All workplaces are filled with secrets of some kind or another.
Secrets about how the books are done, employee gossip, who got fired for what reason…the possibilities are endless!
Do you know things about your job that you’re not supposed to?
Let’s check out the secrets that AskReddit users know about their jobs.
“At a previous job we had an HR manager get fired right after returning from maternity leave.
She was replaced by the guy that she trained to fill in for her while she was gone. She sent a company wide email with the pay rate of everyone from the plant manager on down. It was a sh*t show.
A lot of pay rates were wildly different in management/supervision and maintenance. There were talks of work-stop strikes and slowdowns, even threats of unionizing.
I believe that this one act lead to the eventual closure of the plant.
It was a crazy time.”
“By jumping from department to department over the years, at my old job I knew a combination of things that no one person was supposed to know.
I knew alarm codes, vault combinations, locations of keys, passwords, schedules, location and functionality of cameras and security systems.
Led to a lot of idle daydreaming on bad days of things I could, but never would, do.”
3. Shady business.
They’d falsify DOT records, so managers would get a nice bonus at the end of the year for not having any incidents.”
4. A bit hypocritical.
“That at my “zero drug tolerance” workplace the CEOs executive assistant and the head of HR do coke on weekends together.
So I know when they’re not going out that weekend there’ll be a workplace drug test the end of the next week.”
5. It always works this way.
“We’ve had a salary/wage increase freeze for over two years due to our ‘dire financial issues’, but our President still took his raise.
He now makes over a million a year.
There are only 30 employees in the company.”
6. Caught in the act.
“Someone has been stealing things from everyone’s desks in our office.
I set up a camera on someone’s desk (with their permission) to find out who was doing it.
It turns out it’s the owner of the company.”
7. Looking for a new job.
“I know how much everybody in the IT is getting paid. From that I can safely say that new people with no skill nor experience get a lot more money than people who have been working here for years and know our product in and out
And that I am one of those who get paid the less. Raises are opposed against because “everybody gets the same, no matter the experience” (complete lie, see above).
The result is that I am now actively searching for a higher paid job.”
“My office purposely messes up people’s wages to see if they’re honest about receiving extra or they can save money by not paying it all.
It’s such a scum thing to do just glad it never happened to me.”
“When I worked in logistics my boss, head of outbound operations didn’t have a high school diploma and and the job required a college degree. She lied on her resume to get the job.
She was an amazing boss, though. She didn’t micromanage, she called me on my sh*t and screw-ups when they occurred but was never mean or “power-trippy” about it. She offered suggestions to increase efficiency, but they weren’t required, we just had to test them out, keep what worked, discard what didn’t.
Somehow, she always was able to make me feel proud of a job well done, while still making determined to do better. Probably the best boss I’ve worked for to date. And that includes 6 years of self-employment.
She was fired a few months after I left for lying on her resume.”
10. Very scandalous.
“My boss has been banging the secretary, who is married, for years, and it’s a secret that the secretary’s first kid (14 y/o) is my boss’ biological child.
My boss is also married with kids.”
11. Used it to your advantage.
“I found out my coworker on a lower position was getting a few thousand dollars more in salary than me (she told me her wage when she left the company).
Wrote up a polite but stern email to my boss asking her to not only match it but increase by a couple of K – because I did have a higher position after all – and she did.
Sometimes knowing things can be a benefit.”
12. Let’s negotiate.
“Not a current job but at a past job, my manager quit and the CEO gave me access to his emails so I could find information about how to do projects he only knew about.
I started looking for all the salary information from all the co-workers on my team. Found out I was being paid significantly less than the person who previously had my position.
I went and negotiated about a 40% raise with the CEO based on that information.”
13. On shaky ground.
“I work in a pretty well known financial institution. I see a select few people most days commit what could be described as negligent at best and downright reckless actions at worst.
I’m on a relatively low level so they presume I don’t see but I’m just waiting for auditors/regulators to tear the place to shreds.”
14. That’s too bad.
“That in March next year the company I work for will lose the contract to provide catering and all employees will probably lose their job.
I can’t sleep at night, I can’t look them in the eyes. The company that contracts us has already started negotiating with another contractor and I am friends with someone high up in that company. They’ve told me to get out ASAP. My boss doesn’t even know.
I have been dropping hints but I don’t know what to do.
If I can i will find new jobs for my team (there are two separate teams and I manage one) before then and encourage them to put in an application but I can’t make them”.
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