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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

3 Reasons Why I Resigned After Just One Day...


I know, I know, you're very confused.  Girl, so am I!  I take a lot of pride in being clear during the interview timeframe when looking for a new job.  Not only do I ask a lot of questions, but I negotiate quite a bit once an offer is made.  All of this was done, same as always, so how did things end up so far left?!  HOW?  HOW?!

Lack of communication from the employer side.  During the interview and in subsequent communication, I asked if I had my own office.  You may wonder why would I even need to ask about an office at this point in my career.  The reason I ask is because having your own office is not a standard in the hotel industry.  Occasionally, you may share one large space with your sales team or even just have a cubicle.  Not asking will definitely have you playing surprise surprise on your first day of work.  Anyways, I ASKED.  "Do I have my own office?!"... To which they responded "Yes, of course".  So you would understand how perplexed I looked when I arrived on my first day to find out that I was sharing my office with the Maintenance Staff.  Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of hotels were there may not be separate spaces for departments.  Many times there are multiple departments in one space separated by cubicles.  This was not even that situation.  There was no separation and the entire office was open for anyone to walk through.  As a Hotel Sales professional, this was something I just knew wouldn't work for me.  Immediately, I addressed my concern with the General Manager and his response was that he didn't realize me sharing a space would be an issue.  To him, "technically" I did have my own office... it was just being shared.  BULLSHIT.

As if the Maintenance Office Sharing debacle wasn't enough, I looked up at the ceiling towards the end of the day and saw a security camera right above my desk.  Now this makes sense because of the open space in which the camera is placed.  It's not an area where privacy is to be expected.  Hence, why your Director of Sales shouldn't have a work station there.   So to recap, not only do I not have my own office space BUT I also have a security camera on me all day.  How exactly am I suppose to scratch my ass, adjust my bra or SnapChat?!  That's not gonna work!

Heading out of the office, I still was hopeful that just maybe I could go home and think of some sort of resolution.  What that resolution would be, I don't know.  As I said goodbye for the day, the General Manager looked at his watch and mentioned that I would need to work a full 8 hours from the time I arrived that day.  *blank stare*  Now, don't get me wrong, I know working 8-9 hour shifts are normal but that's not what we discussed during negotiations.  In fact, I accepted less pay than what I requested so that I could drop by daughter off at school in the morning (9:15) and come in to the office after that.  Less pay for more flexible hours.  So why are we now trying to adjust what was already agreed upon?  Are you offering me more money?  Is the salary I initially requested back on the table?  This was the literal straw on my back for the day.  I didn't bother arguing with him about this at all.  I simply looked him the eye and told him to have a great evening, turned around and walked out the door.

This was a lesson that I learned a long time ago.  Never let anyone make you feel like you don't have any other option.  Like you're backed into a corner.  When I sat down to talk about the office space, one thing I noticed him saying repeatedly was "now that you're here and you've accepted this job, try to make the most of it".  You see sometimes people know that your expectations won't be met but they're literally betting on the fact that you have no other choice.  What if I had quit a job to go there?  What if my family truly needed that income now?  Would I still have quit?  Probably.  Until I found another opportunity, I would rather work at my local grocery store than allow someone to take advantage of my situation.  Because at least I know what to expect there.

I couldn't have been more clear about my standards or expectations during the interview phase.  Sometimes it just has nothing to do with you.  So, I will continue to apply + interview until I find the right opportunity.  Hopefully, me sharing this with you will empower all of us to open our mouths and ask for what we deserved.  Don't let anyone take advantage of you honey!!
Until next time.  XOXOMCS

11 comments:

  1. Girl this just made me hot!!! When we discuss these things in advance, they could've been honest and up front from the jump. Just tell me and let me make the choice! Ugh....no worries because there's something just for you out there.

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    1. Exactly! They also had 2 weeks prior to me starting to make any necessary changes in order to accommodate my requests. All of these reasons are what made me realize that the opportunity just wasn't right for me! Thanks for stopping by and reading Jonna. XOXO

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  2. Amazing! That one day was a hot mess! I don't blame you for resigning. Thankfully you were in a place that you could do it. A lot of people are not or feel they are not capable of doing something like that. Since when do we have to leave our dignity at the door when we step into the workplace. It really stinks when you talked about all the things you required and expected when they accepted you for the position. That is why a lot of people work for themselves. When one door closes another one opens!

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    1. These were my exact thoughts. What if I had quit a job to take this opportunity?! Being a black woman in the corporate sector isn't easy but at least I was in a place where I could push back. They'll think twice next time before they pull that nonsense. Thank you for stopping by and visiting the blog April!! XOXO

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  3. Thanks for sharing your story... I have been here before and you are right... Never let anyone make you feel like you don't have any other options... Salute to you!!!

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    1. I felt so conflicted on this day because there was a feeling of "what did I do wrong?!"... But, I pulled my big girl panties on realized that I didn't do a damn thing wrong! There was nothing I could've done differently that would've led to a better outcome. Thank you so much for stopping by the Blog Shivawn!! XOXO

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  4. Thanks for sharing your story. You are a BAWSE for not settling for less than your worth. So often to women of colour, upper management "tries it" and think we won't walk away. Guess they learned quickly that you are not the one!

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    1. You are so right!! They think that we should feel "grateful" for even making it this high up. I'm only grateful to my God. So, they tried the wrong one. Thanks for stopping by... hope you're subscribed + are apart of the fam!! XOXO

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  5. Welp congratulations for holding your on! This reminded me of the movie pretty woman , " determine who, when " lol. Even in her job she had standards as should we. Good luck on your next big adventure! I'm sure it's around the corner ! Perhaps even tomorrow!?! 😊

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    1. Girl, but how were you suppose to adjust that wedgie. Okay, maybe I'm the only one who has had to deal with those. Nah, but for real though, you made the right decision. Hopefully you won't regrettably beat yourself up about it later either. We know how those thoughts try to sneak in so be ready to shut em down if they pop up. I've learned that sometimes standing your ground with folk like your "boss for a day" actually teaches em how to respect you, or others in your case. Hope the dude learned from your decision. Praying that God will open up another door of opportunity for you to run right into. Stay encouraged, curl friend 😉

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    2. Thanks for the encouragement ladies! It wasn't an easy decision but I felt so good after making it. Haven't looked back once wondering "what if"... Thank you for taking a moment to stop by the Blog and support. XOXO

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