Work Confessions

  • I really HATE open workspaces - I have co-workers in other locations where they have the 'open workspace' floor plans and any time we have phone conferences people will just walk up and start talking to the person I'm calling and I have to figure out if the person is responding to my questions or to the questions of someone who has walked up and started talking to them.

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  • My boss fired me when I told him I was pregnant. This was for a toystore company. We love kids. Not apparently my boss. So horrible to be pregnant and jobless. In Wisconsin if you have under 15 employees you can legally terminate employees for any reason :(

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  • I had a miscarriage at work and am having a really hard time dealing with it...I made the mistake of telling a few close friends at work (not my manager) and I feel awful. I want to take a week off of work (I would treat it like a vacation) but I"m worried about seeming weak.

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  • I'm a young engineer who landed a great job with a a huge company. Feeling disheartened because engineering isn't satisfying me. Maybe care-giving careers are better suited for women? I have no female engineer role models. Don't know how to switch out of engineering after accumulating school debt or how to face my family if I did. And if I do switch out, am I just perpetuating the gender gap in stem? :(

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  • I was laid off last year after being overworked and underpaid for almost 6 years at a company where there were only 2 role options: management or non-management. Management roles meant a "whopping" $4k raise to triple your workload and stress. Being laid off was the best thing to happen to me. It gave me time to get my financial, health, and spiritual houses in order. It also lowered my stress to the point where my husband and I are now expecting.

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