To give–or not to give–an honest reference?

Mala, about 24 years old, came to our firm for an interview. She was interviewed by Anil, the hiring manager in question. She had been referred by Anil’s neighbour’s friend’s friend, or something like that. Though Anil had initially made no promises, he was very impressed with her knowledge (she had excellent academic credentials too)…

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Is your etiquette trainer fit to be one?

A few years ago, the management of our organization decided to put the staff of the entire Bangalore office through a two-day workshop on “etiquette training”. [They announced it as “Training in etiquettes, communication skills and mannerisms etc.” — I can find four grammar/ word usage errors right there.] Our office space was a two-bedroom…

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When I let my boss down

As a software developer, I was very proud of my “no bugs” record. My boss would readily allow me to take a day extra (if I needed it) to finish coding, confident that no rework would be needed. Our code used to be sent to our colleague in the US, where the client was. He…

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An apology of an apology

My boss, Ashok [name changed], opened up a list of leads. He said, “Nandita, your uncle is a consultant to the XYZ group, and we would like to approach them so we can give them a demo of our workflow solutions. Cold-calling hasn’t helped; now that you know someone there, please fix up an appointment…

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