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I needed to attend to supply my replace after I used to be settled in my new job.

As you and the commenters predicted, this was a foul scenario. Fergus was a bully, however one factor I spotted is that he was additionally somebody who over-promised after which anticipated to bully (or have another person bully) others to do what he needed. So telling Org A he may get Org B to do one thing however not asking Org B, issues like that.

He was the identical means with workers, as a result of all the workers have been part-time staff (25 or 30 hours every week) with no PTO or advantages, however everybody was employed with the promise that he would flip the job right into a full-time job if we may show ourselves.

I preferred the part-time hours (for me, 25 hours every week) due to household obligations, however different workers didn’t. Nevertheless, my job didn’t work properly in any respect in 25 hours every week. Not simply the amount of the work but additionally as a result of I used to be coping with a whole lot of outdoors companions, scheduling conferences, calls, and so forth, and that’s laborious to do whenever you work part-time and everybody else is working full-time. So I used to be already interviewing by the point “The Venture” occurred.

Fergus was contacted by an outdoor accomplice who needed to discover a contractor who may assist them create a brand new program for his or her nonprofit. He satisfied them that they may pay us to do it for them (fairly a bit of cash — I noticed the documentation). He determined I ought to deal with The Venture, regardless that it was fully out of my space of experience. I pushed again due to my workload, however he mentioned he would transfer a few of my duties to others so I may do The Venture.

The Venture concerned me spending someday every week on the accomplice group’s workplace for eight weeks, plus followup emails, cellphone calls, and zoom conferences. He refused to extend my hours and solely transferred some small straightforward duties, so I used to be making an attempt to cram the remainder of my job into 20 hours every week. I used to be stressed, pushing issues forward, and usually annoyed, however I did take pleasure in The Venture and the folks there and thought it might look good on my resume (it did, finally) so I made all of it work.

When The Venture was over, Fergus known as me in for a gathering the place he was very complimentary — he, like a whole lot of manipulative folks, may lay on the compliments when he needed — till he mentioned that essentially the most spectacular half was how I used to be in a position to do the remainder of my job in solely 20 hours every week which made him notice I didn’t must work 25 hours until I used to be engaged on a particular challenge! So he was slicing my hours to twenty, efficient instantly.

Someway he managed to behave shocked and offended once I received a brand new job and gave my discover six weeks later.

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