Dear pool employees,
I am writing today to discuss the way you treated me the summer that I managed the pool. What you all did was not right and really hurt me. Let me tell you, managing the pool is a difficult job and you guys did not help. We were short of people to work all summer and that made scheduling difficult. I had to deal with complaints from the public as well as you guys. I was responsible for everything. Anything you did reflected on me. I have individual paragraphs for a few of you.
Alana and Ashley,
You complained often about the number of times I scheduled you to work. When I made the schedule, I actually did not like to put your name down. I had no choice though. You can blame the other lifeguards. They are the ones that requested so much time off that there were few other people to work. I knew that if I scheduled them to work on their time off, they just would not show up. Often, there were not even enough people to cover an entire shift. And there was nothing I could do about it.
You were very vocal about your complaints. You also wrote letters to each other on the marker boards for the entire staff to see. I knew your complaints were about me. It did not make me feel very good because there was nothing I could do to make the pool a better place. I was limited in what I could do.
I am sorry the summer was so miserable for you but it was no picnic for me either. I got tired of your behavior and finally decided I had had enough working at the pool.
I could not believe your behavior that summer. You were only in high school but I knew you were using your breaks to go get high in your car. You showed up with a hangover several times. You were also very lazy and stole food from the concessions. I hated scheduling you as well but I often had no choice.
What really angered me was the day that I made a decision and you came to yell at me because you did not agree. You may have been working at the pool longer than me but you were not in charge.
I told you when I applied to work at the pool that I had had no experience. And when you made me manager, I told you that I was going to need to be taught everything. Instead, the only thing you told me was that I should not listen to the lifeguards. But yet, I learned more from them than I did from you.
I was really angry at how you treated me that summer. You expected me to act like a lifeguard at times when you knew that I have never been a lifeguard. You yelled at me for things such as broken bones when those accidents were not my fault. You also expected me to enforce difficult rules for the other employees without helping me at all. I finally had enough of your yelling and rules and that is partly why I resigned early.