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Boss refuses to accept employee’s resignation, accuses him of sabotaging the company: ‘No one in any position of power above you is your friend’

Boss refuses to accept employee’s resignation, accuses him of sabotaging the company: ‘No one in any position of power above you is your friend’

No matter how kind your employer is… do not mistake them for your close friend. Perhaps you’ve created a rapport together over the years. Perhaps you two have hung out outside of work and shared details about your personal lives with one another. Still, there is a hierarchy in place, and when push comes to shove, your boss will enforce that sense of hierarchy when it suits them. When this Redditor shared with his boss that he would be resigning, he prepared both an official letter of resignatio…
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‘We aren’t moving forward with you’: Job applicant rejected after four rounds of interviews and unpaid free labor

‘We aren’t moving forward with you’: Job applicant rejected after four rounds of interviews and unpaid free labor

The amount of work required of job applicants these days is starting to get out of hand. First, there’s the expectation that your resume needs to be adjusted and tailored specifically to the job for which you are applying. Why do applicants need to do this? No, it’s not to stand out and to prove that you’re the right person for the job. It’s to include specific phrases from the online job description in your personal resume in order to pass automatic job screenings. Of course, this requires mor…
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Hiring manager asks job candidate if they can work six months before getting paid: 'The questions on these applications are wild'

Hiring manager asks job candidate if they can work six months before getting paid: 'The questions on these applications are wild'

Everyone get ready to wave your red flags because this hiring manager's application questions are pretty eyebrow-raising. If there is one thing this recruiter managed to do correctly, it's that he was at the very least transparent about how messed up the payment plan for this position was. However, that's as positive as one can be towards this guy after the ridiculous question he posed on this job application for a financial advisor position. Sometimes, when you're applying for jobs, certain de…
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'She asked me to cancel my day off': Executive assistant puts foot down when coworker tries to get her to cancel her planned vacation

'She asked me to cancel my day off': Executive assistant puts foot down when coworker tries to get her to cancel her planned vacation

Who else loves when someone tries to punish you for their lack of a strong work ethic? This executive assistant did their fair share of work on a project before their planned vacation. In fact, they did not even have to pull all the files they did since it was not even their assignment, but they helped a few coworkers out of common courtesy. Still, just a day before their vacation was finally about to start, their coworker tried to convince them to cancel their day off because she found herself…
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Coworker gets fired after calling in sick to audition for The Bachelor: 'Don't ever do anything that would embarrass [our] image'

Coworker gets fired after calling in sick to audition for The Bachelor: 'Don't ever do anything that would embarrass [our] image'

Every employee is entitled to use their set number of sick days for whatever reason they see fit, even if that reason is to audition for a very popular reality TV show. Sure, this is not exactly a morally justifiable excuse for calling in sick, but it is an iconic excuse. This employee recounted how their coworker not only called in sick to audition for The Bachelor but also how she didn't exactly cover it up very well. Their president's one big rule at the company was never to embarrass the or…
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'I don't need your input. Just do what I say': New manager flexes his muscles with warehouse temperature policy, employee tries to warn him, malicious compliance ensues

'I don't need your input. Just do what I say': New manager flexes his muscles with warehouse temperature policy, employee tries to warn him, malicious compliance ensues

Don't you just love it when the new manager makes things exponentially worse for everyone else? It's a common mistake that these horrible bosses tend to make. They come in and immediately feel like they know a better solution to the current system. Without properly hearing out all the employees' voices, they decide it would be more impressive to flex their muscles and insist that their solution is the proper one. Well, time and time again when this happens, the new manager stumbles. Either the…
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Boss and coworkers keep calling employee by the wrong name despite efforts to correct them: 'Time to start butchering their names'

Boss and coworkers keep calling employee by the wrong name despite efforts to correct them: 'Time to start butchering their names'

Calling your employees by their preferred name seems like the bare minimum regarding proper workplace treatment. It doesn't really get more disrespectful than ignoring someone's constant corrections. This Redditor's name ends with an -a but is constantly referred to by a similar-sounding name that ends with an -e. If this were perhaps their first few weeks on the job, then the mistakes would be understandable. But there's really no excuse for the mixups at this point, especially when the Origin…
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Karen boss won't let salaried employee use the break room because he's not an hourly worker: 'I can't get water or coffee now'

Karen boss won't let salaried employee use the break room because he's not an hourly worker: 'I can't get water or coffee now'

Imagine not being allowed to grab water or coffee during your work break because for some inexplicable reason, it “confuses” people. This salaried employee was told by his Karen boss that hourly workers began to notice his trips to the break room and were asking questions about the frequency with which he must be clocking in and out. Rather than the boss informing these folks that he's a salaried employee and doesn't have to clock in and out to grab a coffee in the break room, she asked this Re…
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Employee keeps running list of problematic quotes to bring up in exit interview: 'If you're able to crawl to your desk, you should be at work'

Employee keeps running list of problematic quotes to bring up in exit interview: 'If you're able to crawl to your desk, you should be at work'

Some people dread the idea of an exit interview, but this employee has been waiting for this moment for months. Ever since she realized she was stuck in a toxic work environment, she started to keep a running list of all the problematic moments so she had her receipts. This not only made the day-to-day slightly more bearable, but the list would also protect her from any trouble since she had literally all the dirt on her boss. This thread was posted to Reddit by kerripotter , and it sparked a t…
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20+ times bosses caught their employees breaking the rules: 'Employees honestly think I don't notice when they're ASLEEP!'

20+ times bosses caught their employees breaking the rules: 'Employees honestly think I don't notice when they're ASLEEP!'

No employee can be “on” all the time. Everyone needs a break during the work day to recharge, zone out, and center
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New boss enforces unnecessary rules about submitting expenses, team maliciously complies: 'OK boss, you'll get your paperwork in spades'

New boss enforces unnecessary rules about submitting expenses, team maliciously complies: 'OK boss, you'll get your paperwork in spades'

Whatever happened to “if it ain't broke, don't fix it?” If you're ever in a position where you are joining a company and leading a team that already is.a well-run machine, consider not enforcing your personal way of doing things onto everyone else. Unless the team genuinely agrees with your ideas to change the process, the only person who is really benefitting from this change is you. That is not a good enough reason to uphold the way a team does things. You have to adjust to their rhythm just…
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'Reschedule your vacation': Boss rejects employee's previously approved PTO, using his marital status as an excuse

'Reschedule your vacation': Boss rejects employee's previously approved PTO, using marital status and lack of a family as an excuse

Some bosses think that they have certain rights and privileges that they simply do not possess. This employee was entitled to their PTO time, they submitted their request months in advance, and their request was approved. Everything was good to go, flights were booked, and a much-needed vacation was planned. That is, until the boss decided last minute that he could reject those plans and go back on his word, all so another coworker could take off that same week. We understand losing two employe…
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Employee files complaint after boss is caught on video stealing her bag, HR sides with boss: 'She faced no consequences'

Employee files complaint after boss is caught on video stealing her bag, HR sides with boss: 'She faced no consequences'

This workplace debacle pretty much epitomizes the idea that HR protects the employer, not the employees. When the evidence of wrongdoing is so definitive, it's hard to imagine the human resources department coming up with a justified reason to side with the boss. However, this team managed to side with her anyway. Here, we have an employee who caught her boss stealing her bag after work hours. Furthermore, the security cameras even captured the boss leaving the office with the employee's bag an…
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Researcher gets back at startup bro by helping make a better product and selling it to the competition: 'Now he's going out of business'

Researcher gets back at startup bro by helping make a better product and selling it to the competition: 'Now he's going out of business'

It's easy to make enemies with startup bros. They're not exactly the most likable bunch of individuals. This so-called “CEO” spent way more energy stirring the pot with competitors than running an actual company, and it wound up biting him on the behind in the end. First, he lost a tech competition to an academic researcher and started sending a ton of mean-spirited messages. He even crashed the researcher's Zoom lecture to spam the comments. This was the final straw for the researcher, who dec…
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Company offers fully remote work in exchange for 24/7 monitoring of all home network traffic: 'Why would a company even want to bother with this?'

Company offers fully remote work in exchange for 24/7 monitoring of all home network traffic: 'Why would a company even want to bother with this?'

Something shady this way comes! Let's preface this with the fact that several folks who work in IT have already deemed this a nightmare in the making. This company thought it would be a good idea to give in to employees' requests for fully remote work, but there was a catch. That catch was that the company would provide all work-from-home employees with a router and a document for them to sign that would permit IT to monitor all of their at-home network traffic 24/7. That's right. We're not eve…
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Power-tripping Karen thinks she's the boss, employee gets back at her and takes over: 'I'll get you fired and get your position'

Power-tripping Karen thinks she's the boss, employee gets back at her and takes over: 'I'll get you fired and get your position'

It doesn't matter if you work in a high-powered corporate environment or a three-person company; there will always be that coworker who thinks they're in charge of you. Perhaps they were just hired before your time. Perhaps they're older. Perhaps they ate slightly senior within the company hierarchy. Still, if they're not your manager, they have absolutely no business ordering you around. We are going to call this personality Perpetua after Bridget Jones's coworker who is very much guilty of th…
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