Here are three updates from letter-writers who had their questions answered here this year.
1. My boss thinks he’s a mayan shaman
His shamanistic tendencies were really getting to me, and I tried going through the board but that didn’t work. We couldn’t do much because, well, basically people are worried that he would dissolve the whole charity.
So I posted a religious studies internship to the university that is close by and found someone for that. Essentially what I did was I hired him and told my boss (the shaman) that the intern was going to work on all the things he needs that don’t pertain to the charity. So I diverted the problem by hiring an intern.
Interestingly enough, the intern does enjoy his job and I actually have gotten work done! We just secured a $7,500 grant since and it has been fairly smooth. I still get bothered sometimes but things are a lot better.
2. I resigned after my boss was arrested
I wanted to give you an update to my question about what to say in interviews regarding my CEO/boss being arrested. I appreciated you taking the time to answer my question and all the commentators chiming in too.
I did finally land a new full-time job after some time of being unemployed/doing part-time work, and I’ve happily been there a few months now! My boss’s arrest and past employer came up in just about every interview I went on and, because of the management/leadership position I had held at my old company, a few interviewers did ask pointed, and sometimes ridiculous, questions about the situation (one being “what could have you done to prevent his conduct?” Well I didn’t know about it, so…). I also think just the perception of it did hurt my chances for some industry-related jobs too even though I wasn’t involved – some employers seemed wary no matter what I told them. However, mostly people were just sympathetic and said they were sorry that happened to me, and it definitely was a memorable answer to “why did you leave your last company?”
Anyway, I am moving on and hope that only good things happen at my new job. Thanks again!
3. My new coworker is the contractor who I fired last year
Like you and the commentors mentioned, she seemed to go out of her way to avoid me – I’ve only run into her a handful of times in the months since I wrote in. At about the same time, the whole division ended up preparing for a major security inspection, so everyone got much better about practicing both physical and computer security. We have had no issues, and the data backups came in handy when my computer’s hard drive died.
It turns out that the contract manager had a habit of dismissing performance complaints as “personality conflicts” when two women were involved. She was also a former employee of the company whose contract she managed. The contract manager was shuffled to a different job, so at least we don’t have to deal with that anymore.
The contractor turned employee still works here. I took your advice and did not talk to anyone but my supervisor about the performance problems when she was supporting me. She is still in her probationary period, but I don’t know anything more than that about her performance (which is as it should be!) or what her new team thinks. I still don’t know why the hiring happened without checking references, but at least my manager has gotten very firm about checking them for ALL hires.