Emphasis on the importance of a healthy workspace has grown to become increasingly important over the years to prevent instances of burnout and other mental health ailments that stem from their professional lives. And much of this can be attributed to having a good boss, a conducive work culture, as well as a proper work space that encourages productivity.
Sadly, not all workplaces are necessarily firm believers in that principle.
M’sian recalls how her former boss verbally abused her every day
Over the weekend, a UI/UX designer, Edd has shared her own experiences in enduring toxic work culture in her previous job. In her Tweet, she shared a picture of a question posed by another netizen regarding how she would define a ‘toxic work environment’, and wanted to know if she or any of her followers over social media could speak on their past encounters.
I used to have a manager who'd shout at me & used swear words 'anjing, babi, bodoh'.
One day he called me, asking me to pick him up using MY CAR bcs he got a flat tyre. I was late bcs I couldn't find the route to his house. He called me stupid.
I resigned the next day. pic.twitter.com/KIgNdeP7Ic
— 𝙀𝙙𝙙 | UI/UX Designer (@thegrxyvibe) March 10, 2023
Taking a page out of her 2019, Edd said that she was on the receiving end of constant verbal abuse after taking up a role as a graphic designer. Instead of being a leader who would act as a source of guidance and leadership to his team, her former manager would belittle her and even called her with derogatory names such as anjing (dog) and bodoh (stupid). She adds that this would go on every day for three months, which understandably dampened her spirits considerably.
But things would reach a fever pitch when Edd’s boss suddenly contacted her one day and asked that she come pick him up from his home using her own car, after he experienced a flat tyre.
“I took a bit of time to look for his place as I wasn’t familiar with the area but when I picked him up, he called me bodoh for taking so long”, she recalled.
That final encounter with her ex-boss was the last straw for Edd, who immediately sent her resignation on the very next day, which was also when she received her confirmation with the company. Speaking to Wau Post, she adds that her boss appeared shocked by her decision, but she remained firm and left the workplace anyway. Edd has also expressed that she will not be taking any charges as she has decided to move on from that encounter and has cut her ex-bosses off.
When asked for advice for those who are currently facing the same issue, Edd has shared that it’s easy to feel like you’re at fault when you’re verbally abused by your superior. But ultimately, it’s important to always put yourself first, and look elsewhere for employment as opposed to staying in a toxic workplace.
“Honestly, nobody deserves to be treated this way. You should be firm with yourself and start looking for your next job. If toxic bosses exist, so do kind bosses”, she said.
Following her tweet, many netizens have emphathised with her experience.
“This is not toxic anymore, it’s considered as verbal abuse.”
Some have also shared their own encounters with toxic workplaces.
“My grandmother passed away so I took some time off. When I entered my office, they asked me if I was serious that my grandmother died. Do they think life or death situations can be joked around like that?”
“This kind of abusive person you should never tolerate. If you have a HR department you can report to, make sure you make a written complain of harassment. Then you can sure the employer. Hopefully, everything is better for your now.”
“My place faces gender discrimination. My boss asked me to head over earlier to represent the company for a site visit. He said that I was calculative when I asked him for OT compensation. But my male co-worker went for a site visit and he was allowed to claim for OT compensation even though the site visit only took him an hour.”
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