July 26, 2021

15 thoughts on “Oil & Gas Crisis – Time to Take On More Work Even with No Pay Raise!

  1. Rolf,

    Nothing motivates us better than seeing our colleagues getting retrenched…

    All of sudden, the complaining stops from us. Instead of enjoying periods when we have "less work", we now sweat bullets when we are "too free"… Oh the irony!

    I like your attitude; but then you are already shepherd class. So it's par for the course 😉

    When winter passes and spring arrives, it's time to parlay your new knowledge and connections into double and triple promotions!

    And people will say Rolf is so "lucky"!


    1. Hi SMOL,

      Using retrenchment a as motivation – cruel truth! Maybe not call motivation but ironic realization!

      Thanks for the compliment, but I am not yet shepherd class and also not hitting Par all the time. But I am striving each day and hopefully can get a couples of birdies and eagles eventually.

      Always good to look forward to spring bearing fruits. Even dreaming is good.

      Hopefully the day come and can enjoy the fruits with as many people as possible. You will be one of them 🙂

      I will then be the first to say "I Am So Lucky!" You can also say I am lucky… I do not mind…


  2. I like your positive attitude towards works and hardship.

    But never underselling yourself.

    The industry may not be doing well but this does not mean you stop looking around for an opportunity to join another company. With your positive work attitude towards heavy workload, you can survive and be recognized of your worth in any new company you are joining.

    1. Hi MH,

      Thanks but I like more about your charitable attitude! 🙂

      Ok, will take note of your advice.

      In fact after accepting the offer, I did write a long email and also talk to my boss why I am willing to do it, despite knowing it is not the fairest! It is a form of telling "I am not stupid!" in this downturn.

      Ok, there was several percent pay raise stemming from my last year performance. And better transport and medical benefits, but that is not the main!

      Maybe one reason is also I had been underutilize for last few years, which I also why I think my workload now is still justifiable!

  3. Hi Rolf,

    Sometimes doing more benefit ourselves in terms of knowledge, learning and exposure. Money will always comes later because you are becoming more and more indispensable until they have no choice but to promote you…. In the long run, you will be the winner, but hopefully not at the expense of your health … Jiayou!

    P.S: Have linked your blog to mine! 🙂

    1. Hi Jes,

      Thanks for dropping by! Always feels good to see new "faces".

      Agree in the knowledge, learning n exposure part! Indispensable! Hmm….U can advise me in ur work experience one day. 🙂

      FYI climbing corporate ladder is good exposure/experience! For sure, we will be over conceited once or twice, it is ok. We are all young once… but remember.. pls remember good to fall down also… Look back and laugh at it is called "wisdom".

      Frankly I do not look fwd to any promotion in my career in near term. Pay raise and more exposure, I do not mind. haha.. This is time for me to regroup my thoughts as I had tired myself out in the last ten years mentally in work! Health, family and friends are utmost impt to me!

      Once I am ready again, I will charge!!! which day I am not sure, but what I am sure is I will be better, stronger and happier!

      P.S: Tks. I will link your blog too! 🙂

  4. Hi Rolf,

    Wah, damn solid advice 🙂 I totally agree with you! Work while others are complaining, and when the tides are turned, you'll have a headstart before the rest. I'm always 'retrenched' every year, and from experience I know that what I do during my down time will determine what I will have when times are good. I'll take the down time to relax, do more value added stuff, brush up my skills and just read read read. When I pick up, I'll sprint instead of rising slowly 🙂

    1. Hi LP,

      I never advise! Just sharing my thoughts.

      I totally agree with you that we need to run run, jog jog, then rest rest, crawl crawl and sprint sprint again….

      By the way, I am so envious that you are retrenched each year. You definitely learnt a lot from it. Haha….

      From another perspective, if u gets retrenched, it may also mean someone is graduating. It can be a good thing!

      Continued to get retrench ….. LOL

  5. Haha, you're the first one to be envious of my yearly retrenchment exercise! Haha, but I think I'm also grateful for it too…first of all, I get to get a clean start, and secondly, I get to be on my toes and never ever get comfortable 😉 This will built a stronger me!

    1. Hi LP,

      Guess once you have build a strong foundation and reputation, most of your new sales will come automatically from referrals.

  6. Hi Rolf,

    Ya, near 100% of my students are from referrals. The rest comes from personal branding on the internet. But you know, this kind of things are never guaranteed. I will be bluffing myself if I tell you that my next year's income is guaranteed or fixed. I can only try to limit the downside and plan ahead, which is why it's always keeping me on my toes.

    In my way, I feel that my job is quite like a sales job, haha! There is always an element of selling and persuading in my work.

    1. Hi LP,

      Limiting the downside is more than important already. Perhaps lots of things in life is not guaranteed even a so called "iron bowl" job!

  7. Hi Rolf

    If i were an employer i am going to poach you 🙂

    Working in a cyclical industry is tricky but you've shown the company again and again why they are right in retaining you 😉

    1. Hi B,

      Thanks for the compliments! Looking at your blog, I am sure you will worth more poachings!

      I prefer to be poached by myself one day once I am ready. haha.. ssh…..

  8. Hi Rolf

    If i were an employer i am going to poach you 🙂

    Working in a cyclical industry is tricky but you've shown the company again and again why they are right in retaining you 😉

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