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Fired over text

I've been working as a barista for about 2 months and during that time she probably saw me work twice. I was getting compliments from shift leaders for working hard, following everything I was ask, and I've been making sure to double check drink recipes. I feel her "assessment" of my performance was completely wrong. I was starting to actually enjoy my job after being unemployed for nearly two years.

1 Comment
2024/06/14
09:33 UTC

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The jig is up?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cjll01220yeo

Article seen today. I suppose it was inevitable monitoring software would pick these things up. Doesn’t excuse the paranoid behaviour from companies that leads people to actually do this just to get some peace to actually get stuff done!

1 Comment
2024/06/14
09:26 UTC

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How can I “snitch” on my employer for ADA violations?

I’d love to get a little revenge on my employer for fucking me over recently. I know of 2 ADA violations, but when I looked them up, the only way to report them would be if the violations actually affected me, which they don’t. Anybody know another way to rat them out for said violations? Thanks

1 Comment
2024/06/14
09:19 UTC

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I got terminated from my company days before I finished my masters degree.

I worked in a niche industry. The company has to restructure due to insolvency. Now I have to leave the field I am really invested in emotionally. After the Masters degree, I wanted to go from part time to full time. But they terminated every part time worker. Due to the economic situation, there are hardly any jobs but a lot of unemployed colleagues. So I won‘t find a job in the industry right now and look for any job. Bad timing…

2 Comments
2024/06/14
09:05 UTC

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Just came into realization that all rich people lack empathy

I was talking to my cousin early this month at one of the weddings we attended. Im coming from a middle class family who had a decent education and developed myself intellectually. He on the other hand is coming from a rich father who worked hard abroad in terrible jobs, but with right investments, left a fortune behind. Top notch university in my country, Master’s at a really good university at Germany, had not known work until he graduated and became a manager at their family company.

Now when I was telling him my struggles at the job, he suggested that I should open up my own business. I tried to explain him why it is unlikely due to initial capital needed for it is exceeding my 2 years of paycheck, even if I dont touch it and put it into bank directly.

He then went on to make suggestions that looked as if a heart surgeon telling a homeless person that he should work hard and become a doctor.

I realized they are living completely different lives.It is like describing someone a color they haven’t seen yet.Just like how I can not know what it feels like not having an arm.

Im not ranting how life’s unfair, how we are unlucky yada yada.. But…

This is where I might sound stretched and stupid; Im a guy who plays Path of Exile, and in that game, economy resets every 3 months so all the players start from scratch, thus giving a chance to the late comers, like me, grind hard and get to top in the next cycle.

Capitalism is good,only if it hadn’t let the previous generation hoard the resources and keep it from the rest or use it to gain more resources. Im not saying humans shouldn’t be able to pass on the material they have obtained to their offsprings. But shouldn’t there be a limit so much so that it pushes the wealth inheriter to contribute to society?

7 Comments
2024/06/14
09:00 UTC

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Why does the therapy/ mental health industry turn away people who need it the most?

I was wanting some answers on this. But maybe I’m in the wrong sub. If I am then by all means let me know what the right sub is. Anyways it seems really screwed up that people are denied access to therapy or mental health help which is a form of healthcare. When it seems like everyone should be able to have free healthcare or at least healthcare that is financially within their grasp like a sliding scale.

9 Comments
2024/06/14
08:16 UTC

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Distasteful logo for the HR portal at my work

All the people working in our company are on a 2 year contract and when we have to send notice to the management that we don't intend to renew the contract, guess what we have to click. A literal target on us symbol.

0 Comments
2024/06/14
07:48 UTC

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Working OT

I don’t understand why people work more than 40+ hrs in the week and not get paid for it when they’re on salary and not making overtime. People at my job while sometimes come in on a saturday and work, or leave the office at 9 just to get things done. I dont get it. Stop structuring your life around work, go outside and live your life.

2 Comments
2024/06/14
07:23 UTC

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So, I was just offered a job. I used a resume that had two made up jobs on it. New job wants to do job verification. How screwed am I?

So, I already know I did it to myself, etc, blah blah, I get it. I'm just wondering if there is any way I could potentially get through this unscathed without telling the new new employer I lied. My job history is pretty awful looking because I job hop a lot due to depression and adhd.

I, unfortunately, need this job but it is what it is if I don't get it.

9 Comments
2024/06/14
07:11 UTC

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What the Fuck will the Future look like?

I was talking to my parents, saying how expensive things have gotten around the world. Specifically, real estate. I was saying how homes, cabins, apartments have gone up 10-50 times in the last 40 years.

My mom said it might do that AGAIN in the future.

Could things actually get worse from here? I for sure don't see it getting better.

We don't make a living wage, we are forced to work insane hours until we are sick and then we get laid off.

Things keep going up in value.

What will our future look like?

4 Comments
2024/06/14
07:01 UTC

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Laid off

In 2008 I got laid off from a union job making $X annually. I went back to school finished an associates degree got a job in a new field. I now have education and over a decade of experience. I just got laid off again and the jobs I’m qualified for are advertising the same $X wage I made 15 years ago, a job that required no education/experience. Just a rant on stagnant wages and maybe a shout out to unions. And I’m off to revise my resume for the 34th time.

1 Comment
2024/06/14
06:47 UTC

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This wouldn't even be worth $25hr

8 Comments
2024/06/14
06:14 UTC

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Dis not expect that.

Ikea’s boss solved the Swedish retailer’s global ‘unhappy worker’ crisis by raising salaries, introducing flexible working and subsidizing childcare

https://fortune.com/europe/2024/06/11/ikeas-boss-solved-swedish-retailers-global-unhappy-worker-crisis-raising-salaries-introducing-flexible-working-subsidized-childcare/

2 Comments
2024/06/14
06:14 UTC

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Go home day

So, end of the job. Working as a supervisor. Construction is wrapped up and we are commissioning site. Today was end of the rotation to head home. We get paid from 6-noon. But usually I'd let the boys leave around 10; paid for the whole time.

Welp due to it being near the end got told from Calgary managers on the client end that no one leaves site before noon. (Incase something comes up).

Guess what happened?

Around 930am literally all supervision on the client end is hanging out with most of the workers in the smoke pit and bull shitting. They think it's ridiculous some big dick swinger felt we had to stay so they legit didn't care that all that was done was a site cleanup and everyone sat around drinking coffee and bull shitting.

Malicious compliance at its finest.

0 Comments
2024/06/14
06:11 UTC

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Describe your worst manager.

Describe your worst manager in your career and why were they terrible.

20 Comments
2024/06/14
05:46 UTC

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Do you find people are work seem to bitch and moan about people as a lot of people can't have deeper conversations?

I have noticed with jobs (that don't require a lot of brain power) that people have nothing else to do than bitch and moan about people. Have any of you noticed this aswell?

I don't know why people have such an issue with people at work. Unless they are directly causing you problems but going out there way, they don't give and shit about you, you don't give a shit about them and once you're gone you'll never see them again

2 Comments
2024/06/14
05:31 UTC

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Every. Time.

15 Comments
2024/06/14
05:12 UTC

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What would you do/ invest in if you were broke but won 100s gambling weekly

For reference I am a broke 21 year old dude. Since getting into sports betting 4 months ago i have withdrawn $6000 from $80 deposited with help from bonus bets for signing up on the apps and also have a few thousand$ more currently in the apps, but I continue to blow it on substances and bullshit. Friends now ask for bets daily and even family who didn’t like it just think it’s kind of amusing at this point after showing them. I am at a point in life tho where bills are taken care of for most part but that won’t last much longer and I completely understand gambling is not a good investment strategy. The way i have been doing it is withdrawing a few 100 a week and keep gambling if i continues to have enough in the apps. However I can’t just keep the money in my checking as i will get high with it, blow it or my family will demand money from me for something random and threaten to kick me out if i don’t pay so lately i have just been keeping it all in the apps. I was wondering what I should do with this money with this to make my future better. I don’t really know what I want to do with my life career wise but I want to at least put this money to something that will benefit me later as nothing it goes to now is. I really don’t know much at all about investing and was just seeing if anyone could give any advice on what they would do with it in my position.

9 Comments
2024/06/14
04:50 UTC

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Record breaking profits but paying their employees a unlivable wage

I feel like i’m literally drowning in a pit. I applied and got an interview for a bank and they didn’t tell me the pay during the interview but it was $20-$22.44 on the website. I looked at their website before the interview and saw they posted how well they are doing meanwhile they’re not even paying anything and making MILLIONS.

6 Comments
2024/06/14
04:29 UTC

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How long should I be taken advantage?

TLDR: I’m in a senior role (only senior on the team). Manager quit and has been gone a month. I’ve been expected to fill the role while a “search” for their replacement happens. How long until I start saying “promote me or I’m done?”

Full story/context:

I’m on a very small team. I’m now the only senior team member as the other senior was laid off last year (apart of massive company wide workforce reduction). That left my Sr manager, myself, and a junior rotational employee, plus now a summer intern.

First week of April, my sr manager put in notice to leave. Their final day was 5/15. Leading up to their departure there was all these discussions with the director on how the sr manager would be replaced. Zero discussions on me being promoted or even filling in the interim as a team leader. Both director and above were afraid I’d quit and follow Sr manager based on concerns of stability (wouldn’t follow him but I was looking at other roles) and they tried to give the impression that they were giving me flexibility other employees don’t have. So far they basically clawed back all of that.

Fast forward to mid June and director never set up 1:1s with Jr employer and only goes through me. Our team was assigned an intern and director has had zero input, assistance, communication about the intern and left the interns managerial work to me (there are things the interns manager need to write up and submit every week - this was always managers role NOT non-supervisor employees per policy).

Current Jr employee is now asking when I’m being promoted since we came to realize the job req for Sr manager was never posted (we had alerts set up for the role in the internal site).

So let me ask you - if you were in my spot: when would you bring it up that you’re done being the interim of the promotion won’t happen.

I’m already looking for other jobs externally but figured an easy passive aggressive way would be apply to manager level roles internally as it would trigger an automatic notification. This is a large massive corporation and each area has its own culture so would be very easy to avoid director in another role.

I know I’m being taken advantage of, I don’t mind the leadership role, I would enjoy it but I’m not doing it for free forever. I just want to go back to my old role….or be compensated for the additional money since I’m now doing my work plus managers and this was after we picked up other Senior team members workload.

1 Comment
2024/06/14
04:22 UTC

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Um... wtf?

Desperately looking for a job, when I stumble upon this line. Almost spit out my tea

6 Comments
2024/06/14
04:17 UTC

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Preciate you fucks taking our chairs away.

I've been working at a certain Shipping Company since 2015, I moved departments in the fall of 2020. Since about 2022, it's just constant mismanagement and supervisors that don't know their ass from a hole in the ground... my main complaint is that my department got all of our office chairs taken away. Not the first time it happened, they've been gunning for them for a while. That was something really nice that we had in this shit ass warehouse that you assholes just HAD to take. Appreciate it! Right before a massive heatwave too!

I've been here since October 21st 2015. I could write a book of the experiences I've had. You know: idiot coworkers, stupid as shit supervisors...but getting something taken away that personally helps my back feel better, because I've fucking destroyed my body lifting all this stupid heavy shit repeatedly, five nights a week for 8 and 1/2 years.. really chaps my ass.

2 Comments
2024/06/14
04:16 UTC

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I Finally Quit My Toxic Job and I'm Healing

After years of enduring a toxic workplace, I finally decided to quit, and I did so yesterday. It was not an easy decision my heart felt heavy and still it does.

Currently, I do not have any job offers.While drafting the resignation email, many thoughts crossed my mind. I felt worried about my future. I drafted the email and sat in front of it, crying. It was the people there who made it difficult for me to stay. However, I had no choice because this job was destroying my peace of mind.

More than leaving the job, I was worried about how my partner would manage since we now have only a single source of income now. He consoled and supported me through all my ups and downs, but I knew deep inside that he was also stressed.

I'm serving my notice period now, uncertain of what my future holds. A part of me is slowly healing from the toxicity I faced. I have my faith in God and hope that I will find a better place where I can fit in.

To all those dealing with work pressure, you are not alone. Things will get better soon, or you will find the courage to make the decision that is right for you.

2 Comments
2024/06/14
03:55 UTC

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Does crap pay actually make you work harder?

Maybe for a short stint but every time there's a conversation about wage increases, some galaxy brain mentions "productivity concerns".

You work a bad paying low tier job as hard as you can ...to eventually earn more. When did the world forget that part? People work hard with the goal of getting a raise or a promotion, it seems like common sense?

The only times I've ever seen productivity decline is when people come to the awful realisation that this is it, this is as much money as you'll ever make and you'll never climb that ladder so may as well work your wage. Why go above and beyond for nothing, people don't want to nearly kill themselves for nothing.

I, for one, gave up after the boss told me to my face that he "can't reward nothing" after I dare ask him for a raise after I did a 7 day week, in my 6th year with the company and a promotion to management. Then I looked into it, I actually can't be paid anymore by our industry standard. He was trying to dupe me into overworking. Why would I try harder for nothing? Just to establish a new "standard" for the same money? Hell no! Learn your bare minimum to not get fired and look for something else, that's how you survive modern employment.

25 Comments
2024/06/14
03:34 UTC

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I was fired

I was fired from a job I hated, that was actively destroying my mental and physical health, and yet I still feel so much shame and like a complete failure. I hate work.

5 Comments
2024/06/14
03:11 UTC

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Firing employees to give promotions

I can’t. I can’t stand corporations. We’re having more layoffs at work yet 2 people in my team are getting promotions. I literally take on 4 jobs in the hopes of getting some recognition, a title change at the very least and what do I get? A review that says I’m doing well but need to work more on my communication! LOL. And my coworker whose father died last year, who needs this job? He’s getting let go. Like I’m just puzzled. I talked to my boss about my raise about my promotion - he goes “business is bad. But I feel 2024 will be your year.” While hiding the fact that he’s getting a promotion.

Applying to roles even more rigorously. I am so done!

5 Comments
2024/06/14
02:20 UTC

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How big is the red flags here?

The only benefit is listed… they pay for you to become a notary. And you increase your pay with notary volume. Oh, but jump through this little hoop first or forget it.

20 Comments
2024/06/14
02:18 UTC

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boss is “going to need a doctors note” all of the sudden

i’m 18 working a summer job, getting paid a whopping $10 an hour for childcare. this is a temporary job and my boss knows i’m going to college in august. i called off work a few fridays ago for college requirements (i told her weeks before summer that i’d have days i’d HAVE to call in and she said ok) and i called off this friday because of health reasons. i’ve called off before because of sickness and she didn’t need a note then. my coworkers don’t get asked for notes. this isn’t something i need a doctors appointment over (i’m not wasting my dads money) but i’d rather not be around kids with undeveloped immune systems when i have an actively upset stomach. i don’t care if i’m “not that sick” according to anyone, i’m not putting kids at risk for illness and i’m just simply not coming into work when i know i don’t feel well enough to provide for them.

kinda just needed to rant, i’ve been working since i was 14 and i’m just tired of crappy management and treatment. but what do i do about this doctor’s note thing? i love working in childcare and i need to save money for college but management is bs and honestly i wouldn’t rule out the possibility of me getting written up or let go 🤷‍♀️ idk!!

6 Comments
2024/06/14
01:55 UTC

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Endless Rounds of Interviews - Requesting help formulating a firm letter telling employers to cut it out or I bounce

I work in game development and need a new gig. Lately any employer interested in me will request FOUR TO FIVE interviews at 45min-60min each, sometimes more. All to just ghost you at the end or send a bot "other candidate" email weeks later.

I'm sick of this. I guess HR and recruiters want to justify their existence to the company by wasting time, but I don't get paid for these like they do. I do not have the time, energy or patience to answer the same questions over and over. Things that are on my CV already. Things that I've already discussed at length during the previous interview with a different person. Sometimes even the same one. Especially since most of these interviewers have never actually worked with tech or games and don't know enough about the products they're hiring for -- and certainly know nothing about the roles they're hiring for.

I've requested fewer, condensed interviews before but so far just been told "no, this is how we do things." Nevermind that this kind of process selects for the best liars and people with the most time to waste, I guess.

I'd really appreciate help formulating a firm response that says essentially "Stop wasting my time, I don't have the unpaid workhours available for this, I'm not doing 3+ more interviews with you and I'm baffled that you seem to think this is a good industry practice."

But, you know, in "corporate speak" so I don't immediately get blocked out of a potential paycheck. 🙏

1 Comment
2024/06/14
01:37 UTC

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