Okay, people. Put on your thinking caps and please give us a hand here.
My dear daughter, The Girl, is 27 years old. For the last year she has work stayed with the same company trying her best and being extremely professional. She was spotted by the district manager of her current job when she was a temp and he had her interview for a permanent position. She has been permanent since this past September making a good salary and getting health benefits.
Here is the problem: There were five women working at her branch. The branch manager, senior agent, an agent and two associate agents, including The Girl. The Girl was so excited to have a career and has worked so hard.
Early on the manager and senior agent started in with their whispering behind the other workers backs and looking at everyone’s e-mails. The senior agent was supposed to be training The Girl but had The Girl taking all the calls and blaming her for everything that went wrong.
The Girl and the other associate agent were sent out of state for training. The people at the training center were gung ho and the girls came home excited about their jobs. Wrong. Manager and Senior agent continued to gossip and put our girl down. The other associate agent, who had less responsibilities because she has no children quit.
The agent is ready to leave.
The Girl has been sick with the horrible things the manager, who mysteriously disappears into the ladies’ room after lunch and comes back sniffing alot, and the senior agent say about her behind her back AND to her face.
The Girl was just sent to another training seminar out of state. The afternoon class was canceled and she went back to her hotel room, packed and left. Her manager found out about the class being canceled and wanted to know why The Girl didn’t leave immediately and come back to the office. Had she done that it would have been after seven at night. She went off on my girl about not wanting to see her daughter and putting her down.
Well, The Girl went to work this morning and the manager, who uses text messaging every single day multiple times a day to check up on everyone before she arrives at the office, kept on texting to make sure the sr. agent didn’t talk with The Girl before she had a chance to. The Girl got so sick to her stomach that she had to leave, gagging. She is having panic attacks and tachycardia.
I know that I can not explain this enough for you all to understand but I could really use some advice for my girl. She is terribly thin and gaunt from all the stress. She has tried so hard to do well and these women are torturing her.
In the midst of all this, clients are calling and complimenting The Girl on her professionalism! A woman working amidst women is rough. This is hellish.
So, here is where we are asking for advice: The Girl would rather be fired than quit. That way she could collect unemployment while looking for other employment so she can pay her rent and take care of her daughter.
My advice? Call the district manager and tell him all that has been going on including the mysterious visits the manager makes to the ladies’ room. Remind him of what the other associate agent said during her exit interview – all that I described here and more. See what he has to say about it. Then, if he wants to let her go, and leave the office, which presently needs at least two more agents, with only three, so be it. Isn’t it better for her to get all this out in the open and possibly be let go by him but possibly also make a difference in her potential with the company?
I know I did a whole blog entry on learning not to say , "If it were me I would." I still stand by that. We would just appreciate a fresh look at this situation. Please?
Thanks, buds. g
P.S. Mom, think on this and give me a call, okay? Love you.
One more thing: The company does not allow drug testing of its employees. It is based in a country where it isn’t as big a deal as it is here.