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Custodian walks out of job after micromanaging new boss makes impolite comments: 'You deal with it, I'm going home'

There's nothing worse than having the serenity of a good (or at least tolerable) job disrupted by a terrible new boss, whether it's an external hire who doesn't seek to understand the organization and it's processes before changing them or an internal promotion who has a chip on their shoulder and a grudge against their former colleagues. There's not much you can do when faced with them except grin and bear it—or you can do what this worker did and walk off the job rather than tolerating your b…
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‘Is this a joke?’: Micromanager demands to be notified whenever work-from-home employees step away from their desks

‘Is this a joke?’: Micromanager demands to be notified whenever work-from-home employees step away from their desks

Every day, after getting ready and making the short journey, we head to the dark, gloomy, and sad office where we are supposed to spend almost eight hours doing some of our best work. The quality of your work is determined by the individual overseeing you, not by your title. It is up to them whether you will enjoy or resent your time spent working for the company. The boss is the one who rides to tremendous heights, sets rules, and keeps things under control. That being said, if, like us, you t…
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'They triggered an avalanche of quitting': Dishwasher sends scathing quitting text to whole restaurant staff, fallout ensues

'They triggered an avalanche of quitting': Dishwasher sends scathing quitting text to whole restaurant staff, fallout ensues

This, folks, is how to get other people to follow your lead. Not only was this dishwasher justified in calling out toxic management for their incessant outbursts, but he chose to do it in the best way: a group text with the entire staff in the same chat. And oh, what a group chat message it was! It's the kind of major confrontation that could only inspire groupthink and spark a subsequent craze of mass quitting. Here's hoping we get an update from the original poster explaining the details of w…
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'She was fired': Boss tries to get writer fired, they've been keeping a paper trail and flip the script

When working with a manager who is both incompetent and egotistical, it's probably a good idea to be cautious and take defensive measures… like maintaining a paper trail that can easily disprove any trumped up charges laid against you. It's always best to be on your toes and have a backup prepared, as they could turn on you at any moment should you question one of their decisions or even be too proficient and simply become too much of a threat. This means ensuring that your paper trail could st…
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Hiking guide gets called out by her new boss for wearing only a sports bra, she wonders if she's wrong: 'Is it inappropriate to hike in a sports bra?'

Appearance is important when it comes to your working life—well, really any time you're relying heavily on first impressions and social perception. It's an unfortunate fact that remains one all the same: The book is often judged by its cover. This extends past basic aesthetics of dress and into body language and the way we communicate, giving others a wholly inaccurate impression of our trustworthiness and competency for a role or task. To make matters worse, everyone has their own understandin…
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Work demands employee pay for personal calls, employee demands payment for calls they take outside of working hours: 'I should be getting overtime each time I pick up the phone'

Mistakes and bad decisions happen, it's just a part of the decision making process. As Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb, famously said, “'I have not failed, but found 1000 ways to not make a light bulb." The quote and attribution varies, but it's usually something along those lines. And that remains true, you don't know and can't learn until you pick a direction and try, but where this becomes an issue is when people and organizations obstinately refuse to course correct, refusing t…
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Nepo baby demands overview of coworker's project so he can take full credit for it: 'He had no part in creating this program'

Nepo baby demands overview of coworker's project so he can take full credit for it: 'He had no part in creating this program'

Ah, nepo babies! They never fail to lean into their entitlement when it suits them. Here, we have a college-aged dude whose father essentially founded a company to give his son experience. This Redditor , one of the only full-time employees at said company, had been collaborating closely with their employer on an eLearning course, which was a time-consuming hands-on project for the both of them. However, when it came time for the boss's son to apply for summer jobs, he called the Original Poste…
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Hiring manager expects employee to beg for the job, employee refuses, manager promises to ensure the candidate never works in the industry again

Hiring manager expects employee to beg for the job, employee refuses, manager promises to ensure the candidate never works in the industry again

The business world is not always kind. In order to attract the attention of potential employers, you must not only stand out from the competition but also outperform every other application seeking the exact same position. In other words, your only options are to play and win the corporate game or to fail horribly. To put it plainly, the game is tedious and never-ending. An employee who was taken aback is described in the story below. The original poster (OP) has been actively participating in…
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Worker asks for a raise, gets fired instead: 'We're terminating your contract'

“The worst they can say is no.” A piece of advice oft given to someone teetering on the precipice of uncertainty, deciding whether or not to make a request of someone from whom rejection is almost certain. It's the sort of tip that a friend gives you when you're agonizing about whether or not to ask out your crush who is way out of your league; they probably know you have no shot but the point is the fact that you're going to be rejected isn't reason enough to not ask at all…
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Employee gets passed over for promotion in favor of a coworker they trained: 'I'm baffled, I have many years [of] experience'

When you've shown your superiors how well you can train new hires, you'd usually expect that you would be first up for promotion—after all, one can only train and teach effectively once they have mastery over that which they are teaching. But this isn't always the case… There are a number of untold reasons why your boss might not consider you for an open management position or even to be future management material. Some of these reasons might have substance, while some of them might be complete…
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Boss threatens contractors job when they park in the public parking space the boss normally uses, contractor gets even: 'I'm told that this boss gets the say on my contract and doesn't need a reason to end my contract'

The willingness of superiors to apply rules to themselves that they make for others speaks volumes to the character and quality of an organization. An undercurrent of issues surrounding fairness in leadership can give you a great indication of the toxicity of the workplace. This reaches levels of ridiculousness that can't be rationalized when it begins involving matters that aren't even specifically related to your performance or time that you spend at work and begins leaching into personal and…
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Job seeker gets flown out to an interview and meets the successful candidate who already started in the role: 'Dude has only been there about a week...'

There are things in life that you'll encounter, and you'll find nothing you've encountered previously has properly prepared you for it. Usually, these things will be so off-the-wall that there's no way anything could have properly anticipated them. The very idea of being flown out to a final interview and accepting a position, enjoying lavish dinner with the company's owner, only to go into the office and meet the guy who has just started working in the role you thought you had been accepting,…
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Laid off truck driver finds a better job, old employer panics asking him to come back: 'The boss can't find another driver'

Sometimes, when you mess around too much, you find out the hard way that there are very real consequences associated with your actions. It's all well and good for you to do as you'd like and act as you please, but when it comes to facing the consequences you'd better come to terms with it. That's what this employer is going to have to do when they realize that their driver went ahead and found another job (with better pay) after being told that his job was no longer available when he tried to c…
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'Already seeing why there's a high turnover rate': Manager disrespects student worker, pressures him to stay late twice in his first week

'Already seeing why there's a high turnover rate': Manager disrespects student worker, pressures him to stay late twice in his first week

Hiring a student worker means you have to respect their class schedule. Unfortunately, most managers not only refuse to do this, but they also often hire students because they feel like they can easily manipulate them into complying with their ridiculous demands. We suppose the logic is that because they have minimal experience in the working world, they can be more easily pressured than the average jaded and disgruntled worker. You know what we mean by the latter… the guy who looks like he's b…
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Boss wants to cut marketing worker's pay to save money: 'I’d go from about $1000 a month to $200'

Generally, in your working life, you might expect that, as you gain experience, skills, and knowledge, you'll be making more money… throughout your career as well as your time in a singular role. Where you might not be too surprised and even expect to be rejected a request for a raise or two, you'd never expect to have your boss approach you telling you that they're slashing your pay in order to get “more bang for their buck." Openly telling you that they're going to be saving money solely at y…
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CEO gifts employees $25K after working for 25 years, coworker going on 27 years gets snubbed: 'I've been working here 27 years and all I got [...] was a plaque'

CEO gifts employees $25K after working for 25 years, coworker going on 27 years gets snubbed: 'I've been working here 27 years and all I got [...] was a plaque'

How can this employee not interpret this new bonus policy as a personal slight? This dude had been working at the company longer than literally everyone, but when he hit 25 years on the job, he only received a plaque. Now, two years have passed, and suddenly the CEO announces that two coworkers have just reached 25 years at the company and are each going to be rewarded with bonus packages of $25,000. Meanwhile, the other guy is still getting nothing more than his cheap plaque, which is probably…
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