I recently started a new job, and hate it. From day 1, there was confusion, about my start date and I'm not sure why because the offer letter had the date on it which I signed and confirmed, and when I followed up w/ my new boss the wk before starting, I confirmed the date because I inquired about what time I should report to work. The first day, my boss didn't come in until noon and I was left w/ another employee to show me around who seemed to not even know I was starting. When my boss did come in, I could hear her yelling at someone, and then she approached the coworker who was showing me a few things and interrupted us and started demanding other things of him right in front of me. That was all before she acknowledged me.
The next few days were chaotic and I was struggling to get a handle of the bookkeeping functions though I've been in finance for 8 years. The co. seemed very unorganized and there were files all over the place; just a mess. I decided to meet w/ my boss and have a candid conversation. She was distracted and doing 10 other things while we were having the conversation. I understand that she's the owner and is very busy, but her behavior was rude. She also started to talk over me, so I stopped talking. When she finally looked up and asked why I had stopped talking, I explained that I do not operate that way and that I give respect and that it makes no sense for us both to be talking at the same time.
I finished week one and felt like I had been in a tornado. I started week 2 fresh, ready to try to get myself settled in and focus on the tasks at hand. I quickly noticed Monday morning that ppl seemed miserable, no one greeted one another or smiled. I proceeded to do my work. Again, a repeat of week 1. I spoke w/ my boss about setting up a weekly touchbase which she agreed to and we put it on our calendars. When it came time for the touchbase later in the week, she was nowhere to be found. Never asked to reschedule it nor apologized for missing it. In fact, I really couldn't track her down to ask her anything.
On Friday I came in and saw she had sent me an e-mail w/ a list of things to do and asking me various questions. I responded that I'd like to talk about a few of the items when she got in. But I knew then that I was done. I don't like being managed via e-mail and I had seen all I needed to see. I had been down this road before, and the good thing is that I had been interviewing in the interim of starting this position, so I was waiting to hear back from 2 other companies. I know she's the owner of the co., but it's a chaotic mess and I didn't like what I was seeing. She doesn't treat ppl well, I did not receive the training/overview that I was supposed to receive, and I ended up coming out of pocket for a parking pass to park downtown where the co. is located because she never provided the parking pass as we had discussed in the interview.
When she came in, she handed me months of old invoices and papers that she had on her desk and didn't answer any of my questions. I realized I had been hit w/ the old bait and switch tactic. At the end of the day, I was finally able to get 3 mins. of her time and I handed her my 2 week notice. She seemed shocked and bit upset, but said ok.
I came in this Monday, ready to get to work and do what I could in the next 2 wks, but again she was yelling at ppl. I was on the phone w/ a vendor inquiring about charges on an invoice that didn't add up, and she started talking to me and asking me questions. I asked if we could talk in 5 mins. because I was on the phone w/ a vendor. I even had to put the vendor on hold. She just proceeded to demand answers about certain things that I had no idea what she was even talking about.
At this point, I don't want to do another day here. I know I said I'd do 2 wks., but I can't work under these conditions. Would I be wrong if I told her today that I won't be back next week to finish my final wk.? I'm not planning on using them as a reference or even putting them on my resume, but I don't want to burn bridges.
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Not sure what else I can do..
Just over a year ago I got a new boss. She came in strong and made some changes that a lot were not happy with. She claims to be holding people accountable but she’s really just pointing the finger and persecuting everyone for their mistakes.
There are a lot more details behind the situation that I can’t share but I have made two lengthy complaints to HR and an anonymous report to our ethics board. Going to her boss would mean speaking to the president of the division and I’m not sure I’m comfortable with that.
One of my direct reports has quit because of her and I am also looking for other employment. Several others have stated the same (which was shared with HR). I feel as if I’ve done my due diligence for my team but nothing is being done above me.
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Just need to mildly vent.
I recently lost my contract job and have had to start the applying and interview process again UGH! Anyway, have a second interview with a company for a position that I’m over qualified for and will be making a lot less money. The second interview is where I have to do a presentation followed by questions. Not thrilled by no issues. What I am annoyed with is having to send them my presentation in advanced. I was more prepared to just take over the screen and present. Why do companies feel that they can ask for your work and possibly use a later date. It is bad enough when you are asked questions about a past project that the company may also be considering and want to know your ideas and processes on how you accomplished it. (You see them writing down notes during this specific conversation), and not call you back for the next stage of interview.
So of course going to put in pdf, no notes, and password protect which is about all that can be done.
Just needed to get this off my chest
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I'm going to go a little differently on this.
While I appreciate the employee's personal challenges, you both have roles that need to be performed for the company. I actually am sensing some manipulation by the employee and you stepped straight into it. If she is messaging you on Facebook, that means that you probably added her as a personal friend. It sounds like potential manipulation lured you into blurring boundaries that could set you up for a challenging situation down the road particularly if her performance is not up to par. It is possible to be an empathetic leader while also maintaining appropriate workplace boundaries. Many people today are going through different types of struggles. The balance is in finding humanity while also having realistic expectations of them to perform their role and being clear on the boundaries. It's fantastic the employee is in therapy but therapy is not something to be weaponized for poor performance. Incredibly, there's nothing in this long post about how this employee is actually performing their job. I think more of your time should be spent on helping her achieve career goals versus getting into her personal situation about which you only hear one side. I found that it's best to maintain professional boundaries especially with someone who reports to you. If you decide to be friends after one of you leaves the job, that's completely fine. But while you're on the job, situations like this are fraught with landmines.
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When implementing a rewards and recognition program is it better to implement rewards and recognition based on individual or team performance or a combination of the two?
What types of rewards and recognition have you found to be most effective for increasing employee engagement and commitment to the organisation?
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What is going on with this forum?!
Some of the posters are so nice and supportive…and others just want to tear women down! It’s so incredibly sad. I keep reading things and wonder if the person would respond the same way if they were speaking in-person. Maybe keep scrolling if you can’t be civil and constructive?
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Seeking opinions about group interviews...
I had a virtual group interview this week. It was one interviewer and about 10 candidates. The job seekers were asked one question and each was asked to answer it one after another with no discourse in between.
I didn't feel that any candidates really stood out or made a significantly better impression than any others. (Except possibly me. I went last and was from a vastly different background than the other candidates-- and not in a great way.)
As a person who was been responsible for the hiring process at organizations in the past, I don't see how this was a valuable step for any of the parties. It seemed that the company just wanted to see everyone and appeared that it could be used in a discriminatory way.
I would be interested to hearing other's experiences with and opinions about group interviews.
At this point, I'm not sure I will accept any future interviews in this format.