Do you see what’s wrong with this picture?

Of course, you do. If you see the same thing happened in the news, your first reaction probably be why no one is helping the fallen old man. If the old man is someone in your neighborhood, you might ask around to see if he is alright. If the old man is injured and requires donation for medical aid, you will be reaching for your wallet right now.

But why don’t we applied the same empathy in our workplace? I’m sure if a colleague spill coffee on herself, you’ll quickly pulled a few tissues and offer her. But the help I’m implying is assistance in the work involved. One of my friend, Emily once gleefully told me that her colleague in the same sales team is not making the cut this year and probably will lose her bonus, if not her job. Another of my friend, Anna who joined an American data procurement company as a sales executive beginning of this year, quit her job after 3 months due to lack of support and too many office politics around in the environment.

Curiously, I just had to ask the both of them since they are on the other side of the fence here. I spoke to Anna first as she was pretty upset (and depressed about being broke!), why she would throw the towel and gave up especially the firm has a good reputation in Singapore and the remunerations are great in comparison to the current economy. Even she would want to resign, Anna being a smart girl, would find a replacement job before handing in her letter. Walking out the door without a safety net is not Anna’s nature.

sad-808309_640Bundled up in her old blanket and a cup of hot chocolate, she revealed how horrible her workplace was and how shocked at some of the colleagues would maliciously sabotage someone just for a laugh or steal clients from under her nose. Clients whom she had spent weeks trying to close the deal, was swiped away from her. Reporting to her boss was useless, as he himself does the same thing, ordering every staff to “give” up a client or two per month to him so that his personal sales profile looks good on paper. HR’s only advice to her? “Dear, please try to fit in. I know it’s hard because you are new.” That’s not the point! New or not new, that’s blatantly bullying!

The straw that broke Anna’s back was when her colleagues knew she was rushing off to an important client, it was her first time closing a big million dollar deal, someone purposely parked his or her car in front of hers, blocking the only way she could get out of her parking spot. She was rushing around like a headless chicken asking the security team to move the car and back to her office, asking if anyone knew whose car it belongs to. Everyone just shrugged their shoulders. She did make it to her client half an hour late by cab but by that time, her client changed his mind and decided to go with a competitor. Later did she find out the car belongs to one of her colleagues and he was the first person she asked if he knew who the car belongs to. That does it! She left the next day.

argument-238529_640While Emily is one of the top sales executive in her firm and she basked in her superiors adorations for being the goose who lays golden eggs regularly. She explained while she knows being secretly happy while someone is having a crappy day makes her a horrible person, it’s part and parcel of the sales world. I beg to differ but I was not about to interrupt her just yet. She wouldn’t stoop as low as stealing a colleague’s sales however, she wouldn’t refuse either if the client prefers to talk to her instead of her colleagues. So instead of guiding someone new to learn the ropes, she usually throw them into the sea and see if they swim or sink. If they swam as well as her, she’ll throw in a few sharks too. Emily insisted she is not a bad person, she just have to do what she did for survival. Forming lunch cliques, gossiping behind someone’s back and snooping around to see whose client lists are just part of her job. “If it means someone loses his job, it also means I have one less person to share the pie with.”

I do know how the business world can be a dog eat dog place. I have been there and see it happened all the time. Some companies realized the craziness how competitive a human can be when he or she is guarding the well-being of his job, they put in rules and incentives, like team work bonus, team outings, department events or even redesigning the commission payout scheme. Ultimately, I believe it belongs to individuals who should be in control of their behavior.

Would you walk over to the fallen old man and step on his hand? No, I don’t think so. If you like what you read, don’t be shy, come and leave a comment.

20 replies on “Help Others as they will help you

  1. I like what I’ve read here Kally. I am not used to the business world. But I understand it can sometimes be very rough there – survival of the fittest. I prefer a situation of working together, growing together and sharing the benefits together.


    1. Hi Ngobesing,

      The business world especially in the sales department is a cut throat world, you need to have strong morals to keep your integrity an make sure you do the right thing.


      1. I am happy that you are in and helping lots of people. Thank you for your nice work. You have a spark that is contagious (positively). I have a long post today on my vision for the world. I am dying to know what you think.Have a great day inspiring everybody around you.

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  2. Kally, this was such an eye-opener. It serves as a reminder that even though the business world requires you to be a tough cookie, your ethics and values are equally important as well. It’s all about maintaining the right balance between being focused and being humane.
    Do write more enlightening articles like these!
    (P.S could you check out my blog? I’m a first time blogger, and I’d really appreciate it if you gave me some feed back.)

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    1. Thank you for reading and leaving me a comment!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Don’t think you will drown, think how you can stay afloat and perhaps one day, rise above the others. It may seems easy for me to just say, after all it is just words however, I have helped others do it so I believe you can too!

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  3. When I read your post, seeing the old man laying on the Ground ,People standing around doing Nothing, I thought of Integrity and reflected on if I still Carry just a little goes a long way in this fast pace world. And just maybe show some kind of action of compassion for others. If I am able with in my means. Have a Great Day , Artevangel.

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    1. When I google for the image, I realized that there are a lot of images with people as observers not helping out at all, make me realize we need to do more than just watch. Thank you for reading the post and leaving me a comment. Means a lot! Have an amazing day too!

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  4. My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find the majority of your post’s to be exactly I’m looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content to suit your needs? I wouldn’t mind writing a post or elaborating on a few of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome blog!


  5. You’re a good girl Kally.

    Can’t think how many times I’ve heard- “Don’t be so naive. That’s the way the world works. Grow up. Idealist. It’s just business.” and a million others to excuse indulging in this behavior.

    I call bullshit. It’s wrong and they know it. It works for personal gain, but it destroys society, it destroys innocents, and it destroys the souls of those who do it.

    I think we’ve just about reached the peak of the “rabid rabbit” cycle. The pendulum is about to swing back.

    At least I hope so. Buckle up.


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