Internet Slams 'Entitled' Boss for Not Speaking to Employee Who Resigned

A post shared on the popular Reddit forum "Antiwork" sparked a conversation among commenters about how employees are treated after resigning from their jobs.

Redditor u/elgueroguapo wrote in their post that received 12,000 votes they were offered a new job with a higher salary, but their boss began giving them the cold shoulder after they resigned. Readers flooded the comments section to share their thoughts on the Redditor's final weeks.

A 2015 article published by the Harvard Business Review discussed what an employer should do when an employee announces their resignation.

Employer Doesn't Speak To Employee After Resignation
A Redditor said in a viral post that their employer did not speak to them after they resigned to take a new job opportunity. Here, a stock image of a resignation letter. BeeBright/iStock

Priscilla Claman, the president of Career Strategies Inc., told the outlet that the employer should create a "warm and friendly conversation about [the person's] future plans."

Claman explained that it is helpful to maintain professional relationships.

It is also important to understand why the employee decided to get a new job.

Anat Lechner, a clinical associate professor of management and organizations at New York University Stern said that information may be helpful to come up with a solution.

Employers should also be prepared to understand that their employee has their mind made up and will be moving on to a different job, regardless of whether they find a way to address any potential problems.

Redditor u/elgueroguapo wrote that they worked for a small business for four years but was recently offered a new job with a higher salary and better benefits.

When they spoke with their employer and inquired about a counter-offer, they were told they would not make that much money but should continue working for them due to an "obligation."

"Put in my notice immediately after that and they were honestly stunned," u/elgueroguapo wrote.

The Redditor wrote that they worked an additional four weeks after resigning.

"My boss would only speak around me or through others now during the last two weeks," they noted.

In the comments section, u/elgueroguapo wrote that they first worked for the company as an intern before they were hired in an entry-level position.

"So him 'taking a chance' on me and making me a competent worker, in his mind, is the obligation," u/elgueroguapo wrote.

The Redditor wrote to Newsweek that this was their first full-time job after graduating.

Looking back on their years working with the company, u/elgueroguapo said there were other toxic moments that they now understand happened.

They said their boss mentored them in their field and asked them to tell him about any job offers they receive.

When they told their boss about the job offer, they said they immediately regretted doing so.

"He had a couple of sit-downs with me before going dark and would try to guilt or pressure me to stay," they said. "Each one was high pressure and uncomfortable."

Commenters expressed their shock toward the treatment displayed by the employer.

"The entire point of hiring an entry-level worker is taking a chance; that's why salaries are generally lower," a Reddit user wrote. "That doesn't mean they get to pay you that forever."

Another Redditor agreed with the sentiment, commenting, "Right. Like wtf are these people f**king thinking. Entitled a** idiots essentially."

One wrote that it was an "immature" and "unprofessional" point of view that the employer held.

"You were just as much taking a chance on them to teach you, and they also made profit of your work," they wrote. "You owe them nothing after this treatment."

A commenter wrote that there are "tactful ways to resign" and would not burn bridges if the company they once worked for treated them well.

"But if I get an opportunity that drastically outweighs the benefits of my current position, then I'll put in my two weeks and hold my head high," they wrote.

After seeing the responses that their post garnered, u/elgueroguapo felt more assured in their decision.

"I posted because I felt bad and like I was in the wrong somehow," u/elgueroguapo said. "Comments really helped validate that I was making the right decision to leave."

Redditors on "Antiwork" haven't hesitated to share their thoughts on other viral posts, like one about an employee who sparked a debate about only working during the hours they get paid.

A post showing a hostile response from another employer after their employee quit their job also went viral.

Another Redditor said in their viral post that they were not getting paid and decided to stop working until the problem was resolved.

Updated 05/18/2022, 3:14 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with comments from Redditor u/elgueroguapo.