'Disrespectful': Boss Bashed for Toxic Response to Employee Resignation

Members of a popular internet forum were outraged after one customer service employee recounted their manager's aggressive reaction to their impending resignation.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/antiwork, Redditor u/ComoElFuego (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) explained that they gave their employer a month's notice before quitting but said they were still questioned and harassed about their decision to leave.

Titled, "My manager told me it was 'disrespectful' to quit," the post has received nearly 20,000 upvotes and 1,400 comments in the last day.

Writing that they sent their notice via email, the original poster said that when their manager responded, it was on an entirely different platform and immediately contentious.

"This morning he messaged me (on [WhatsApp] [for f**k's sake]) asking me why I quit and if there is anything he can do to convince me to stay," OP wrote. "I answered with a firm and polite no and told him that my mental health was suffering under the work conditions.

"He then told me how disrespectful it was for me not to talk to him sooner...and made fun of me wanting a job with 'free weekends and flexible work hours,'" OP continued. "In the end he tried to guilt-trip me by telling me how disappointed he was for me to leave after we've known each other for so long.

"I feel like I just broke up with a crazy ex," OP added. "He never cared for any of his workers and constantly tries to gaslight us into thinking our problems with the work conditions are attitude problems."

Over the last ten months, the Great Resignation has ballooned into the largest mass-quitting movement in United States history.

Since last October, more than 4 million U.S. employees have quit their jobs every month and on July 6, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs in May, matching April's separation statistics and marking a slight decline from November 2021, which saw a high of 4.5 million quits.

And while traditional factors, like salary and benefits, remain at the forefront of workers' rights discussions throughout the country, there are other factors propelling the Great Resignation to never before seen heights.

Toxic work environments—which fail to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, leave employees feeling disrespected and harbor unethical behavior—are the "strongest predictor of industry-adjusted attrition and are 10 times more important than compensation in predicting turnover," according to MIT Sloan Management Review.

When paired with long hours and little time for leisure, these types of environments quickly burn out loyal employees, often pushing them to the brink and eventually, out the door.

Boss furious at quitting employee
Members of Reddit's r/antiwork forum defended one employee who said their manager melted down when they quit their job. Moon Safari/iStock / Getty Images Plus

Throughout the comment section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors speculated that a strenuous schedule was likely a major contributor to the original poster's unhappiness at work and advised OP how to move forward in the wake of their manager's toxic meltdown.

"Don't drop your standards to his," Redditor u/Pontius_Rouge advised. "You have handed in your notice. Get through it and walk away with your head held high.

"Hopefully your new job is better for your mental health and in 12 months the old job and boss are nothing but a lesson and a memory," they added.

Redditor u/PlaneJaneLane03, whose comment has received 6,000 votes, offered the opposite advice.

"You should get real disrespectful and leave now," they wrote.

"Why would you give this man a month's notice?" Redditor u/fenriq chimed in, receiving nearly 1,500 votes of their own. "He thinks of you like you're his cattle."

In the post's top comment, which has received more than 6,000 votes, Redditor u/farmer_palmer suggested a potential response for the original poster to send back to their manager.

"'I apologise unreservedly if I inadvertently gave you the impression that I respect you,'" they wrote. "'I don't.'"

Newsweek reached out to u/ComoElFuego for comment.