22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice as men pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God.
23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not unto men,
24 knowing that from the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance, for ye serve the Lord Christ.
However, some companies do not deserve the best.
I designed, developed, and implemented the best business system a company had in its fifty-year history, which greatly contributed to their ability to grow their production capacity and operating efficiency. I had exceptional performance reviews every year and multiple positive testimonials from management while there. All are documented in writing.
When I expressed the desire to go part-time at some point in the future after breaking my foot at home on New Year’s Day 2018, management started hiring interns, gave all my new development work to them, and let me sit idle. Then they suggested I work offsite at home in March of 2018 and then proceeded to ignore me. They did not keep me informed of critical information all employees should know nor did they invite me to company events including the company Christmas party that year. They were made aware of a handicap I had doing certain physical activities yet human resources continued to harass me about participating in activities I could not do.
I worked every single day scheduled during the eight weeks I had a broken foot and every scheduled day except when a doctor’s appointment was scheduled in advance. I am sixty-two years of age and have worked in IT for almost thirty years. I was the first real IT professional the company ever had on staff.
About six months prior to my resigning, the IT manager constantly broke my VPN connection so I could not work and proceeded to act like he was doing everything to fix the problem. When I reported the issue, it would immediately stop for a while and then it would start again a day or so later. This became so common and repetitive; I know it was him doing it.
After almost two years of isolation, misery, and harassment and working 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. to keep a business-critical system running properly, I resigned with four weeks’ notice. Many of the systems I was responsible for were critical to the company’s operation. This role required that I work from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and beyond, if necessary. Some hours were not paid, but I was expected to be available if their system failed. I had no life with family and did not sleep well. After asking for a backup person for over a year and getting no traction, I gave four weeks’ notice on 12/09/2019 so I would have time to consider a role with better hours.
While they said they did not want me to leave at the time I gave notice, the continual harassment I experienced while there, made my life miserable and was affecting my overall health. At the end, they finally wanted me to spend weeks training interns the finer points of maintaining the critical systems I was responsible for. I gave them twenty minutes.
I checked back on two different occasions with the IT manager after leaving and was told everything I had developed was working perfectly and he told me how thankful he was for the work I did. That was on February 5, 2020. Checking back again on April 18, 2020 when their IT manager texted me out of the blue, he told me they were suffering from bad data. I tried to caution them before resigning in January that having me go part-time was in their best interest. Keeping their head in the sand and ignoring the one person that knew their business systems inside and out was a major mistake for them. The last time I talked with the owner over reporting my end date there, he said they have bad data, and it is something they always had. I know for a fact they did not have bad data when I was in control of their systems. Since the owner is out of touch with what really goes on in IT there, my guess is this just an excuse the IT people have given him because they do not understand how to effectively manage data. It serves them right.
This company professes to be a Christian company and posts the ten commandments on their website. True Christians would not treat people this way.
UPDATE: In August 2020, the intern from India had his H1B visa expire and had to return to his country. What is the old Aesop's fable about dog dropping the bone he had in his mouth for the larger one reflected in the pond and the dog loses both bones?
Do not cast your jewels among swine.