Went back to work Monday morning from my three day holiday in Chicago. And as I was about to walk inside my office, I realized that Janet’s (one of the assistants) desk was empty. No folders, no papers, no picture frames, no Janet! And so I asked Alice, (a coworker) for her whereabouts. Found out that our wicked boss fired our sweet Janet. I was only gone for a couple days and now we’re missing a good employee?
I called the HR desk and asked for more information about the termination. But beleive or not? The human resource manager was unaware, even stating that there’s no written report stating the issue at hand. So I phoned my boss for clarifications, but as always; she was out on some sort of meeting (whatever!). And I had no other choice but to ask her assistant. I was told that Janet made some errors in her reporting that (may have) caused major issues (I wonder how major?), that led to her termination. Reports and termination, what is going on here? It just doesn’t make sense to me!
Janet was under my direction and I would have appreciate it, if I was informed about this problem before making any judgment. Goodness gracious! Everybody makes mistakes. But does that mean firing someone out right away? You see, Janet’s been a wonderful help in our department. Great gal, wonderful personality, team player, she has it all. And for that to happen without my knowledge was just unacceptable. If this is some other employee, I probably won’t show this much concern. But given that it’s Janet and she’s one handworking lady, I beg to differ with my boss’es opinion.
Later in the day, I checked my voicemail and dear Janet left me a message. She’s asking that I call her back. And soon as she’s on the phone, she was crying and asking for my help. She really wanted her job back! I don’t blame her, everybody has to make a living and pay their bills. Right? Going through the reports, looks like Janet did made some errors. But given that it’s preliminary reporting, the figures should be considered inconclusive. That’s why it’s called preliminary, my golly! Can someone please give this witch a dictionary and explain the meaning of the word to her.
I did the necessary correction on the financial report, this time it was right on the dot and down to the very last penny. Then, I sent it to my boss via email with a note concerning Janet’s erroneous termination. Ten minutes later, I got a phone call and was asked to see the wicked witch in her office. I knew my boss wasn’t happy to see me, but consider the feeling mutual. I came because I was summoned and had to listen to some bee-ess. She stated her alibis for Janet’s termination, but I also made my arguments heard. Janet was under my supervision and the office chain of command should have been implemented. With matters like this, both human resources and myself should be notified.
I also made it clear that the initial reports are considered inaccurate since it’s prefacing and that it wasn’t even due until my return. The document didn’t even go through my desk, for heavens sake! My boss and I were stating our defenses with compulsion, and not one of us wanted to back off. But when I told her about the lack of evidence she has againts Janet, her meaningless justification and the HR’s lack of participation (I can be fearless when I’m mad!); she decided to withdraw. Even told her that this case is screaming I’ll see in court all over!
Terminating an employee is no easy task, one of the reasons why we have the Human Resource Department in the first place. Right? The fact that this matter in undocumented and Janet has no previous bad record (not even a single memo). The odds are on the plaintiffs side, even the HR desk said that. And so, after a good half hour of debating or what feels like talking to a wall, I decided to put an end to our conversation. I started walking out and said — I hate to say this, but looks like you have some explaining to do, big time!