I was totally let go yesterday

This came as a total shock, I was at work, booking a new 52 week backpage ad, when I got called into my managers office.

He was there with his new assistant who closed the door as I entered the room:

“We are going to make this quick, unless you have any questions. We are going to let you go.”

“Any questions?”

“Uh, yeah… Why am I being fired?”

They told me I was being fired, because my call count wasn’t very high considering I just got back from vacation. They didn’t ask why my call count was low (because I had been gone for a week and had tons of billing and production issues), they didn’t seem to care that I had still been booking a bunch of new ads in the two days I’d been back, and they had the balls to ask “What, you look surprised?”

Well of course I’m surprised, isn’t it normal to tell someone their job is in danger, or at least indicate it in some way. I thought they were happy with my performance there, I was selling long term, showing up on time, had a good attitude, and felt I was a team player.






11 responses to “I was totally let go yesterday

  1. Josh Parker Avatar
    Josh Parker

    Sorry to hear that boss. That really blows. Good luck with what’s next.

  2. rimma Avatar

    What the fuck?

  3. Karl Avatar

    Jesus, man. That sucks rocks. Any prospects? If you want a résumé review, shoot me a copy in e-mail and I’ll run my eyes over it. I teach résumé classes at the library.

    That’s a shitty way to be treated, Doc.

  4. If I'm not looking at porn, I'm not working! Avatar
    If I’m not looking at porn, I’m not working!

    I was sad to see my neighbor go 🙁
    With a personality and brains like yours, you will be successful in whatever you do.
    Just don’t work for assholes anymore!! 🙂

  5. Sonia Avatar

    I am sooo SAD and totally shocked. I came into work today and it was in my email! I will miss you every day. Will you still meet me at Shan’s every once and a while for lunch?

  6. Musclemouth Avatar

    Yeah man, I hear ya. I would say the same thing happened to me over at City Pages, but it was more my fault than theirs. They fired me for low call volume and poor attendance. But my numbers were steadily increasing by leaps and bounds, even as I started out with no pre-existing contacts (I didn’t want to exploit my old Pulse contacts — which was not just honorable but lucky, considering I went back to the Pulse later and would have looked like a transparent flipflopper to prospects.)

    Anyway, the point of this comment is to say that I HATE it that process is emphasized more than result. Why should they care how many calls I make, how often I show up, how I do my job – as long as I’m finding creative ways to make them money? Sure it sounds lazy, but if we’re gonna be pragmatic, it’s better to hire a lazy guy like me who makes them lots of dough, rather than someone with a good work ethic whose results are lower.

    Not that you’re lazy, but I can empathize with your predicament. Sorry to hear it. But, knowing you, you’ll find something even better. Go get’em brother.

    (By the way, you’ll noticed I followed in your footsteps yet again and joined blogger. I love it here.)

  7. Schlick Avatar

    I know you will land on your feet with your head pointed up. The only thing you can count on in life is CHANGE.

  8. red cat Avatar
    red cat

    s’fucked up, man.

  9. Anonymous Avatar

    Sorry to hear you were fired, but no doubt they knew you spent much time writing in your blog and checking myspace instead of making the calls you could have.

  10. Doc Pop Avatar
    Doc Pop

    anonymous: you could be right, but why not try talking to me about it then. I was bringing in new revenue, maintaining my clients, etc… When they fired me, it was as I was trying to catch up from being gone for a week. Production problems, billing issues, and dealing with some pain in the ass clients.

    I wasn’t asked about those at all, I was just told that my phone call volume was too low in the two busy days I had been back.

  11. onibunny Avatar

    Fuck that!
    yeah… thats what I say.

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