I lost my job twice so you don’t have to

Without any warning, I was laid off this afternoon at 1.30pm.

Photo by You X Ventures on Unsplash

Sobering up to the truth

Imagining the serene photo above, I thought: Sure, why not? I had taught workshops before, and full-time didn’t seem much of a stretch.

Avoiding a toxic work environment

Let’s take a moment to see how the influx of startups has made the market this nonchalant about its employees.

  • Finding out in interviews that offers for the same role were rejected previously.
  • Constant urge to work just to be productive and feel needed.
  • Founders and managers dodging pertinent questions about the state of the company and its finances.
  • Sales obfuscating revenue numbers to prospects, unsure about their marketing efforts.
  • Moderation of reviews on all social platforms.
  • Zero honesty between employees and upper management.
  • Whispers or radio silence on important announcements, or both.
  • Regular delays of important emails and meetings.
  • Overall uneasy vibes in the workplace.
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

My head was spinning, internalizing. What did I do wrong?

Did I not see how unsuitable the culture was? Nope. Everyone seemed nice, passionate, and there was visible representation.

The realization

My coworkers and I saw all these signs months before, as early as late 2019.



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store