I was going about my business recently and was served by a young man who told me during a fairly wide-ranging conversation that he was leaving this little slice of heaven we call
a town and going to the big city. My old stomping ground in fact, well he'd just got wed and his wife is expecting so he's off to the big city to start a new job, something full-time. I thought that's good for a nice young bloke but the next piece of information
was to throw me through a loop.
Yes, he said, he's going to be working at.... the same place I used to work at a number of years back. A
workplace I left definitely due to dissatisfaction and in fact with much disdain. Sure it was a big employer, in an industry I was interested in and in the public service administration but this place was riddled with toxic internal politics. Now, first of
all what are the chances in a place like this, far removed from that environment that I would meet someone who was going there to work??!!
my immediate thought was “Don't do it, Brother!” I knew well the place and its people and anyone who knows me will know what a shit-hole it was. Now, it's not for me to tell him is it?? I mean, I only just met the young man and he'd probably just
ignore me anyway. So, I bit my tongue and held back, I mentioned that I worked there previously and asked him who was in charge these days. He told me a name that I didn't know so I figure at least some of the management personnel must have changed since I
That should be a good thing because I truly didn't think much of the previous management. In previous posts I might have alluded
to this particular employer however I don't believe I've ever named them directly and I wont be doing it here either. Those who know me personally will probably know what place I am talking about. Let me just say, I truly do not think I am going the old 'sour
grapes' here as it was not just me who says this about the place.
I was one of several individuals who left this place at or around the same
time with the same or similar reasoning. We literally were grabbing at straws or any lifeline to get out of the place with any sanity left. There we were with permanent jobs with a public service employer in an industry which I had studied prior and I know
at least 1 other who did the same. I thought when I entered this workplace that my good numbers had come up and this was where I wanted to be. I say now that no matter what has happened to us since I dont think I've ever regretted leaving.
The only good thing to come out of the several years we spent in that environment was the ongoing friendship those of us who left at that time have formed. It is true
that when we do get together even now some number of years later we still talk about what a shit of a place it was. I wish I could speak its name but I dare not despite much water under the bridge and being far removed although apparently not far enough?!!!
I will say this, we were not negative to begin with when we entered this particular workplace but we soon formed an opinion on it and this has
not changed since those days. I had seen and been subject to instances of bullying and i've seen all the types of bad office personalities in my time there. There were supervisors who really shouldn't have been allowed to mind others for even an hour let alone
be paid to lead a team.
One particular superior had the gall to ask me how his decisions affect me??!!! Well... where do I start?? Really,
was he serious?? Yes, very serious he was. That's right, I will never forget the actions of this particular individual, in fact we still joke about some of the statements he made during our time. There were a couple of shining lights in this dark tunnel or
as we used to call it 'the Hell-hole' but most were just caught up in the BS that gave this particular unit a bad name within the bigger organisation.
Nowadays when people complain to me about their jobs all I have to do is think back and compare and I usually say, “it could be worse”. I have come to the point where I say to myself or to my loving partner, “a job's a job” but
sometimes that job is in the most miserable of places mixing with people who you otherwise would not want living near you let alone having to work 8hours a day alongside.
Much time has passed since I walked away from that environment not necessarily unscathed and so... What A Coincidence??!! For my next post will be, 'Time Flies...'