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Job candidate misses her interview after hiring manager fails to coherently respond to her emails: ‘You literally had one job’

Job candidate misses important interview after hiring manager fails to coherently respond to her emails: ‘You literally had one job’

Every person you encounter in your employment journey is simply doing their job. Secretaries, hiring managers, HR, and even CEOs are all simply doing their jobs, and their contact with you is usually a part of that. That is why, when applying for a new job, you would expect these people to do their jobs correctly and make everyone's life easier, but that is not always the case. For example, the person in this Reddit story was applying for a new job and was invited to interview for a job via ema…
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Employee deals with male karen who throws dirty towel at him, even though his room was cleaned during his multiple day stay

Male Karen throws his dirty towel at front desk employee because housekeepers had left for the night after a busy weekend: ‘We're short staffed’

All is fair until customers start throwing stuff at you.
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‘Problem solved’: Employee reports entitled coworker to HR following a heated dispute between them, boss fires both of them in response

‘Problem solved’: Employee reports entitled coworker to HR following a heated dispute between them, boss fires both of them in response

The more an employee spends time in a company or a corporation, the more they find out just how little that place of work actually cares about employees. I used to think that HR is there to make sure employees are happy in the company and have someone to turn to when they need help. But the more I am exposed to this corporate life, the more I understand that HR is simply there to protect the company, and will do as little as possible to make their employees happy. This Reddit story is the perfe…
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‘You're not allowed to talk about the job’: Micromanager forces NDA to silence employees, employee ‘breaches’ contract and faces termination

‘You're not allowed to talk about the job’: Micromanager forces NDA to silence employees, employee ‘breaches’ contract and faces termination

Have you ever heard of a restaurant owner demanding their servers sign an NDA to keep them from discussing their jobs? Well, you are about to hear about it now. It can be understandable that some workplaces require employees to sign an NDA to protect information that needs to stay within the company. Many lines of work handle delicate matters, and it is not beyond reason to legally prevent employees from talking about it outside of work. But demanding employees sign an NDA simply to prevent the…
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Trainer scolds new hire in front of entire office, causing the new employee to file their resignation, manager steps in: 'Give it another two weeks'

Trainer scolds new hire in front of entire office, causing the new employee to file their resignation, manager steps in: 'Give it another two weeks'

Training a new hire is an important job not only because you are in charge of getting them familiar with their new job and responsibilities, but also because you are their gateway to understanding everything about their new workplace. That means that the way trainers treat new employees, and the way they act around them is going to be all they know of the company at least at the beginning, so you'd think they would want to make a good impression. Not the trainers in this Reddit story, they coul…
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Employee blamed for system outage out of his authority, resigns after being told to hand write why he messed up

Angry employee is blamed by boss for unavoidable system outage, resigns after being reprimanded: ‘I refuse to be treated like a child’

Front desk employees often have to deal with entitled customers, but sometimes they have to deal with equally entitled bosses.
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After accepting candidate for a full-time job, employer retracts offer and changes it to part-time, leaving candidate high and dry: ‘They pulled the rug out from under me’

After accepting candidate for a full-time job, employer retracts offer and changes it to part-time, leaving candidate high and dry: ‘They pulled the rug out from under me’

Hiring managers, this is a message for all of you, so please read it carefully – Employment is a two-way street . You have to treat candidates with the same respect you expect them to treat you. You need employees just as much as they need employers, and everything about the hiring process should be a good match for both sides. That means that just as you expect candidates to not lie in their resumes, you cannot lie in the job posting. It is as simple as that. The job should fit the right perso…
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Job candidate forced to sit on the floor while waiting an hour for her interview after other employees refused to give her a seat: 'I felt invisible'

Job candidate forced to sit on the floor while waiting an hour for her interview after other employees refused to give her a seat: 'I felt invisible'

No matter how desperate one might be for a job, there are some things they should never let happen to them while interviewing, and being forced to sit on the floor is one of them. I honestly don't know how the woman who wrote this Reddit story could stand (pun intended) the way she was treated in her job interview. When she arrived at her interview, she was told to wait for the employer in a lobby area and was surprised to see that the area was occupied by a few other people, who were taking up…
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Boss cuts employee's hours in half without explanation, then calls him on his day off to cover a shift, employee ignores the calls: ‘’Why should I help you?'

Boss cuts employee's hours in half without explanation, then calls him on his day off to cover a shift, employee ignores the calls: ‘’Why should I help you?'

There is nothing more annoying, and slightly terrifying, than to get a call from your boss when you are on your day off. The initial thought that goes through everyone's mind when they see their phone ringing and their boss's name lighting up the screen, is that they did something wrong. Then they are left to decide whether or not they should take the call and deal with whatever consequences are heading their way, or blatantly ignore it and enjoy their last few moments of being ignorant of what…
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‘I'm fired? We’ll see about that': Manager informs employee their PTO was denied two days into their vacation, then fires them for not arriving to work, employee reports company in response

‘I'm fired? We’ll see about that': Manager informs employee their PTO was denied two days into their vacation, then fires them for not arriving to work, employee reports company in response

For some reason, employers have serious issues with the fact that their employees cannot physically work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It seems like if an employee is unwilling to commit every single ounce of their time to their job, they are suddenly not good enough for their employers. Informing your employee that their paid time off was denied, two days into said paid time off, is simply disrespectful, and a perfect example of employers' inability to accept that even employ…
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'You've got to be kidding me...': Micromanager demands employee clock out during downtime, yet demands on-site availability ‘just in case’

'You've got to be kidding me...': Micromanager demands employee clock out during downtime, yet demands on-site availability ‘just in case’

The workspace is equally, if not more, significant than the task at hand. It is essential that the people in charge of overseeing you truly want you to succeed. Still, how would you respond if, in an attempt to save a few bucks, your manager tried to clock you into and out of the shift every time there was an off-peak hour? The story below is an account of a confused employee. The original poster (OP) works at a kayak launch. He'd been employed by the same company for a considerable amount of t…
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Job candidate gets job offer that requires him to move states, only the employer refuses to send the contract before he moves: ‘Just come here and get started’

Job candidate gets job offer that requires him to move states, only the employer refuses to send the contract before he moves: ‘Just come here and get started’

You don't have to be a lawyer to know that a contract is one of the most important concepts humans have come up with. You also don't have to be a historian to know that it is one of the first social concepts humans have come up with. It is a massively important social construct that has allowed communities over the centuries to build and live in peace and so it should not be taken lightly. When one first starts a job, the very first thing they should be doing after accepting it is to sign a con…
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After getting fired from their job, employee leaves a bad review about management, then discovers their boss left a fake review in response: ‘He gave himself a glowing review’

After getting fired from their job, employee leaves a bad review about management, then discovers their boss left a fake review in response: ‘He gave himself a glowing review’

Being able to leave an honest review on anything is one of the most beneficial tools of the internet. Building a community that wants to share their experiences for the sake of other people is an advantage that we should appreciate much more than we do. Take your workplace for example. In many companies, there are hundreds of employees who go through their work day in the offices and have a working relationship with coworkers and management. When an employee leaves, they should have the opportu…
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Overworked employee takes up more duties as coworker leaves without notice, only to discover that same coworker got promoted to the position they were both after: ‘I feel betrayed’

Overworked employee takes up more duties as coworker leaves without notice, only to discover that same coworker got promoted to the position they were both after: ‘I feel betrayed’

Every employee wants to prove themselves in their workplace, if not for their own sense of accomplishment, then so they can prove to their managers that they are hard workers and are worthy of future promotions and reinforcement. The problem is, that there is a very thin line between proving your worth and being exploited, and managers love to cross that line in order to get more out of their employees, without having to pay for it. It seems like the employee in this Reddit story has also been…
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'You need a lesson in etiquette...': Ferry crew kick entitled passenger off ship after his demands caused massive delay, resulting in 24-hour layover

'You need a lesson in etiquette...': Ferry crew kick entitled passenger off ship after his demands caused massive delay, resulting in 24-hour layover

If you want to get what you want rather than what you deserve, there are situations when it is preferable to be wise rather than righteous. The story below is an account of a frustrated car ferry worker. The original post (OP) details a previous interaction with a haughty client. The ship was preparing to set sail on a scorching summer's day. Even though the deck was nearly full and OP lacked the necessary area to carry the freight, he offered to load a little MG, if they didn't mind the strain…
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 'No thanks, boss': Manager forces employee to work remotely during their PTO, then writes them up for it, employee reports manager in response

'No thanks, boss': Manager forces employee to work remotely during their PTO, then writes them up for it, employee reports manager in response

When you are on vacation, there is no reason whatsoever for you to have to deal with work. Unless your job physically saves lives and makes the world a better place, there is nothing that cannot wait for you when you return from your much-deserved time off, and employers who cannot accept that, do not deserve to even have employees. That is why I am pleased with how this Reddit story turned out because the manager didn't get away with what they did to their employee. OP (original poster) shared…
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