My friend, a software engineer, said she has never gone out in public without her mobile phone in her hand, even for a short walk or a quick walk in a park.
She had been using her iPhone for a week, she said, when she received a message on her mobile that her friend, whom she has known for almost three years, was going to take her to a job interview.
The message said, “I’m going to be your manager”.
She did not want to go.
She thought she had been hired to do the interview.
But when she arrived at the office, the door was locked and her colleague, who is in his early 60s, was not there.
She asked him if she could come to the interview, but the man did not come.
She went to the manager’s office and spoke to a colleague who was the manager.
“She said she is going to come but we cannot take her in,” the woman told me.
But she said that you should not be scared. “
The first thing I said was, I am not scared of you.
But she said that you should not be scared.
You are going to help me.”
She had a hard time believing that the man was going back to the office.
“But he came back.
We said good-bye.
I felt sorry for him.”
Later that day, she had another meeting with the same manager.
She told him she was nervous.
He said, I have seen a lot of people who are scared to work.
But you are going in for a job.
She felt sad for the woman.
She left without getting a refund.”
When I told him I am a software developer, he said, No, no, you are not a software guy, I would not want you here,” the person said.
She left without getting a refund.
In another case, my colleague, a journalist, went to a meeting with an engineer at the IT firm.
He was about to open a new office.
But when he went into the room to meet with the director of the new office, he saw that I have a phone with me.
He asked me, Are you a journalist?
He was shocked and I said, yes.
I don’t know what to say.
He gave me the phone number of the journalist, who had also been asked to meet him.
I told them, I don and I don`t want to talk.
“He asked me to call him, but I said no, I do not want that.
I did the right thing,” the journalist said. “
In this case, I did not tell the employee what to do.
I did the right thing,” the journalist said.
He did not know what else to do, he added.
In the end, he was not allowed to leave the new location.
He felt bad.
He wanted to return to the old office.
The company told him that they did not care about him.
In a case, the person I spoke to had been fired because of a mistake.
The manager had been working there for nearly three years.
A week after his firing, the man told me he was being paid by the company, and that he was going for a car hire.
He had been waiting for his car to arrive at his house.
“This company told me I should not call my friends or colleagues because they have the wrong phone number,” the man said.
The boss of the company did not respond to requests for comment.
In this instance, I spoke with several managers and HR professionals, many of whom said that employees who are afraid to leave work because of an impending job interview should be careful.
But some said that in many cases, a fear of being fired for not meeting a certain deadline for completing a job is a factor that should not trump a fear about a fear.
“It is not a reason to leave, because we are just being careful about our job, but we should do it in a manner that is reasonable, as opposed to the way the person is being paid,” said Keshav Bhatt, a HR manager at a software company.
In an email, I asked HR professionals for their perspective on how fear of losing a job can influence people to stay.
The HR professionals I spoke too did not have a specific answer.
I also sent a question to HR professionals at other companies.
HR professionals said that fear of the loss of a job could be a reason for employees to stay, but that they do not have any specific examples.