Wednesday, August 27, 2008

"Twas a Long Time Coming...

Last Friday, right around injection time, my boss sent me an email. It read something like "Go into your electronic time card and change your hours to reflect the hours you actually worked today. Misreporting hours is grounds for dismissal from the company." You see, at my company, you need to work 8 hours per day, not including a lunch break should you choose to take one away from your desk. You can charge those 8 hours to any number of charge codes, be it charging to a project or to your accumulated sick leave.

I got to work at 8:30 on Friday morning, and worked until 11:30 when Clark and I went to Panera to grab some lunch. We got back to the office and worked some more from 12:30 to 1:30 in the afternoon. We then left to go to the hospital for the shot, and so naturally I charged the remaining 4 hours to my sick leave.

Somehow, those hours did not add up to 8 hours to my boss, hence the email. Unfortunately for him, accusing me of doing something unethical and then threatening my employment is where I draw the line, and my boss crossed it and kept on running.

Since this was not nearly my first complaint about my position (being blatantly disrespected, yelled at, walked all over, etc.), I decided it was time to call a meeting with the HR department and my boss. I had met with HR before about issues with my boss but really did not want to leave the company. I have no issues with the company itself, just my immediate supervisor. The head of HR and some staffing recruiters were trying to find me another position in a different division. This has been going on for months, and I was just going to stick it out, keep my chin up, and continue to work hard until something else came along.

Well, I went into the meeting yesterday with an open mind. If my boss apologized for the email, admitted it was not intended the way it was taken, and offered to make an effort to treat me with more respect, I would gladly stay on board and work for him (at least until something better presented itself). I was not so lucky. He was a real jerk in the meeting, to the point of yelling and displaying horrible attitude. Too bad.

I put in my three weeks notice shortly into the discussion. It's three weeks instead of two because I'm taking that wonderful week long vacation to Disney World next week, and I did not think that it would be right to count that as one of my two weeks of work before leaving. So, this week is week one, and the week after I return from vacation is my week two. And then I'm out (unless HR pulls through and finds me a new position, but pickings are slim right now).

Though my job hunt hasn't been going well for the past 3-4 months, I was put in contact with an outside recruiter today who may have some opportunities for me. There's a chance that I won't have any gap of employment, so let's keep our fingers crossed, shall we?

So that's the news, friends. I know several of you have been wanting/urging/praying for me to quit this job, and now it's done. I know a lot of people feel empowered and exhilarated when they finally stand up to someone who's been wronging them, but I've gotta say - yesterday's meeting was no fun for me. I don't feel good about standing up for myself at all. I'm kind of bummed, not to mention really nervous about my iffy employment situation right now. The last thing I want is for my little family to suffer because of the action I took.

Why can't we all just get along??

1 comment:

AmyB said...

I'm so sorry, Jess. That's really not fair at all. They didn't do anything to reprimand your boss??

Chin up, girl. There's something better for you!