In Today’s episode on My Story# on Yarn Central, lady who has chosen to remain anonymous discloses how frustrating working for a particular company was for her without getting paid. Getting a job in Nigeria is difficult but you know what is even worse? Working for your enemies.
“I remember being iffy about this job the first day I resumed work. The CEO’s name was unknown, MD’s name unknown too but they were all present in the office. The HR who was the departmental head and also acted as spokesperson, went by a name but you could tell it was a fake name. We didn’t know if they were Yoruba or Igbo or Hausa. Two fat idiots and one slim fool. They never allowed us to communicate one on one with our colleagues at work. What kind of company doesn’t allow colleagues to communicate in the office?
That wasn’t just it. The company did not have one name. I feel like disclosing one of the names but make I just have mercy on them. My job’s description wasn’t clear because I did not understand what I was doing at work. I worked 58 hours a week and was told I’d be paid 40k. When I accepted this job, I wasn’t at all bothered about the pay because I wanted to learn through the process while keeping busy. That was my mistake because is it not what you understand that you’ll learn from? I was promised 40k for utter disrespect at work.
The HR would talk down on you, correct your English but still could not pronounce “head gear”. He pronounced it as “ed jeer”. His English was so terrible for someone who was correcting other people’s English. Apart from that, what kind of office will you be working at that every morning, at resumption, you must go to the CEO and MD’s office to say good morning. The company was affecting people’s self worth and esteem negatively. We didn’t outrightly sit down to talk about it but you could hear side talks about how people were getting maltreated. Everyday I came home wondering what my life was turning into while complaining to my family.
After a week of working there, the newly recruited staff started leaving one by one. You were not allowed to call in sick either because it was mandatory you showed up at work everyday. It was so crazy for a job that couldn’t pay you enough to feed yourself. We were basically going there to collect our fare to keep coming to work.
I left after some weeks of working there without getting paid after something happened at work which I won’t be disclosing here. I don’t know how I feel about working without payment but I won’t make a fuss over it. There are places you shouldn’t call your place of work because saying it might take away the good things in your life.”
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