I received a text from my old place of work looking for rehires. This brought back memories.
At the beginning of the year, I left a call center I had worked for for over a year in total. The reason? The stress we were subjected to while working from home was so much that I developed gallbladder stones and had to undergo surgery. I was asked about medical notes to justify absences, and had to send a selfie of my anesthesia-ridden ass to placate the higher ups.
During my three week recovery, I was called several times to ask why I wasn’t logged in, or to ask if I wanted to put in some extra hours (paid but still). I had to remind them every time I had undergone major surgery and I wasn’t even home. When I went back, my supervisor supposedly was no longer my supervisor, I had not been appointed to someone else’s team, and my credentials didn’t work. I had to resort to personal contacts to see that fixed, got new equipment that didn’t work well either, had to replace that, I was told that I had to go on site to work, then was told that working on site was not allowed. One of the computers I was given was infested with bugs, and to this day I haven’t been able to get rid of them.
I gave my two week notice during which I couldn’t work because of the previous issues, and didn’t get an exit interview. I just got my severance and saw my way out.
Now, I went back and forth some time doing some freelance stuff, but I finally landed a job that is not customer service (technical support, but pays much better with higher benefits) and turns out that my whole training group is composed by people who I used to work with. They bring news that everybody is leaving. And I don’t blame them.
If they hadn’t treated me like they did, I wouldn’t have left. But it looks like they were treating everybody the same, even worse in some cases, so people have moved on to greener pastures.