Raj Kumar Hansdah
Shrm, Od, Hrd, Pms
Turnaround And Management Training
Business Analyst


Respected Seniors,
I am in need of some suggestion.
I am a senior executive (HRD) working for an IT company. I had to avail some leaves the last week due to family problems (which I had iformed in advance- 3 weeks prior) and my employer has not approved these leaves.
Now, my VP-HR is forcing me to resign. The point is that, I am eligible for Bonus + salary in the current month (i.e. 30 Apr).
And as per process, if any employee resigns they are not eligible for any bonus and the salary is put on hold.
My senior is forcing me constantly. Please suggest how I should handle this situation.
Looking forward for your response.
26th April 2013 From India, Delhi
Was there any reason stated by your manager why you were not granted leaves?
Did you exceed your leave balance?
Did you use sick leave instead of earned/ casual leave?
What was your performance rating?
Things are unclear and hence cannot post a suitable answer; would require more details.
26th April 2013 From India, New Delhi
Hi Sree,
Please find below the answers :
1.My manager did not specify any reason for not granting my leaves. Though I had informed them about my planned leave well in advance.
2.No, I did not exceed the leaves duration.
3. Have used casual leaves which was not approved and has resulted in loss of pay.
4. Performance rating- Average performer.
26th April 2013 From India, Delhi

If you have applied for casual leave, your manager should be held responsible to provide a reason for not approving / rejecting the leave. If you had casual leaves in balance there shouldn't be any Loss of Pay.

You should raise this issue. Do you have a grievance committee in your organization?

Forcing to resign is a harassment, given that you are not a poor performer. I don't think you should resign just like that and should stick on with the organization at least until 30 Apr. However I suggest you to start looking for other opportunities as well, because environment will not be favorable unless one of you (you or your manager) move out of the company. I don't know if you have a Senior VP HR or a Director HR who is above the VP-HR. If yes, you should meet them.

I empathize, but if you have not done anything adverse there is nothing to worry. If you are not getting a favorable response from the company, then the company does not deserve your service.

So stay calm until 30 Apr; Ignore the VP's threats.


26th April 2013 From India, New Delhi
Hi Sree,
Thank you for your response.
We do not have any Grievance Commitee as such. Being in HR, we cannot go and discuss this with anyone else. I tried to discuss the same with our HR Head, but even she did not pay any heed to my saying and has just asked me to put down my papers.
I guess, I don't have any option now.
26th April 2013 From India, Delhi
I commiserate your being situation. From your above posts it's plain that you are not asked to leave justified on basis of Poor Performance or behaviour in the workplace. Without any reason if your VP forces you to resign, ample time is require to outright his judgement by considering few things like job performance, company stature or may be if someoen has bad-mouthed against you. [Favourism towards specific employee by VP also works in such cases.]
Post your research, you'd find NO reason & you're being treated unfairly as your VP is covertly persuading you to resign -- You may still fight for it. If your company is large enough, contact the most potential allies in your organization and see what they have to say about such a bigoted practise.
In case, you dont get the best interest to your findings suggest you to keep-up your self-honour; alike to what Mr. Sree suggested [Company doesn't deserve your service] -- Sometimes, a voluntary resignation is rewarded with a affirmative letter of recommendation regardless of your requested (force) exit.
26th April 2013 From India, Visakhapatnam
I totally agree with Ms Sharmila's opinion :
"... you'd find NO reason & you're being treated unfairly as your VP is covertly persuading you to resign -- "..."
It is as simple as that; and your leave is just an excuse.
It is very common practice by small IT companies to resort to such unfair and unethical ploys to remove people. The reason can be favouritism for someone, prejudice, diminishing utility, cost cutting etc. etc.
Just try to take advantage or negotiate the notice period and look for better opportunities.
Warm regards.
26th April 2013 From India, Delhi
Dear Sharmila and Raj,
I have decided to put down my papers and look for a better opportunity. There is no point working for a place where things are so unfair and biased.
Thank you everyone for your time and suggestions.
It means a lot to me at this point of time.
26th April 2013 From India, Delhi
We respect your decision and assume that you have bushed on thinking of what to do. I'm sure you must have consulted your mentors, guides for best suggestions. Certainly, there are times whee we need to stoop respecting our own choices.
Look forward to hearing you regarding your next step ahead!
All the Best...!!
27th April 2013 From India, Visakhapatnam
That is a brave decision. By now I presume you have learned few things about how any department should not behave. I am sure you would do good in life.
All the best
29th April 2013 From India, New Delhi
Dear Anonymous,

By resigning you have done disservice not only to yourself but others too as it encourages a bully manager to do as he/she pleases. It would be better to stand up and fight such bullies.

Normally resignations are sought mainly on two occasions. Firstly and most common,when an employee is in clearly in error. To avoid messy proceedings and as face saving device for the culprit he is asked to resign. Second, when manager has no strong reason to proceed against employee, the victim is forced to resign. Implying that if she stays she will be serving in a hostile environment. It is the duty of senior management to curb such practices as they do little good to organisation and encourage the toxic managers to spoil the working environment of company, resulting in less productivity.

What is done is done, but next time stand up and fight or be ready to be trampled by others. Employees often make the mistake of thinking that loyalty toward seniors is loyalty to the organisation. it is not.
29th April 2013 From India, Chandigarh
Dear Sharma,
We can stand up and fight for what is right if there is someone who is willing to listen. In an organization, where the entire power rests with the VP HR (no matter if she is right or wrong) nothing can be done. What is right according to her is right and no one else can explain her anything else as she is never read to listen to any of her employees... In our organization, management means our VP- HR, CEO and Director. so there was nothing I could do to fight for justice.
Neways thanks for your input.
2nd May 2013 From India, Delhi
Dear Anonymous,
What is guarantee that in the next org same fate will not meet you. Even if VP HR had God like powers, you still offered your head on a plate. Were you guilty of some thing? Knowing well that you could not stand scrutiny? I have a very long experience of indian corporate and can say with some certainty that in India HR managers are hardly the final power point. But let it pass. Just a word of caution, History has a habit of repeating itself. Good luck to you
2nd May 2013 From India, Chandigarh
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