I had a notorious union office bearer in my one earlier company. The union was affiliated with powerful political party in Maharashtra. If you have a union, you have to involve in every small matters. The union office bearers will be in your office to discuss the size of wada given in the canteen. Anyway, I think now a days our young generation in HR is missing this beautiful and funny interaction with union.
The said notorious union office bearer was also active in local politics and had been corporator of Municipal Corporation. He used to take petty issues with management and always fight on the same. Off course, his behavior was rude with everybody. In each sentence he has XXXXX. (You understand what I mean).
Once he felt sick and was admitted in Hospital. Due to some reasons his heath got complicated and was admitted in ICU. All employees started to visit him.
Doctors could treat him and almost he survived. After 2 months, he resumed duties. He met me and I was surprised to know that he had totally changed.
“Sir, I have decided to change my language and do the work which will add value to me, organization and society”, he spoke.
“Come on, you are a union leader, ex-corporator, you are doing something for other”, I laughed and spoke sarcastically.
“You are making a fun, but sir, my illness taught me a lot”
“Thanks to god, you are back, but tell me what you have learnt?”
“I was almost gone, but today, I am back because of the wishes of all people like you. My behaviour with everybody was so rude, that everybody was trying to avoid me, but still they visited me”, He started “My wife asked me after I came at home, “See, you are back now, see the joy on the face of children and your friends, what don’t you change your behaviour? Don’t you try to speak in good and sober language?” he laughed and told me” Sir, first time in life my wife scolded me, and I decided to change”
Listening to this, I was very happy, thinking that he made my job easier while dealing with union office bearers. We enjoyed a good relationship. He left the union activities for giving the opportunities to others. Once he visited to my home with her daughter and requested me to guide her on career. This may be an unique example where the union office bearer trusted someone.