If you have been following me for a while, you might have noticed that somehow I always end up in a job where I become unhappy.
I hate say it, but lately I have been crying a lot because of my job.
The positive thing is that I absolutely love the actual job.
I love teaching, interacting with students and challange them a little more than most my co-workers do.
And they seem to like me too!
There were a few grumpy exceptions, but mostly I get really positive feedback on the way I deliver my training.
But I wouldn’t be Andrea if someone didn’t decide to mess it up for me.
It was about 2 months ago when I got a small task from my manager.
I had to upload some documents on 10 laptops.
I immediately started it and was finished quite fast.
For a week I didn’t hear anything about and I assumed all was fine.
Until that one day my manager wanted to talk to me.
He presented a written warning right in front of me.
It said I was lazy, refused to do my assignments and I broke the trust.
I had no clue what was going on.
He told me he asked another colleague to check the task I was assigned for.
This colleague said I didn’t upload the documents.
I thought I was going insane.
How could this have happened?!
I tried to convince my manager that there was a misunderstanding and I would try to find out what went wrong.
But he didn’t care. He said all the prove was there that I was a bad employee.
In the next days I did my research to find out what went wrong.
Turns out that I did upload the documents, just not on the location that manager expected me to
But he never specified it either.
Eventually he retracted the written warning, but I never got an apology.
He simply pretends like nothing ever happened.
I, however, cannot forget this.
I lost part of my happiness and it confused my already messed up mental state of mind.
On days that I don’t have to teach, I avoid talking anyone.
I hide in a classroom, lock the door and try to survive 8 hours.
Colleagues have noticed a change in my behavior too.
Some remain neutral. Others try to cheer me up.
But one colleague in particular decided to act on my unhappiness.
He makes things up that he know will stress me out.
Once he even admitted it by saying “I just like to bully you”.
Manager knows about this, but apparently this is perfectly fine.
I have learned from previous experiences however.
Usually I would wait too long with plotting a plan B, but in all these days that I didn’t have to teach I have been either looking for new jobs or just watched Netflix.
Why would I even pretend to care?
Financially I cannot afford it to leave right away, but I know that the company would be in deep shit if I would leave.
This is because there is a certain training that can only performed by people who have an Electrical Engineering background.
And those people are hard to find, otherwise they wouldn’t have hired a foreigner.
They need me as much as I need them.
Throughout my career I had a lot of asshole manager and this is not even the worst one.
I am just wondering what managers think they achieve with this kind of behavior.
They spend a lot of time and money of finding and then training an employee only to make them leave in a short amount of time.
don’t you realise this doesn’t do your reputation any good?
From previous experience, I can inform you that once one employee leaves due to your asshole behavior, the ice is broken.
It won’t take long for another one to leave. And then a trend has started.
Trust me, you’re not our first employer.
You’re not our best employer.
And for those that are below 55 years, you are certainly not our last.
Have you ever been in a similar story and you would like to share?
Let me know in the comments!