Hello and help! I need coaching and HR advice on navigating a current toxic boss and toxic work environment today before my final week of work! I accepted a wonderful new role at a great new company with good people, and gave notice at my current company, (one of 20+ global OpCos of a larger global org) this past week - to both my current toxic boss and her boss, the VP of HR. There has been no response or well-wishes from the VP, whom I have had interactions with. During this past week of work, I have encountered the typical harassment and bullying, including a "special meeting" where I was told by my boss what to say, and asked repeatedly if I would do so - and what specifically to during a one-hour global Team meeting and presentation - what to ask a guest speaker, a well know CEO and Co-founder, Forbes contributor and speaker, author/ This CEO that I had met and asked to be part of a brief interview during the global roll-out I conceived, led and directed for the last six months on Well-being and Empathy (WE) and which had included our entire leadership team for an entire week earlier in the year. I did this solo, all without the toxic boss' support and input in any way. I was also asked to complete some rather large assignments during this last week, such as starting and completing the entire annual department budget (no, the toxic boss doesn't do it) as well as leading some other, additional cross-functional team meetings.
This weekend, as I opened my corporate email to complete some of this work, I found that I was denied access/cut off from all files on my One Drive! I'm not sure why, as all employees are required to sign an NDA at hire - these are needed to complete work this final and last week of work at this job. I did expect to be suddenly 'cut off' - but not until my last day, which will be this Friday.
Do I write the HR VP, toxic boss, and Corporate HR to request restoration of One Drive access for one final week? Or try to manage without the files? Do I leave this alone? How do I phrase this to be successful with my exit, and yet CYA? There can be no file or record stating, "she did not complete her final work, specifically requested..." or anything similar. I'm sure you understand this goal and intent!!
Also, I have many questions for HR regarding my final pay, and when will this be received - does this include the two weeks of PTO that I have not taken any of? Does this also include the one week "held back" of my initial two weeks' pay that is standard practice and policy at this company? Will I be given access to payment history and paystubs as well as my 401 K account - before the end of this last week? Will mailing labels for laptop, printer, and monitor return be sent to me for equipment return? What else do I need to ask that I am not thinking of? Since the threats, lies and bullying has been extreme, but there is Diversity involved on the part of my boss' ethnicity - I have said little to nothing while working on my job search and interviewing as my exit strategy, and which has been extremely painful, working 60 - 80 hours to do my boss' work and then some, including the global WE rollout mentioned above, which I wrote all content and copy, directed the Leadership team and external partners through, and so much more. How can I capture and highlight some of these successes and wins - and post them on LinkedIn, in my resume, and elsewhere? What else do I need to ask HR? How can I think, message and stay one step ahead of them, plus the toxic boss?
Regarding the navigation throughout this last/final week, can someone be available for thought partnering/navigating/email and or call exchange going through the process with me to anticipate and stay on top of what may/may not happen?
After similar toxic treatment throughout the last year, I am in need of some additional thought partnership. I have declined/deleted my Exit Comment email and will not complete. (The toxic boss had already asked me my reason for leaving, no congratulations or best wishes; I declined to state 'why' or give my reason.)
I know I may or might also anticipate being terminated immediately, meaning my last day MAY be today, since this employment is at will, as many/most states and my offer letter clearly state. What else can I anticipate?
Some additional context on the toxic boss: she has not ever had management experience or managed a team, and it shows in every aspect of her work. For this global Corp. Communications role, she has a several-county wide, state-level background in a nonprofit corporate local spokesperson role, which has no application in this current org and role - global health care manufacturing and diagnostics/sciences. In addition, this OpCo has announced potential layoffs coming in Q3 - Q4 and severe cost-containment mode.
I deeply appreciate and invite your insights and advice asap today on how to best navigate this situation with success, stay one step ahead of the HR process, and manage the toxic boss, as well as basic compensation and HR answers and advice during my final week. I am beyond burnout and have been managing this while job searching and interviewing while working the 60 – 80 hours required of this role. I have encountered extra workload in retaliation to some limited asks for inclusion in review of recent work product - specifically, as a content producer, I have asked to be included in reviews of email campaigns as standard work and as we typically do, but from which I have been omitted from. There are other examples as well.
I understand this involves positive psychology and positioning, emotional intelligence, resilience-building, as well as the HR smarts and management navigation / corporate savvy, and I am seeking help and advisement with the positive framing as well as actual navigation right now. Thank you!
Please feel free to DM me and or send email, and thanks again! I’m available to initiate an exchange today to be ready for tomorrow and this final week – with success ahead!