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Overworked Employee Strikes Back, Leaves Company Without Any Backup for His Shift

Reddit post describing employee's revenge against his company for denying his PTO goes viral
PUBLISHED JUL 12, 2023
Cover Image Source: Pexels/ Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich
Cover Image Source: Pexels/ Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich

A healthy work environment is absolutely necessary when it comes to employee retention. In today's world, where there are so many options available for employees, oftentimes the decision to stay with a company or not comes down to how its policies and system make an individual feel, as per NetSuite. There can also be a lot of disadvantages to exploiting an employee mercilessly, as revealed by a viral Reddit post. In this post, a host working at an exclusive club describes how overworking led him to quit, and after resigning when he asked for his PTO, he was made to jump through hoops but ultimately took his revenge.

Image Source: Pexels/ Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich
Image Source: Pexels/ Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich

Intelligent Rodent began his post by explaining that after he decided to resign from his post, he was ready to serve the required notice period of three weeks. He wanted to get his 20 hours of PTO applied during this notice period and therefore wanted to discuss this with his managers. During his account, he explained about his work environment, where he had to work shifts that he wasn't supposed to because of a lack of employees. The club is dependent on him as there are no other hosts besides him, and therefore he is forced to take extra shifts. In the event he says no to taking over the shift, he is subjected to unkind behavior.

During the first week of his notice period, the man kept wanting to have a conversation with his managers but was repeatedly snubbed. After the weekly schedule was put out, they explained to him that it was out of their hands. The managers constantly blamed each other rather than seeking to solve the problem. Ultimately, the employee decided to get ahold of HR, who basically told him that nothing could be done about the PTO and he has to manage the whole situation. By this time, the man knew that he was being manipulated and did not want to leave the establishment feeling exploited. Therefore, he decided to cut ties.

He went ahead and left his uniform in the locker. Then he sent his parting message to a manager. He chose to message the manager that had recently joined. He expressed adoration for her and explained that he could not continue working for an establishment that wanted to manipulate him into doing free work. The post explained that this action meant that the employee was not working the 60 hours that he was supposed to and since there is no other employee to cover for him, that meant managers will have to cover for him. There was no regret on the side of the employee as he believed he was in the right because of the horrible behavior done with him.

Image Source: Reddit/ Photo by tonkatruckz369
Image Source: Reddit/ Photo by tonkatruckz369
Image Source: Reddit/ Photo by PaperSt
Image Source: Reddit/ Photo by PaperSt

The comment section was in agreement with him. tonkatruckz369 was not shocked at such antics and wrote, "The rich are rich for this exact reason, scrimp and cut corners, consequences to their business and employees be damned. I have yet to meet a wealthy person that doesn't engage in this behavior regularly with the exception of people that inherited everything they have or are trust fund type people." PaperSt suggested employees use their PTO before notice and commented, "Yeah unfortunately they should have used all the PTO before they put in the notice if they don’t live in a state that pays out. You should assume that once you put in your notice they are not doing anything for you anymore. Get your affairs in order before you put in your notice. Assume the day that you put your notice in is the last day you’re working there because they could very well just say you don’t have to finish out your time. Goodbye."

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