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Sai Surya
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Dear all,

I joined a new company couple of months back, and due to lack of respect in the team and mismatch of my interest with the work, I decided to quit. I tendered my resignation and currently I am serving one month notice period. Only few days left of my notice period.

During initial meetings after I resigned, I asked my team lead whether I can do anything during notice period. He told me to 'help' another team member on troubleshooting etc. After that, I was taken completely out of communication emails, and everyone stopped talking to me. I am virtually out of the team. I am just going to office, reading technical stuff and coming home. No work is being assigned to me.

Now my worry is whether the company will pay for the notice period I served. Since I haven't really contributed anything during these days, is there any possibility that company may reject to pay the salary for the notice period I served or atleast for being in office during working hours.

I understand that situation depends on country to country, however, I would like to know your views on this.


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Tim Moores
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In all jurisdictions I'm familiar with, withholding pay would constitute grounds for legal action against the company (unless your contract has a specific clause about pay in the notice period at the end of employment, but that seems highly unlikely, and in any case you would know about that).

If whoever is in charge does not assign work to you, then that's not your problem. Assuming, of course, you worked with that other team member as you were told to do.
Mohana Rao Sv
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Don't worry you will get your pay. Otherwise you can sue against to them. You were not assigned to any productive work because you no longer continuing your job they want to reduce the dependency on you. Just find better place to work all the best.


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Seetharaman Venkatasamy
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Sai Surya wrote: everyone stopped talking to me.

I guess the company or the team is very small in all perspective!
Sai Surya
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I guess the company or the team is very small in all perspective!


Thanks for the replies. This is one of the reason I decided to quit even within short period of time.
Deepak Bala
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Now my worry is whether the company will pay for the notice period I served.


Yes they are bound to. Unless the contract says otherwise.


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Campbell Ritchie
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If the contract says otherwise, and they are not bound to pay, then are you bound to turn up? If they don’t pay you, aren’t you free to work elsewhere?

Of course I am not a legal expert, but surely if you are telling you where to be during the notice period, they are obliged to pay you.
Sai Surya
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:If the contract says otherwise, and they are not bound to pay, then are you bound to turn up? If they don’t pay you, aren’t you free to work elsewhere?


It's very good point with sharp logic. Latest update is I got the resignation acceptance letter today with last day of work clearly mentioned. At least, now I have a proof that I served notice period.
Thanks for replies.
Campbell Ritchie
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And I presume they are still paying you all right?

Some people I know have had contracts with 24-hour notice periods. They are hardly secure, but it means they could go for an interview and almost say, “I can start tomorrow.”
John Jai
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:Some people I know have had contracts with 24-hour notice periods. They are hardly secure,...

That seems pretty harsh on the employee... It's more cruel for an employee paying pretty amount of loans monthly...
Tim Moores
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John Jai wrote:
Some people I know have had contracts with 24-hour notice periods.

That seems pretty harsh on the employee... It's more cruel for an employee paying pretty amount of loans monthly...

One has to assume that they entered such a contract voluntarily, and that there are compensating arrangements, like a correspondingly higher rate of pay.
Vishal Hegde
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Sai Surya it takes a lots of courage to resign from a company , just because you dont like it and that too in India..Did you get a new job somewhere too or you are going to search it later


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Deepak Bala
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just because you dont like it and that too in India


Why would you want to stay in a company that you do not like ? What difference does it make that he is in India ? Or is he ? I remember him mentioning that he works in Singapore. Not sure if that is the case anymore.
arulk pillai
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Vishal Hegde wrote:Sai Surya it takes a lots of courage to resign from a company , just because you dont like it and that too in India..Did you get a new job somewhere too or you are going to search it later


It is better to move on than stagnating or being unhappy. As long as you do it amicably and without burning any bridges.

From my experience, it is common in some organizations to not assign you any new tasks, except the appropriate hand-over of tasks and knowledge transfer where applicable.


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Vishal Hegde
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Deepak Bala wrote:
just because you dont like it and that too in India


Why would you want to stay in a company that you do not like ? What difference does it make that he is in India ? Or is he ? I remember him mentioning that he works in Singapore. Not sure if that is the case anymore.



Hi ,

I mean getting a well paid job in India is really always a struggle.. Inase Surya got a new Job with a good sal package in that case its good and he can support his family
Vishal Hegde
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arulk pillai wrote:
Vishal Hegde wrote:Sai Surya it takes a lots of courage to resign from a company , just because you dont like it and that too in India..Did you get a new job somewhere too or you are going to search it later


It is better to move on than stagnating or being unhappy. As long as you do it amicably and without burning any bridges.

From my experience, it is common in some organizations to not assign you any new tasks, except the appropriate hand-over of tasks and knowledge transfer where applicable.



When your family depends upon you and you dont have much of the savings account...you simply cannot think about quitting at that point
Sai Surya
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I am working in Singapore. Work environment in Singapore is very dynamic (dynamic than in India at least for political reasons). Just an example, if any of your team member is not able to perform well or pick up well, what do you do? You try to help him/her or at least give him/her couple of months time to learn things. However, in Singapore the moment they think the employee is not performing well, they immediately fire him/her. I had seen this many many times here. Of course companies have their own reasons for this cost etc.

The same goes for an employee too. I was hired by taking written test, interviews on Java, J2EE, Agile methodology, Web Services, Spring, Hibernate and what not? But after joining here I realized I am not using any of the above. If I continue here for some time, I will loose my confidence and I am sure this same company will not hire me later Remember employees are dispensable to employers. Vice-versa if you have correct skill and your skill is in demand.

I thought quitting is better since it helps in long run. Ultimately for me technical expertise is more important as many of you guys do in the ever chaning IT sector.

The company hired me is a big telecom hub in Singapore and they also have to put job descriptions correctly. This is purely career shift from techie to subject matter expert. I informed about this to HR in the exit interview too.

Job changing in India also should not be a problem (even within short period) as long as you justify your reason in the interview, but I agree that it's a bad practise and should be done after much thought and planning.
 
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