Recently at work I was punished by my manager. She came to me, and interrupted my work by asking why at 6am my duties, which were supposed to be done by 7am, were not yet finished. When I said I was in the process of completing the tasks, her face changed sharply and she demanded I go to the office. Once there she asked my again why my duties were not yet finished, and what I intend to do to see that they were. I told her that I was in the process of finishing my duties, that if I was allowed to go back, everything would be done on time. Instead of letting me work, she spent the next 20 minutes lecturing me about how I need to be more productive.

I’ve been at my job for a year now, in that time I have been taken to the office for two other incidents: the first was an overtime infraction, and the second was incorrectly preparing sandwiches, by using white bread rather than wheat. The overtime incident occurred in September; the sandwich one was in January. Unfortunately for me, the company I work at keeps incidents on file for a year. Which put me at Step 3 of the 4 Step Termination process. It’s called a Day of Decision; a forced day off with pay. This does not pull from my pool of earned paid time off. If you are wondering how that is a punishment, so was I. When I asked, I was informed I would have to write a letter detailing why I want to continue working there.

My first thought was how easy that would be. I want to work here because you pay me, and I need money to pay my bills. I quickly decided this was not the best way to go. Instead, I wrote what is posted below. I removed the name of the company, but am leaving the rest in tact.

To Whom It May Concern:

I was asked to write a letter detailing why it is I want to work for *****. This got me thinking about the type of company I want to work for. I want to work for a company that sees their employees as more than trained monkeys, who can’t be trusted to do their job correctly if they are not watched every moment. A company that believes their employees are both capable and intelligent, and can be trusted to accomplish their job. A company that acknowledges hard work and rewards it, even if it is with something as simple as a thank you. A company that rather than punishing their employees for failing to meet expectations works with them to understand why, as well as to help them improve. A company who trains their managers to effectively and efficiently communicate with fellow managers and employees, so that there will be no conflict in the duties, corrections, and assignments that are given by different managers. A company that nurtures their employees helping them to fulfill their potential, so that they can move up in the company, as well as in life. A company that values its employees above numbers on a page; seeing them as the people without whom they have nothing more than an empty building. Those simple tenants make up the company I want to work for, and if that company is *****, then that is the company I want to work for.

Thus ends my frustrated rant. Tomorrow will be more fun.