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Nearly six months ago, I started a marketing job very soon after graduation. However, the manager is giving me a bit of a hard time and I just want to work out if her attitude is normal or not. Before I continue, please note she wasn't the one who interviewed/hired me. It was a member of HR & Finance.

This manager, we'll say her name is Rose, pulled me into a meeting room and said to stay at the company, I will need to 'extend my verbal vocabulary' (within the space of 3 weeks!?) and ask more questions (fair enough). She also said she's not sure if I fit in or have any talent, which is odd seeing as I socialise with lots of people at work and she doesn't. I see this as a bit unfair, as I am working for minimum wage at an executive level and although it's not my dream job, I do work hard. She says I can't spell, or write either due to one tiny mishap. I was writing out an email to send to customers, the manager proof-read it and said the email was fine. I scheduled the email to be sent out the next day at 09:00am (as asked). The next day, I was on annual leave when I get this email from Rose saying the last 'a' was missing in' January' when I sent out the email. I was back at work the next day and over the course of two weeks, we have had to have several meetings about this mistake. Rose, now wants to let me go as I'm still on my probation period. She's now saying that she notices other spelling mistakes in my emails to staff and when I asked her to point it out so I could improve she couldn't "remember" any other mistakes. Am I being too emotional, or is she being a little harsh? After all, the 'January' spelling mistake got sent out when I wasn't even there and she proof-read this. So I'm not sure this is my fault to a large extent? I just don't think someone deserves to lose their job over a spelling mistake? She also promised me training and that never happened...? Even though she keeps patronising me about this being my first job and I don't have a lot of experience. This is true, but I carried out numerous internships, voluntary work and worked in my Universities Marketing/Communications department for three years, which I think is sufficient work experience for a graduate? Please help! Thanks!
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No her behaviour is not normal.
It sounds like victimisation.

What sector is your employer in?
Are you a trade union member?
If not- join one quickly before she starts making malicious accusations and tries to get you fired without a reference.
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(Original post by jegrah)
Nearly six months ago, I started a marketing job very soon after graduation. However, the manager is giving me a bit of a hard time and I just want to work out if her attitude is normal or not. Before I continue, please note she wasn't the one who interviewed/hired me. It was a member of HR & Finance.

This manager, we'll say her name is Rose, pulled me into a meeting room and said to stay at the company, I will need to 'extend my verbal vocabulary' (within the space of 3 weeks!?) and ask more questions (fair enough). She also said she's not sure if I fit in or have any talent, which is odd seeing as I socialise with lots of people at work and she doesn't. I see this as a bit unfair, as I am working for minimum wage at an executive level and although it's not my dream job, I do work hard. She says I can't spell, or write either due to one tiny mishap. I was writing out an email to send to customers, the manager proof-read it and said the email was fine. I scheduled the email to be sent out the next day at 09:00am (as asked). The next day, I was on annual leave when I get this email from Rose saying the last 'a' was missing in' January' when I sent out the email. I was back at work the next day and over the course of two weeks, we have had to have several meetings about this mistake. Rose, now wants to let me go as I'm still on my probation period. She's now saying that she notices other spelling mistakes in my emails to staff and when I asked her to point it out so I could improve she couldn't "remember" any other mistakes. Am I being too emotional, or is she being a little harsh? After all, the 'January' spelling mistake got sent out when I wasn't even there and she proof-read this. So I'm not sure this is my fault to a large extent? I just don't think someone deserves to lose their job over a spelling mistake? She also promised me training and that never happened...? Even though she keeps patronising me about this being my first job and I don't have a lot of experience. This is true, but I carried out numerous internships, voluntary work and worked in my Universities Marketing/Communications department for three years, which I think is sufficient work experience for a graduate? Please help! Thanks!
I'm afraid we've only heard your side of the story. There's nothing in what you've said that isn't open to a very easy alternative perspective. Try not to be so defensive and open up to the idea that work needs more from you than you are currently delivering. Work to improve your performance and see if the criticisms stop. If they do, that's what work expects. If it doesn't you may have stronger evidence of a problem.
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(Original post by jegrah)
Nearly six months ago, I started a marketing job very soon after graduation. However, the manager is giving me a bit of a hard time and I just want to work out if her attitude is normal or not. Before I continue, please note she wasn't the one who interviewed/hired me. It was a member of HR & Finance.

This manager, we'll say her name is Rose, pulled me into a meeting room and said to stay at the company, I will need to 'extend my verbal vocabulary' (within the space of 3 weeks!?) and ask more questions (fair enough). She also said she's not sure if I fit in or have any talent, which is odd seeing as I socialise with lots of people at work and she doesn't. I see this as a bit unfair, as I am working for minimum wage at an executive level and although it's not my dream job, I do work hard. She says I can't spell, or write either due to one tiny mishap. I was writing out an email to send to customers, the manager proof-read it and said the email was fine. I scheduled the email to be sent out the next day at 09:00am (as asked). The next day, I was on annual leave when I get this email from Rose saying the last 'a' was missing in' January' when I sent out the email. I was back at work the next day and over the course of two weeks, we have had to have several meetings about this mistake. Rose, now wants to let me go as I'm still on my probation period. She's now saying that she notices other spelling mistakes in my emails to staff and when I asked her to point it out so I could improve she couldn't "remember" any other mistakes. Am I being too emotional, or is she being a little harsh? After all, the 'January' spelling mistake got sent out when I wasn't even there and she proof-read this. So I'm not sure this is my fault to a large extent? I just don't think someone deserves to lose their job over a spelling mistake? She also promised me training and that never happened...? Even though she keeps patronising me about this being my first job and I don't have a lot of experience. This is true, but I carried out numerous internships, voluntary work and worked in my Universities Marketing/Communications department for three years, which I think is sufficient work experience for a graduate? Please help! Thanks!
You sound entirely skilled enough for a minimum wage job/ Unfortunately we can't see the emails and other communications to establish if Rose has a reason for concern. My initial though is that Rose is either somewhat unbalanced or a bully.
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