Should I help out a company that treated me very badly in the past?
April 10, 2012 1:08 PM Subscribe
Should I help out a company that treated me very badly in the past? Or should my sanity and I just walk away completely?
posted by chatelaine to work & money (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A few years and a couple of jobs ago, I was employed as an archivist with a small company. I loved the work I did there, but the workplace itself was complete hell. Long story short, it was a horribly abusive place where bullying and backstabbing was the norm (understatement of the century)... there was even some illegal behaviour that I can't discuss, but suffice to say it was bad. I left that place with a hefty case of Complex-PTSD as a result. One woman in particular was a psychopathic bully. In the time since I have left that place, I have heard through the grapevine that she has chased off at least two other employees who took over my job.
One of my kinder, gentler coworkers from this place reached out to me this weekend (completely out of the blue). She asked me for help on my procedures, etc. because now she has been assigned many of my old duties. However, she says she doesn't have the background with this kind of work (which is true, based upon my experience with her), so she wants my professional tutelege.
I *am* still doing this kind of work, so I am in a position to help, but I naturally have my reservations. Several family members and friends have suggested contracting my services out to this place (along the lines of a personal consultation fee, to the tune of $75- to 100-/hr.).
1. I don't have a business license at present. If I contract my services out to this place, is it legal?
2. Supposing it is legal, I can't help but wonder if it's a bad idea to get involved again with a place that left me so deeply scarred, and could very possibly re-open some old wounds and/or trigger my Complex-PTSD. I know I don't owe them anything. Should I even bother at all? Or just walk away and continue building and enjoying the new life I'm living without them?