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Dear All;
One of my friends work as an HR Executive. Recently she was told to put on hold the salary of 30 employees as there operations manager was of the view that these 30 employees will quit once they get the salary. Now the parents and well wishers of these employees are calling my friend and threatening my friend and warning her of facing dire consequence but she has nothing to do with this as she is just doing what she is being asked to do. She is quiet scared and upset about the situation. So I request all the seniors to come forward and give there valuable suggestions so that we can help her out of this awkward situation.

She can talk to Manager and pass this all information. More over she should be comfortable to talk all those employees and tell them that there is nothing for her to do this mess.
Please ask your friend
a) existence of company policy including regarding notice period.
b) reason for leaving such large employees at a time.
Because, with out any fault of the management 30 employees at a time will never plan for absconding

Yes. Plz ask their parents to meet operational manager. As HR she followed Operational Manager instructions. Sametime ask u r friend meet the operational manager and explain the info to him.

Dear Dev,
She has to
- Take issue to higher authorities and
- discuss with the employees and
- stop taking calls from parents or friends as the agreement is just in between employer and employee and the issues should be resolved in between both the parties.
Kindly ask her to keep a mail conversation with higher authorities as a proof of conversation and convey the same to employees who have been affected.

My sugestion is facing the issue.
Ask their parents to come into office. Treat them with tea , coffee and biscuit ( britannia will be good)
Ask the employees to come too.
Tell them the reason for holding the salary.
Get them sign a contract where the employees need to sign up and give assurance that they not looking for change.
Management must be present that time.

She should go to local police station and lodge a FIR , against all those employees and their parents.
Inform all the employees and management about the issue through emails and the complaint that she has lodged too against the employee and their parents.
If the matter is not even solved still no issue.
She should pick up phone calls , but when the parents will know about the FIR they themselves will not call. People who threatens over phone they cant do any thing in real. She should better divert the call to local police officer , he will take care of every thing .More over in India so many legal benifits available for females. She can even aproach Ladies Special Wing in Police Station. Do some google search ( find the female NGO Number) and tell them .
Just apply this , it will definitely work.

Hi Dev,
I am strongly agreed to points mentioned here By Jyothi. She should approach the senior managment to sort out this issue as holding salary of these many employess will not leave a good message to the other working employees. Moreover if these many are planning to resign or go on absond this gives a signal of any internal employee conflct with their management and a sign of bad internal relations.
Holding salary of employees is never a solution at all, if the management does this what they will do if the will be successful in retaining the employee however after releaving the salary they go on abscond. An urgent meeting with those employess should be arranged with the management in charge to come to a mutual agreement.
Harpreet Walia

Here the point is, his friend is getting threatening calls . That is more important then employee retention issue .
Management will find out other employees to work with. Employees come and go. why the management pay to those who are sure to change job what ever be the reason is , that is secondary.
Primary issue is Who will take responsibility if any physical harm happens to her?
What would you have done if some one threatens you to face consequences ?
Innocence , hard work , mutual talk compensation will happen later on too..

Dear Dev,

From the text, "she was TOLD to put on hold" indicates one blunder mistake on the part of your friend. It reveals she has put on hold salary of employees merely by some verbal instructions without getting the written instructions or subsequent written confirmation duly justified with proper reason from her operations manager.

It is important to note, 30 persons cannot be wrong at a time, as against the one (operations manager). Operations manager must be at fault in misbehaving the employees en-mass and openly leading to their revolt. So, he must have made your friend as a tool against those employees. But the consequences will have to be borne only by your friend, not by the operations manager, who is behind the curtain.

Mind it, such type of verbal instructions of the operations manager can cause havoc in the organization and can prove to be dangerous for the health of the organization in the long run, if all the employees of the organization decide to go on strike or take the management to the court of law
for unlawful hold up of their salaries.

If she wants to save herself, she must get written confirmation of the operations manager and get official approval of the Head of HR operations. The earlier the better, if she wants not to be labeled as the most inefficient employee of the company. If the operations manager avoids confirmation of his instructions in writing, she must release the salary of employees. She cannot withhold the salary without any genuine cause, like an act of formal punishment to the employees.

PS Dhingra
Vigilance & Transformation Management Consultant
Dhingra Group of management & Educational Consultants
New Delhi

I think Mr. Dhingra is right on this, No action to hold someone salary ( that too not of 1but of 30 ) without any writtent / documents from operational manager is a fault of your friend. she should first of all take in confidence to the employees explaining them the situation & on the other hand , should take a written instruction for holding salary from operational manager.
Apart of all this , why to keep employees who are not faithfull to your company, if the statement of operation manager is true, just pay them their dues & get them out of your company. You could not force someone to be loyal...

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