“Oasis Troubleshoots” is a new segment where we send your stories and questions to key opinion leaders (KOLs) for their perspectives on workplace issues or frustrations that you may be facing, such as low job satisfaction or even harassment at work.
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Last month, we received a letter from a reader struggling in his work environment. Here’s what he had to say and the responses from some of our KOLs:
I am a fresh graduate who is now working at my dream company. I spent a lot of time applying for this position. However, I am six months in and I find myself in a very difficult work environment. My boss often shouts at me from across the room and has threatened to fire me when I did not pick up his calls at 11:00 p.m. He has also publicly shamed me in front of my teammates on multiple occasions.
I don’t know if this is what work life is meant to be and if I should stay on as it is affecting my mental health. I know that leaving a company this early on in my career will not look good on my resume.
What should I do?
Mr. Lost in a Dream Job
Edward Senju, regional CEO at Sansan
It is a very hard situation, after getting a dream job. But, well, many things happen in life and sometimes it’s very hard to change the situation yourself. So if you feel like you’re developing a mental illness or losing your dignity or something, I think you should leave this job.
All the effort that you have put in to get that job will not be wasted. That’s experience and knowledge gained.
You may worry that when people see your resume, they will ask you why you left the company. But at the end of the day, people won’t care that much as long as you present good skills or strengths, and showcase the effort you put in to acquire them.
Ricky Kapur, head of APAC at Zoom
Every person has the right to feel respected and valued in a company. This manager’s behavior is not normal or appropriate in any setting, and certainly not in a workplace.
However, there are many factors you will need to consider before resigning, especially if it is your dream company, like the passion you feel for the work or the learning opportunities that you are presented with.
It is important for you to first have an open and honest conversation with your boss to express how you feel and how it is affecting you. Choose a private location and a proper time before presenting the issue. The goal of this conversation should be to work with your boss to identify underlying issues and pain points, and find solutions together.
If this does not work, consider taking it up with your human resources team or the appropriate department to see if anything else can be done, such as being put under a different supervisor or transferring to a different team within the organization.
At Zoom, we have several policies in place such as wellness resources and an Employee Assistance Program to ensure that our employees are taken care of. We have open channels of communication, with employee surveys and company all-hand meetings that provide employees with outlets to share what is on their mind. We also have a dedicated hotline for receiving whistleblower complaints, where every submission is taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.
Dream company or not, a workplace should be inclusive and motivating, a place where young talents like yourself can become leaders of change tomorrow.
Cathy Song Novelli, SVP of marketing and communications at Hubilo
First and foremost, I am so sorry to hear of the stressful work environment you currently find yourself in. It sounds like a toxic environment that, regardless of it being your “dream company,” should give you pause.
To me, a dream company is one that is mission-driven and provides ample support and mentorship that go along with great challenges enabling you to learn and grow. I highly recommend you consider creating a checklist of what is most important to you—leaving the “logo” out of it—and focusing on what you get from the company, both in career development and in personal growth.
My gut says this list will read differently from the one you would have created while you were in school. Your mental health and ability to learn and grow are of utmost importance. I wish you much luck in finding a new “dream company” should your personal audit take you in that direction.