… it’s not really a happy ending, but there is an interesting twist.
When I arrived at work this morning there was a note from the chief executive on my desk. He asked if I could do the wages first thing, as he would be going away at lunchtime until Saturday. So I did the wages and one or two other little jobs, thinking that I would at least be there until the end of the week. He came in and out, and it seemed to be business as usual.
It’s not that I want to stay, but I’d like to leave things as tidy as I can for my successor, and it’s a little nerve-wracking stepping away from any job into an uncertain future.
But then at quarter to twelve a young woman in casual dress, not the usual sort of visitor we see, appeared at the door. She had come for an interview. With the chairman, his wife, the chief executive and the HR manager. I pointed her in the right direction, pushed the accounts to one side, tidied things up and took backups.
And, sure enough, half an hour or so later my much threatened meeting began. And that was where the twist came.
The recently departed HR/Finance Manager had dropped me right in it! He had told them that I was unhappy in my job and had been ‘putting my cv about.’ Which was sort of true, but to me there’s a difference between being not happy and being unhappy and I have been quiet and professional about my job seeking. And I would have given notice when the time came, and done whatever I could to facilitate a smooth handover.
And there was more. Back when placed the advertisement I responded to he was supposed to be recruiting a receptionist with some accounts skills, not an accountant who was prepared to help out with other work when necessary. And so the chief executive and I had been working with different views of what my job was for the last nine months.
Knowing what I know now I can see that HR/Finance Manager hoped for advancement when planned changes happened, and recruiting me was part of his plan to build his power base. And when the changes didn’t come, when he saw he wasn’t going get the things he’s hoped for, he turned.
He placed the advertisement I saw last week, without any authority! The chairman didn’t ask him to call me last week!
Now there are quite a few other things that he said I have to ask questions about, and I am quite sure he steered me in the wrong direction quite a few times.
Maybe I should have worked it out before, but I am inclined to take people at face value.
My job is gone now, but we parted on friendly terms. I’ve been promised a good reference and they asked me what sort of person they should be looking for.
My feeling now is that the chief executive has his failings, but he is doing his best. I still have reservations about the external accountant, but we might have had a better relationship under different circumstances. And the HR consultant handled things today reasonably well, so maybe he is the right man to move things forward.
I calculated what I was owed, the CEO wrote me a cheque, and I issued and filed my own P45!
I’m a little wobbly right now – I’m trying to be positive, but I have more uncertainly in my life right now than I’m comfortable with – but I need to get back on track for another job interview tomorrow.
And that really is the end of this chapter.