I knew it was wrong, yet I carried on with my decision.
Combining emotions with work is one of the biggest mistakes I ever made throughout the time I spent at my former place of work.
I am someone who loves to listen to people, reason with them and help as long as I am in the position to do so. The relationship between the senior staff and juniors was terrible in the company and mostly the field workers who are the strength of the company are usually treated like trash.
These guys are facing challenges at work and in their personal life but they see no need to speak about these things because no one cares.
I worked with a group of companies then and after my first year with a particular brand, I was transferred on a recommendation to another brand that was struggling at that time.
Aside from doing my job properly, I discovered that giving a listening ear to the guys in my team worked in the previous brand so I planned to do the same with my new team.
I made sure they were free to discuss anything with me and it worked. I started with tackling the debt in the team and it was easier than I thought it would be. My relationship with these guys grew and they won't hesitate to hint me if any of the team members is hiding something.
One of the guys in the brand I worked for before was involved in a fatal accident. It was God's intervention that kept him alive because when the accident happened, the witnesses thought he was dead so no one helped him.
The police came around about 25 minutes later and it was then they discovered that he was alive but badly injured.
On hearing the news, I rushed down to the hospital where he was taken too. I was terrified at the sight of him and I was scared because that wasn't the first time he was rushed to the hospital.
When he was working with me, some thugs asked for money which he refused to give them and it led to a huge issue, this particular guy was beaten till he passed out. I felt pity for him and prayed that he survived the accident wounds.
Months passed and he recovered. He was fit to work again but on his arrival at work, he was dismissed.
I got to know and went to HR to ask why and I was shocked at his response.
They said he had a debt which was the money the thugs forcefully took from him a long time ago which the company agreed to pay back and they were tired of him getting into trouble.
I felt down because I see no reason why someone who has dedicated about 5 years of his life to the company should be dismissed without compensation. Moreover, the eyewitnesses from the accident scene said he wasn't at fault and the culprit ran off after it happened.
I wish I could do something but I was helpless. Luckily for the guy, one of my team wanted to take a month leave for health issues and he will be replaced immediately if the company gets to know so instead of informing the company about the guy's health conditions, I just replaced him with the guy that was dismissed.
I know it was against the company policy but I went on to do it because of how I felt about the guy's situation. It was easy for me to divert the salary so my plan worked out well.
The dismissed guy was excited about the news and he resumed the next day. Instead of a bike, I gave him a tricycle which was more convenient for him. He is a good salesman with lots of experience, he has a good customer relationship and I believe he will boost the team's growth as well.
He can't pick up goods since he has been dismissed so I did the pick-up for him in my name. This guy didn't work for a day before he carried out his plans, little did I know that he wanted revenge on the company and he took advantage of the help I offered. He hurt me instead of the company.
He carted away with goods worth $250 and I pleaded for weeks before I got the tricycle back where he parked it. Reporting to the company wasn't possible because it would make me lose my job.
I couldn't track him and that was how I got into debt. I started paying the money monthly until I paid it all and I wished I never made the decision because it was an action I shouldn't have even taken initially.
I allowed emotions to cloud my judgment at work and I paid dearly for it. I learned my lessons, it is good to listen to your workers problems but there must be limit to your intervention if you will break rules or work ethic.
The guy in question is indeed a survivor. To survive a fatal accident is just God's intervention.
You demonstrated a good gesture by helping him out in his time of need but some people don't just think before they act.
Why would he decide to pay you back with evil. I'm sure his action gave you a rethink about helping people or did it?
This was an interesting piece. Thanks for sharing ✨
I call his survival a miracle because everyone thought he might survive the accident but he did. He was childish to have carted away the money because even God wasn't pleased with him.
I was advised to involve the police but I didn't because no one cheats me and go scot free. About a year after the incident, he came to my house on a Sunday morning with a man who claimed to be his pastor.
He apologized but I wasn't interested in anything that has to do with him. Everything he did hasn't made me change, I still choose to help people as long as it doesn't require laying down my life.
At least he thought to apologise. I thought he would run for eternity.
It's a good thing that his action didn't change your perspective towards people.
That sound horrible for the guy that got beat up. I can see how it was a bid idea to go against your company. Sometimes we just got let things play out the way the universe maps it out.
I guess that's how we learn lessons. Thanks for sharing, have a great week-end!
It was indeed a bad idea for me to go against the company policy and I just had to learn one lesson the hard way.
I am glad the repercussion wasn't more than that. Above all, I am glad I helped.
At first, I felt bad for the guy but now I am left with mixed feelings that he had to betray your kindness like that. How he was treated by the company doesn't justify his actions to also put your job at risk yet you cared about his wellbeing.
But his anger could have also driven him to stop caring. Hmm, You had to learn the hard way not to allow emotions to cloud your judgment at work!
He is not the only one who wants revenge because of the company's nonchalant way of handling their staffs and action really doesn't justify how he paid me back.
I learned my lesson in a hard way.
Wow, what a shame that this guy reacted how he did. I understand why he wanted revenge. But really the only one he was hurting in the end was you, who helped him and himself.
You did the right thing. Xxx
I saw a different picture of him after what he did, he only hindered himself from bigger opportunities. He tried to take away humanity from me but I choose to still continue helping but not blindly anymore.
What a shame that because you want to help someone, the person takes advantage of that. You learned a great lesson and it is possible that now that person is sorry.
He is sorry, he tried apologizing. I told him that I have forgiven him but I have nothing to do with him.
I learned my lessons and I am happy it didn't take my life.
What?? I don't get it. That guy was entirely cruel! No other way to look at it.
The company was kind enough to pay off his debt initially but had to let him off. You risked it to help him, and the he repays you with this? Not surprising.
You are noble to have done that for him in the first place, as even moreso to keep everything under the bushel. You were it wrong to be want to help a soul, man.
Anyway, we learn everyday. This one was just costly. I have even co-learned this one with you.
We truly learn with every mistake and I was happy things didn't get worse than that. Recovering the tricycle made me happy because that would have broken me because the company will definitely get to know if I can't provide it when they request for inspection.
He did his best but God didn't let my goodwill put me in a problem I won't survive.