"Hindi nakikisama sila Sir."
This was one of the supposed reasons why our baker resigned.
Na-offend naman ako.
Sometimes, I don't understand blue-collared workers and how they think. They can be so unpredictable and, well, ironic.
I don't intend to be defensive here. I just don't understand why he felt that way.
Personally, I make it a point to talk to our staff daily, especially immediate team members. I usually ask them how they are, how the day has been... Sometimes, we even have light moments talking about family, friends, and even our love lives (or a lack of it).
This isn't for show nor is it forced. As someone who was employed for the longest time, how I was treated by my superiors is how I treat our staff members. It just feels like the right thing to do.
For this baker, I guess we weren't enough. Did he expect us to eat, drink, and sleep with him (eew, no) just to foster camaraderie?
Some food for thought: Should employers be the ones exerting more effort to get to know the staff members working for them or should the staff members be the ones exerting more effort to get to know the employers whom they work for and get their salaries from?
While a good mix of both is ideal, I still feel that it's the latter.
What do you think?