Profits – a term that all businesses use to measure success.
In recent years, businesses are often caught in between sacrificing something to increase profits. It could be as simple as cutting unnecessary overheads / luxuries to as complicated as pay cut or retrenchment exercises.
What happens when a company is caught in between chasing profits or saving someone’s life?
Local company Archetype, a holistic, one-stop design and build firm is currently facing this as one of their staff, 31 year old Bangladeshi Mr Alam Shah has been diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer.
Mr Shah who has been only with the company for two short months, was trying to save up to marry his girlfriend when the news shattered his dream.
His estimated life span if the disease is untreated is less than a year but with the proper treatment, he can expect to live many more years.
Other employers might have sent Mr Alam, a work-permit holder, home once he was deemed medically fit to travel, but his employer, Archetype, decided otherwise. It is now trying to raise funds for his medical treatment, estimated to cost about S$60,000 and another S$40,000 for his family and other expenses.
In an interview with Shiok!, Archetype Operations Manager, Miss Melissa Tan, said that the thought of abandoning him never crossed their mind.
She explained, “We are all like a big family. It is our organisation’s culture and our boss treats all his staff like his own family members. We usually have BBQs on our roof top after office hours or do shopping in Ikea together.”
“When Alam Shah was diagnoised, we did not even contemplate – We had to save him! We visited numerous government and non-government agencies in hope to find ways to help him. Our Managing Director even went to the Bangladesh Embassy of Singapore to ask for help but we are still not able to get the financial support needed,” added Miss Tan.
She clarified that while the company did buy additional insurance policy to cover all employers’ work-related accidents, they were unable to utilize it.
Miss Tan explained, “As this is not a work related accident, we are only about to claim the regular $15,000 for his ICU charges (which was used up in a few days.”
In fact, the company is looking to revise all their employees’ insurance package for better coverage.
As for now, Archetype is taking on the mission to try and raise funds, as the company can’t afford Alam Shah’s full medical treatments and other expenses even after dipping into company’s own funds and he needs immediate medical treatment.
Shiok! is very proud of local company Archetype which optimises the goodness of Singaporeans and our kampung spirit. Look out for and support our upcoming products and events as proceeds will go towards funding Alam Shah’s treatment.
If you wish to make a donation, please do so at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-alam-shah-help-save-a-life. Online fundraising ends 26th November.
Story first appeared on: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/firm-raising-funds-for/1467352.html?cid=FBSG