'Should Be Ashamed': Boss Ripped for Heated Reply to Employee's Resignation

Members of a popular internet forum took aim at one boss after a former employee shared his aggressive response to their letter of resignation.

In a viral Reddit thread published on the subreddit "Antiwork," Redditor u/OminousAvocado (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) posted a screenshot of their letter of resignation, as well as the reply email that confirmed their decision to resign in the first place.

At a time when Americans are quitting their jobs at a high rate and other countries are opting for shorter workweeks to give more work-life balance, the viral post titled, "Very much reaffirmed my decision to quit," has received more than 19,000 votes and 1,500 comments in the last day.

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Redditors showed support for one graphic designer who shared their former boss's aggressive response to their letter of resignation. ijeab/iStock / Getty Images Plus

Explaining that they were hired as a graphic designer at a marketing agency, the original poster said their actual job responsibilities did not match the responsibilities they were initially promised, prompting them to search for employment opportunities elsewhere.

Upon securing another job, the original poster said they informed their boss of their immediate intention to quit and included a screenshot of their resignation within the viral post. It's not the only resignation to go viral, either.

"I was recently offered an in-person opportunity and have decided to move forward with that offer," OP added. "I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity and I am so sorry to leave with such short notice."

Despite the apology, the original poster's boss was incensed by their resignation and made their feelings clear in a scathing email response.

"Honestly, I'm not even sure what to say to you," he wrote. "You accepted our offer. You allowed yourself to be introduced to my team. And now this."

"This is extremely unprofessional of you and you should be ashamed of yourself," he added.

Issuing at least two weeks of notice before quitting a job has been customary and in many cases, expected, for nearly a century.

In fact, many jobs websites and online employment resources recommend that employees give employers two or more weeks before moving on to a new position at a different company.

However, there are no federal laws requiring workers to offer any notice before resigning, and in 2019, the Harvard Business Review asserted that mandatory notices of any length can be harmful to both employers and employees.

Labeling the two-week notice an "arbitrary and mostly American phenomenon that increasingly seems antiquated," HBR writer Robert Glazer said the practice is "contentious and expensive" and can unnecessarily extend transitionary periods.

"What often happens is that by the time someone gives their two weeks' notice, it's too late; they are mentally already out of the door and disengaged," Glazer wrote.

"Most managers who value open communication and want to develop trust with their employees would much rather have these honest discussions and try to resolve issues than have problems fester in secret, or have people on their team furtively looking for a new job during work hours and then giving two weeks' notice at an inopportune time," Glazer added.

Although, thanks to at-will employment laws in 49 of 50 states, both employers and employees have autonomy when it comes to separation.

"At-will employment refers to an employment agreement stating that employment is for an indefinite period of time and may be terminated either by employer and employee," according to the Cornell Legal Information Institute.

In a comment responding to the viral Reddit post, Redditor u/HisRoyalMajestyKingV pointed to at-will employment laws as justification for the original poster's abrupt resignation.

"OMG HOW DARE you take advantage of the 'at-will' laws that we would mercilessly use against you?!" they commented, sarcastically embodying OP's former employer.

"Oh the betrayal!" Redditor u/InevitableSandwich31 commented, also sarcastically.

"Didn't you know accepting a job offer was like adopting a child? How dare you desert your new family?!" they added. "The people who should be ashamed are the dumbf**ks trying to pull this emotional manipulation."

Unlike the original poster's former boss, Redditor u/Gnovakane argued that their quick resignation was absolutely professional and achieved the best end result for both employer and employee.

"Leaving ASAP instead of going through training for a couple weeks, taking up other staff members' time and then leaving was the height of professionalism," they commented.

"You cost him a few hours instead of weeks once you realized the job wasn't for you," they added.

Newsweek reached out to u/OminousAvocado for comment.