The Workplace & Job Hunting

There's epic infighting going on between departments where I work, it's almost entirely on the US side, so I have very little direct exposure, but meetings are fraught with people telling others to take a breath, accusations of gaslighting, refusal to accept there's a problem.

Our (new) CEO stepped in with a company meeting and spent a good 20 minutes mansplaining how our prefrontal cortexes work and how muting the call and saying aloud 'I am stressed' will apparently help, and that just further pissed the offended parties off to the point where I'm fully expecting some shock exits.
i have been with the same company for 6 years, its a charity that helps young pupils turn their lives around for the better. I love this job and love some of the people i work with, a promotional opportunity came up and i applied for it, i felt i had all the right attributes and have been working so hard to work towards this job. Even my manager would vouch for me and knows how hard i work.

Anyway i went for interview did a 10 minute presentation, answered the competency interview with agreat aplomb and i was the only internal candidate applying for the job so i thought that held me in good stead but i heard back today that i have not been succesfull in obtaining this role. This has been such a big punch in the teeth that i actually cried on 3 seperate occassions today, this has never happened before if i have not been accepted for a job, yeah sure i feel disspaointed if i dont get a job i wanted i dont get emotional, for the first time today i have and it HURTS, it hurts badly im not going to lie.

Now I am so angry at the people who made the decision, I know i can ask for feedback for my interview as i already work for them but i feel it will be some made up bullshit and that will aggrevate me even more, when HR said we will be providing you with feedback assuming i would want it i said its not necessary, abrupt maybe but i dont know if i should even bother knowing. This is gonna sting for a long time.
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Just quit my job because this company is run by fucking disney adults who are so full of shit, inconsistent and inadequate but then want to shift responsibility to us managers without even consulting us or bothering to listen to what we think about the stores WE run.

I knew when I took the promotion that it would be an uphill battle but I never once imagined they'd be as full of shit as they are. This is America, prices have never been higher and they really were trying to make me FIRE GOOD workers with NO misconduct on their records when others have been written up or simply given second chances for far worse offenses (for example, DRINKING/COCAINE ON THE JOB. SLEEPING ON THE JOB. CONSTANT TARDIES.) and because I didn't want to be their fucking lapdog and stood up for my staff they tried to shift blame for a "bad secret shop" onto me and tell me to step down.

Okay I'm not just stepping down i'm stepping out and you can all go fuck yourselves because your establishment is garbage and I'm tired of dealing with it. It simply would not have sat right in my soul to get rid of someone for having a bad mental day and not giving 110% service like they normally ALWAYS do.
Thank you for standing up for your people. Unreal how shitty today's "leaders" are at doing anything except "number go up good".
Seriously, and then try to pride themselves on work ethic.

I loved working for them but I know my worth and sadly was not surprised that they were quick to try and get rid of me (and anyone else who stands up to them).

Also I want to say that their company policy does indeed say everyone gets a warning/write up so they legitimately 100% went against their own policy trying to immediately fire people with no prior misconduct.
I'm in a summer lull at work and it's driving me mad because I genuinely don't have enough to fill my days.

At first it was amazing (gaga clubbing shopping hanging out dot gif) but now I feel kind of purposeless. Waiting around for hours for your one Zoom call of the day is... kinda soul-crushing. You have the existential dread of not having a purpose and the capitalist guilt mindset weighing on you for supposedly slacking.

Me making a mountain out of a molehill? Ru, never.


I'm finally leaving academia and I'm terrified of hitting the workforce in its current state. I graduated last year from my Bachelor's and went straight to do a Master's because I felt that I lost a year due to the pandemic, but also because I originally wanted to do a PhD after loving working on my dissertation. I still want to do one, potentially later down the line. The issue is that at the moment, funding for PhD's is abysmal in the UK with very, very limited opportunities. Beyond that, academia is being ripped apart in the UK with very little job openings: essentially, four years of doing a PhD might not pay off in a lectureship role.

Outside of academia, I've worked in my industry in the past and I feel that my degrees suits my area of interest very well, but still, I feel incredibly worried about getting back into it. I could not work in my industry during my degrees as there was nothing part-time for them, so I worked in live entertainment for the entirety of my degrees, which doesn't quite match the sector I want to work in, but I hope that it helps somehow.

I know I'm not alone in this, I think everyone goes through this when they graduate. Anyone got any words of encouragement or tips?
I've had the last six months off and now I'm starting my first new job in 17 years and going regularly back to the office for the first time since March 2020. It's a weird mixture of (mild, very mild...) excitement, nerves, and wanting to crawl back into bed for another six months.
I've been working two teaching jobs for the last academic semester and I just finished my last week at one of them. There are multiple reasons of course but in short, I realised this semester that I am too much of an introvert to be surrounded by this many people during the day. I was sure that if I want to enjoy teaching, I will have to do less actual teaching. I'm still keeping my full-time job as a high school teacher, but as a side job, say hi to a new textbook editor xx

In terms of working hours, it is around the same, but it feels more liberating to work from home and manage my own progress, and I will also be able to post more on here, dd.
Just applied for a job, want to see how far I can get and if it's really as good as advertised.

The new owner of our store (who is generally making life way more difficult for us) sending us an email with some online training modules to complete... I replied with "I will complete this at work or on the clock"

Number one - why are we all getting the online training modules we should have received when we first started in 2020 and number two - why am I expected to do it in my own time using my own resources and leisure time

Spent a big chunk of my weekend preparing a job application. It's a job in itself. This is why I've stayed in the same job for so long.
One of the most senior staff at my store (experience-wise) is leaving in 2 weeks and once she leaves I am pretty much next in line in seniority and I am afraid they might be planning to give me more responsibilities such as being responsible for locking up the store during closing (I've heard tea including from the coworker in question) ...and yet I'm still making minimum wage.

Am I alone in thinking its backwards as fuck to be trusting someone with the key to the store while refusing to give them a raise? On top of the fact I already have double the responsibilities and expectations on me compared to my coworkers due to my experience and work performance? Plus whatever other tasks they'll pass down to me once my coworker leaves?


I've been fed up with it for months but finding a new job is borderline impossible in my situation.
I took a mental health day today, first time ever.

We were told by the big cheese that we basically need to prove we need more staff by letting things crash and burn. When it was pointed out to him that perhaps people would not want to work in that kind of environment, it was glossed over as 'not an issue'.

I feel bad not working, and keep reminding myself that my mental health should be equal to my physical health in order to work.


Staff member
I left my job on Thursday (almost 5 years there) after months of understaffing, which led to inconsistent policies depending on which manager decided to show up that day, and a severe lack of supervision/guidance coupled with retaliation. The pandemic has seen the workforce nearly halve itself, and the program was underperforming overall. I was told that I was carrying the department for a good chunk of time.

The feeling that I had was that I needed to stay because of good pay and benefits, but I started to realize that my biggest joy/takeaway from my daily work was running support groups and actually helping my clients one-on-one - not the politics and bureaucracy and people assigning blame to deflect from their own failings.

The program being understaffed was already failing, and people have been quitting for MONTHS. I seriously have had little anxiety but a major sense of relief these last few days, and it's actually comforting that I have ten years in this field and don't really feel bogged down about being employed again, but somewhere healthier overall.