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Boss Notices His Employee Sobbing At Her Desk, And His Act Of Kindness Turns Her Into The Best Employee
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People, Social Issues2 years ago

Boss Notices His Employee Sobbing At Her Desk, And His Act Of Kindness Turns Her Into The Best Employee

Companies often take their employees for granted. Withholding raises and promotions, piling up extra work and eliminating fringe benefits, they certainly know how to take advantage of their workers. But it doesn’t have to be like this. And this story by Bernie Reifkind proves it. Recently, he told his LinkedIn connections about the time he stumbled upon a mom employee, crying at her desk. She’d been up all night, was out of sick days, and her child was ill. However, instead of telling her to suck it up, Bernie did something that modern managers are forgetting about. It’s called being a decent human being and showing empathy.

More info: LinkedIn

Image credits: Bernie Reifkind

Image credits: Bernie Reifkind

But if you’re unhappy with your boss and think that your long days and flat paychecks are making the company rich, there are things you can do to get a bigger piece of the pie. The first step would be to approach your supervisor to ask for more money, better hours, a lighter workload, a promotion or some other perks. However, don’t demand. “The way you ask is important,” Holly G. Green, CEO and managing director of The Human Factor, told Monster.

“Start the conversation with phrases like ‘It seems as if the company has really turned around and is doing well, based on our most recent quarterly results. Can you help me understand how this will affect employees as we continue to do well?'”

Also, John O’Connor, president of Career Pro, advised against letting emotion get the better of you when you’re asking for what you think you deserve. “Don’t speak out in anger because it will never advance your career,” he said.

“Companies are asking for a lot right now, but if they don’t live up to their promises and it’s affecting your health and sanity and performance, be looking for a place that validates you,” O’Connor added.

People were really impressed by the CEO’s act of kindness, comparing it to the way their managers treat them

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Hans Van Grinderbeek
Community Member
2 years ago

Only in America. I am so glad I live in Belgium. But then again, we pay +50% of our income to taxes. And you now what, I have absolutely no problem with that. You know why? - no college debt for half your life - absence for medical reasons is always coverd (no loss of salary) - on top of that, you have (minimum) 20 days off, your choice when to take them (+ some additional, guaranteed off- days, like when a relative dies or your children are ill) - doctors' and hospital cost wouldn't bankrupt us - one of the best educational systems in the world - if you're fired, we have a strong social security safety net but the most surrealist political system;;; ;D

DrGirlfriend
Community Member
2 years ago

Hans my good sir.. this is heartbreaking for me .. I don't want to cry you a river of my problems but I'll tell you they run deeper than I ever thought be possible.. I'm ashamed of my country's greed and love of violence.. just yesterday we had another school shooting... I beg, wish dream of living such a life. In America we are Free.. Free to suffer , Free to owe the government 100k $ in debt at twenty years old for school ,, but cannot obtain a home loan for 10,20 or 30k . Our food is full of chemicals there are recalls of meat , fruits and vegetables seemingly monthly.. and the health, medical issues it all causes is too expensive to even get help with.. Hans it almost don't seem real what your saying.. this is my dream to live in Belgium

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 years ago

LIving in the Netherlands this is totally beyond anything I could imagine. I understand that companies aren't some kind of charitable organisation but ffs what is wrong with treating employees like they are actually human beings? None of this could happen in my country. Sick days? Yes we have them. You can stay sick for up to 730 days before the employer can fire you. Not allowed to attend a funeral? Nope. It's your legal right. Firing someone for being sick or recovering? No, impossible. Ok, we pay taxes but we all get more security and protection in return.

Bunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

This is what boggles my mind. Here in North America, we pay taxes. And yet, some citizens (Usually Conservatives and Republicans) seem to think that it's perfectly fine to gut social programs, and only aid the rich, who barely pay any taxes at all. In this day and age, taxes are supposed to be paying for social programs that help everyone.

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AliFab
Community Member
2 years ago

Wait... you mean treating employees like human beings and being kind and empathetic makes them more productive and willing to do more for your company? NO WAY

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Hans Van Grinderbeek
Community Member
2 years ago

Only in America. I am so glad I live in Belgium. But then again, we pay +50% of our income to taxes. And you now what, I have absolutely no problem with that. You know why? - no college debt for half your life - absence for medical reasons is always coverd (no loss of salary) - on top of that, you have (minimum) 20 days off, your choice when to take them (+ some additional, guaranteed off- days, like when a relative dies or your children are ill) - doctors' and hospital cost wouldn't bankrupt us - one of the best educational systems in the world - if you're fired, we have a strong social security safety net but the most surrealist political system;;; ;D

DrGirlfriend
Community Member
2 years ago

Hans my good sir.. this is heartbreaking for me .. I don't want to cry you a river of my problems but I'll tell you they run deeper than I ever thought be possible.. I'm ashamed of my country's greed and love of violence.. just yesterday we had another school shooting... I beg, wish dream of living such a life. In America we are Free.. Free to suffer , Free to owe the government 100k $ in debt at twenty years old for school ,, but cannot obtain a home loan for 10,20 or 30k . Our food is full of chemicals there are recalls of meat , fruits and vegetables seemingly monthly.. and the health, medical issues it all causes is too expensive to even get help with.. Hans it almost don't seem real what your saying.. this is my dream to live in Belgium

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 years ago

LIving in the Netherlands this is totally beyond anything I could imagine. I understand that companies aren't some kind of charitable organisation but ffs what is wrong with treating employees like they are actually human beings? None of this could happen in my country. Sick days? Yes we have them. You can stay sick for up to 730 days before the employer can fire you. Not allowed to attend a funeral? Nope. It's your legal right. Firing someone for being sick or recovering? No, impossible. Ok, we pay taxes but we all get more security and protection in return.

Bunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

This is what boggles my mind. Here in North America, we pay taxes. And yet, some citizens (Usually Conservatives and Republicans) seem to think that it's perfectly fine to gut social programs, and only aid the rich, who barely pay any taxes at all. In this day and age, taxes are supposed to be paying for social programs that help everyone.

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AliFab
Community Member
2 years ago

Wait... you mean treating employees like human beings and being kind and empathetic makes them more productive and willing to do more for your company? NO WAY

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