- 5 years ago
I work in a small office as a part of a large university, and just found out that another coworker and I are being laid off at the end of the month for budgetary reasons.
I, for one, am ecstatic at the prospect of being laid off for several reasons. The workplace enviornment was absolutely toxic and inefficent. The work that we did was highly collaborative, but our boss (let’s call them “X”) liked to pit us against one another, single people out, publicly humiliate, incite shouting matches in the office–it was terrible. When I found out I was being laid off, I thought it was code for “X” hates you, but you haven’t actually committed a fireable offence, but if that were true, my coworker would not have gotten laid off as well. We work in an office that has less than 10 people in the first place.
I have been contemplating quitting for months, 6 months ago I called my father crying because the job was so miserable and I was being bullied. The only reason I held on was a large vacation that Fiance and I returned from a few weeks ago. Moreover, Fiance and I have been working toward ending our LDR, so by being laid off I have the oppertunity to be with him and take my career in a direction that is more compatible with his, while being eligable for unemployment and other benefits I would not have had, had I quit.
However, the insitute requires that an employee be given 30 days notice before being laid off, so my coworker and I have to work for the next month despite the fact that our projects have either been concluded or passed off to other people, so there’s nothing for us to actually do. The day after getting laid off my coworker and I asked the HR guy if we had to keep regular working hours (the instittue doesn’t set hours for people in my position type, though your individual unit can set hours at their own discretion. The HR guy told us that it was up to our boss “Y” (who is at the same level as “X”). When we talked to Y he indicated that so long as we got the work done we were asked to do, and didn’t fall off the face of the earth completely, we should check in but didn’t have to stay the whole day.
Fast forward to yesterday, coworker has not been in the office since about late Monday morning. No one noticed or seemed to care. Today, I came in around lunch time, and several people jumped on my case about it. Coworker and I talked about it. I asked if anyone had asked her about being late, and she said no.
Confused as to the policy we decided to ask. Boss Y had just left for a 2 week vacation so we asked boss X. Boss X indicated that my coworker’s schedule was more flexible than mine due to “the nature of our work” We have the EXACT SAME JOB. We have the same title, and the same responsibilities. We worked on different projects, but neither of us has any projects left and so we spend our entire work days being treated like office pariah’s and applying for new work. It’s really, really awkward. I was told that I would have to take half a day’s vacation for coming in late, but my coworker would not for the day and a half that she missed.
I am absolutely enraged at the injustice of it all. I could complain to HR, but all that would accomplish would be getting my coworker’s vacation taken away, it wouldn’t actually get mine back, and I don’t want to screw her over. This matters because we will be paid out for any unused vacation days after our termination date. Otherwise, I wouldn’t care.
Is there anything I can do in this situation? Or, does anyone have any stratagies for dealing with the anger at the injustice of it? I hate the power that I give him by getting so angry about it.