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'He’s upset my head might be somewhere else': Boss tries to use worker's hobby of painting miniatures against them

Divulging personal aspects about yourself in the workplace can be a pathway to forming stronger bonds and close-knit relationships—or it can be used against you the next time your performance review comes around. The reality is that your work time is for work, and your own time is—well, your own. But, in a modern “always online” world that's fueled by instant communication and where some employers want to squeeze their workers for every last drop of productivity, this line becomes increasingly…
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'Feels good': Worker quits and leaves their terrible boss scrambling, others share their stories

Toxic managers have one thing in common: Their belief that their authority is absolute . It's almost as if they think it's impossible for anyone ever to leave them, acting like workers will continue to put up with the most dreadful working conditions and their abhorrent behavior for the rest of their careers. So, of course, they're completely blindsided when their most pivotal workers hand in their notice, with the news sending them scrambling to figure out how they're going to maintain the con…
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'Am I obligated to bring this to anyone's attention': Remote worker posts concerned question online after realizing that their employer has forgotten about them

You know it's going to be a juicy discussion when the user has deleted their account within hours of posting a viral thread… This worker landed themself a new job, working remotely , that offered them higher pay and greater responsibility. They found themself with little to do initially, which they found to be a little strange, but seeing as this isn't uncommon in a lot of jobs, which often allow workers to ease into their role, leaving additional tasks to be picked up as the worker gets into t…
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'No, I wasn't fired. I quit': Coworker quits, employer tells everyone that she was fired

It's often the case that an employer won't react well to an employee's departure, taking their act of leaving as an insult and personal affront. Even if the relationship was supposedly left on good terms, it won't be long before the departing worker's name brings nothing but derision. Should they return to the workplace, they'll find, that despite being a top performer at the company during their time there, they have been turned into a scapegoat with their name being used to lay blame on anyth…
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'I was leaving the company... effective immediately': Buyer told by their boss to "deal with it or leave" chooses the latter option

The trouble with setting ultimatums is that you never know when someone is going to take you up on them. It's hard to know just how tired that person is of being under your thumb and whether they're just one strike away from reaching their limit. If you try and throw your weight around with an authoritative ultimatum, you just might find that it gets thrown back in your face and that your wish is granted. After suffering the insufferable for long enough, with long days being overworked and micr…
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'I don't understand it': IT guy yelled at by their boss over something they already fixed

Verbal reprimands are usually a sign of a toxic workplace… with screaming, yelling, or explosive tantrums from your boss being a sure sign that you should start looking for a new place to work. Now, that doesn't mean that every piece of feedback falls under this category. Sure, it might not feel great when your boss tells you you've made a mistake or that you need to up your game… even if the Chief Executive answers to someone and feedback is literally just a part of the job. It can get confusi…
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'I quit': Worker quits after discovering their engineering role is actually that of a glorified janitor under a micromanaging boss

Oftentimes, when starting a new role, it doesn't end up being quite what you'd imagined. Delusions of grand inspiration fade like a mirage in the desert in the face of the reality of menial tasks and repetitive labor. After all, as we're consistently proclaiming, an interview is a two-way street, and the company is trying to sell themselves to the most desirable candidate they can get—often for as low of a price as possible—just as much as the candidates are trying to sell themselves to the com…
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'He doesn't know how to access the project': Micromanaging boss wants remote access to worker's private computer to view the project they're working on

Generally, your working life, including everything that comes with it, is reserved for—well, work—including your laptop, phone, and such that your employer has provided for you. By contrast, your personal stuff is for your own personal use, and that's why it's—well, personal. There are very obvious things you should and shouldn't use each device for, and those things should be kept separate. Sure, these lines can blur and often will—after all, not everything is black and white.
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'You may not be allowed to leave': Worker shares break room poster at their new job detailing restrictive break policy

Some workplaces function as if they're kindergarten classrooms and as if the employees are children who are incapable of making their own decisions and undeserving of self-determination. It's insulting, really, when you work in one of these places where constant oversight and continual encroachment into what freedoms remain are a part of everyday policies. Existing completely devoid of agency saps any empowerment employees feel and, over time, will make them less motivated in their jobs. Of cou…
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'I'm no longer interested': Candidate gets roasted online for leaving interview where interviewing manager was late due to emergency

Things took an interesting turn in this post, where a candidate shared their story of leaving an interview after feeling that their time had been disrespected. The candidate recounted their experience of attending an interview where the interviewer was late to attend. They found themselves still waiting after the appointment had been scheduled to start. After being asked to wait for a moment, a representative of the organization returned, claiming that the interviewing manager had been delayed…
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'I want extra pay for extra responsibilities': Employee turns down a ‘promotion’ then gets punished when he tells a stuck-up newbie manager he wants more pay for more work

We all work so that we can get that bag of cash every couple weeks. Weirdly enough though, it seems like the C-level employees and upper management seem to think that their employees go to work for other reasons, like socialization and the occasional pizza party. But it's an accepted norm that when you're offered a promotion, that's supposed to come with some sort of raise, even if you're a deluded manager, right? Not in this case…
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'I only held this job for the paycheck': Car wash worker written-up for not being "enthusiastic" enough after they turned down a "promotion" without a pay rise

The working arrangement is a relatively simple one: You provide your time and skills to your employer, and they provide you with a paycheck. Management likes to snazz this up and conceive unnecessary complications that weave a longer, meandering line between these two endpoints, but no matter how large of a labyrinth they build, those two endpoints remain in the same place. Things like being told you and your coworkers are a “family” “crew” or “partners," or the use of any other euphemisms to a…
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'I refuse to do so': Senior employee forced to record bathroom breaks

Unfortunately, after long years of service with an organization, all it takes is a singular change in leadership to bring everything crashing down. New managers come with new ideas and processes, bringing things with them that they've made a part of their playbook—eager to shake things up and leave their mark on their new organization. While these ideas and processes may have been successful at a previous job, they can seem wildly misplaced at the current one. With things like introducing open…
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'Job wrote me up... [So] I wrote back': Employee works position he's untrained for with assurance his "best" will do, claps back when he gets written up anyways

'Job wrote me up... [So] I wrote back': Employee works position he's untrained for with assurance his "best" will do, claps back when he gets written up anyways

One of the biggest questions on a career working person's mind is: Can you actually trust your upper management? It's truly unknown. You could totally vibe with your boss and all your managers and feel totally comfortable and professional. Then BAM they trick you into doing something that isn't in your job description, with no extra pay or training, and then when you inevitably fail, you get in trouble and all of a sudden no one is there to have your back. Why is it like this? Seriously, I'm as…
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'[I can] quit whenever]:' Contractor quits after boss snubs him on benefits, costs company over $2k and 25 days of lost productivity

There is a distinct different between working for a company and working independently. They both have their ups and downs, but it's a career choice many people make with very clear intentions on why. So when this contractor, who very much worked for a legit company, was getting treated financially as if he were an independent contractor, he decided to act accordingly. This contractor shared his story on Reddit and said that his boss was snubbing him on benefits. His boss made it very clear that…
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'Is there any way I can tell him no?': Micromanaging boss wants remote access to worker's personal computer

Your personal devices are exactly that: personal… and shouldn't be confused with tools that were provided to you by your workplace for—well, work... That's not to say you shouldn't ever use your personal devices for any work-related reason—but this should only be done on a case-by-case basis and shouldn't ever extend to allowing your boss remote control over your personal computer. At any rate, you'd probably expect your management role that requires the use of a laptop and a cellphone would pr…
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