyed across the globe, many are likewise expecting to hire more workers in the Q3 2022. According to findings, the global NEO is at +33% - which revealed hiring intentions to "increase year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter" respectively at +18% and +4%. In terms of per country/territory data, Mexico ranks top with a +59% NEO, while India has a +51%; Mainland China +29%, and Hong Kong +11%.

India's NEO is the strongest in the APAC region for the second consecutive quarter, up 13% since Q2. As for Hong Kong's NEO, it improved by 8% compared to Q2 2022, and by 10% compared to the previous year.

Looking at the hiring/talent scene, analysts discovered that digital roles continue to drive "most demand" with employers in IT & technology (+44%). This is followed by those in banking, finance, insurance & real estate (+38%), construction (33%), and manufacturing (33%).