Ashish gives 100%

Ashish is on a 6-month assignment in Toronto, Canada, and is enjoying the city and his work environment. He wants to give 100% to his job while in Canada. In that his family is not with him, he decides that he will come into the office to work extra on Saturday morning on his project. He wants to make a good impression.

A co-worker who is a recent immigrant from Eastern Europe chats with Ashish at the coffee pot on Friday morning and asks about his weekend plans. He then advises Ashish not to come to work on Saturday.

1. What is Ashish’s intent? What might be the co-worker’s intent behind the advice?
2. Could there be something that the recent immigrant knows that Ashish doesn’t know? If so, what?
3. Should Ashish take the co-worker’s advice?