I find that after a couple weeks away from my old job, I’m a bit irked by what happened and still glad to be out of a bad situation yet I’ll never understand the resistance. The management team was a couple, soon to be married. The man is retired military but conducts himself as though he’s still military in my perspective. Once a military police officer, always a police officer.
I sense he felt threatened by my suggestions to speed up the job at hand which became the demise of my employment. The weeds were certainly getting tall in the very back of the outdoor storage area, we all knew that. I was asked to remove them – with a Scuffle Hoe. Ummm, no. I explained to this guy that this device was never intended to be used on a hard surface.
Sometimes called blacktop. I suggested using the weed whip in the storage room. No, it’s broken. OK, I suggested I purchase my own whip, they aren’t that costly. He said “no, I will not have any employee using they’re own equipment here”. I stated that doing so would allow me to get this job done so that I can get to the work I was hired for. (Why was I not told at hire about these extra jobs?)
He says – I am the boss. I make the decisions here. I stated that I am not challenging his authority, Rather, simply trying to do the job at hand in the proper way, work smarter, not harder. A Scuffle Hoe was never intended for use on a parking lot, and it’s too much work for me considering my health as well, I tried to do the work with the hoe, I just can’t do it. (I have 20+ years experience in lawn work)
The “I’m the boss” crap was thrown out there again. At this point I became irate internally, not showing it outward. I walked away, went to the front counter, pulled up the Time Clock and clicked out for the last time. Walked to my car and left, noting that they were watching me leave, gesturing at each other with hands moving about. Too bad, so sad for them.
I have zero regrets in leaving the job. But I’m very irritated that I had to leave on these terms. It was another case of quitting management, not quitting the work at hand. Days before, the woman had told me that the facility needs me. Apparently it (they) didn’t need me that badly. Staying true to myself, I left having told myself that the next time this shit happened, I’m gone.
I have other income, the bills will be paid. I was working to stay busy and for a bit of extra cash. I’ve had to rearrange my finances a bit, the new plan is working fine as expected. But no employee should ever have to deal with a belligerent employer. I was very well trained and certified for the work I was doing. But I’m replaceable. No wonder I’ve noticed that in the past, this place had had staffing issues…
Thanks for letting me vent here…