People sure can be shady when it comes to work sometimes, don’t you think?
There’s a lot of infighting, gossip, and people on power trips trying to make sure that no one gets ahead of them.
Take a look at this revenge story that someone shared on Reddit and stick around to see how readers reacted.
“For 18 months I’d been working from home (as most of us had). From a work perspective this has been great; I’ve been more productive than when I’m in the office, been able to work more flexible hours and have saved a ton of money by not commuting.
My workplace had an agreement that those working from home can do what hours they want, so long as we are able to answer urgent calls in core hours and we get all our work done. Fair enough as far as I’m concerned. For 16 months this worked great, as above.
Then over a few weekends I had a clear out of the house and tok pictures of all the items that are in good condition but we no longer want, with a view to giving it away to whoever wants it.
One day when I’m working from home I take my lunch break, make a quick sandwich and post the items that I’m giving away on one of those local Facebook free pages.
I didn’t know it at the time but one of the managers – called Shambles henceforth – from my work was also signed up to that page and he saw my post. He then took it upon himself to go to the owner of the company and tell him that I was slacking off and posting on Facebook during work hours.
For context, this wasn’t my boss (who was super-chill so long as everything was done on time), nor was the complaint to my boss, but to the OWNER of the company. We’re a big business so there’s a lot of people in the chain of command between me and the owner.
And to top it off I’d been doing a lot of work for Shambles, he’d outsourced the running of entire projects to me over the last 18 months (all of which I’d executed well and he’d taken ample credit for) and this was the only time in 18 months I’d posted ANYTHING on Facebook (because I never post).
So the owner contacted me, and to be fair he’s a decent guy, the conversation went like this
Owner – ‘I’ve been told you’re posting on Facebook during work hours. Just be smart about it, it doesn’t look good when colleagues see it.’ Me – ‘Completely understand, just so you know I posted that during my lunch break.’ Owner – ‘I was told you were posting at noon.’ (the company lunch break is usually 1-2) Me – ‘I did but that’s because when I’m homeworking I always take my lunch 12-1.’ Owner – ‘Okay, I don’t have an issue with that, just keep your head down.’
Like I said, a decent guy. I wasn’t really in trouble and the owner didn’t seem to care, but then I started to think ‘wait, who the hell has gone to the owner with this in the first place?!’
Long story short, a coworker (who was working on site that day) heard on the grapevine that Shambles had been b**ching to the owner about me and how I’m always on social media when I should be working. (I literally only have Facebook and I only use that for messenger 99% of the time).
Cue petty revenge.
As I said before, Shambles likes to outsource work to me, I never minded this, the work was varied and it broke the week up, plus my own boss didn’t mind as I always had my work for him done on time. However, I never got recognition for this extra work. For 2 years I managed a sub-department completely on my own because he ‘didn’t have time to do it’.
I didn’t get a penny more for it, but it was a good group of people and I enjoyed getting experience of management. Well, after this every time Shambles came to me with an issue I would say I was super swamped but that I’d try to deal with it if I had time. The projects he tried to outsource to me I immediately rejected, saying that I had a full plate from my actual job. And that sub-department I ran… We’ll get to that.
Over the next couple of months Shambles starts missing his deadlines, issues come up with existing projects that he hasn’t fixed and employees are complaining that every time they go to him with an issue it doesn’t get resolved. It dawns on me at this point that I’ve basically been doing this guys job for him for years. F**k that.
I set up a meeting with my boss and put forward my arguments for why I should be promoted (or really, why I should’ve been ages ago). I point to all the projects I’ve successfully run as well as the sub-department I’ve managed for 2 years. He completely agrees and says he’ll take it to his boss. Now somehow, I don’t know how, but when I go to the next meeting with my boss’s boss, Shambles is there too.
He’s on the same level in the company as my boss’s boss. A little phased, but not willing to give up, I put my arguments forward to them. Shambles let’s me finish then proceeds to tell me that I don’t know enough about our work to manage, I don’t have the required people skills and then he tells me, and this is verbatim… ‘besides, people here don’t respect you.
They respect me. I know I’m a good manager. If you really think about it, you know you wouldn’t be.’ I forget what else was said after that, but I was completely destroyed. Boss’s boss comes up to me afterwards and tells me that Shambkes is a D**k, but unfortunately he’s got the approval of the higher-ups so what he says has too much sway for him to go against him.
I tell boss’s boss that if that’s the way it is, I’m going to look for other employment. He sighs and says ‘I don’t blame you.’
Cue Pro revenge.
During the time it took me to look for and apply to other jobs I have time to think about how I can get back at Shambles. He’s used me for years and is now blocking my promotion. I’d already stopped working on his stuff and his projects were going from bad to worse, but I needed something more.
Now this next part could be an entire post on its own, so I’ve bulleted it for brevity, if you want more context I can write it out later.
- I’m an accredited internal auditor for our quality systems.
- I ask if I can be assigned a couple of last audits before I leave ‘to help them out’.
- I carry out these audits, and using my intimate knowledge of Shambles’ projects find every single issue I can.
- A number of people also h**e Shambles and give me more dirt on him.
- Someone gives me breakthrough information that Shambles has been forging signatures and bypassing multiple company procedures to make his KPIs look better.
- I write up the report, with tons of evidence attached and send it off.
- The report gets flagged at the highest level because of what it shows.
- Shambles gets dragged over the coals.
I wish I could say this story ends with the Shambles getting fired and having to sell his body on the street for scraps, but (obviously using all the connections he has) he keeps his job. I later found out though that he was due a massive promotion (as in, catapulted to the top of the company, running whole divisions kind of thing).
That never happened though, with his declining numbers as well as a d**ning audit showing all his shortcomings he’s basically told he’ll never progress beyond where he is and that he’s lucky to have a job at all. He still works there and I’m told his ego has been taken down a whole washing-line worth of pegs.
As for me, I’d love to say I got a better job with a massive raise. That’s half true. I decided to pursue my dream job (literally, since I’ve been a kid dream job) in a totally different industry. All the experience I had counted in my favour and although I took a bit of a pay cut I’ve never enjoyed work more.
Oh, and that sub-department I was running. They knew that when I left Shambles would take over running them again, so in my last month at the company I gave them all tutorials on how to search for jobs and pass interviews (I’d worked in recruitment previously). I’ve heard from a number of them since that they’d landed better jobs and thanked me in part for it.
Not the perfect ending, but I’m d**ned happy with it.”
Let’s take a look at what Reddit users said about this.
This reader said that this guy doesn’t seem to bright, seeing that he relies on the writer of the post to do a lot of his work.
Another person offered up what they think is going on here.
This individual said that this guy obviously views this work relationship as completely transactional.
And lastly, another reader said that these kinds of shenanigans are all too common in the working world.
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