Monday, June 27, 2011

Things to consider when dealing with a part-timer

Before the article itself, allow me to mention that the recent storm Falcon had hit Metro Manila. Low areas, as usual, were affected. My place of work, Malabon City, is flooded. This is the reason why I didn’t report for work today: my car won’t able to make it through the industrial compound. I heard and saw the news that a tornado hit New Manila yesterday (Friday). Time and time again, at this point, Christians should be reminded of their social responsibility. Our being a Christian doesn’t end with soul winning and fund raising for building projects (which are also very good). The least that we can do is to pray for the affected areas and especially, fellow brethren. If possible and feasible, go to the brethren’s affected area. Remember what the early Christians did to their fellow brethren in Jerusalem when the Jerusalem churches are in need. Stop pointing to those so called “rich Christians” to help them, begin with ourselves. Just a brotherly reminder, guys and gals.

Now, the article itself, when you say a person is working part time in your firm, it means he’s working on a specific number of hours listed on the contract, and it’s STRICTLY less than 8 hours in one day. Normally, it is stipulated in contract how many hours will a person work. In colleges and universities, normally, a part time faculty member is given a maximum of 15 teaching hours a week. If a “part timer” works more than that, the additional TEACHING hours should be compensated depending on the College’s or University’s pay grade (In my case, my recent school were properly given to me. Thank you, sir, for being courteous). Beyond the 15-18 hour teaching job a week, what he or she is doing is considered “charity work” or as Christians put it, “ministry”.

Especially in private firms, what we usually call “part timers” are “abused” for one reason or another, schedule and money wise. After all, these private schools are paying you fat; you need to give them their, well, their money’s worth. On the contrary, professors from the private sector teaching part time in a state colleges and universities is respected even to the point that they respect the person’s schedule. Dr. Lorenzo C. Lorenzo of Philippine Women’s University even mentioned that someone from private sector teaching in a state college or university was treated as if he or she’s doing them a favour. This reality is acceptable.

Part timers are contract basis. If his contract expires, have the basic courtesy to inform the person if his services are no longer needed. Why? So that he’ll figure out what to do...not unless you love to “trip”/

Now, please bear in mind that part timers have other schedules. Hence, they can’t commit in that specific firm full time. How about part timers whose time is flexible plainly because their full time job is, for example, they own or manage a firm? STILL, utmost respect should be given to their schedules, if you are truly intelligent, good, and socially responsible.

Part timers, stick to your schedules. At the end, you’ll serve both your full time work and your part time well. There are people who will not understand. Worst, they’ll treat you a villain for being a “stick to the schedule” guy. Ignore the guilt trip. Always remember that you know yourself better. You don't have to be understood all the time. A person who doesn't dig deeper for the reasons why you can't do certain things indicates the person's shallow character.

For some of the readers familiar with what I‘m saying, this is not to invoke anything. This is to serve as a learning experience to every institution, be it part timers or full timers. I know this may sound “dreamy”, but I hope this serves as a sort-of- reference for students taking up educational or business management. I hope this may serve as a learning reference for aspiring educational leaders and school owners.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Practical atheism...or near to it

Despite having a graduate degree and at the age of 30, I just heard the term Practical Atheism 2 years ago through a Sunday school teacher, who is my 2 months my senior (indicating that learning and degree are two different entities. One can be a Master’s and PhD graduate and just vegetate, while one can a dropout, but because of voracious reading and a proper attitude to learn). To sum it up, practical atheism is living as if there’s no God or supreme divine being.

According to one reference, an indication of practical atheism is the absence of religious motivation. Unlike other forms of atheists, a practical atheist will not preach atheism or will not share atheism or will not advocate atheism, but their actions and belief system indicate that they’re living as if God doesn’t exist. Now, my terminology may not be very academic, but I hope I’m giving you the picture. Another word associated with practical atheism is apatheism. Okay, I’ll leave the more academic definitions to the other bloggers who are more expert on that topic.

Practical atheism has been creeping even in Baptist churches (and other faiths as well. I specifically put Baptist because I’m a Baptist). Actually, it’s not a new phenomenon. Some pastors call this “attending because it’s code of ethics”.

Let’s say this as short as possible. It’s normal for a Christian to commit sins, whatever the extent may be. Old nature versus new nature remember? However, practical atheism is more subtle. Imagine, going to church during Prayer Meetings, Services, other ministries like youth, choir, etc., and after those services we’re all back to our lives as we don’t acknowledge God in our actions and decisions? Now here’s a worst form of practical atheism: after the services, you go out of the church. During weekdays, there’s no touch of spirituality in words, actions, and appearances. Worse, you don’t even mention your church friends or your church activities to your friends, classmates, and coworkers. Maybe, just maybe, you’re now a practical atheist. Now don’t get me wrong. I believe that if you’re truly saved or you’re not a practical atheist inside the church, one way or another, you’ll mention one way or another your church friends (maybe not by name, but by other forms…you know what I mean). One form or another, you’re mentioning that the reason why you need to go out on a weeknight is because of Prayer Meeting or other ministries. It’s like subliminal for you that you mention “anything spiritual”, even if you’re said to be carnal. Why? Because you’re saved.

I don’t know how to end this article, but I’ll end this article. May this article serve as a reminder to all of the people claiming themselves as Christians. May this also be a reminder to myself.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Made in 15 minutes...more or less

Will my writing stop even during my married life? No. So that means I’ll continue? Yes, IF God still gives me the hands to type or write what I call “pseudo-article” (I still admire the bloggers around. My, they’re awesome), an eye to see what I’m writing, and a sanity to know what I am writing.

I admit that married life makes me find time to do this hobby. After all, first thing is first. In addition, I made a sudden career change which I decided during summer. I’m in what they call “in a honeymoon” stage of marriage. I don’t know what they are really implying every time they say that, but I’ll take advantage of that “honeymoon stage”.

With my wife’s consent, I’ll continue writing. I promise to read further materials to make these pseudo-articles sensible and at the same time, value-laden (by God’s grace). The usual “Bugoy approach” will always be there. That’s me. Wait, why not inspire? Because I’m not a miracle worker. I’m no hero; I’m an anti-thesis of it. I’m just a writer.

To those who read my pseudo-articles, be it in mockery, appreciation, and lurking indifference, thank you very much. If the articles hit or inspire you, it only means one thing: you’re alive and you feel.

Again, thank you for reading.

I need to go. I have a date.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fault finding: smoke screen

Note: The following is an opinion derived from observation and experience. Some contents that are not in tune of any organizational or management materials are expected.

Having a faultfinder or critic (be it ardent or passive) is inevitable. However, human nature as we are, we get annoyed. Especially if you had a bad morning back home, you confront the critic head on, like an assailant striking the victim to the jugular veins.

Now, we’ll not deal with the symptoms. We’ll deal with the attitude. In the Christian world, we call this critical spirits. In organizations and companies, we call them simply as critics. Actually, being a critic is not from without; it’s from within. They will usually say that they’ll not react when they don’t see anything. That statement alone indicates that faultfinding is not mainly external, but it is mainly internal. Yes, a rebuke one way or another is normal. However, one symptom that the person is just purely critical and not concern on your welfare is this: after you’re rebuked or corrected or criticized, you are left isolated, feeling so guilty. If the criticism is focused more of the doer rather than the deeds, it’s also an indication.

How to deal with this kind of attitude? As you read this paragraph, maybe you have an idea what I’m trying to say. One thing that we can notice with most, if not all, faultfinders and ardent critics is that they have problems either back home or in the organization itself. It is their defense mechanism. I can’t forget this person who points out problems of his then organization. His attitude even goes out of the organization. It manifests even in our hangouts, snack places, etc. Eventually, a year after, we eventually found out that he has been dealing with demons himself, and is nowhere to be found until this day by the organization that he frequently criticizes. Maybe they use ardent faultfinding as form of smoke screen to cover what they’re truly doing. Maybe they use this as defense mechanism because back home, they have family problems. Maybe they’re battling personal demons. These cases are understandable. However, if you’re in an organization, these people should be dealt with. If you’re from Human Resource, talk to the member if his or her attitude is starting to be unharmonious with other members. If his or her attitude doesn’t affect the organization itself, ignore. Noticing the attitude gives dignity to the attitude itself. In my opinion, the prove-them-wrong attitude is not advisable. Instead, have a just-doing-my-job attitude. After all, if you truly did your job, you have proven them wrong. If they insist, remember, faultfinding is from within, not without. What if your ardent critics spill personal stuff? Rebuke objectively. One thing I have learned with faultfinders is this: things go back to them big time if they don’t stop.

This article was not written AGAINST CRITICS OR CRITICISMS THEMSELVES. After all, we can also use people’s criticisms for us to grow. Instead of treating them like stones that are about to hit you, treat it as stone that you can step on. Much better, we can treat them as a hollow block for us to build something with it. We often hear this on organizational leaders: if the criticisms are true and can be minimized, if not corrected, change for the better. If the criticisms are baseless, totally ignore it. If the criticisms are true but you’re in no position to change it, just ignore it; they don’t deserve your attention. If you’re criticized for your misunderstood, yet right decision, just move on and let time prove you right, without waiting for any immediate visible vindication. If these people prohibits your growth as a person by his, either Not only leaders, but those who really wanted to improve both as a person and as an organization member, must face criticisms with appropriate attitude possible.