Mullet Monday

QUIT JOB

I cannot believe I honestly quit my job last Thursday…..without having another job….Yes, I did that. The job started out great – my title being a Warehouse Manager at an industrial equipment company. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ll remember I worked for a toxic arrogant asshole that screamed at his employees. I honestly thought I was moving onto a much larger corporate environment that would help me to grow and advance. Unfortunately, not all of the responsibilities were presented to me during the interview process. Let me break it down for you…..It was supposed to be a management position with five employees working for me. I was told it was a smooth running department and that what was expected of me was to provided budget reporting and finding ways to increase revenue. I would have my own office with A/C and be guiding my team and coming up with new ways for them to be more efficient.

The details they left out were the department was severely understaffed and the five employees did not get along at all. They fought all day to the extent of screaming at each other and acting like children. They grab each other in the ass, tell each other to go fuck themselves, hiding each other’s cell phones, coming to me tattling on each other, and the list goes on.

QUIT MY JOB MM

They all worked hard but they were so negative and toxic. They hated their jobs and complained all the time. I tried to boost the morale by bringing breakfast, building them up, rewarding them for behaving and thanking them for working so hard. The warehouse they worked in had no A/C and it was easily over 100 degrees with no ventilation and they were lifting heavy items and on the move all day. I joined them four hours a day because we were so behind and understaffed. I had weekly meetings with my manager and director and stressed to them how understaffed we were and how I was unable to keep up with my responsibilities in generating revenue. They tuned that out and within two days they took two of my guys away from me to help out another department. It was as if we were already beat down and while we were down they kicked us in the ribs and then held us down with weights in the ocean and left us to drown.

The next day my manager asked for his reports and I told him I didn’t have time to do the reports since we were two men down. “Don’t be a smart ass bitch Lennon. Are you seriously pouting because I took two of your guys?” I walked over to him and asked him to look out of my office window down at the warehouse. Boxes were stacked and you couldn’t even see the three guys below on the floor because there were so many boxes to unpack. There were two trucks backing into the doc delivering more orders and I expressed to him I wasn’t sure how we were going to get everything put away or shipped out to customer’s. He said “make it happen, it’s all about direction and pushing your people as hard as you can”.

QUIT MY JOB

One of my employees also kept comparing me to the previous warehouse manager and how I would never be as good as he was. I finally just had enough. I typed up a resignation letter and didn’t say a word to anyone. I left when it was time to close up and never looked back. Below is my resignation letter…..

I’ve not quite made it to my 90 days yet but today was my last day. Not only is the 90 day probation period for you to make sure I’m meeting your expectations but it’s also for me as well to figure out if you meet mine.
I honestly had no idea how understaffed you were nor did you inform me of that during the interview process.   I certainly wanted a challenge but I had no clue it would be this difficult. I strongly suggest putting on some steal toed boots and rolling up your sleeves for a day or two and sampling the parts warehouse day to day hurdles.You can check my e-mails, take the technician calls, handle the petty cash, quote and process tire orders, pick and pull parts, help unload trucks, move tires around, etc. It would be a good learning experience so you’ll know the responsibilities for the next candidate and explain the position in full detail so they’re prepared for it. Your company is currently past due with several vendors. That’s pretty scary. Technician’s are having to use their own cash to purchase items for customers.
Another issue is the returns that the technicians bring in daily. The restocking fees and freight charges have to be hitting your bottom line. I actually e-mailed an example of one situation where parts were ordered for a customer before the customer approved the quote which was over $10,000 worth of parts + freight of $795 and now we have to return it with a restocking fee of $2,000.00 along with whatever the freight will cost to return it to the supplier as the customer stated they’re not going to approve the quote. You’re taking hit after hit on restocking fees and although I’ve brought it to your attention you didn’t even acknowledge it. We might be able to pay our bills if we didn’t have so many returns and paid so many restocking fees.

I hope you figure out a new way to manage this department. I also hope that you describe this position correctly this time for the next person that attempts to run it. This is not a good fit for me at all.

The next day I found another job with another company but this time I’ll be a service administrator. Less money and less stress. I’m happy about that. I just don’t think I want to manage people anymore. Maybe it’s me…..maybe I’m not a good manager. Either way, I accept that and I’m excited for a new journey. Sometimes, you just have to take a look at the position you’re in and admit you fucked up. But, then again, if I didn’t take that chance I would’ve never gotten out of the other toxic job I was in. Baby steps 🙂

 

 

Challenges

It’s been one month and eleven days since I embarked on a new career with a different company. It’s also been quite some time since I’ve actually written something here. I feel out of touch with all of you even though I have continued to post Mullet Monday’s and Hump Shenanigan’s. That’s a quick post since it’s just stuff from pinterest. Yeah, that’s where I get it from….save images, upload images, that’s all there is to it. I call it drive by blogging. In & Out and lazy but still puts a smile on some of your faces right?

As some of you know the job I left was Level 4 of hell and the owner/boss was a pill to work for. He was selfish, egotistical, unprofessional, and downright narcissistic. There were a few perks to that job which were wearing flip flops and jeans, using my favorite F word daily and some freedom to run the department the way I wanted to. One of my strengths in that position were increasing gross profit from 19% in our department to 58% within a year. The second strength was solving problems for any department when everyone had exhausted all efforts. Most of the accounting department had degrees but not I. As you can tell from my writing or my blog I come from the University Of Hard Knocks seeing as my parents were blue collar middle class folks and couldn’t afford to pay for college. I didn’t want student loans so instead I started working at a bank when I was eighteen straight out of high school as well as having a second job as a collector for a medical company in the evenings.

I love a challenge so when the upper crust staff couldn’t find the resolution I jumped at the challenge to find it. I won’t let a problem go until I solve it. I was extremely successful in this position. But, there’s always a but, I was burned out. I was bored to tears with it. It wasn’t a challenge for me any longer. My boss had just humiliated another manager by screaming at her and belittling her in front of six other employees. As she ran to the bathroom to cry my phone rang and as I answered “Parts this is Lennon” on the other end was a deep raspy voice asking me would I be interested in a management position at _________. As I replied absolutely, I went through a phone interview that evening and then two face to face interviews or as I like to call them “interrogations” I landed a new adventure with a solid, successful, well known company.

I have my own office and five male employees that I manage and I can say this position is not boring and it is definitely a challenge. I work anywhere from 11 – 13 hours a day and could probably work longer to get everything done. So many things I want to change but it’s going to have to take some  time. I’m a very impatient person and I think all of us are to some extent. I want to make my changes NOW so that they’re making tons of profit but I have to do it in baby steps. Sigh…..Lennon hates baby steps. Lennon moves fast and doesn’t like slow moving things one bit. Ha.

My previous employer has sent me three e-mails threatening me and accusing me of sabotaging their business or taking their staff with me. I’ve only taken one so far. Yes, it was the manager that he so blatantly humiliated in front of several employees. Four others have contacted me personally wanting a position. I informed him via e-mail…..

This is America and companies search through Linkedin, FB, and other social media for team players in the industry. It’s a free country and the recruiters can do whatever they please as well as your employees. You’re not a warden of a prison, people can come and go if they choose to. That’s how ______ found me.

I’m not surprised at your accusations though because anytime someone leaves your company the gossip and trash talk begin. The majority of you love to hang around and talk about people. I never did like it when people would do that. In my eyes, none of you had enough work to do if you had time to talk shit about previous employees. I am not out to sabotage your company. That was quite humorous actually. I’m not powerful enough to take down the mighty ___________. Nor do I have a voodoo doll sticking pins in it to hurt you. You’re hurting yourself with your actions, you’ve got that covered.

But, if you contact me one more time, I will have no other choice than to seek legal assistance to make sure you move on and leave my name out of your mouth. Let me make myself clear, do not contact me again under any circumstance.

That message was sent two weeks ago and I’m thrilled to say I’ve not heard another word from him.

So, with the new exciting and challenging position that I have, you can understand why I’ve been out of touch a bit lately. I’m hoping (really) hoping to get the opportunity to read your blogs this week. I sure have missed them.

Enjoy your Sunday loves and take care of yourselves. 🙂