I really want some comments on what happened today. I'm not one to beg for comments, but please give me your opinions on this:
After being out sick yesterday, Today I went to work and my coworker (27 years on the job) called me to our ref office. He said that he just read an email our manager sent (24 years on the job) that said she was resigning June 2, with a sentence or two about enjoying working with us.
Without a book, the background is that my morale has been pretty low this past year- waiting on a promotion that hasn't come after almost 6 years of very hard work; very angry patrons; etc.
My relationship with my boss- I don't agree with her all the time, and she is an emotionally distant person who doesn't share much. So while an email without any discussion might not seem the norm, it is how she mostly communicates.
After several conversations with staff, all shocked that she wouldn't wait one year until she could retire and get pension. Just resign. Most people thought she had a health issue and had to resign- maybe get disability.
I went into the manager on a fact finding mission. She said she had not told the admin at HQ (odd) or her family (also odd).
You know how these things are like wildfire- calls to family, coworkers not in, whispers at desks.
After calling a coworker, she asked if it was a April Fools Joke. My two ref coworkers disputed that, so until the end of the day I just couldn't make it add up.
Finally with my coat on, I asked if it was an elaborate April Fools Joke. Her -and another supervisor was there- said yes. She laughed and laughed. I basically said that it was a mean prank to play on the staff, that it was April 2nd when it all went down, and that she better tell the staff because half of them think she is dying.
She said she knew I would figure it out and say it didn't add up because I'm so smart.
I don't feel smart. I feel it went on too long, was kind of cruel, and put us all in the weird place of going in and asking about it. And it was unprofessional to me. She insisted I not tell anyone, but I did because I would hate to be left out and not know.
So it was weird day, drained me of energy. And it also made me kind of angry at the two staff people who knew yesterday and let the rest of us carry on.
So, what kind of fool am I?