Dear Friends,

We do come accross a variety of tricky situations in our daily routine. However not always do we take the correct decision.

I am sharing hereinbelow a story based on a true incident.

Lets have a discussion on the issues raised and conclude what would have been the most appropriate decison.

Happy Reading!!!

Vasant Nair
A Case Study For Active Discussion:

This story is based on a true incident. Only the names of people mentioned are “creations”


Sumesh and Chitra were colleagues. They worked together in a Company in Bangalore.
Sumesh was a Senoir Manager in the HR Department of the Company and Chitra was his junior colleague.

Sumesh left the Company for better prospects.

Facts for Discussion:

Sumesh joined the new company as the HR Head. On his persuasion Chitra applied for a job as an Assistant Manager-HR in Sumesh’s new Company.

In the new Company, Chitra was interviewed by the HR Manager and was found not suitable. Her Resume alongwith her Interview Assessment Form, with the interviewer’s comments was forwarded to Sumesh for his information.

Sumesh was very keen that Chitra joins his team in the new Company.

To make this happen, Sumesh prevailed upon and forced Chitra to change her Resume and fudge the same to conceal relevant facts about her past employment record of the period when they had worked together.

Using this fudged Resume and with a new Interview Assessment Form, Sumesh selected Chitra as an Assistant Manager-HR in his new Company. He destroyed the original set of documents which the HR Manager had forwarded to him (Sumesh).

Somehow this subterfuge was discovered and brought to the notice of the top management.

It was decided to sack Chitra.

Taking advantage of the situation, Sumesh started making indecent proposals towards Chitra and made her life miserable. Ultimately, Chitra made a tearful departure from the Company.

Points for Discussion:

1. Was the decision to sack Chitra the right decision?
2. If not, what should have been the right course of action?
3. What should Chitra have done?

Dear Mr Vasant Nair,

Replies are as below:

1. Was the decision to sack Chitra the right decision?
Yes, management has taken right decision to sack her. Falsification of the documents at the time of recruitment is serious misconduct. She should not have fallen prey to the inducement by her ex-colleague, Mr Sumesh. She could have said strictly "NO" for tampering of the documents while recruitment.

2. If not, what should have been the right course of action?
Action taken is right but there is something additional that management should have done. Management should take action against Sumesh for not doing "reference check" or "pre-employment checks" before inducting her into that company. Management cannot condone complicity of Sumesh in this incident. Secondly, whether enquiry was conducted or not, whether Chitra was given chance to defend her position is not written in the case study hence nothing can be said on that count.

3. What should Chitra have done?
When Sumesh started making indecent proposal, why she did not complain against him for "sexual harassment"?. Secondly, when this underhand activity was discovered, she should have resigned on her own volition without allowing the matter to blow up.

Learning: - This is a great lesson for everyone on how not to get allured by the immediate gains. We should never allow our past to hold back our future.

This is what I feel. Additional points by other members are welcome.


Dinesh V Divekar


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