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

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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.

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.

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.


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.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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...!!

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

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