Managers Blasted for Not Showing Up to Veteran Employee's Retirement Party

Managers have been blasted for not showing up to an employee's retirement party after he worked for the small company for 20 years.

In the post shared on Reddit's r/antiwork group, user u/Handsen_ explained not a single person from management came to see off the veteran worker.

In the post, which can be seen here, the employee said: "Is this normal? I work in a small company with really great people and we as a team took our coworker out for his last lunch after working for the company for 20+ years.

"We sent invites a week ahead to everyone in the office, including the president and our managers. Just a few coworkers and myself showed."

Stock image of sad man with cake
Managers have been blasted for not showing up to an employee's retirement party after he worked for the small company for 20 years. Pictured: Stock image of a man with cake. Getty Images

"It was great and we had a fun time, but you could see it on my co-worker's face once he realized none of his bosses came to help celebrate his success."

The worker continued: "The big kicker for me, was that the president took our manager out for lunch to another restaurant just up the road. We ended up splitting the bill to pay for our friend.

"Is this what I should expect after giving away a majority of my life to these people? Not even one lunch?"

The post resonated with many Reddit users, who went on to upvote it more than 11,000 times. Since being uploaded on Sunday, July 3, the post attracted more than 595 comments.

Many of those who commented on the post slammed the managers and spoke about either their own work experiences or those of their family members.

One Reddit user said: "It speaks volumes about the real 'culture' at your company. They see you as human capital, not as human beings. Maybe it's time for you to look for greener pastures elsewhere."

Another added: "My MIL (mother-in-law) just retired after working 40 years as a nurse. Her 'retirement party' was a cake in the break room."

A third person commented: "My great-grandad worked for the railroad back from 1930 to 1950. He got a watch among other things.

"It's worth a couple thousand now and was probably pretty steep back then. I'll be lucky to get a bag of candy and a five-dollar target gift card, which is actually what I got when working on a help desk for my birthday.

"F**k these people that take us for granted while we are expected to do all the work. Goddamn, bootlickers."

Newsweek has contacted u/Handsen_ for comment.

According to the Harvard Business Review, there are several steps an employee can take to improve their relationship with their boss:

  • Take notes of positive and negative things that have happened between you.
  • Check-in with your boss to see what is working well and what is not.
  • Adjust your vision of your future self and incorporate what advice your boss has given and what you have learned about them.