Companies often imposed strict policies for the well-being of the profits and of course, other employees. However, there are times where policies make no sense and may be even selfish.
I had some of my friends and close acquaintances dishes out the things their ex-companies did that made them throw in their letters and walked. Some are disappointing, some are disgusting while others are downright shady.
If your company is doing this to you, you may want to reconsider your job options.
All names are kept anonymously so nobody get into legal trouble.
When one of my coworkers was diagnosed with cancer, my ex-boss asked if she can postpone her treatment. This wasn’t the first time either.
Earlier, the same boss demanded other coworker to switch dates of a major operation so that he can complete work on a project. Many of us just had it with the insensitivity and left the company together with our cancer friend.
Diana, Site Surveyor
A newly appointed headmaster was determined to drive all the special needs students out of his school.
He reassigned all the students into different classes and group those with special needs (regardless of age or needs or education progress) into one class. He threatened us that he’ll assigned one of us as the sole teacher of that class if we refused to cooperate with his plan.
All of us protest and half of us, including me tendered our notice in protest. The school management came forward to address the issue but refuse to replace the headmaster.
I was utterly disappointed and left for another school.
Grace, Music Teacher
I used to work in a huge organization that have branches all over the world.
I loved my job but I left the company when they put through a no-dating in the workplace policy. It’s stupid. I can’t believe people agreed to that kind of policy infringing on our privacy.
I also left because I was dating my then-boyfriend. Although we are from different departments located at different areas, Tom and I met while working on a project together.
As much as we were into our relationship pretty early, I wasn’t ready to break up with Tom. I figured out that I probably able to find a new job easier than I can find someone like Tom. So I left and 3 months later, Tom left as well. They started issuing warning letters and threatening employees who were found dating each other.
Did I regret my decision? No. Tom and I are happily engaged and planning to wed next year.
Sally, Finance Planner
My company had a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for same sex orientation.
I have a sister that is a closet lesbian and she is struggling in her identity every single day. Nobody in the world knows except me. I have found her unconscious several times, trying to end her life.
So you can tell this affect me badly. When I joined the company, I didn’t know about this policy. Only after I gone through the first week of orientation, I was briefed about it. I was sick in my stomach. I couldn’t left sooner.
As I wasn’t really on the job yet, HR let me go without serving notice. I guess I wasn’t the first one who felt disgusted by their policy and left.
Avery, Factory Supervisor
Straight up, my ex-manager asked if I can skip going to my father’s funeral. I left my home country seven years ago and I had only been back home twice in those seven years.
When my father passed away, I submitted my leave for approval and got rejected. I tried to explain my situation but I was turned down because they are seriously understaff during Christmas period.
I packed up and left my resignation letter on my desk. I never returned.
Ethan, Civil Drafter
As a sales person, I am required to meet my target every month. Then my company started to raise the target ridiculously high. It is impossible to hit even if there are three of you in the same role. Many of the sales folks either quit or sell unethically. I chose to quit.
Danny, Sales Personal
I am very good that what I do. It is a niche industry and my specialisation is pretty rare in the country.
When I was hired many years ago, I negotiated a bonus scheme where I will be given a cut on each project I completed. A rough estimation would bring me at a high 5-figure every month. This created a problem when the company’s board of directors reshuffled. I am being paid too well.
In fact, my salary over exceed some of their own salaries. They decided to raise my target to make it difficult but I took it as a challenge and still manage to come out unscathed. Then they decided to cut away my basic salary which was still fine, given that it was inconsequential to my commission payout.
It was too much when they decided to lower my cut and delayed paying me for six months without consulting me. I ended up walking away without my payout and working for their direct competition who has no qualms in paying me double of what I was getting!
Walter, Project Execution Specialist
I was working happily at an NGO. The pay is certainly low but I felt I was making a difference.
When the news broke that our top management had siphoned some of the money off our funds, I was disappointed. Well, everyone makes mistakes. There was reshuffling and a lot of new regulations put in place to prevent such incident from happening again.
Guess what? It happened again twice! Police were called, arrest were made and I couldn’t stay after that. I just couldn’t tell my family and friends that I work there.
Elijah, Charity Worker
My apartment caught fire from my neighbours. The entire row of 5 units were gone. All our things were gone. I ran out in the middle of the night in my pyjamas with my cat.
I wasn’t hurt but the whole night I was alternating between sobbing and shaking with fear in my best friend’s house.
I called my boss next morning to explain why I couldn’t come in for work because I need to sort out a few things like getting myself a place to live and a new passport (all the identification documents and what nots). He didn’t believe me and made my colleague go to my place to verify.
She came and she brought with her groceries and some old clothes with her. We both hugged and broke down in tears. Both of us resign that day, over the phone because we couldn’t believe what an arse he is.
Sonia, Customer Service Rep
It didn’t happen to me but to my sister. She was working for a printing company for almost a decade when the owner decided to retire and hand over the business to his son.
While the owner was fair and generous, his son was mean and a miser. He started off by delaying everyone’s salary then cutting off their bonus. He claimed the business wasn’t making any money which wasn’t true because my sister was in charge of accounting and balancing his books.
In fact, they were making more profits than the previous years. The last straw was he cut everyone’s salary by 20% without any warning or announcement and threaten to fire my sister if she reveal the truth to anyone in the company.
She resigned but not before letting everyone know what was happening.
Wilson, Retail Associate
We had a new boss who brought over the existing restaurant. He was a sexist pig.
In a few months, he quietly fired any female staff if they make the slightest mistake like being late for a minute or not clearing the table fast enough or missing a spot when mopping the floor.
When he was advised against doing that by his lawyer, he start hiring only male staff. He’ll be extremely rude to anyone who is a female, only made female staff work overtime and refused to listen to any feedback that wasn’t suggested by a male.
One day, he announced that all the ladies have to wear only pants and shirts, we cannot have hair past our shoulders and we cannot put any make up on.
I left that day after the announcement.
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