Thread regarding Follett layoffs

Why not just speak your mind to Senior Staff instead of always complaining here?

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How long have you been "gone"?

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-Peob

I spoke up, now I am gone.

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-Nfew

*Snitches get stitches but at Follett you get booted out the door.
Don't go against the grain or you will be fired.*
Got that right. YOU own all the senior management bad decisions because they NEVER fail.
Call them on it and YOU get fired.
Gutless dopes running the company!
BTW, guessing the meeting in Orlando is so the family can have a sunny vacation on the company dime.

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-pgpj

Snitches get stitches but at Follett you get booted out the door.
Don't go against the grain or you will be fired.

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-pvhx

Lol. Whoever posted this is a senior staff member that “thinks” they’re accessible. Before I left this company I had an employee file a harsssment charge against my RM. They flew an HR person out from oak brook, did an investigation, that HR person “confidentially” told me that this type of complaint was a rampant thing with “the grim reaper” (my RMs nickname bc that person fired so many people) and that RM was promoted to GVP. Zero confidence I think is the short answer as to why nobody reports anything.

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-5pii

I tried to speak up and was retaliated on. Very scary time for me. Learned the hard way.

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-4rmy

I have had 5 so called bosses in my 15 years at Follett. Gone to all of them will issues/problems.
Nothing changed but them leaving Follett and putting me right back where I started.

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-2qvf

I spoke my mind to Senior Management once and Senior Management told my boss what was said and who said it. That boss later blamed me for their mistake and Senior Management took their word even though I had proof but nobody would look at it. How is anyone supposed to trust Senior Management when this seems to be the trend for those who speak up?

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-2iub

If you are senior staff, make yourself accessible to those who report to you. Listen to them. Answer e-mails in a timely manner. Place the occasional phone call with good news. We all understand things must be done. Budgets are cut, staff are pushed to their limits, sales are down and budgets are cut further. If you are senior staff, show some empathy to those who report to you. Everyone knows it’s a cold world out there. Try to understand just how alone some of your managers feel. Work with, don’t just beat down, staff. Not going to debate the warm fuzzy vs. the cold prickly. Just show some humanity. Don’t rule by fear.

My store manager did everything within their power to shadow any RM, GVP, etc., when they visited to avoid allowing staff a private moment to discuss anything. Finally got a moment alone with one RM and started to update him and he said he knew what was going on! Nothing really changed but we didn’t feel quite so all alone and had a starting point for future contact. This RM was excellent. A little scary intense but he knew his job and had done ours so there was respect. This was many years and many RMs ago. He moved on and so did I. After too many frustrating, non-supported, low-staffed, over-stressed semesters I cleansed my palate with a decent semester and retired after decades with the company. Got that, “Wow! Congratulations!” e-mail from current RM.

Why don’t people speak up? Because in some regions support is slow, low or non-existent. You get pegged as a troublemaker. Or whiner. People need jobs and they may see a glimmer of Follett past and try to make their store ‘work’.

Good luck out there!

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-1apu

Many stayed because of their age.
55+ hard to find a job even with the age discrimination laws.
Senior management are cruel and heartless people that NEVER fail.
Use their positions to bully the weak.
Special place in hell for them!

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-1vta

Better question; why work for follett?
I acknowledge it's rude to answer a question with a question. So, in response to topic, you must be joking. Every single follett employee has an expiration date. Speaking to Sr. Mgmt is a time proven method to move your expiration date up. During the experience purge, 6 years ago, I know a successful employee who spoke truth and was ruthlessly beaten out of the company. This person was a rock. You don't forget that. Lesson learned.
Here, you'll find your stories of abuse at the hands of incompetent management aren't unique. It's not you. This is how follett runs its company. It's bad.
Again, why stay?

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-1luu

Ummm you can’t use names on here. You’re probably going to get this whole post deleted now.

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-1aqa

If you express concerns it goes back to you, your not following the correct procedure, are you overwhelmed, etc., etc.. no accountability or accepting responsibility at upper management.

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-1cqq

My boss told me: dont bring me problems unless you have a solution. He would not appreciate my solution as it requires her leaving.

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-1imd

Uhhh... I AM Senior staff.

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Post ID: @11aZjRxj-1hch

How about you try that and let all of us know how that goes for you?

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