My boss criticized me for getting a job at another firm

The Yomiuri Shimbun Dear Troubleshooter:

I’m a female company employee in my 20s. I’ve just succeeded in getting a job at another company I’ve always wanted to work for. However, I’m sad and frustrated as my boss at my current company criticized me.

This is my fifth year with the company. It’s a large company and frequently transfers employees. Also, I’ve been relocated to do work in a different category every two years, so I haven’t been able to build up work skills. Despite these problems, I’ve sincerely worked for the company by taking work home with me and not taking days off in busy periods.

On the other hand, I like the job category of my new job and it seems I can build up work skills there. Also, there are no job transfers there.

As my current workplace is short of staff, I feel sorry for leaving it. So I told my boss I would work until my last day without using up my annual paid holidays. However, he said to me acidly: “How selfish you are! How much do you think the company has invested in you? We’ll have no replacement for you. How could you do this?” I was surprised as I didn’t expect he would say such things.

I want to hand over my work properly so that a senior colleague who is kind to me won’t be troubled after I leave. But honestly, it’s so mentally tough for me to go to work now. I don’t want to leave the company with ill feelings. I have yet to get over it.

Y, Osaka Prefecture

Dear Ms. Y:

I congratulate you on getting a job at a company you’ve wanted to work for. Despite this fortunate event, you were unexpectedly criticized by your boss with abusive words, so you feel low. If you can’t deal with your feelings, it may be because you felt you were discouraged when you are ready to start over.

However, you don’t have to be worried about unreasonable remarks by the boss as his abusive words infringe upon the freedom of changing jobs and therefore are unjust.

All people have the right to choose work at their own will and it is guaranteed under the Constitution as a fundamental human right. You have nothing to be blamed for, so you can leave the company without apology.

I have one thing to tell you. Before leaving the company, it is important for you to hand over your work to somebody properly. You are quite aware of that. So just work sincerely until your last day.

Now, keep up your spirits. I hope you will work to your heart’s content at your new workplace.

Sachiyo Dohi, lawyer

(from Feb. 13, 2016, issue)Speech

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