Internet Backs Employee Who Refused to Work Extra for 'Delusional Manager'

Commenters applauded one dental assistant who explained why they refuse to go "above and beyond" for their employer in a popular internet forum.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/antiwork, Redditor u/thelastsubject123 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said they never received the raise they were promised after three months of employment at the dental office, and detailed their workplace response.

Titled, "Delusional manager thinks I'll help her after denying my raise," the viral post has received nearly 14,000 votes in the last day.

Beginning with the explanation that dental assistants do "most of the grunt work" and "get paid the least," u/thelastsubject123 said they were expecting a dollar-per-hour raise after three months, but were denied by their employer.

Following the denial, the Redditor also said they stopped volunteering to work extra shifts, and made it clear to their manager that they were unavailable to work any more than their set schedule.

"I've stopped going above and beyond and just [do] the bare minimum," they wrote.

"Yesterday, my manager pulled me into her office and asked why I was only working 1 [Saturday]," they continued, explaining that all staff members at their dental office are required to work one Saturday per week.

"I said I was busy and unavailable. She said she needed me to come in more [Saturdays] because there were 5 [Saturdays] in April," they added. "I, again, reiterated that I was busy."

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Commenters on a viral Reddit post applauded one dental assistant who has been doing the "bare minimum" at work since not receiving the pay raise they were promised. NazariyKarkhut/iStock / Getty Images Plus

Writing that their manager insisted they work more Saturdays throughout the month of April, the original poster said the request was the result of understaffing, and shared their tongue-in-cheek response to their manager's persistence.

"Manager, I'm not in the right position to discuss how you should manage the office," u/thelastsubject123 said. "I have complete faith you'll figure this out."

Employees not receiving the pay raises they were promised upon hiring is a tale as old as time.

One Google search reveals multiple pages of results, articles, advice columns, and forum discussions about promised raises that never came to fruition.

However, despite increasing commentary and a greater willingness to expose exploitative employers, the issue of promised raises can be boiled down to the difference between written and verbal agreements.

"In general, anything in writing that describes any terms, benefits or conditions of employment can be enforced," FindLaw, an online resource for legal information, reports. "If the promise was stated in your employment contract, it will likely be enforceable."

While the original poster did not specify if their promised raise was included within their original contract, or if it was a verbal offering from their employer, they did explain that the terms of their raise were changed after they were hired.

During the performance review in which their three-month raise was denied, u/thelastsubject123 said their employer backtracked, and said they never give raises after just a few months.

"They [wanted] to see improvement in my performance and [said they] generally don't give any raises prior to seeing an entire year," the Redditor wrote.

Responding to the scenario described in the viral Reddit post, commenters were quick to encourage the original poster to leave their current job and seek employment elsewhere.

In the post's top comment, which has received nearly 3,000 votes, Redditor u/Unit-Murky said it would be poetic justice if they moved on to another dental office.

"Would be great if you left for another office," they commented. "Shop around OP."

"Your manager needs to take some courses on interpersonal communication and definitely management," another Redditor added. "Feels good to stop overextending and going the extra mile, doesn't it?"

Redditor u/Easymodelife, whose comment has received nearly 2,000 votes, praised the original poster for their deadpan response to their manager's complaints about the office's lack of staffing.

"Perfect response to her manipulative attempts to put the onus on you to solve her staffing problems," they commented. "She can't even accuse you of being [insubordinate] or rude."