Former Employee Says Boss Tried to Deny Two-Week Notice in Viral Post

In a post to the subreddit "Antiwork," one former employee shared how their boss reacted after handing in their two weeks notice.

Redditor u/the_rainbowfish wrote about the frustrating experience in a post that now has over 41,000 votes.

The Redditor explained that they recently resigned from a job they had been with for two years. They wrote that it was a small, "family" company where they were the only employee for most of their tenure with just one other person joining before their resignation.

"I liked the job but was underpaid plus I wanted to switch careers so when I got another offer I decided to leave," the Redditor wrote.

They said as per the contract, they gave their two weeks' notice when it was time to quit.

They said their boss' response left them a "little shocked."

"Okay, 2 weeks won't be enough time. You'll need to stay until I've found a replacement and you've trained them," the Redditor recalls their boss saying.

Two weeks' notice is the standard for jobs across the U.S., HuffPost reported, while clarifying the practice is a courtesy and not the law. This can vary, of course, depending on a contract.

"Nobody owes anybody anything. Two weeks is a courtesy," Danny Speros, vice president of people at the software company Zenefits, told the outlet. "It gives a company time to transition, it gives you an opportunity as an employee to maintain good working relationships. But by no means is it a legal requirement, or even something that necessarily should be expected. It's a good way to end things when it's time to end things."

The Redditor writes that they told their boss they would be happy to train their replacement but that they were only required to give two weeks.

"​​Then he had to take a call and waved me off. We didn't talk about it for about a week when I ask when he would be hiring a replacement, he said: 'I haven't started advertising yet, your[sic] going to need to stay for at least 3 weeks after I hire someone to train them,'" the Redditor wrote.

At the start of the post the Redditor wrote that they considered the boss a friend, though his handling of the resignation gave him second thoughts.

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A post went viral on Reddit after a former employee shared that their boss tried to make them stay longer after handing in two weeks' notice. Above, a stock image shows a person handing in their resignation. Charnchai/Getty Images

"We haven't talked about it again and the last day of my notice is tomorrow, no replacement has been hired and I'll be leaving anyway," they wrote. "The fact that he has blatantly ignored my notice period, and assumes I'll wait around until he's hired someone has completely ruined the relationship."

Comments gathered below the post with people sharing their own similar experiences.

"There seems to be a prevalence of bosses who care more about their image and 'winning' the interaction, than keeping the business running smoothly during a transition," one commenter wrote.

"We are also part of the problem," said another. "Too many people [I] know or know always thinking of the company and have their whole life structured around work. Not me. I put myself and my health above everything else."

Newsweek contacted u/the_rainbowfish for comment.