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How I got fired from a volunteer post I didn’t even want

My husband’s cultural association  somehow learned from my blabbing husband that I have web design skills, and used him to ask me to update their website. In the interests of marital harmony I did it, not really grudgingly, but only when I had to. Every so often, I would update the news, go in and fix an email address, but I made no improvements, no suggestions, no real changes. Since I would get the occasional “good job”  feedback, I figured nothing else was needed, even though I knew I could do so much more.

Two years later, the association got a new president, along with a new board of directors. I noticed that they had started using Facebook as a website page, and idly wondered why I hadn’t been asked for my opinion. Lazily, I thought they just wanted something easier to use.

About 6 months after the Facebook page was set up, my husband casually asked me for the login information to the association website.

“Why?” I asked.

“Well, it seems the president hired a new designer. He told me to ask you how to access the website.”

“Why didn’t he ask me directly?” I asked.

“Oh, they thought you were too busy to work on the website, and didn’t want to disturb you.”

Now I was disturbed. No one had asked me directly if I wanted to work on the website, and now, they were firing me, without even talking to me!??

Five minutes of silence passed.

“Are they paying this person?” I asked.

“Yes – he’s a young chap, I think he showed them what he’d done before, so they went with him.”

You’d think I’d be happy. I’m being relieved of a post I didn’t want, and which I did half heartedly and grudgingly.  Weird. But here’s what I learned:

  • No one will ever hire me for my web skills, based on the work I did on that website.
  • My half hearted work showed that I wasn’t into it. Or to be polite, I was too busy to work on it.
  • People have a hard time giving bad feedback. You need to ask them directly and encourage them to be honest.
  • If you have been hired to do a job (no matter what the circumstances), either agree to do it wholeheartedly, or get out of doing it altogether. That will eliminate hurt feelings, and a lost reputation.

Now I almost feel I owe the association an apology. Arggh!

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