I was fired from a place I love. Help me
August 18, 2010 11:15 AM Subscribe
I was just fired from a job I love, which also happened to be a place I spent a great deal of time socially. How do I cope?
posted by pyrom to Work & Money (28 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I worked at a gym. I spent a great amount of my free time there working out or spending time with the regulars. My connections with the members there were actually part of the reason I got the job- I had over five references from current employees when I turned in my resume.
I was under the impression the whole time that I was working hard, and that I rarely slacked or did anything unprofessional.
About an hour ago, my bosses told me to meet with them. They told me that I was condescending to customers (which I believe to be totally untrue- I made a conscious effort to be patient and upbeat around customers), that I didn't make connections with the staff, and that I didn't work hard. I had been given no prior warning. At that point, they just let me go.
I feel like I put such an effort into this job. I loved it- the work has been better than anything I've ever had before. I put in extra time off the clock and I paid money out of my own pocket (I worked with kids and bought them treats when they did things well), I was never late and missed only one shift due to a scheduling error.
I don't know what to do. I spent so much time there, even when I wasn't working. I've been having a lot of issues with friends lately and this was my social connection- I made so many friends there and now I feel so alienated, like I can't come back.
How do I cope? Many of my good friends, including my boyfriend, currently work there. That job and the gym itself played a huge role in getting me out of my shell and acted to help me out of a long depression. I feel so betrayed and so confused, I don't understand why this happened and I don't know where to go from here.
Any advice, metafilter? I feel so horrible.