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Are Managers Using Covid-19 as an Excuse to Layoff Hardworking People Simply Because They Hate Them?

Updated on May 8, 2020

Are managers using COVID-19 as a reason to layoff hardworking people simply because they hate them?

Weeks have passed since I heard the news. I’m still not in terms with what I have heard. I have spent weeks now wondering why they chose me to be laid off. Even though the managers were very clear that the people they laid off had nothing to do with the performance of the individual, I couldn’t get it off my mind that, what is it that I have done wrong compared to the people that didn’t get laid off.

I’m not saying I was perfect but I had spent day and night working for this company, not asking for a dime in return. Now when I saw all these people who booked overtime nearly every day and not really working get to keep their jobs and not me, I was devastated.

I did not particularly enjoy working in my workplace. I was the only female among nearly 30 people that worked in my department. I was not given opportunities as easily as many of my male colleagues, I had to work twice as hard for nearly every achievement I got.When you hear of this you would think that this is a small company I was working for but I was actually working for a multinational company, one of the best in my industry.

My manager didn’t care about my development. I saw the signs of eternal doom the first few months I joined- my manager refused to meet me or speak of any work with me. I could not understand till now why he hated me so much, he kept saying he was busy but I have seen him meeting everyone on the team except me. I still managed to get work with other teams in my department, but for the years I worked with this company I could count on my fingertips the work that I got from my actual manager or team.

So, this is the question that always pops in my head-

Was I laid off because of COVID-19 or was “I” laid off because my manager hates me?

What else could it be since I was as good and paid the same as the rest of the people in my department.

© 2020 AngelaJJ


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    • AngelaJJ profile imageAUTHOR


      2 weeks ago

      Thanks a lot Chris for your comments on this topic.I hope people out there will not have a similar situation like I had. It is better to get out of such a toxic environment before it affects your mental and physical health.

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      2 weeks ago from Northern Germany

      Angela, if you were paid the same as others, and if you were not or little involved in work for your actual team and manager, this appears to be simply poor management. How does a manager achieve his commanded goals, if he is not utilizing the valuable resource of your work. Actually, you as a resource are wasted.

      I don´t know why management treated you this way, but it is obvious that an external excuse (Covid19) is quite convenient to get rid of you.

      Bullying by management is happening in strictly hierarchical, top down organisations.

      From my experience there is also bullying by coworkers possible. That happens in low hierarchy, self organizing structures.

      Anyways, it may not comfort you, but this happens not only to you.


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