Hello all! Apologies for my absence–it has been an emotional whirlwind of a week.
Yesterday, I went in for a meet-the-team interview and was all but offered the job. I met individually with five different employees who introduced me to the company, its missions, and its culture. It’s a decade-old startup that is hitting a growth spurt, so there will be lots of opportunity for learning, advancement, and interdepartmental collaboration within a field that I am very excited about.
Everyone seemed to absolutely love me, especially the woman I would be reporting to. She, perhaps subconsciously, used phases like “when you join the team” and “we will collaborate on that” while gesturing towards me. The recruiter who saw me out said, I should be receiving my offer letter early next week. Yay!!
More money, closer to home, better people, and more challenging projects. I think this is an all-around win.
Back at the ol’ current toxic workplace, the CEO called my former boss to brag about how he fired me and left me sobbing in my office. Problem is, that didn’t actually happen. It took me a while to figure out why my previous boss called to ask if I was okay. Sigh.
I went to work the next day because no one officially told me I had been laid off. The HR representative came into my office on the verge of tears because the CEO told her that they needed to have a talk with me. Apparently, he plans to let me go because I’m too indoctrinated into the “old way” of doing things. In other words, I’m doing things in compliance with federal regulations, rather than his (mis)interpretation of these regulations. Ha.
Monday will be a big day for me. There is a near-100% chance that I’ll be sent an offer letter. There is also a big possibility that I will be laid off. And there is a huge chance that if I receive my offer and put in my two weeks, I’ll be forbidden from taking Friday off for my anniversary (which I requested off a full year ago), in which case–per the suggestion of several HR professionals–I’ll simply walk out.
As I begin to distance myself, I’m realizing just how toxic my current work environment is and how terrible management has been to me. I’m also beginning to see how powerless I felt, and thus perceived myself to be. Yikes! It’s definitely time to get out, one way or the other.
I will likely remain somewhat absent as things continue to unfold. Between my health and the exhausting career craziness, I have zero extra energy for writing. However, once the dust settles, I’ll be sure to shoot out an update. Wish me luck!