I have a lady friend who is struggling with depressive states of mind due to an employment change. She used to be a woman of power for a company, but now due to economical changes, she has moved into a retail floor settting. Essentially, she has moved from a position of control to a position where her opinion means nothing. The level of respect has gone from top notch, to she can be replaced in a second should she say “NO”.
So what’s the advice you would give to a person in her situation?
Essentially, she has to continue to raise her children and pay the bills. She is too proud and doesn’t want to rely on public assistance because she feels that even working for McDonalds is better for exposure to new opportunities than it is to sit at home and wait. I am motivated by her stamina; however, there’s a personal price to pay here…
“How Much Is Dignity Worth To You?”
You can’t encourage someone like her to quit? Quitting means failure. The other day, she was being screamed at by her boss over the most little detail. In an office setting, it is unncessary for a boss to come at you screaming at the top of their lungs. In an office setting, you more than likely will have your share of the conversation to give feedback. In this case, she was screamed at and the boss walked away not letting her explain her position. She seen an opportunity for time savings and acted upon it. Time savings which benefits the owner, but the owner is set in their ways that the way it’s always been done is the right way.
Since that moment, any hope she had at this employer has been shattered. Her eyes glued onto the job banks when she gets home. She’s not going to quit unless she finds something else… but life is tough and jobs are hard to come by.
The upside is that she can work and meet people and keep passing the word. She’s a power house lady and people know her for that… when they see her stocking shelves, they are going to be wondering why and allowing conversation to flow. My guess is that she won’t be there long and to use that as an opportunity to be in the public eye. Next time the boss yells at her… she is unable to respond because the way the company is run, but she will have the satisfaction knowing that she will eventually give her notice as she doesn’t see long term in this kind of treatment.
She heard the place was a revolving door of employees, now she knows why… and it may even second guess herself from shopping there in the future.