It's Nice When Someone Fights for You!
One of the guys is fighting his own battle, although he does have silent support from a couple of managers--the very same managers who were asked to fire him! The other guy has a manager actively fighting to keep him employed because a legitimate accident is being used to terminate him.
And, this is really how it happens all the time. But, I'll tell you, I'd rather be the worker with a manager fighting for me as opposed to the one being told by managers not to stop fighting, while doing nothing to help him.
Management support can be the real difference in keeping your job. The worker with a manager fighting for him is still working and being paid while the investigation is taking place.
The worker, fighting alone, was sent home weeks ago, and must try to get back into the workplace--all without pay!!
The point of this post is to remind everyone to form alliances at work. You never know who will bail on you in your time of need, if it ever comes, but you also never know who might support you.
Try to be a positive worker and you are more likely to receive some level of support, even if it's minimal. But, you may be surprised that someone will put themselves on the line to fight for you.
So, speak to different managers and establish positive relationships. It can't hurt and it may save your career one day!!