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Awful Day

August 5th, 2014 at 06:20 am

Yesterday was an awful day at work. A temp employee was fired. It didn't have to happen; it was a bad chain of events, with some things not handled well.

The temp was really, really counting on getting a full-time job, which was never a given, but she didn't seem to understand that. The original plan for that job was to wait to fill it till a director role was filled. However, somewhere along the way, plans were changed (though not announced) and they started interviewing for the job. (I think because a good candidate who was personally known to the boss expressed interest.) So supposedly the job was posted. (This I don't know for sure; I never looked at the site myself). The temp did not apply because she continued to believe the director position had to be filled first. Meanwhile, we interview the boss' friend, and ta-da, she is hired. The temp still doesn't know. I didn't dare tell her, because I suspected the job had not been posted and that the higher-ups were pulling a fast one. I just stayed out of the whole mess.

Well, of course the temp eventually finds out that the job has been filled, and she's furious that no one told her. She seems to be a person with poor impulse control, so she lashed out at the boss, as well as several other people, which, of course, ended her temp employment. I felt bad because I hadn't told her, and I sensed that she was in a pretty desperate state. She came to my office and cried, and then left. (Just for the record, I seem to have the crying office. Everyone comes here to cry).

All day I felt so bad I even felt sick. What a mess.

They say the job was posted, and if only she had looked at the website and applied, all this ugliness would have been avoided. Though she still might have been angry that she didn't get the job -- which never would have happened, with this other person in contention. But at least she would have had her shot.


And now we have no one doing the job and three weeks until the new person starts. I don't think we are getting another temp.

In other news, today is street-sweeping day and I had to move my car. I could not find ONE parking place on the right side of the street and I combed quite a few blocks. So I ended up driving to work again, just so I had a place to put my car. At least gas prices are low.

I just feel very weary. Ready for things to lighten up a bit.

6 Responses to “Awful Day”

  1. laura Says:

    That sounds like a bad situation for everyone involved, and could have been avoided at several different junctures.

    I get the feeling that we are all sort of weary with things going on. I am ready for an upswing ... waiting but it isn't coming yet..

  2. Butterscotch Says:

    What a terrible story. I feel so badly for that woman. It sounds like even if she has seen the job posting and applied for it she wouldn't have gotten it anyway because someone wanted to hire their friend. What an incredibly crappy way to do things. I wonder how long they would have strung her along for if she hadn't found out.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    That is a terrible story. I think they should have told her they were posting the job. I have the crying office too. I can't tell you how many colleagues have collapsed into tears in it.

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    I agree - what a big mess. Frown

  5. snafu Says:

    Sounds awful and reveals lack of empathy, questionable ethics and poor management skills of principals. I doubt the temp would have been hired had she applied as they seemed to be waiting for better 'value'. It's such as waste of everyone's time and effort when positions are 'wired.' Reacting out of emotion was a bad decision by temp. She is now 'fired' which will make getting a new job even more challenging.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That does sound like an awful situation for you and the temp who was fired.

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