Ten years ago, I thought I landed my dream job. The position paid well, the company had an excellent reputation and my boss was a strong, successful woman. She instantly became my mentor and I was inspired to follow in her footsteps.
That was before I realized all the people she stepped on and squashed to get where she is today. I admired her power until I witnessed the inappropriate insults, devious demands and manipulative management techniques she used to run our department. I watched countless co-workers come and go before it was my turn to be bullied.
The more I proved myself to be an asset, the more threatened she became and the harder she pushed me to fail. After receiving four fantastic performance reviews, she gave me an inaccurate poor review and put me on probation. I took the review and evidence disputing it to our human resource manager, who initially agreed that the review was not a true reflection of my performance. HR agreed until the bully squashed her as well.
I survived the probation period and did my best to ensure there was no legitimate reason to fire me, but the world’s worst workplace bully found a way around it. She restructured our department, so my position no longer existed. I was forced out of a job I loved because I let the bully win.
The same workplace bully changed the job title and hired someone new to do her dirty work. Within a year, her new employee found me on Facebook because she was now being bullied and wanted advice. I warned her to find a new job before it got worse. She eventually did, only to be contacted months later because her replacement was being bullied. The cycle of abuse continued.
I couldn’t stand back and watch so many others endure the same belittling and bullying, so I wrote a compelling letter to the owners of the company explaining what was happening. They did nothing. I was fortunate enough to realize my dream of becoming an author after being forced from my job, so I sent the owners an email warning them that I would publish everything my co-workers and I experienced if they didn’t put an end to her reign of terror. The only response I received was a letter from their lawyer threatening to sue me if I exposed the truth. That’s why I published Dirty Secrets of the World’s Worst Employee. I refuse to be bullied into silence.
Posted with permission by the author as a guest writer
Jenn Sadai is a Canadian author and advocate who’s just crazy enough to think she can change the world. Jenn shares her stories of surviving domestic violence, depression, and workplace bullying in hopes that it will help others cope and heal. She is the author of Dark Confession of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman and Dirty Secrets of the World’s Worst Employee. She will also be publishing her third self-help memoir In July of 2016.
When she’s not trying to reshape societal views on social media, she enjoys writing, running and walking the dogs with her husband. Jenn loves to make new friends and anyone can connect with her through the social media links on her website, www.jennsadai.com.