FTC Affiliate Disclosure
—Many of the products and services we advertise and recommend on this site provide us with an affiliate commission for referrals and we use affiliate links in banner ads and text links throughout this site, including on this page. What is an affiliate link?
For more information see our Disclosure
It's Not Worth It
I've been employed at a Big Box Co for about 2 yrs. It's certainly not my dream job (a filler 'til something better comes along) which I'm in the process of doing now. Anyway, I've had bad vibes and experiences right from the getgo but had no idea how truly vicious an environment it could be.
So here's a few examples of how I've been targeted thus far.
As I said, it was rotten right from the beginning. 1st day a supervisor verbally ripped my head off for apparently getting in the way. Yep. I was asked to shadow a seasoned employee (just to get a feel of the place) and when she messed up I got the blame!!! What a welcoming!
Next day I was finally in my hired Dept. The manager was militant, rude and not overly friendly. That's OK because I was there to work, however, I soon noticed she was trying to get me to do managerial duties, basically... her work! I wasn't trying to be difficult, I was hired to perform certain tasks, just not her tasks... which I left alone. She was not happy.
As time went on I noticed different managers in my area were all trying to throw their weight around. All had huge ego's and would take turns treating newbies like crap. I actually saw one manager wink to one of her cronies (as they were both leaving) then loudly boast about all the work she left in her dept for me.
It wasn't only managers who were problematic. One older employee befriended me early on. Took me under her wing so to speak. She seemed very kind, helpful etc but once I was there for awhile (not to boast but I'm a pretty hard worker, reliable etc) she changed. As soon as I'd get on the floor she'd start insulting me (in a joking sort of way) in front of my co workers. This went on for awhile until one day while struggling with my switchboard phone she came over, smacked my arm then grabbed the phone out of my hand, so she could do it right. Well, I told her to never hit my arm again and she better watch her mouth because she was really starting to cross the line with her remarks... ex asking if I slept with the boss because I had xmas eve off. Sorry, I don't find stuff like that funny especially since I'm married.
Lastly, a new Dept Manager came on the scene. She is a noted bully who likes to push everyone's buttons. I had a few run-in's with her but nothing too serious. That is until she asked if I'd like to cover some of her shifts. I declined and one night while on the floor working she sneaked up behind me and scared the living daylights out of me. I told her not to do that because I was trying to work. Well, another evening she did the same thing. Again, I told her to stop and proceeded to ask if she had nothing better to do. She backed off for awhile but a few nights later while assisting a customer she walked passed me and smacked my arm, hard! It was so premeditated. I was livid and excused myself from my customer, walked over and confronted her. I asked why she did that. Her response, "I just wanted to let you know I was there!!!" I told her (like I told the other psycho) to keep her hands to herself. Just recently she came within earshot and started banging 2 rods together. When I ignored her she banged them louder just to see if I'd respond. Clearly, this woman is mentally unstable and was reported on before. But guess what? Nothing was done. Her BFF shoved a young employee into a heavy rack. Again, no response. Which is why there's no point in reporting any of this torment because HR doesn't take any of it serious. In fact, my last boss laughed such claims off.
So there you have it. It's either sink or swim I guess. If I don't find a new job soon I'll have to quit. I've had enough!
Being Bullied at Work? What Every Target of Workplace Bullying Needs to Know