Injustices at Work

You love your job, but your boss is a [foul adjective] [offensive noun].  You used to love going to work, and you still enjoy what you do, except the perception of your boss has worsened after they did some inconsiderable act.  An injustice has just been done to my friend at her workplace and it reminded me of a similar experience that I went through a few years ago.  This is making me super angry, so I would like to vent about it!

My friend is very hardworking and passionate about her work.  She’s been working at a lab for free for months.  She told her lab supervisor that she will continue working for them during the summer and she was led to believe that she will start receive funding for her work.  Recently, she found out that the professor will not be paying her.  She would have actually been okay with continuing to work for free had she not found out about the other students.  New incoming students who will be trained and will start work during the summer will get money.  That’s outrageous!  She’s been there for so long and she gets no money while the new students do – how does that make any sense!?  Moreover, they just told her now, leaving her no time to find a job at a different lab where she could get paid.  That is simply unfair.

I had a somewhat similar experience.  Years ago, I was volunteering for a youth program.  It was run by two people – one that was being paid, my boss, and a volunteer, me.  My boss trained me to do her job because she was anticipating a promotion and relocation to a different community centre.  After she left, I received a new boss – who was not going to run the program but was going to hire someone to run it.  Being the only one who knew how to run the program, I thought I was going to get the paid position.  Instead, my new boss put me together with a new girl and asked me to run the program without getting paid.  I thought this was my trial period to show that I can do it, and I did that.  I budgeted, booked, and lead various activities and even though the girl was helping me out, I did most of the work and did it well.  So what happens after this?  The boss hires the girl for the paid position and leaves me as the volunteer.  I was so angry!  They just used me.  Even though I really enjoyed running the program and I really cared about the youth I worked with, I could not deal with the injustice.  I resigned.

I still worked for the community center doing other programs under a different boss – and I got paid for those.  However, there were instances when the [foul adjective] [offensive noun] needed me for other short-term jobs.  When she did though – she paid me, and paid me well.  After the injustice incident, I was not going to work for her for free.

When the injustice happened I was angry at my boss and frustrated that I gave in hundreds of volunteer hours without getting promoted.  Even though I left that volunteer position, my bitterness did not stop me from volunteering in general.  I volunteer to this day because I like helping people in my community.  While both my friend’s and my story revolve around monetary injustices, we were hurt by the principle of our bosses’ inconsiderable choices.

When an injustice occurs, it is important to stand up to the person who hurt you – or at least make them aware that they made you feel this way.  This could vary from dramatically resigning to writing a carefully-worded e-mail to them that illustrates that you are upset.  However, it is more important to not forget your own values.

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One response to “Injustices at Work”

  1. Linda says:

    If ever you are in such a situation, remember you can always ask for advice from us at CaPS. That’s what we’re here for!

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