I've been in the workforce for 20+ years, and it's heartbreaking to read in blogs and on the news how toxic workplaces have become. I thought my bad luck was unique.
Here's a brief rundown:
Job 1: Sexual harassment/job sabotage
Job 2: Company I work for is major contributor to the Great Recession. Those that keep our jobs are told not to mention our employer, or risk getting beat up.
Job 3: Company makes an obvious blunder and has to do layoffs, but doesn't want to pay severance; goes the "make people so miserable they voluntarily leave" route. One lady has to quit because she keeps having panic attacks that land her in hospital. Our boss flips out on his department in Florida when they dare to take a (company approved) day off to prepare for a hurricane.
After that one I was unemployed for a year. Then I got a godsend: An executive I knew would make a place for me, where I would implement new technology to cut down on inefficiency. Spent the pandemic working from home. But once things went back to normal...
Current situation: Put on probation because the "inefficiencies" are actually corrupt directors who are involved in things like wage theft. My friend the executive can't do anything about it, because they stole her power ages ago, and she became a figurehead without knowing it.
I've asked myself "now what"? a lot in the past 20 years, and it's getting harder to find answers! To see so many other people suffering the same things (or worse) is heartbreaking.
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I interviewed with a company where I hit it off with the hiring manager.
She said she was excited about my candidacy and passed me on to the next series of rounds. I made it to the final round. All of the interviews went well. I sent thank you notes. The hiring manager said I should hear from someone within the week. A week went by and I didn't hear anything. I saw the position reposted on Linkedin. I reached out to inquire about the status of my candidacy and so far have not received a response. It seems to me if they reposted the position then they have passed on me. I just assumed they would send the standard rejection email. I appreciate your thoughts.
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So, I work for three very controlling and erratic bosses.
Everyone is always on guard for what will happen to me next, very chaotic. I have an opportunity to potentially switch departments but I know if I go down this road, they will sabotage me. My friend who is trying to steal me wants me to give a presentation for her department so that her boss can see my skills before I apply. Problem is, how do I tell my manager or do I just do it and beg forgiveness. She will be angry when she finds out but if I ask she’ll likely say no..
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I have a wonderful coworker (Supervisor) that I have worked with for 2 years.
She is a hard worker, never calls in and always goes above and beyond to get the job done. She has amazing performance reviews and has never had an issue with management or other employees.
Our company requires a background check before an employee can start. Apparently our old General Manager did not process her background check and just allowed her to start. She had a run in with the law in 2011 and was convicted in 2018. Once she was allowed to work she assumed the company didn't care about the conviction. There was not a question asking "have you ever been convicted of a felony", so she did not falsify any information. She turned her paperwork in like she was supposed to.
Fast-forward to the current day.... the company realized that her background was never processed and she is now awaiting the results. Her fear is that the background check could cause her to lose her job.
Isn't it the companies responsibility to make sure all of the employees background checks are processed? Should the burden fall back on the employee? ANY advice for her would be helpful.
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I would like to rebuild my work confidence and resume my professional experience, but struggle with imposter syndrome and doubts about my abilities and expertise.
I am in my mid-late 20s and I get constant anxiety attacks and panic regarding my career, I recently lived and worked abroad (The UK), but returned back home due to mental health reasons (mainly work related). I have never experienced this and I would like to get back on track and resume my career building as I have always been a great employee and professional and I enjoy working. I would like to return to the UK (I am an EU national and have rights to reside and work there as I have permanent settled status), but I experience constant doubts regarding my skills, expertise and I was wondering if anyone had any advice, or has been in a similar situation, where they doubt their abilities and have a hard time finding how to retrieve their work confidence and believe in their value as a professional again.
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