At age 75, I have been around a long time and have seen a lot of shenanigans pulled by companies that I have worked for over the years including a big one pulled on me recently which I will tell you about at the end of this article.
I know that I am not the only one that has been treated improperly, and in fact illegally, if only a person could prove it. But the big businesses today know how to build a case against you to make things look like they aren’t. Even so, it would be too expensive to get a lawyer and to fight them, and they know that, so they feel pretty safe in doing what they do sometimes. I only bring this up because I wanted you to know that YOU aren’t the only that this has happened to.
The other day, one of my good friends and office manager of one of the local cleaning companies told me that she was let go after being a loyal employee for nearly 20 years, she practically ran the company and never did anything that warranted her dismissal. The owner of the company had gotten older and so she turned the reins over to her son who, I understand, really knew nothing about the business. This happens a lot and the new young people get rid of those who are a threat to them or those that they just don’t like, for some reason.
This same company, evidently, didn’t like me either and removed me as their supplier representative after 18 years with no reason other than he didn’t like my presentations to his employees which surely seemed like a bunch of garbage to me. I guess that was the only thing he could think of when I asked what this was all about.
Another case involved a company that I worked for who gave me a big raise. Soon after, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and had to have a serious back operation at the same time. That really threw my wife and me into a bad situation. We had just bought a new big home in the nearby community in North Carolina and this happens to us without the company blinking an eye. They could care less what a terrible situation that this put us in… and right after giving me a big raise. I can understand why they did it after being in the insurance business. An employee with serious health problems cause the company insurance premiums to skyrocket. The company could care less about what big problems were being caused for this employee. A few days later, the Personnel Manager who did this was fired himself. He went to lunch one day, soon after my dismissal, and when he returned to work, his office door was locked. There was a note on the door that he had been released from the company, to everyone’s amazement.
I kid you not about these things, they really did happen! I told you that I had a lot of experiences over the 50 plus years that I have been in the sales and sales management field. There isn’t room for ALL the stories I could tell you so I am telling you only a few of them! I’d love to name names and pursue these circumstances legally but I don’t have the time or money to do so.
I was an independent contractor representing Aflac (all people who sell Aflac products are independent contractors, and do NOT work for Aflac.) The other day, I received a letter (not even registered) advising that I was terminated from the contract that I had with them. Aflac is a great company, and I have won several sales awards with them, but they (in the small print of their contracts with us) have the right to terminate anyone (without reason), and that is exactly what they did. This seems like something that a great company would not do. They advertise a lot about what a great company with which they are to be associated with, but they can do this to people who they have been associated with for any length of time, causing embarrassment and practically ruining a person’s insurance business… and never look back. I had been contracted with Aflac for over 18 years and they did this without talking to me or explaining to me why, in writing, the reason for their action. Don’t I deserve a chance to defend myself… if there was a REASON to defend myself? I have asked the person responsible for doing this to advise me in writing why this was happening but he refuses to do so.
Big companies must run their businesses to please the stock holders, or someone else, and make as much profit as they can but don’t they need to treat their employees in a manner as I mentioned in my cases above. I guess not.
There needs to be a way for the employee to defend themselves, especially in “right to work states,” that doesn’t cost a lot of money for an attorney and time so that the employee can easily stop such things from happening when there is no good reason for such things happening. I am obviously very upset and disturbed that Aflac would do such a thing to me, a loyal employee for over 18 years.
The big, bad companies out there need to be put under more control so that they can’t get away with such bullying tactics. What do you think? Please drop me a line and let me know your experiences. I am sure that you also have some interesting tales to tell me.
Written by Ted Anderson. Insurance agent Ted W. Anderson worked in sales for half a century, has lived in Albany since 1993. He is president of Dover Lane Neighborhood Watch. Send email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.