Internet Backs Employee Whose 'Idiot Boss' Followed Them to New Job

Members of a popular internet forum were supportive of one employee who said their former, incompetent boss was recently hired by their new employer.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/antiwork, Redditor u/griz911 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) detailed the mistreatment they experienced at their old job, and how it has slowly leaked into their current workplace environment.

Titled, "Quit my job and my idiot boss I was trying to get away from followed me to my new job," the viral post has received nearly 15,000 votes and 1,000 comments in the last day.

Explaining that they resigned from their former position because they were "tired of getting screwed over," the original poster said they were carrying the workload of three full-time employees and made it clear to their boss that few employees would be willing to do the same.

"I told her on my way out [that] nobody is going to tolerate these work conditions," they wrote.

"6 months later, she says, 'It's weird, I had to hire 2 people to replace you, and we're always behind. I don't know what happened,'" they continued. "She was let go shortly after."

Following their resignation, the original poster said they were enjoying working for their new employer, until a familiar face reappeared.

"The problem is, [my] old boss got hired at my place to project manage for projects I handled at the old job," they wrote. "Now...I'm being asked to do the projects she was hired for."

"I said no, those tasks are not in my job description," they continued. "I was told 'this project is everybody's job,' and I said 'nope, I read her job description and you guys already explained to me what that position entails. She was hired for that job, she needs to do it.'"

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Redditors were quick to support one employee who said their former boss was recently hired at their current place of employment. fizkes/iStock / Getty Images Plus

"Now they're asking me to be the 'facilitator' and 'help' her to [do] the job she was hired to do," they added.

Last year, a record number of American workers left their jobs as part of a mass-quitting phenomenon dubbed the Great Resignation.

In November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4.5 million employees quit their jobs, the highest level recorded since the data was first produced in 2000.

This January, that number dipped to 4.3 million, but employees across the country continue to leave jobs at record rates.

This spike in separations can be attributed to a workforce, and work landscape that were both transformed by COVID-19, as well as a myriad of factors headlined not by inadequate pay, but by toxic work cultures.

In an article published by MIT Sloan Management Review, authors Donald Sull, Charles Sull and Ben Zweig revealed that the "leading elements contributing to toxic cultures include failure to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion; workers feeling disrespected; and unethical behavior."

The last two elements listed by Sull, Sull and Zweig—workers feeling disrespected and unethical behavior—both encompass a variety of actions and behaviors, including covering up for an incompetent boss, manager or direct superior.

Monster, a leading jobs website, recommends that employees consistently faced with picking up their boss's slack (or a boss who consistently takes credit for their work) attempt to "reclaim ownership" of their work to increase visibility to higher ups, and potentially transfer to a different department.

In cases where reclaiming ownership or transferring to a different department are not possible, Monster recommends employees seek employment elsewhere—like u/griz911 did before their former boss became their current project manager.

Responding to the viral Reddit post, many commenters suggested the original poster return to their previous job, or attempt to expose the incompetence they've dealt with at two consecutive employers.

"Maybe now your old place will be a better place to work," Redditor u/cdka wrote in the post's top comment, which has received more than 8,000 votes.

"Go back to your old job and take her old position," Redditor u/TheBuzzWuzz added, receiving more than 7,000 votes.

In a pointed comment, Redditor u/tastyemerald said the original poster should stay the course at their current job until they are able to take over as project manager.

"These people all sound like they suck," u/tastyemerald commented. "Let her fail and/or take her job."

"You're apparently qualified if they're asking you to do it for her," they added.

Redditor u/Living_Run2573, whose response has received nearly 1,000 votes, offered a similar suggestion.

"Explain the situation, refuse to do her job once again and when she is fired, take her $200K job," they commented.

Newsweek reached out to u/griz911 for comment.