Internet backs worker who called HR bluff

An employee recently pledged not to work “for free”, submitting her resignation letter when supervisors failed to pay her higher wages after she took on more responsibility.

This employee, Anna, lives in France and uses the username “zebedi_ogre” on Reddit. She previously worked as an educational service provider and was a project manager, then acting project manager. She posted that her human relations manager threatened her so she quit, tell the story of his resignation on the platform Forum “Anti-work”. The post received more than 8,700 votes and nearly 500 comments.

She said her unspecified former business was small and the CEO would have “nothing but contempt” for the workforce.

“I have worked incredibly hard to keep a valuable project running and provide leadership,” Anna said. Newsweek. “It wasn’t rewarded or recognized and worse they treated me disrespectfully and tried to keep exploiting my skills for free. I’m glad I got resigned because it showed them that I was not going to be treated like this and taken advantage of.”

Anna explained on Reddit that their boss quit last year “largely because they wouldn’t give her any raises or recognition”, so she volunteered to be the acting head of a 45-year-old project. millions of dollars. She first asked if they would receive a raise or bonus for “taking on the full duties of a second job”, but the employer refused to pay more.

“I would have quit then, but we had just hired a new person and I was now their supervisor and couldn’t bring myself to give them up for weeks at a new job,” Anna wrote.

But when the employer finally had a formal job offer for that same position, they didn’t promote that specific employee and only encouraged them to apply. Anna said they applied “because I think at least I can get paid for what I’m already doing.”

Anna’s final interview took place last week. She met with the human relations manager, who was also her line manager and hiring manager. The individual was reportedly called a “seriously unpleasant job” and compared to Rasputin.

The interview quickly turned sour. HR reportedly not only told Anna that she was not being promoted, but that no candidate would be hired at all. When she mentioned all the reporting, planning, and directing they had done involving more than 30 employees over a six-month period, HR said, “Leadership is not the same thing. than to be the leader”.

A French employee recently quit after doing extra work for a period of six months and was never paid for the extra work, and was not considered for a permanent position. The post received more than 8,700 votes on Reddit’s “Antiwork” forum.
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Things got worse. When Anna asked if HR had observed how ‘unattractive’ the situation was, to keep doing the same job for a position they had just been rejected in, HR apparently didn’t see the problem. .

“I just laughed at that moment,” Anna wrote. “I say I have other options. And without further provocation [HR], in an attempt to call my bluff and/or scare me off, says, “Maybe we should discuss your last day then.” To which I replied that yes, we should. End of meeting.”

“I always gritted my teeth and did the ‘sensible’ thing but they can go to hell,” Anna wrote. “You don’t pay me for all my work? Then I won’t work for you at all.

Anna handed in her resignation letter on Tuesday, adding that his team of workers said she “steered the project brilliantly and was appalled at the way I was treated”.

When asked for references for a future position, Anna wrote that her former boss would provide a “complimentary reference at any time”.

“This is crazy,” said a Redditor. “Instead of saving a ton on training a new person, being sure you can handle the job, and knowing you’re a team player for helping out for so long without pay, they’re doing it. The HR staff can be CRAZY, and the hiring manager is such an idiot I’d leave too. Good luck!”

A McKinsey Global Institute 2020 Report analyzed 1,095 local labor markets and predicted future trends, including growing automation, increasing geographic concentration of employment, shrinking labor supply, and a changing mix of sectors and occupations.

The report indicates that total employment in the 27 European Union countries, in addition to Switzerland and the United Kingdom, reached record highs of almost 10% between 2003 and 2018. However, it was estimated at that time that up to 59 million European jobs, or 26% of total jobs were at risk. due to reduced hours or temporary leaves or permanent layoffs.

Areas estimated to be worst affected included customer service and sales, catering and building trades, which accounted for half of all European jobs at risk at the time.

“The impact will be unevenly distributed, with significant differences between sectors and occupations and, therefore, between demographic groups and local labor markets. [T]The jobs most at risk from pandemic job losses overlap to some extent with those most vulnerable to displacement by automation,” the report said.

Data released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that on the last business day of March, the number of job openings was little changed at 11.5 million, “the highest level in the history of the series that began in December 2000”.

Another record was about 4.5 million Americans quitting their jobs in March.

Anna said Newsweek she has job interviews, but nothing is set in stone. She said she had enough money to get by for a little while – “let’s say three months if I’m very careful,” she said.

When asked if she was happy with her resignation and if she was in her current situation, she replied: “Absolutely”.

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