Posts tagged “Rant

These are human rights…

“I want to be very clear in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protesters. The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. And the United States will stand up for them everywhere.” —Barack Obama

Compassion and what it says about us…

I would like to hear everyone’s opinion on a situation that happened to someone I know this week. I won’t name the company or individuals involved, but would like to know if I am the only person who finds the following a little distasteful:

A young  guy, just out of uni applied for a job with a well known multi-national here in Dublin and was invited to interview at the end of the week. His girlfriend’s father died a few days later, he contacted this well known company immediately to ask to postpone the interview for compassionate reasons, he didn’t want to leave his girlfriend alone.

To his, and my, surprise the answer was if you cannot find 60 minutes to interview this week, then there is no longer an interview slot available to you.

This company didn’t have a very tight deadline, in fact they have interviews scheduled for the following week for the same position, and there is no reason why they couldn’t reschedule the interview.

The only reason I can think of to explain this heavy handed response is a true lack of compassion, because otherwise why wouldn’t anyone make allowances for a family bereavement. Even if they thought the bereavement was falsified, would they not have acted with compassion.  I would have, so why didn’t they?