I started counting down the days until my last day at work a month ago…..
Now that it’s almost here, it feels weird. I feel like I’m going on vacation and I don’t think it’s quite hit me yet that I’m not coming back…I’ve never left a job without having another one lined up, I usually leave the old one on Friday and start the new one on Monday. Wait…. Now that I think about that statement it’s not entirely true, when we moved from Florida to South Dakota 7 years (almost) ago I did not have a job lined up at the end of our long, long move. I took a 4 month sabbatical to get my bearings, chill out from the stress of moving and just settle in, NOT going back to work was NEVER on the table.
So, for the next couple of days I’m going to chronicle my final days as a
productive member of society gainfully employed person, starting with yesterday. The day of my exit interview ….meh he he. To say that I am not the favorite human on the planet of the HR person would be an understatement of epic proportions! I was emailed an exit interview questionnaire to be completed and brought to the interview. Here’s the gist of it:
Lesson 1: Never Ask Me a Question You Don’t Want To Hear The Answer To:
1. Explain specifically why you have chosen to leave the Company.
Because of the lack of support given by HR in regard to my back injury, I felt that leaving my job was the only option available to me.
2. What has been your favorite thing about working for the Company?
I’ve enjoyed the laid back environment.
3. What has been your LEAST favorite thing about working for the Company?
******* **** (names the loud annoying co-worker, y’all know the one!)
4. What would have to change in order for you to come back?
******* ****(Again lists the Loud One’s name) and better employee advocacy from HR.
She spent the remaining interview time arguing with me about why I shouldn’t name her actions (or lack of) as the major reason I’m leaving. It was an exercise in futility on her part….
“It wasn’t my fault, I was only doing what I could with the information given to me” “You shouldn’t put this on me” “I did nothing wrong” “You should have informed me your situation was so bad” “No one told me anything”…blah blah blahdiddy blah. She got particularly agitated when I answered her by saying:
“You failed to ever follow up with me after you were first made aware of my back issues in January. No effort was made to make my work environment less strenuous on my back by examining the ergonomics of my desk, or by offering to let me work less hours or by offering to take the warehouse duties off of me temporarily to give my back time to heal. In the 5 months since my original injury occurred I’ve received no correspondence from you inquiring about my recovery after either of my spinal procedures, nor did you ever request an update on my condition from either of my Physicians. My only contact from you was to give me a stack of FMLA paperwork to give my Dr. and if you haven’t received those forms back from him, I have no control over that. In fact you rejected the most recent recommendation from my Orthopedist to lift nothing over 10 pounds, and to limit sitting, bending, squatting, twisting and stooping as you felt the form it was written on was not informative enough for you. During the meeting concerning FMLA you repeatedly brought up the negative balance of my PTO account even though it had no relevance to my filing a request for FMLA since FMLA is unpaid leave. I felt I was being punished for being injured.”
And that’s when the interview ended…She had nothing else to say except to give me COBRA paperwork and my options concerning my 401K.
I was told by my Supervisor when I gave notice 3 1/2 weeks ago that the HR person in particular wasn’t happy about my blog post from last month that mentioned her. The one where I said I didn’t care if my employers read what I had to say, I would gladly say the same things to them given the opportunity but apparently she didn’t read that part because guess what???
I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY!
What the hell did she expect me to say??? That everything was all sunshine and puppies? I wouldn’t be leaving if that were the case. In the end I thanked her for her time and left the conference room smiling. She on the other hand, left the room in a much more foul mood than she was in when she got there. Oh well….sometimes the truth is painful.
On a more pleasant note, I love that both of my girls have inherited the crafty gene from me and my Dearly Departed Mama….it would have made her so proud to see them become the crafty women she always knew they could be!
Lets all hope for my last 2 days to be upbeat and uneventful!