I am wondering why people do what they do.
And I don’t know why these ghosts of the past are coming back.
All of this happened over 20 years ago.
I was hired as a receptionist and “other” by a very well known local company. I got the job 2 or 3 days before Thanksgiving and the office manager asked me to come in on Black Friday, to get used to the board and some of the routine.
I came in that day and I think it was as such as that it was an option for employees to be there that day. Hardly anybody came in.
I worked 4 hours and they told us to go home at noon.
I came in on Monday and the former receptionist was there, to help train me.
The premise was she was going to train me for a little bit and then report to her new job upstairs — she was going to be a secretary (yes, this was the big promotion she got)
I was also supposed to work on contracts for clients and other paperwork; they used WordStar so the going was kind of slow (who uses Word Star in that day and age? Microsoft Word was available, this bunch wasn’t using it) I tried to put them together the best I could; I got some instruction how to put them together — I had 2 people watching me at all times. They sat there and said nothing, usually.
Everything kind of slogged along for 2 days; I came in on Wednesday morning and I got word that one of the supervisors of the drafting department wanted to see me.
Yes…to tell me “It’s not working out, it’s just not working out; what can I say, it’s just not working out.”
I got no bad input from anybody training me — I couldn’t figure out why they were terminating me.
“If we needed a secretary, you’d be fabulous”? THis is what he said to me. He didn’t even clap eyes on me until that moment; how does he know about anything secretarial???
I was handed my paycheck and he told me “you can go now.”
The office manager who hired me did not do the dirty work . When I came out of that office and I saw her, I told her what happened. All she had to say to me was “this is news to me.”
News to you but you didn’t make a fuss and keep me. To blazes with you.
When I opened my check, I was minus $3 an hour than what we agreed upon. I didn’t want to pursue it; I’d already had enough — and left.
Nearly the same thing happened a bit less than a year later: I got a job as a “gal Friday” at a very local company; when I was hired, they told me that the company would be moving in under 3 weeks to another locale in a town about 5 miles from there.
A bunch of us showed up with our own cars — yes, they had US do the dirty work! — and we moved the company on a weekend.
A couple of weeks after we moved to the new locale; the phone rang and I answered it, as per my job duties.
“Hello, this is the ABC Employment Agency. I am calling on behalf of Mary Smith; she will not be able to report to work as a temp at your company today…”
Huh? We’re getting a temp??? WHY?
When I asked I was told by the office manager “So that when you are out, this person will know how you do the work here.”
2 weeks after the temp got there, I got shown the door.
Again, the same thing happened to me: fired out of nowhere, for no reason at all. All I ever got was “It’s not working out.” And guess who my replacement was: the temp.
This has happened to me more times than I care to recant and I don’t know why this happened to me. I did as I was told, I was on time every day, I was nice to everyone who called or was at the company, yet I was never hired full time, it seems.
Maybe she even used me to help move the company and when all was settled in, she hired somebody else.
The only poetic justice I got: A few months later, I showed up at a company for an interview — guess who was in the lobby, also waiting for an interview: Temp from The Company!
The first words out of her mouth: “Office Manager did the same thing to me that she did to YOU….”
And you had no qualms or hesitation about taking the job, knowing full well something shady was underfoot. You didn’t even last 3 months. Happy?
I can’t stop thinking about these 2 incidents and I can’t stop thinking about how things never really panned out for me in certain companies.
Maybe my big mistake was in bothering with office work, period. It was no slice of heaven in the lab, but never ever did I see anybody shown the door after a very brief period of time, unless the person was positively and absolutely horrible — and even so, that only happened once.
I can’t stop thinking about how horrible most of these companies have been: I tried my best and yet, what happened to me? What is there to answering a telephone line and directing calls and working on correspondence or some paperwork???
Don’t ask what I got when I came home! Nobody believed me; my mother was convinced I had to be a major screwup to be booted in 3 days, or 5 weeks, or 3 months. Authority figures always mattered to her; they were like some kind of god. What they said was 100% correct and irrefutable and inaurguable….and your daughter fucked up again. RIGHT???
It sucks, all these years later. I am sorry, but you never forget something like this. Honest to God: I haven’t thought of these 2 companies/incidents in years but now it’s like some kind of dam has busted and all these horrible memories are coming back to me.
Maybe I don’t belong in the workplace. Maybe I somehow had bad luck and all I got were horrible places to work…for awhile (and one company did it to me on Thanksgiving Eve; on the following day, I’d have been eligible for benefits) I don’t know what else to say here; I tried to move on and forget these incidents but now they seem to be coming back, like ghosts — and I can’t stop thinking about what happened while I was there.
Is this what my life is going to be like — a job offer but it ends unexpectedly and you’re back on the damn bleeping rollercoaster again???
This is why I do not trust employers. There are no guarantees and this si why we need at-will employment revoked immediately. There is no job security.