There are some people who love their jobs. As the saying goes: Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life. But, as sad as it may sound, it is not that fortunate for everybody.
Sometimes we come across jobs we really hate, but from which we sustain our lives or our families… Sometimes we come across coworkers that don’t have the best attitudes or that don’t share our values… And sometimes -and this is the most common one- we come across abominable bosses.
Sometimes we resist, others, we decide enough is enough and we quit. And what a relief it is to quit, am I right? Every time we quit a job we don’t like, we take back the reins of our lives, or at least that’s how it feels. We usually even practice what to say during that epic moment. Most of the time, we don’t have the guts to tell our horrible bosses how we really feel.
Well, this wasn’t the case of a cleaning employee who quit her job and left a lapidary letter to her boss telling her how she really felt. Are you looking for inspiration to gather the courage to quit? Then you need to read this…
Julie Cousins, a 67-year-old woman who had been in the same position for 35 years finally decided it was over. She worked as a cleaning lady for HSBC. Why would Julie leave her job after 35 years? Well, as she stated in her letter, it was mainly for the treatment she received from the branch manager.
Although she was retiring, she decided to leave her job due to a disturbing incident she had with the manager that made her feel very uncomfortable. In an interview she had with the Mail Online, she said people might think it was just a cleaning job, but it was the job she relied on. “Cleaners are often forgotten”, Julie continued.
Before leaving her workplace, Julie thought it would be a good idea to leave a note for her other coworkers and her offensive boss, for she wouldn’t leave all the things she felt unsaid. She wrote a very precise -and even elegant- resignation letter addressing her boss as “aggressive and cruel”.
“I left the job (manager’s name) after the way you treated me in the office, you were nothing but aggressive and cruel, but that is a reflection of your character, not mine.”
Julie’s son tweeted the letter and it went viral. So far, 3,000 comments have shown support as many people are speaking out against the poor treatment of support staff.
“Many users said their parents, children, and colleagues had been treated badly working in support staff roles such as cleaners, caretakers, janitors, security guards, and receptionists,” said a report.
Due to this social media movement, HSBC told BBC “it could not comment on individual personnel issues but was working to understand what happened.”
Let’s this be the beginning of a new era for support staff who deserves respect and good treatment. After all, in a world where you can be anything, be kind.