A few weeks ago, I was riding high at work. I was well liked, and had a string of successes under my belt.
Then I got in trouble. Not for something I did, but because I was friends with someone that quit under duress. HR called me in with my supervisor one morning, and I was put on a PIP of sorts. My performance is excellent, but I was told I can be fired no matter how good my performance.
Now I can’t do anything right. I can’t look at my phone without getting an email warning me about looking at my phone when I should be working. Countless other things like that.
All of this was very unexpected. My friend that quit apparently knows something that’s potentially damaging to the company. I don’t know what that is.
Of course I started interviewing almost immediately. I have offers rolling in now, and I’ll more than double my TC. I will have to relocate, though. There just aren’t many good job options in my area. That means my kids will have to leave their friends. We’ll leave our home. My wife and I will leave our friends.
I’m so full of anger and hatred right now. I’m stressed out each day at work. My blood pressure is incredibly high. I workout multiple times each day to help curb my emotions, but it’s not working well.
I’ve had a long and excellent software engineering career. I feel like the industry has grown worse, with more immaturity and toxicity - but that could just be me getting older.
I’m rambling now. I had to get this off my chest. Have any of you dealt with something similar? Where you were treated unfairly and had no recourse? How did you deal with it?
Focus on what’s next. Maybe you can salvage the situation at work and don’t have to leave?