The Original Poster (OP) endures the relentless abuse of her micromanaging superior, Jane, ultimately leading to a mental breakdown and a dramatic resignation. However, fate takes an unexpected turn as an old colleague offers her a Chief of Staff position, placing her two levels above her former tormentor and setting the stage for a climactic confrontation and the sweetest revenge.
Desperate for a New Job
The OP and her husband were separately laid off within months of each other, so she took the first job she could, which was a step-down. She was initially happy with the team and manager but was soon offloaded to another manager, Jane, due to a corporate restructure.
Her New Boss Is a Micromanager
The OP’s new boss (Jane) quickly becomes a micromanaging nightmare, making the OP work through lunch and making personal insults. Jane disliked the OP talking back, escalating the situation.
Staying for the Money
Despite the abuse, the OP stayed for financial reasons. Her husband was still out of work, so she felt pressure to keep the job despite her frustrations. The OP suffers a mental breakdown and confides in her old manager, Gary, who “was sympathetic and not at all surprised.”
A Glimmer of Hope
After the woman discusses her problems with Gary, he offers the OP a position on a different team under him. She eagerly accepted, hoping for a change.
Unfortunately for the OP, after moving teams, she is still harassed by Jane from afar. Gary intervenes, but the abuse persists.
The Dramatic Exit
The woman reluctantly resigns, attaching a list of Jane’s offenses to her resignation letter. Despite Gary’s attempts to accommodate her, she cannot cope with the environment and leaves the company.
Tough Financial Times
For three months, the OP and her husband struggled financially. She applied to numerous jobs with little success.
A Surprising Opportunity
The woman saw a memo about an old colleague joining her former company. After a congratulatory text, the colleague, “Bigshot,” invited her to join him as his Chief of Staff.
Shock and Awe
The woman agrees and takes the job offer as Bigshot’s Chief of Staff. The OP’s return was officially announced during an all-hands call, placing her two levels above Jane. Jane was visibly shocked.
Unwilling to accept defeat, Jane emailed Bigshot, accusing OP of incompetence and deceit. Bigshot forwarded the email to the OP, asking for an explanation.
Setting the Record Straight
The OP informed Bigshot of her previous higher position at a competitor company. She provided evidence of Jane’s toxic behavior, including testimonies from her former team.
Gary confirmed Jane’s entire team had quit, supporting the OP’s claims. The evidence against Jane mounted.
The Turning Point
Bigshot confronted Jane with the collected evidence. The OP’s old resignation letter and recent staff emails further incriminated Jane.
Bigshot decided to fire Jane, finally putting an end to her reign of terror. The OP was vindicated and gleefully began her new role as Chief of Staff.
A Fresh Start
With Jane gone, the woman embraced her new position and looked forward to a brighter future. She had triumphed over adversity and emerged stronger than before.
Were The Woman’s Actions Appropriate?
The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses…
One responder wrote: “I have to wonder how anyone in management let this entitled person get comfortable enough to drive off that many people and still have a job.”
Another reader wrote: “I’m disappointed with Gary for not doing more to protect staff under her, causing them all to leave. At that point, he had OP’s letter, former staff leaving, and then the remaining staff left….”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on her actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
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