Yesterday, 2 of my workmates went out for lunch. My plan was only to go out with them and order take out food but that never happened. I chose to stay in the restaurant and eat there. HAHA! It was wrong but it felt very liberating. I was just so hungry then. I was just out for about 15mins when I got a call that our executive director's furious. He submitted an incident report stating: "you have taken your break time together with 2 other recruiters leaving the recruitment hub with no recruiter to accomodate the applicants and proper endorsement to anyone onsite."
It says on the notice that, based on the handbook, "Negligence or faiure to abide by lawful, reasonable, and specific instructions, orders, directives, or established procedures, or failure to exercise reasonable care in complying therewith, regardless of whether such negligence or failure results in actual loss or damage to any Company property" is a violation of the Code of Conduct that has a possible sanction of Final Warning.
What happened was very heart breaking for me because it seemed like, all the sacrifices I made were all in vain. Do I have a loophole for this? the things was, I never had a formal orientation with the company's code of conduct, etc etc. I didn't even know that we have a handbook. Also, when I went out, there was still 1 recruiter in the office who also went out after I went out just to buy takeout food.
I understand that I was at fault but it felt good to go out, and eat outside the office. Most days, I just eat in my desk. How can I bring it up to them that, yes, I was at fault but they're the ones who committed more mistakes.