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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Possible reasons for not being promoted

I've received numerous questions asking why the late leading stewardess who passed away in SFO recently was not promoted to the rank of a chief stewardess after flying for 16 years?
Before I answer the question, please note that: 
  1. I do not represent SIA as I have left the company many years ago.
  2. The reasons given are my own.
  3. I may not be necessarily correct.
In my humble opinion, I can think of 3 possible reasons she was not promoted beyond the rank of leading stewardess:
  1. She may have turned down the offer of a promotion.
  2. Her overall work performance was not up to par.
  3. The company does not require so many chief stewardesses (no vacancy).
Now let's hear what our readers have to say to the above. Please do not be rude or childish etc. in your comments

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

If not up to par then why keep her and why would she turn down the offer?

Anonymous said...

Exactly. What i can think of is selctively choose flt to do eg chow keng for apnn flt but die die must go sq2. No eca. No initiative take self directed courses. Never por IA and mgt balls. Kena write in by seniors before. Bad checks. Complaints by fellow crew and pax.

Anonymous said...

Most likely it was no.2

Neil Legstrong said...

Poor performance??? How hard can it be? It's SIA not NASA! She was a stewardess not an astronaut.

Anonymous said...

The problem with these crew is they cant even do a simple job well and claim it's very stressful and hard work woh.

Anonymous said...

Dont do sq2 ?Then mc to do apnn and short flt?No crew will do that.Why reject when its her entitlement.Give it away for apnn flt.?Miss apnn flight?Then put back again to apnn by control since it is a 3 days slot.Cannot be that illogical.Lassee and #ay got advantage in this area by voluntary stayback in STC. People without integrity do not por so much, we are not under occupation and need to bow.Bad checks by seniors?Depend on which seniors.In this internet age,tit or tat and getting even can happen.To illustrate in the past, ever heard of sleeping pill in the coffee?It happened.Complaints by who ?Its a two way street.Internet can even the score. This is not a menu where we think this is likely or this matches her.Her personal records will tell all.Those who had a part like in The Orient Express will feel the guilt.Collectively or singly.

Anonymous said...

Lassee and gay got advantage? You mean some of the pretty stewardesses aren't straight? yikes. Wah SQ sound so scandalous LOL.

Gabriel said...

Hi Boh Tong. I was wondering could it be due to educational qualifications? Do you know what are the requirements for LSS, CSS and IFS?

Boh Tong said...

Gabriel, it has nothing to do with educational qualifications.

Anonymous said...

Just for all your info.
The competition is tough.
So many people so few positions.
Therefore only the people who help out the office on their off days have better advantage to get promoted.
Only Singaporeans with no family life or mostly Malaysians or LBG's who have much free time can go back as family not here or no partners to spend time with so they are able to donate their time to the company. Thus they would gain these extra points plus extra exposure to gain unfair advantage for promotion.
Crew are already super stretched & overworked with plenty 3days with 1day off flights & back to back linked turns like 2days work w 1day off, therefore it's really nearly impossible to get good rest or spend quality time with family moreover if your a foreign crew who wants to travel home. They need at least 3 days off to make their trip worthwhile. One needs to operate a flight with at least 7days to get that & it is hard to come by nowadays as company management tries to shorten flight patterns as much as possible to save cost & boost their own bonuses.
Company Core value Concern for staff is a joke. It's more like concern for oneself especially the management.
Always thinking of ways to cut things from staff & stuff from on board which effects the travelers, less catering, cheaper alternatives which leads to customer complaints. Company will just try to sweep it under once they can find a scapegoat & they are great in doing this.
Always put the blame on staff but the cutting process goes on & on leading to a forever decline in quality & forever putting it's staff in the firing line. Therefore nowadays no one wants to take responsibility or ownership as eventually you may be the one who has to shoulder the blame even though it's not your fault.
Give you all an example, company cuts meal quantity so travelers have less choice of meals from each choice. Regular traveler doesn't get his choice so is upset & complains.
Instead of acknowledging the fact that this will certainly happen as quantity was cut & close the case by directly sending passenger an apology, company will try to find fault by looking up who's the crew & ask crew why this happened, why never offer that passenger 1st, why never handle it better so passenger won't complain, why never offer him things from 1st class if he is traveling in business, the list goes on.
To makes matters worst the people handling all these are senior ex crew who themselves have been in this position so they already know the answer.
So let me ask you, where is the CORE VALUE?
SIA has lost it, too much focus on cost cutting at the expense of quality.
Most regular travelers know this but they still travel with SIA as the crew makes the difference but company at the 1st turn will fault find it's most precious asset.
Management or middle management never reflect on the massive impact their cost cutting has in the long run, everything is about getting the bottom line up immediately so their KPI is met & bonuses are dished out.



Anonymous said...

If you feel it is hot then get out of the kitchen! Stop whinning like a dog. So many out there are queuing for your job. Cho bo lan and be paid by the thousands! Typical sinkies!

Anonymous said...

Anyhow even if the doors are open dun think you can even step in

Anonymous said...

The person above just trying to give you people a better perspective of things so you won't pass stupid comments about the recently deceased.

Anonymous said...

So Sarah CCE was ex crew like Mr BTee? Big difference tho.

Anonymous said...

SQ depends on the charity of its cabin crew in providing
service. If the crew were to follow the manual strictly, there
will be mayhem. There are no processes in place to handle a
situation whereby a pax does not have a choice of food or beverage.

Most crew are by nature caring and polite. Thats what they were selected for.
( some bad ones slip through of course )
And managers are damn lucky in not requiring to develop SOPs to address
recurring issues of "no choice". ( not just in F&B area ).

There will come a time when luck runs out.

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Why bother? said...

Which is why SIA should just close shop.In fact there's no need for national carriers in Southeast Asia because the middle east airlines have the resources to serve the whole region. Something for TH to consider. Use the savings to alleviate the high cost of living.

Anonymous said...

Claimed Stressful? ?Simple ?Six months ground train and 3 familiarisation flights.Safety equipments of the planes features including water raft evacuations,six monthly retest.Evacuations of complete out of the stricken aircraft for all passengers in timed as per requirement. Waken up at midnight to do flight for next six hours.After the dinners procedures of about two hours, immediately sleep mode in one minute ,to awake in 3 hours ,fully refreshed for the next 3 hours, could be past midnight. Expected to handle chocking,sick or medical cases to stabilise till help is available. Drunken drinker to watch over and communication to all Crews including the Captain for action and updated. Still think it's simple ?.Ochoiced then,should have at the rate of the waitress on the coffeeshop on the ground.? Outstation to adept and refresh for return leg ,which may consist of far away food facility. Adept to time difference,which the body do not have switch to turn on or off.Then back on duty on the return leg,Ditto the same duties again.Pee,poop ,personal comfort have to be at certain time when available and less priority. Healthy or not ,the crew have no choice.The Crews may be paid thousand,but did the Co says it's Overpaying ?None.So what do you think?