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“Fired? Are You Sure?”: New Management Fires The Best Employee In The Company, Regrets It Almost Immediately
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“Fired? Are You Sure?”: New Management Fires The Best Employee In The Company, Regrets It Almost Immediately

A change in a company’s ownership can transform it into an entirely different business. And not always for the better.

One recent post on the popular r/ProRevenge subreddit by user Vonadler is a perfect example that forcing policy on employees you know very little about can seriously backfire.

It begins by introducing the hero of the story. An elderly engineer who had become an integral part of the organization.

The man was the star of the show. He produced results, trained his colleagues, and made sure everything was running smoothly.

However, after the company was sold and new managers came in, they wanted to steer the ship in a new direction and began to make some of the crew uneasy. Including their most important engineer.

The conflict grew and the managers made up their minds to fire him as soon as an opportunity presented itself. But what the bosses didn’t expect was that they would beg him to come back after just a few days.

Image credits: Field Engineer (not that actual photo)

Sadly, there’s no shortage of bosses mismanaging their teams. And one doesn’t have to look far for proof. 2018 research from Gallup, for example, revealed a series of alarming stats.

78 percent of employees, for example, don’t believe their leaders have a clear direction for the organization. Yes, there might be extensive communication plans, presentations, and memos, but in reality, few employees think their leaders know where their organization is headed, and only 15% of employees strongly agree the leadership of their organization makes them feel enthusiastic about the future.

Researchers think one reason may be that most leaders do not include a significant number of people in shaping the vision of their company. When people feel like they aren’t a part of the process, they are less enthusiastic about the outcome.

Also, only 14% of employees strongly agree that the performance reviews they receive inspire them to improve.

One cause is that performance conversations happen so infrequently and modern businesses change so quickly. So when managers and employees finally sit down to talk, few of the goals or measurements make sense anymore.

Then there’s the workload. 67% of employees say they are sometimes, very often, or always burned out. And that’s a problem. Employees who are very often or always burned out are 63% more likely to take a sick day and 23% more likely to visit the emergency room.

It also affects employee performance, retention, career growth, and even family life. So kudos to our engineer who fought overtime. “Work” or whatever you want to call this culture, it’s not something to be celebrated.

Managers should be very aware of these numbers because according to Joblist’s 2022 Job Market Trends Report:

  • 3 out of 4 full-time employees are planning to quit their job this year;
  • 79% of employed job seekers believe that they can make more money by switching jobs than staying put in the current market.

Plus, our elderly gentleman isn’t a standalone example. A few days ago, The Washington Post reported that, “Goldman Sachs estimated last fall that more than half of those who had left the workforce during the Covid era’s Great Resignation were over 55.”

Robert Kelley, who is a professor of management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, told Forbes that, “The Covid pandemic is producing a once in several generations seismic shift in the work world—from what work do we focus on, to who does that work, to where is the work performed, to how much life purpose do workers derive from their work”

Kelley prefers to see The Great Resignation as the first shock-wave of what he called the ‘Big Sort’ that will have trailing aftershocks. “All echelons—from CEOs to front-line workers—are sorting out their relationship with work and how work fits into their overall life-work balance, as well as how much they want to get paid for their work.”

Sounds like our engineer was ahead of the game and had already had his answers. The managers were just playing catch-up.

People thought the man handled the situation beautifully

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Leo Domitrix
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7 months ago

Unions, people. You want better? Group of labor vs management has been shown to work quite well throughout the world and recent history. If you pay $100/year to a union that helps you get an extra $1600 a month at your job, and better safety, and health care.... Seriously, what's the problem? .... I will never understand how people got conned into thinking unions cost more than this absurdity we call "working conditions" in America. Rant over. peace out.

Genevieve
Community Member
7 months ago

Well said! I can tell you how people got conned: by being given propaganda by powerful people who stand to lose from workers having protection.

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Sunshine Trujillo
Community Member
7 months ago

Hey BP writer, Rokas L., 55 years old is not "elderly" lol

Jamie Ward
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

I was going to say the same thing! 55 is elderly? Given life expectancy in the US, for example, that would mean that for about 30% of a person's lived live, they would be identified as elderly.;

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
7 months ago

In short: Unions work, Labor laws work. In normal societies employees are protected against idiotic employers. Which contradicts the believe that unions are only out to destroy the economy by demanding absurd working conditions and extravagant wages.

Tom
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Yeah...but unions aren't always that great. For example, auto unions historically haven't given one tiny crap about the environment. They have never demanded automakers create EVs or any sort of environmentally friendly vehicles. Also, many unions don't even work that well or even care that much. Just look a when Ford announced the Mustang Mach E would be made in another country rather than in America. The union complained a bit, and that's it! lol No strikes, no hardball, nothing!

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
7 months ago

Unions, people. You want better? Group of labor vs management has been shown to work quite well throughout the world and recent history. If you pay $100/year to a union that helps you get an extra $1600 a month at your job, and better safety, and health care.... Seriously, what's the problem? .... I will never understand how people got conned into thinking unions cost more than this absurdity we call "working conditions" in America. Rant over. peace out.

Genevieve
Community Member
7 months ago

Well said! I can tell you how people got conned: by being given propaganda by powerful people who stand to lose from workers having protection.

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Sunshine Trujillo
Community Member
7 months ago

Hey BP writer, Rokas L., 55 years old is not "elderly" lol

Jamie Ward
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

I was going to say the same thing! 55 is elderly? Given life expectancy in the US, for example, that would mean that for about 30% of a person's lived live, they would be identified as elderly.;

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
7 months ago

In short: Unions work, Labor laws work. In normal societies employees are protected against idiotic employers. Which contradicts the believe that unions are only out to destroy the economy by demanding absurd working conditions and extravagant wages.

Tom
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Yeah...but unions aren't always that great. For example, auto unions historically haven't given one tiny crap about the environment. They have never demanded automakers create EVs or any sort of environmentally friendly vehicles. Also, many unions don't even work that well or even care that much. Just look a when Ford announced the Mustang Mach E would be made in another country rather than in America. The union complained a bit, and that's it! lol No strikes, no hardball, nothing!

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