'Hard Not to Laugh': Internet Delights at Boss Denying Employee Resignation

Thousands of internet commenters were left cackling after one quitting employee revealed their employer's laughable response to their letter of resignation.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/antiwork, Redditor u/Dogmom200 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said they recently issued a one-week notice to their boss but were surprised when their employer's human resources department insisted they work for another month.

Titled, "Boss says they need to approve my resignation," the post has received nearly 25,000 votes and 1,700 comments in the last nine hours.

Writing that it was "hard not to laugh" while recounting the interaction, the original poster said they tried to quit their job before learning that they supposedly can't leave until their resignation is approved.

"I submitted my resignation to this dumpster fire of a job and my boss told HR they want to approve when my last day will be," OP wrote. "I only gave a 5 day notice [because] this firm has completely burned me out and I have nothing left to give."

"Now they are 'concerned' and think I should provide them another month of service," OP continued, adding a crying-laughing emoji for emphasis.

If 2020 permanently transformed what work looks like in the United States, 2021 and 2022 have tried their hardest to provide a proper follow up.

Since last April, more working Americans have quit their jobs than at any other point in U.S. history and since last October, more than 4 million employees have quit every month, according to data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Dubbed the Great Resignation, this mass-quitting phenomenon is more than just jarring statistics.

Over the last year, countless outlets and organizations have tirelessly examined the Great Resignation to determine exactly why separations have spiked so dramatically and why millions of employees have decided now is the time to take the leap.

Although low wages and unsatisfactory benefits packages continue to push workers from job to job, other factors, like toxic work environments and poor pandemic responses have led a huge number of people to search for greener pastures.

But in January, Fortune reported that another factor is pushing the Great Resignation more than any other.

Warning of an impending "Great Burnout," Fortune writer Megan Leonhardt explained that those who have stayed with employers for the last 14 months are often asked to pick up the slack left by those who left.

Already overworked, many remaining employees have taken on far greater responsibilities—inching closer and closer to total burnout as a result.

Employee elated to be leaving their job
Members of Reddit's r/AmITheA**hole defended one employee who said their employer requested they work an extra month after issuing their resignation. Three Spots/iStock / Getty Images Plus

In their viral Reddit post, the original poster explicitly stated that they felt burned out by their job and that their decision to quit was a direct result.

Responding to the original poster, Redditors throughout the post's comment section empathized with those feelings of fatigue and offered a myriad of suggestions for how OP should respond to their employer's request for another month of service.

"I would ask them outright how they intend to enforce their approval," Redditor u/Dopenastywhale wrote in a comment which has received more than 2,000 votes.

"LOL," Redditor u/greenswizzlewooster chimed in. "They can't force you to work one day past your willingness to be there."

Redditor u/whoamaynifest, whose top comment has received more than 15,000 votes, penned a possible response for the original poster.

"'Thanks to your wacky antics, my resignation is now effective immediately," they wrote. "Thanks for literally nothing."

"'While you approve my new resignation...I'll be at my new job," Redditor u/MidwestMSW added, taking their own crack at it. "So good luck with your approval."

In a separate comment, which has received more than 1,000 votes, Redditor u/Gradiu5- said the original poster should work another month—but only under specific conditions.

"Agree to the extra month," they advised. "At 2-3x your normal hourly rate and get the agreement in writing."

Newsweek reached out to u/Dogmom200 for comment.