Dear Help Squad,
For the past year I have worked at the Home Depot in Niles. I loved that job. I learned how to work in 6 different departments, and I had all sorts of different responsibilities, including several higher level management type tasks. I was very close with the managers who hired me, and they repeatedly told me how hard I worked, and how I would go far in the company. Yet, most of them were either transferred or fired.
The old managers never told the new ones that they were grooming me for moving up. Around October, I reached my one year mark and found my hours reduced to only nine per week, and was only being scheduled in a single department.
I pretty much lost my love I had for working there. My employment terminated on the 3rd of December. Home Depot still owes me $415, which I know doesn’t seem like a lot of money, but I just had my first child and money is very tight, especially considering the fact that I lost my job.
I have already spoken to several of the managers there and each one tells me that they will get right on it. This was the 3rd of December, and basically the next week or two afterwards. It is now mid-January and I have still not received anything from them. What am I supposed to do? It’s one little me against a great big orange corporation! Please help me!! Thank you!!
-Gratefully, Joe Ejnik, Park Ridge
Even though we only knew one side of the story, we at Help Squad were disappointed to hear what happened to Joe. Usually if someone loves his or her job, it shows in their work, often times leading to recognition from company superiors. And Joe certainly came across as passionate in his former job. So, it really didn’t make sense.
That said, our task was to get Joe his final paycheck of $415. So, we called The Home Depot where he worked and spoke with one of his former managers who quickly directed us to Home Depot’s corporate office in Atlanta, specifically HR services.
After a couple of phone calls, we were told that the company would not discuss Joe’s case or give out any information. So, after hanging up, we got Joe on the line and called back.
An company representative looked into the matter while we were on hold, got back on the line and told Joe she would send the check out immediately.
Immediately is right! The Home Depot overnighted the check and Joe got his $415 check the next day!
First of all, we are sorry that things turned out the way they did for you, and that you lost a job you really loved. That’s not easy, especially with a new baby to support.
We’ll leave you with this great quote by Vince Lombardi. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”
Best of luck in your job search!