Yep. Last week I was going about my business at work when I was called into a conference room by the president of the company. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the reasons why customers are not renewing their contracts with the company. I have shared this information with the executive team for months… so it was odd that he wanted to meet with me to discuss.
Apparently the executives didn’t hear (or want to hear) the truth. Based on the feedback I received (which is ironic because the person delivering the news NEVER spoke with any of my customers) was that the customers churned because they didn’t get the “attention they needed”. They certainly were not – the company did not support any initiatives to improve customer issues. I was terminated on the spot. My computer confiscated. I wasn’t quite walked out, but the closest I’ve ever been to it.
This company was horrible – the worst working experience I’ve had to date from a company perspective (Man Hands was the worst colleague I’ve ever worked with). It had a terrible company culture, the leadership was significantly lacking in integrity, SaaS experience, and product delivery. I knew something was wrong 3 weeks into the job but I didn’t want to admit I had made a mistake. I put my head down and did what was necessary.. I didn’t want to give up, I wanted it to work. The lesson I have learned – trust my instincts.
I will write more later on this topic as it’s a juicy one. I just wanted to provide an update to my friends out there that I don’t speak to on a regular basis.
What is next for me? Right now I’m taking some time off. I am in Utah helping my very pregnant niece and her family. … I am spending some quality time with my grand nieces Mayonaise and Shanaynay. Right now I want to take 6 months off, re-evaluate my career, and find something that I’m going to love. I definitely do not have the means to do this so I’m am thinking of ways to make enough to cover my expenses while I think through what I need, where I want to live, and what I want to be when I grow up. I’m seriously considering obtaining a TEFL certificate and returning to Turkey to teach English. Why not?
I’d love to hear from anyone who has taken a hiatus from their regular work, who has shifted careers in mid-life, or that has taught English abroad…
I guess in a way it is a good thing that you are now free from a company you did not enjoy working for. As for the career change, go for it! We won’t be here for ever so I guess it is best to try many different things until you find something you love. Best of luck
What a frustrating experience, but it seems you have truly made lemons into lemonade. I was once laid off for a pregnancy then decided not to return, but instead take a break and figure out what I really wanted in life. It’s been three years, and though I have a job I’m doing something I truly don’t enjoy as much as my old job. But I do enjoy some bits, such as mentoring our interns on how to achieve professional success for themselves, like I once had. 😀
Thank you for sharing your experience. How long did you take a break? Did you go back in the same field? What makes you not enjoy the other bits in your job – is it your co-workers, managers, leadership? As I reflect on this year, being successful at work was critically important to me as I didn’t have other areas of my life to enjoy. This will all change in 2016.
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It’s the lack of responsibility really.