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In the realm of careers, shifts happen. What prompted the conclusion of your most recent job? Join us as we delve into the diverse reasons behind career changes, celebrating the stories that mark the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next.
To start, a user shared, “A micromanaging boss who always had to be right.”
Another user added, “I took early retirement to get away from the micromanagement/ bullying that was endemic throughout the company from the top down. I now work part-time for a lot less money, but somewhere where I’m appreciated and looked after. My mental and physical health has improved beyond measure.”
One person shared, “I asked for a raise when I realized my job was about 5 positions in 1. When my boss tried to get my raise approved, she was denied. She told the big bosses that I would walk if this wasn’t approved, and they literally said, “Oh well.” I got my dream job the following week.”
A comment was, “The company didn’t offer bereavement days. I called off to go to my father’s funeral, and my manager told me it was inconvenient for them to have to cover my shift because they were short-staffed and that I needed to come to work. I told them I wasn’t missing my father’s funeral for their measly $11 an hour. They fired me the next day.”
A person shared, “Absolute disrespect, and a much better paying job.”
A second person added, “Everyone was so rude and disrespectful of one another. I couldn’t take it.”
Innapropriate Disiplinary Action
One user shared, “Previous employer had a “disciplinary conversation” with me while the HR representative was present. Why? Because I was 15 minutes late coming back from lunch…because I was visiting my newborn daughter, who was in the NICU. My wife and I were told she may not make it so I was trying to soak up as much time as I could. The boss told me I need to “start thinking about my fellow employees more and what I’m putting them through.” I quit that place about a month later and got a job with USPS, where I’m still today. Also, my daughter made it through. She’s happy, healthy, and starting 4th grade next week.
A reply was, “Change in management. On the first day on the job, the new manager said, “What is it that you do all day because nothing ever seems to get done.” I should have taken the 6 weeks of holidays that I was owed that day but didn’t. Within a year of my finally leaving, I was replaced by 4 people.”
Another reply was, “Use to never understand people when they said “new manager so I left.” Use to think they were overreacting. My last job, I quit because of new management. Now I understand what they were saying.”
One user said, “I was teaching high school social studies. Had a difficult heart episode (I had a previous heart attack), and my friends at school, who visited every day in the ICU, convinced me it was time to retire. That was 4 years ago. They were right. I love being retired.”
A comment was, “I worked a second job as a dishwasher for a mom-and-pop shop. Unfortunately, business became slow during the fall and early winter. The week before the holiday, the owner emailed us saying that the business would close down at the end of January 2023. They weren’t making enough money, and that’s why we closed down. I was pretty sad because I got along with everyone, including the owner and his wife. Everyone was very friendly. The owners would always tell me how much they appreciate me and how much I’m a hard worker.”
A second comment was, “Place shut down. Pretty good severance pay, though.”
Unfair Pay Cut
An interesting story was, “Boss reduced employee salaries by 30%, all but his wife and kid, who also worked for the company. That was after taking his extended family on a 12-day vacation.”
A user replied, “My last employer, of 32 years, had shrunk from 3,000 employees to ~200. I’d earned above-average reviews for many years. Then my boss gave me a below-average one. That was the writing on the wall for me. Things were getting worse and worse, bad attitudes all around. I just got fed up and gave my two weeks’ notice. I’d told them for years that they’d miss me when I was gone. Well, I left, they started calling, asking me to come back. Sorry! I’m retired.”
One person said, “Hostile work environment.”
Another person added, “The problems had been building for years, and I finally hit my breaking point last week. Poor HR guy got all the gory details during the exit interview. PSA: It turns out that even remote work can be toxic if you’re not working with/for the right people.”
One story was, “I told a regular customer who always acts like an idiot exactly what I thought of him. Unfortunately, it turns out he is an investor in that business. I was sick of that job anyway. Just got a higher-paid one closer to my house. I actually saw him today. As soon as he saw me, he scuttled off to drink somewhere else.”
Disgusting Work Conditions
A user commented, “The other esthetician constantly left the room, products, brushes, etc absolutely disgusting. All brushes and products should be sanitized and wiped down after every single client. She would also come in blasted off of whatever pills she decided to take that day. Police followed her once. The boss wouldn’t fire her bc she didn’t want to get audited again by the IRS since she committed tax fraud during Covid. Not losing my license over a trashcan of a spa and incompetence.”
One person shared, “Blew my back and neck out. I was a Rural Letter Carrier ( country mailman).”
A second person replied, “I got hurt on the job, and the company tried to fight against paying my medical bills.”
One user replied, “Found a better job more in line with my experience and preferences.“
Another user added, “Simple. I got a better job.”
Finally, A comment was, “Chronic illness gave me no choice. I had become unable to do the detailed work needed with any kind of reliable pace. I loved the job, I just couldn’t do it fast enough anymore to be of any use.”
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