Sidelined? Resignation should be last resort

PHOTO: Sidelined? Resignation should be last resort
Above photo is Mr Josh Goh of the GMP Group.

Ms Kee asked: I have been the independent head of a foreign firm's subsidiary here for two years.

During that period, I drove the unit's sales up fivefold.

My Europe-based supervisor just told me that I will soon have an immediate supervisor, a European, who will be based in Asia.

The rationale: They think he will bring in better sales because he is a male.

Am I being rational if I quit?

Any decision you take when you feel you have been neglected or passed over is rarely a rational one.

Understandably, it is a bitter pill to swallow when someone else lands the big job for whatever reason, let alone that of gender.

You must be feeling dejected, humiliated and angry.

The temptation to jump ship is always a knee-jerk reaction.

Mr Josh Goh of the GMP Group says it is "not advisable to let your emotions take control or get the better of you".

"It is important for you to display to your superior that you are objective and professional despite the prejudiced reviews about your performance," he adds. 

Sometimes, the head office may not be clued-in on the individuals and their contributions to the offices located in another city or country.

It is time you made your efforts noticed by the right people.

"Have a frank discussion with your supervisor. You need to seek clarification of the expectations that he had of you and the company. Ask him why isn't the fivefold increase in revenue satisfactory?" Mr Goh suggests.

After you have expressed your views on the matter and are appeased by the explanation, you may change your mind and decide to stay on.

Who knows? Your work scope may not change much and it may not be that dreadful.

"Do not be quick to dismiss the new boss and think that the change is not to your advantage. Having a superior with whom you can work closely and interact more frequently can be a good thing," says Mr Goh.

A good superior will recognise his employee's contributions and report to the head office accordingly.

In the end, you might get the recognition and reward that you deserve.

"Resignation should be the last resort when, despite your best efforts to help the company, you continue to be sidelined," he adds.

It is not easy to start over at another company after you have spent time and effort to ascend to your current supervisory position.