A post shared on the popular Reddit forum ‘Antiwork’ has sparked a conversation among commenters about how employees are treated after quitting their jobs.
Redditor u/elgueroguapo wrote in his post which got 12,000 votes that he was offered a new job with a higher salary, but their boss started giving them the cold shoulder after they quit. Readers flooded the comments section to share their thoughts on Redditor’s last few weeks.
A 2015 article published by the Harvard Business Review discussed what an employer should do when an employee announces their resignation.
Priscilla Claman, president of Career Strategies Inc., told the outlet that the employer should create a “warm and friendly conversation about [the person’s] Future plans.”
Claman explained that it helps to maintain professional relationships.
It is also important to understand why the employee decided to get a new job.
Anat Lechner, clinical associate professor of management and organizations at New York Stern University, said the information may be helpful in finding a solution.
Employers must also be prepared to understand that their employee has made a decision and will move on to another job whether or not they find a way to resolve potential issues.
Redditor u/elgueroguapo wrote that they worked for a small company for four years, but were recently offered a new job with higher pay and better benefits.
When they spoke with their employer and inquired about a counter offer, they were told they wouldn’t make as much money but would have to continue working for them due to an ‘obligation’ .
“Put my review immediately after that and they were honestly amazed,” u/elgueroguapo wrote.
The Redditor wrote that they worked an additional four weeks after quitting.
“My boss was only talking around me or through other people for the past two weeks,” they noted.
In the comments section, u/elgueroguapo wrote that they first worked for the company as an intern before being hired into an entry-level position.
“So he ‘takes a chance’ on me and makes me a competent worker, in his mind is the obligation,” u/elgueroguapo wrote.
Commentators expressed shock at the treatment displayed by the employer.
“The whole point of hiring an entry-level worker is to take a chance; that’s why salaries are usually lower,” wrote one Reddit user. “That doesn’t mean they have to pay you this forever.”
Another Redditor agreed with the sentiment, commenting, “Good. Like wtf these people think fucking king. Titled a** idiots basically.”
One wrote that this was an “immature” and “unprofessional” view from the employer.
“You risked them just as much to teach you, and they also profited from your work,” they wrote. “You owe them nothing after this treatment.”
One commenter wrote that there are ‘tactful ways to quit’ and he wouldn’t cut ties if the company he once worked for treated them well.
“But if I have an opportunity that significantly exceeds the benefits of my current position, then I will put in my two weeks and hold my head high,” they wrote.
Newsweek contacted u/elgueroguapo for comment.
Redditors on “Antiwork” were quick to share their thoughts on other viral posts, like the one about an employee who sparked a debate about only working during paid hours.
A post showing a hostile response from another employer after their employee quit has also gone viral.
Another Redditor said in his viral post that he was not being paid and decided to stop working until the issue was resolved.