Offering My Job to A Friend in Need
--by beej, posted Sep 4, 2008
I was working for a company in Australia that has a high turnover of staff. I, too, had found a better position and was very aware that management would be dissapointed that I was leaving.
I had recently become friends with a young man who had just migrated to Australia. He was unskilled and was finding life difficult being unemployed and married and having two young children.
As I handed in my notice I was asked if I was aware of anyone who was looking for work and could do the job as well as I had done. I took this opportunity to line up an interview for my new friend. My friend was not offered the job after the interview.
I had to serve a weeks notice and during this time I asked management the reasons why my friend was turned down. They claimed that his English was not good enough to train him for the position. I suggested that it would be in the interests of the company to give my friend a trial whilst I was available to train him. I persisted, as I believed that once given the time to learn, my friend could do the job. After a weeks instruction, he was employed and was happy with his position, which made it a win-win outcome for the company and for my friend.
I am aware of how the horrors of war had forced this man to leave his homeland and what price he had paid for doing so. I appreciate being able to live in Australia and believe that this appreciation is best demonstrated by acts of kindness to those who seek refuge from the horrors of war. Remembering the smile of appreciation from this man continues to motivate me to be kind.
Many blessings to you beej!