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…