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People Are Applauding The Way This Employee Got Revenge On His Boss Who Made Him Work While Sick
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People Are Applauding The Way This Employee Got Revenge On His Boss Who Made Him Work While Sick

There’s no denying it, we all work too much these days. As it’s gotten so much easier to take our job home and on holiday with us, the temptation to do a little extra here and there and never fully switch off is real and has even become an expectation in some companies. (Facebook cover image: Kai Hendry)

Image credits: Scott Atwood (Not the actual photo)

This kind of presenteeism doesn’t help anyone and can even be harmful, with even sickness not being enough to keep people away from their desks and bosses becoming ever more demanding. This story, told on the subreddit r/MaliciousCompliance, is a perfect example of a pushy manager refusing to respect his employees’ boundaries, to the point of ridiculousness. Marketing manager benisaboringname was left literally speechless by his boss’s request and decided to comply maliciously (not that he had much choice), to teach him a lesson.

Ben’s voice has thankfully returned and he’s doing well, although not much has changed at the company. “I think presenteeism is definitely an issue in a lot of modern workplaces, especially those that are business services related,” he explained to us here at Bored Panda. “It’s that inability to fully switch off from work. As a shareholder, I would argue it’s upon my own volition should I wish to work. Being ill presented me with a day where there were no distractions (or so I thought!) meaning I could work on things I wouldn’t normally get the chance to do. If it were any of my subordinates, I would advise them against working and we do have contract clauses that state that employees shouldn’t work outside of their contracted hours.”

And what about the Managing Director? Has he learned any humility from the experience? “Unfortunately, he’s a stubborn individual, no matter how in the wrong he is I doubt he sees the full extent of that – if he does, he hasn’t made it clear…or apologized.”

Here’s what people had to say about the situation

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toldyouso
Community Member
3 years ago

My boyfriend was once sick at home with fever etc. (I was there too, nursing him a little bit and had a free day) so he called in sick at work. Later that day he received a call from the police saying his father died at a heart attack at home. He cried and was depressed after that. 30 minutes after that call, his work called and said they had a problem and he needs to solve it. He said he cant do it because hes sick and his father just died so he wont be able to do it. Later that day work called again and said he really need to do it because its urgent. I was so angry at his boss. No empathy, nothing. I knew he wasnt happy with his boss and always had problems at work but this one made me really mad. My boyfriend worked then, few weeks later he quit his job. I was really glad he found a better job and a reallu good boss after he worked in this shitty company!!!

toldyouso
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3 years ago

Edit: he worked his ass off there, worked in his free time and they said its not enough and he should work more in his freetime. His ex-boss even said if he doesnt do that, he needs to quit so he quit instantly.

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
3 years ago

The MD sounds jealous. I bet thats the reason he is such a dickhead.

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
3 years ago

Why do some bosses assume that their employees are just machines that can work anytime? Even machines need to be taken offline for maintenance now and then. Good bosses are hard to find.

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toldyouso
Community Member
3 years ago

My boyfriend was once sick at home with fever etc. (I was there too, nursing him a little bit and had a free day) so he called in sick at work. Later that day he received a call from the police saying his father died at a heart attack at home. He cried and was depressed after that. 30 minutes after that call, his work called and said they had a problem and he needs to solve it. He said he cant do it because hes sick and his father just died so he wont be able to do it. Later that day work called again and said he really need to do it because its urgent. I was so angry at his boss. No empathy, nothing. I knew he wasnt happy with his boss and always had problems at work but this one made me really mad. My boyfriend worked then, few weeks later he quit his job. I was really glad he found a better job and a reallu good boss after he worked in this shitty company!!!

toldyouso
Community Member
3 years ago

Edit: he worked his ass off there, worked in his free time and they said its not enough and he should work more in his freetime. His ex-boss even said if he doesnt do that, he needs to quit so he quit instantly.

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
3 years ago

The MD sounds jealous. I bet thats the reason he is such a dickhead.

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
3 years ago

Why do some bosses assume that their employees are just machines that can work anytime? Even machines need to be taken offline for maintenance now and then. Good bosses are hard to find.

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