Saturday, July 13, 2013

No regrets for not carrying bosses' balls.

Sometimes I wonder would I be better off if I have left the airline at a younger age. I am talking in terms of career as well as finance.
I felt that as a cabin crew there was nothing challenging. The job was easy and you don't need much brains to do the work. I am talking about being a cabin crew executive too. Most important quality one must have in order to do well was to possess the art of balls carrying. I suppose it is the same everywhere. They call it diplomacy but I call it balls carrying.
I know of many incapable nincompoops being promoted. Not only in cabin crew division but elsewhere eg. in the Personnel Division.
There was this svp who had many followers in whatever he did even after office hour . When he went out jogging, he would have a beeline of staff jogging behind him. No one was supposed to overtake him. When he visited the turf club during weekends, he had staff accompanying him even though they knew nothing about horse racing. Even his non Christian staff would follow him to church on Sunday.
Reward for these faithful staff? Sure many got promoted and posted overseas to be managers and general managers. A few faithful lowly paid clerks in his office were transferred to cabin crew to be stewards.

No regrets for not resorting to BC all those years I was with the airline. This is one fact I am proud of. I spoke my mind and told off many of my useless and incapable bosses.

I can still recall at a meeting when an ex svp refused to let us take our annual leave at outstation. We were AO (Admin Officers)then and all AOs were allowed to take their annual leave after a tour of duty on the flight they were travelling on. Example: AO Lim travelled to Tokyo and had a meeting with the Japanese staff regarding hotel accommodation for the crew. After the meeting has ended, he was allowed to take a few days of his annual leave in Tokyo and returned to SIN as a duty staff passenger. He did not have to use his annual free ticket. However, we were also AOs but not allowed to work on a flight and go on leave overseas.
An argument broke out between me and the svp. As  an AO in the company whether one was in cabin crew or personnel or some other division, there should be fair treatment for all. There was a stalemate and NTUC industrial officers had to step in to mediate.
NTUC thought it was a fair request from me and told the svp concerned that he should treat all AOs equally. That svp had no choice but to accede to my request (actually it was a demand rather than a request).

Another svp told us he would have to seek his boss's permission about letting us rest in unoccupied passenger seats on flights over 18 hours of duty time. The cabin crew were allowed to rest in the crew bunks but not the CCEs (by this time we were re-titled as CCEs or cabin crew executives). As an svp he could have easily approved the simple request at our meeting. At one stage, I got furious with the svp and chided him. I told him  "As a senior vice president you can easily make a decision now and not run to your boss for every small things". Of course his face turned red. He refused to have eye contact with me throughout the rest of the meeting. Sure,immediately after that meeting I was summoned to his office for a long lecture.

BT: svp is senior vice president or the top man in a division within SIA.

1 comment:

Jacky said...

Agreed with you. I also disagreed with my head if I don't agree with their decision. If you are capable, you still can get promoted lah. They should be thankful that you gave your honest opinion. For me, I never regret as I know it was the right decision. Most important is to do the right thing.