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Employee Gets Told They’re “Replaceable”, So They Play Along And It Ruins The Company
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Employee Gets Told They’re “Replaceable”, So They Play Along And It Ruins The Company

The boss-employee relationship is dictated by influence — the unevenness of power in the organization shapes how bosses and subordinates relate to each other. Sadly, as Reddit user anon-cant-quit has experienced, it can get pretty ugly.

The classic “you are replaceable” play has to be one of the oldest tricks in the book but a lot of companies still use it. Even if we’re talking about best performers, it’s not uncommon for managers to try everything they can think of just to avoid having to pay their employees more money.

However, as anon-cant-quit explained on r/ProRevenge, it doesn’t always work. Using their spouse’s business knowledge and outside help, they were able to successfully escape their toxic office and prove that, in fact, it was the organization that was replaceable. Continue scrolling to learn how they did it!

One person who had the “pleasure” of hearing their boss say they were replaceable decided to teach their company a lesson

Image credits: Andrea Piacquadio (not the actual photo)

But everything went even better than they had expected

Image credits: anon-cant-quit

As Fernando Bartolomé and André Laurent pointed out in Harvard Business Review, bosses are not only often unaware of how they misuse their power in relation to subordinates, but they are also frequently unaware of the contradictory messages they send and their motives for doing so.

For example, they may tell subordinates that they expect them to be candid and to feel free to offer criticism but at the same time, they communicate disapproval of candid feedback through subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle cues.

In the superior role, many managers say that they are more concerned about their team’s performance than with obedience for its own sake or with workers doing things the boss’s way. Despite the overt message they send, however—”good performance is what really counts in my department”—many managers communicate subtly to subordinates that obedience and deference are just as important, if not more so.

This story is a perfect example of the moment when managers fail to understand how deeply the unequal distribution of power can hurt interpersonal relations and productivity. During these times, serious problems can arise for the organization. According to Bartolomé and Laurent, the most important and pervasive negative effect of the hierarchical structure can be summarized in the saying, “Trust flees authority.”

Good ideas often remain unexpressed because subordinates believe they will be punished for disagreeing with their superiors or showing too much competence. Honest feedback about the superior’s managerial style is withheld because subordinates are afraid they’ll be blackballed when decisions on promotions are made. Maybe that’s also the reason why OP’s former colleagues bailed on the company and joined their new venture?

A very high number of people express dissatisfaction with the places they work at. A recent study sought to more accurately define the term “good job” and determine how many Americans had them.

The researchers found the top three components of a “good job” were enjoyable day-to-day work, a sense of purpose, and what anon-cant-quit lacked, a stable and predictable pay. But they also discovered only 40% of employees felt they had these things.  I hope the rest will also find a way to stand up for themselves.

People thought the way OP got back at their boss was simply flawless

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Sega Saturn
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7 months ago

This seems a little fake....

purple zebra
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7 months ago

A little???

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Heather G
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7 months ago

They lose me as soon as they say "I was exceptional in every way". Ok Mary Poppins.

Suzi Q
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7 months ago

They are confident

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Elin Noller
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7 months ago

And then everyone clapped

Incitatus
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7 months ago

Even his old office building clapped.

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June Bugg
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7 months ago

“Moral went down and clients were less satisfied.” I think you meant MORALE, not “moral”.

similarly
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7 months ago

No, I'm pretty sure they meant morals. Things were less busy, people got kinda crazy, things got out of hand ...

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Carol Alanis
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7 months ago

The only thing missing in this story is "and they lived happily ever after."

Gopi Gopi
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7 months ago

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I make more then $12,000 a month online. It’s enough to comfortably replace my old jobs income, especially considering I only work about 11 to 12 hours a week from home. I was amazed how easy it was after I tried it…GOOD LUCK.. ===))> 𝐖­𝐰­𝐰.𝐒­𝐚­𝐥­𝐚­𝐫­𝐲­𝐛­𝐚­𝐚­𝐫.𝐂­𝐨­𝐦

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Nate Barnhurst
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7 months ago

This would be a great story if it were true.

Dorothy Parker
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7 months ago

As an employer, always have a no compete clause in every contract. As an employee, never sign a contract with a do not compete clause.

P Webb
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7 months ago

Non-compete clauses are not forever. It can be anywhere from 6 to 24 months where you cannot work for competing company.

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JuniorCJ82
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7 months ago

Could this possibly have been any vaguer?

Denise Melek
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7 months ago

Well... This gets even lamer then those Disney Princess posts

Candia Lee
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7 months ago

Than

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Akalvin
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7 months ago

Those stories are very boring.

The Starsong Princess
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7 months ago

Also mostly fantasies.

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Nomad Industries
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5 months ago

I actually did something similar. I was fired from a place because I was too old they said. I opened a business exactly like theirs and took many clients away just because they liked me. I'm not as big as they are but I make more than when I worked there so I am happy.

Cezar Matkowski
Community Member
7 months ago

In other words, the protagonist of the story was a pretty complacent person that, despite possessing all the skills and opportunities required to run their own successful business decided to keep a salaried position in someone else's business way below their skill level. And they only started to use their real potential after being pushed by their boss.

Nicole Krenzler
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Its called inertia. A body at rest tends to stay at rest, until acted upon by an outside force. He /she was happy at work for the most part, and if he had'nt been shafted by a low bonus, and being called replaceable would never have left.

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Elion Pizarro
Community Member
7 months ago

Lol, shitty employee starts a business ok. And in 3 months is better than the other biz thats been around for 10 years. Ok bettty sue. Riiiight

Izabela Wilson
Community Member
7 months ago

Nice fanfic. Let's get back to the real world now.

Beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Community Member
7 months ago

This article is fake af. No specifics of the company or what they provide. Some butt hurt employee who WAS expendable quit for principle and got nothing. So they became a writer. Oh wait a journalist. Wait, do journalists write fiction?

Nicole Normand
Community Member
5 months ago

The list of journalists-turned-author is legion, including Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Joan Didion, Carl Hiaasen, Susan Sontag, and Michael Connelly. Even longer would be a list of reporters who tried books and didn't care for the labor, uncertainty and poor return. (Google)

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Chantel Cummings
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7 months ago

If true, the poster broke rules of conflict of interest by stealing clients and employees from their old job. Doesn't say much about their ethics.

Ava
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7 months ago

Not rules of conflict. Non-compete.

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Ian Stiltner
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7 months ago

It’s “morale”, not “moral”. ❌ 😡 “YOU’RE FIRED. AGAIN.”

SW Dad
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7 months ago

Braggadouchio. I suspect the previous owner told them bonuses were position-based and determined by critical roles based on job description. You know, the ones that are harder to fill in a competitive job market. Pissy egomaniac here took that as "you're more replaceable than others." The company probably nosedived all on its own, not because the OP was special, and chucklehead here was able to hire the real talent that made them successful in the first place.

June Bugg
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7 months ago

Chucklehead ?

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Tracy Rowe
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7 months ago

This happened to me, but slower. I worked in a theater arts school that was an adjunct to a regional theater. I loved the job, but my boss was incredibly passive aggressive. Little by little I took on more responsibility, which was fine because I enjoyed doing it. Reviews were always 10 out of 10 but the highest raise I ever got was .25 an hour (!!). I was continually told that was all they could afford. Meanwhile my boss was getting big raises every year even though I was taking on more and more of her job. (turns out her very rich parents were making substantial "donations"to the theater). Everyone at the company knew I was basically doing her job, and after I had to fix two MAJOR mistakes on her part, she started to see me as a threat and started setting me up to fail. I could see the writing on the wall, but I waited for her to have me fired so I could collect unemployment. They offered to demote me (presenting it as a position change) but I said no.

Tracy Rowe
Community Member
7 months ago

They told me if I didn't take the new position they'd have to let me go. I got up and walked out, took my things and went home. They had to hire 3 people to take my place and the place of my part time co worker who walked out a few weeks later. The school went slowly downhill, and while COVID was partly responsible, she was eventually let go and the school was shut down. Which is sad because it was a great resource for the students who often went on to study at a local performing arts academy and even college. I, in the meantime, retired.

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Boyce McLaughlin
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7 months ago

On today’s episode of “Things That NEVER Happened”. But thanks for the fairy tale.

David
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7 months ago

If this is actually a true retelling of a story, I was with the protagonist here up to the point of satisfaction from ruining the old boss and his business. The employee certainly had a right to leave and start a competing business, and the boss sounded like an unappeciative a$$ (again, 2 sides to every story). But, did his callus remark warrant near total destruction? I don't think so. A successful competitor delivering a significant financial hit would have accomplished the same lesson. To feel some satisfaction in ruining the guy seems equally callus and disproportionate. Remember, karma can change direction in an instant. Don't be a Richard.

Mark Stewart
Community Member
7 months ago

Welcome to free market. The employer thinks you are compensated fine and you don't. The employer is free to replace you and you are free to go somewhere else. You chose to go somewhere else and thought you could offer a better product (lower prices also works to compete). Great for you and your boss accidently did you a favor. Nice free-market move.

Cindy Booth
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah. Sure. Even if true I reckon my country isn't the only one where clauses in employment include that you cannot open or work in directly competing companies for x months or even years after your employment ends.

BWC
Community Member
7 months ago

In most states these are not enforceable as no company can prevent you from making a living.

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Michael Pattow
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7 months ago

My dad lost his job at 63, about 18 months before he would qualify for a pension. He was the head of the sales department. He had been selling the same product for 30 years. After being let go, he called their #1 competitor and got a job for a very low wage+ commission. He bet on himself and got all of his old accounts to switch to the new company, over $10M in annual business. He had in his contract that if he got a certain amount of business he would just have to maintain his accounts. So after a few months worth of work getting all his old clients he worked for 7 years for them getting paid about 5 grand a month to work around 100 hours a year.

Buck Up
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7 months ago

Spell Check: morale vs moral

Suzi Q
Community Member
7 months ago

That's why no business should rely so heavily on one employee, unless you are prepared to treat them as such!

Heather G
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7 months ago

Also, I've read this before. Not sure if on BP or somewhere else.

Oopsydaisy
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7 months ago

Probably Reddit. That's where they get most of their content from.

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Danky Kang
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7 months ago

This whole story is true. Im the old boss. I got cancer and died after they left cuz im such an IDIOT

C Pope
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5 months ago

😂

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mewmew34
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7 months ago

The fact that no information is given regarding the companies or services just helps make this story super unbelievable. "I was perfect in every way, then told I was replaceable, so now I run my own company." Yup. Sure.

Jason Harvey
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7 months ago (edited)

Totally fake... Getting bored with bored panda. Used to love this site.

Crocodile
Community Member
5 months ago

Actually in some places this happens quite often

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Joseph Matthews
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7 months ago

My BS meter is ringing off the hook here lol but I don't think she's a complete liar, just devoid of self awareness. My question is, where did she get the money to not only directly COMPETE with a decade plus old business - but offer all the extra amenities and doodads they couldn't? My guess is that instead of her 'perfect awesomeness' winning the day - she had a very rich family member who funded everything and she used their money to take all of this guys best employees and then offer everything he couldn't until she eventually ran him out of town and ruined his livelihood because he was a jerk once. (Struggling financially is very stressful and explains why he couldn't give his *bestest* employee a bonus.) Then she had the complete lack of self awareness to not only pat herself on the back for it but brag to the internet what an awesome incredible hero she is for 'pulling herself up by the bootstraps!' It was still fun though lol.

MrJoeh1234
Community Member
7 months ago

Piffle. "I was a perfect employee and my boss was completely incompetent." I am very good at my job, and I could move up if I wanted, but perfect in every way solely responsible for the success of the company? Hah!

Theo Sulf
Community Member
7 months ago

A bit contrived, this story seems. Possibly over-elaborated, exaggerated, and a bit of a fable. The owner said, allegedly with the language of "you're more replaceable than the others", which is still a horrible thing to say to someone with many responsibilities, but according to the title of this article, seems a bit of some readers-bait to spike emotional clicks to read more. If this were real, the owner would be in the wrong, and it doesn't seem with such a valuable company with such a small footprint on the employee front would say such a thing, considering the view of who does what does not have to be focused to much to see who's more important (they are all part of a well-oiled machine, obviously). The details are scarce (for a reason, I am sure), but the entire story sounds as if it was made up from what someone wished they had done after being told they were replaceable for some other reason other than doing an exceptional job and getting a lesser bonus. I call shenanigans.

Joe Reuben
Community Member
7 months ago

I'll take things that didn't happen for $5000, Alex. COMPLETE BS.

Zophra
Community Member
7 months ago

This makes no sense, Why would you get fired in a fit of rage for a planned vacation? Who can make money in a new business within 3 months to hire more employees?

Bryn
Community Member
7 months ago

He got fired because he said he was quitting and had turned in his 2 week notice. They know what they're doing and already have a good reputation

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LouLou Bella
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3 weeks ago

I call bullsh*t

Will Rogers
Community Member
2 months ago

The biggest screw-up was the former employer not having a multi-year non compete clause.

Luis Pitolargo
Community Member
2 months ago

So, what business is this human talking about? And how many spouses are there in this story?

Cat Girl
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2 months ago

If its real, GG… i guess?

Nightshade1972
Community Member
3 months ago

My father used to be the second in command at a private financial consulting firm. Most of their business was conducted on the road, actually visiting clients. They ended up having to let one guy go when he thought it'd be a great idea to start work late, leave work early, take long lunches, and it never occurred to him that the firm's actual clients would complain to my father and my father's boss about his lack of punctuality. My father had the pleasure of letting the guy go. Next thing my father knows, he's getting calls from the firm's current clients. Former Employee has basically stolen my father's work product, put his own letterhead on it (without bothering to change font style/color), and sent out solicitation emails to poach clients from my father's firm. Apparently Former Employee was too stupid to realize that the firm's current clients respected my father and his boss enough to call and give them a heads-up about what Former Employee was doing. (Part 1)

Nightshade1972
Community Member
3 months ago

My father's firm sued Former Employee, won, and when Former Employee whined that he "couldn't afford" to pay the judgment, the judge smiled and said, "That's okay, we'll put the current judgment in an interest-bearing account. You can either pay the entire current judgment now, or, by the time you get the money together, pay whatever the judgment's gone up to because of the interest."

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Eileen Dyett
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3 months ago

A former boss used to (sarcastically) ask me why he paid me since, "...you don't do anything." When I left that job they had to hire a part-time assistant for my full-time replacement. That's right, they had to pay two people to get the work done. I pointed that out to my forrmer boss and he admitted he had underestimated me.

Mondo Cane
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah, this really did happen

BBsparkster614
Community Member
5 months ago

Mmm it’s bound to happen. Trust me this is more believable than some of the stories o boredpanda. I mean it’s only 14 other people he needs to buyout

BBsparkster614
Community Member
5 months ago

Minutes that: 13, one of the people he has a better more acknowledging person: his wife

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LSR
Community Member
6 months ago

The b******t meter on this one is so high I have to now open the windows and go take a bath myself.

Bill Phillips-in BC
Community Member
6 months ago

If it is too good to be true, you can count on it that it is.

Chainlink
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6 months ago

Welcome to the real world, and no, mom can’t do everything for you. If you want total dependent living, get a job and work, nothing is free, and if you don’t like the job keep your mouth shut and get another one.

Roy Blankenship
Community Member
6 months ago

For all of the posters yelling, "Fake!", so what? Are the stories in the Bible fake? They are meant to teach a lesson.

James Roberts
Community Member
7 months ago

This right here is exactly what's wrong with with everything journalism and media related. Not a single journalist any more can tell any type of story any more without it being either 100% complete b******t or it being 100% biased. There's no truth any more. Nothing but 100% dishonesty in everything every single media outlet does any more.

Mark A
Community Member
7 months ago

Fake.

Byted0wn
Community Member
7 months ago

OP was so great they surpassed the 15 year number 1 business with 75% market share in a matter of months. They were able to handle all that incoming wave of work on their own for months until hiring people from their old company and this incoming wave of work was large enough to collapse their former company which had 15 employees mind you. OP was a f*****g HR person. The most useless and replaceable people in an organization which require no brains to do. An entire business operating for 15 years just fell to s**t in a matter of months after their number 1 employee who is an HR person left. My God what kind of bonus do you expect as a useless HR person? You don't bring in any revenue and you are replaceable!!

Byted0wn
Community Member
7 months ago

The OPs former boss has been in business for over 15 years and based on the story they had 15 employees and 75% market share in the region so it seems like the boss was making good money but their whole retirement plan rested on solely selling the busines? LOL The boss has accountants and guess what? Those accountants would have advised him of the huge tax savings he can take advantage of by investing in retirement accounts especially like DBA plans. Then he would have financial advisors for separate investments that are not retirement accounts. The boss would've done the retirement savings just for the tax benefits alone. Now the company collapsed in a matter of months and the former boss had no savings or other sources of income and ended up applying at OPs spouse's firm? Who is stupid enough to believe this garbage? This fairy tale was dreamt up by an arrogant & ignorant HR employee so full of themselves that they couldn't come to terms with the reality that they are & were replaced

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Ron Ker
Community Member
7 months ago

My boss(I was his assistant manager) said the same to me after 10 years. While two of my fishing buggies and I were enjoying fishing got to talking about the situation and one of them said his company had an outside sales position available. Having never been in outside sales I was nervous but I applied and got the job in a field I knew nothing of. After a year I had increased sales for my territory by 75% and at 14 months my old boss called me and asked I would come back and open and manage a store. So sometimes we need to get a kick in the butt to change our direction for the better.

Ava
Community Member
7 months ago

This is complete and utter BS.

Edward N Keough
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

It just shows what a vindictive individual you are, like a scorned lover. They spent a great deal of time training you and giving you the skills and knowledge to build such a business, with no thanks from you in the end .Not to mention you don’t know how to write a sentence. I wouldn’t have you work for me. “My” and “they” used as pronouns of the same object in a sentence is not proper.. Gloat all you want but I wouldn’t work for you.

Dan Mitchell
Community Member
7 months ago

Journalism is apparently quoting a subreddit that is 99% fake posts designed to outrage teenagers who refuse to better themselves.

sara fulmer
Community Member
7 months ago

Ok this is overblown for an average person. But for the average person. Do not take let yourself be taken for granted. Don't go back and ask for a bigger bonus when you know you do all the work. Leave for something better FOR YOU

Danielle Schaefer-singleton
Community Member
7 months ago

Even if story is embellished- kits a possible scenerio...You can't replace Experience, or the bonus of having diff minds be able to do same task in diff ways.We Learn like this.And we also learn that, 'WE DON'T KNOW IT ALL! "😉 A 16 ur old will do their homework very differently than a 30 yr old in college- even if IT'S THE SAME geometry assignment... Question below is long, but IF YA have a second..🙏🏻🤔🤔.Im still barely breathing.

Joseph Matthews
Community Member
7 months ago

Turns out business school was dead wrong. Labor is an asset not a cost.This is why Germany destroyed our automotive industry. And not just with a 'union' but a seat in the boardroom. We need to relearn the fundamentals of business if we want to create rich communities instead of just rich individuals. We have some incredibly talented people in this country and too many will have their potential wasted by forces outside of their control.

Danielle Schaefer-singleton
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Help?!* thoughts?* I feel I was wrongly terminated aft 20 plus yr at same job.(.that's a lifetime in healthcare industry!)-By a new 'director ' who had BREIFLY met me ONE time prior .over something we do often- not at all a huge deal & within our means! especially aft waiting & asking,repeated times for MD to see the pt. Dr asked me to complete my requested task. And I did- BECAUSE I WAS BEING A PT ADVOCATE, TRYING to make a very critical pt a bit 'happy' - hoping they'd be more compliant.. Next day- I got called for a meeting-blindsided- as I was put on "administrative leave" ,until they figured out my "crime" i didn't get to see my notes ,the MD,or read what she was writing.TOOK H.R. 4 WEEKS to contact me, 3 weeks later term me.NO PAY/ PTO received x 7 wk. Spouse unemployed d/t illness.my mom was in ICU battling covid,but they wld not allow FMLA. I HAD NO WRITE UPS ,NOR VERBAL/WRITTEN WARNINGS-.Had A NEW manager of 6 months THAT I'd STILL NEVER MET. W/22 years experience,I had many pts ASK FOR ME to care for them.many STILL send me cards,texts.Remaining 'staff' who've known me half my life voted me "the patient whisperer "😅, most caring & compassionate' . BUT I'M NOT WITHOUT flaws OF COURSE! sincei was THE OLDEST at 50 ish-work ethic WAS included.I Know,regardless of WHAT I DID, this just isn't right.Its a huge company.the ppl leading our lil area are all sorta related...😉.Someone wanted to rid of the "history & experience "... I'm losing my house now.I gave them 22 loyal years-( I showed up even when MY life was crumbling- to help SAVE strangers lives.),they gave me the map towards rock bottom. WHAT CHA THINK? Help? *

Robin Bautista
Community Member
7 months ago

I want to know what kind of business it is. I'm going crazy!🤷

Francisco Garay
Community Member
7 months ago

This has happened to me. It takes about a year to train me. Leaving freed me and screwed them. Really, I am feeling so good without that negativity.

Francisco Garay
Community Member
7 months ago

I've been there but all I do is show them how replaceable I am. Usually it takes about 6 months to train someone like me.

Wendy Neumeyer
Community Member
6 months ago

You seem to have a few naysayers who don't believe someone can be exceptional at everything they do...I remember previous employment where one individual at the same level as me told me to back off, I was making everyone else look bad. Keep it up, and maybe the naysayers will learn about ethics and integrity.

Richard L. Kent
Community Member
7 months ago

They as a singular? How Promethian. The only time you use "They" to describe a single human body is if you are talking about the Abby and Brittany Hensel. The grammar gods sentence you to be chained to a mountain so that an eagle eats your liver every day forever.

Mike
Community Member
7 months ago

Most employers have you sign no-competes when you're hired to prevent this from happening.

Londo Cotto
Community Member
7 months ago

This 100% did not happen . . . . .

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

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Mark Peterson
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7 months ago

Total b******t by an unemployable hillbilly

yvonne bee
Community Member
7 months ago

It does sound a bit fantastical. If true, it sounds like they may have stepped into a lawsuit by posting. Smells like intellectual theft and other problems.

Brandon Avery
Community Member
7 months ago

Walmart company can get f d I'll be filling a lawsuit against them I have been disabled my whole life so try me I got evidence saying I'm disabled so Walmart company I'll be coming for you done had enough

Wendell Covet
Community Member
7 months ago

This is f*****g fake as s**t. Just reading the roles this idiot apparently performed is a joke, I doubt anyone could be doing that many jobs and performing well. "My wife isn't psychic but she can predict blah blah" omg kill me.

actionjksn
Community Member
7 months ago

Super fake story.

Armando Lopez
Community Member
7 months ago

There are many ethical considerations to take before "stealing" clients and employees. In my state, most companies have a non-compete clause in their hiring paperwork. The idea of destroying a person's retirement because you felt you deserved a larger bonus, seems petty and cruel. The old boss's shortcomings are apparent. Your's are glaring. Karma is real. Doing wrong for wrong will ultimately bite you.

Crocodile
Community Member
5 months ago

Maybe reread the story to clear things up

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Aaron Cherniavsky
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7 months ago

You cant steal all the employees- niche companies force workers to sign 2 year non competes, and sales team can be sued for stealing old clients. Not even remotely believable. And the boss applying to work at the new company? Lol trying so hard.

C Pope
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6 months ago

Her spouse's company. Not hers.

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Niall Mac Iomera
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7 months ago

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Anyone else get the impression that OP is kind of a douchebag?

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7 months ago

Not me. If someone provides requested services to clients, they're responsive to client needs. The OP also provided better jobs to former colleagues. It's not the OP's problem if the former employer's business went down because of incompetence and a refusal to listen to others.

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Sega Saturn
Community Member
7 months ago

This seems a little fake....

purple zebra
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7 months ago

A little???

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Heather G
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7 months ago

They lose me as soon as they say "I was exceptional in every way". Ok Mary Poppins.

Suzi Q
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7 months ago

They are confident

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Elin Noller
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7 months ago

And then everyone clapped

Incitatus
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7 months ago

Even his old office building clapped.

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June Bugg
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7 months ago

“Moral went down and clients were less satisfied.” I think you meant MORALE, not “moral”.

similarly
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7 months ago

No, I'm pretty sure they meant morals. Things were less busy, people got kinda crazy, things got out of hand ...

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Carol Alanis
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7 months ago

The only thing missing in this story is "and they lived happily ever after."

Gopi Gopi
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7 months ago

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I make more then $12,000 a month online. It’s enough to comfortably replace my old jobs income, especially considering I only work about 11 to 12 hours a week from home. I was amazed how easy it was after I tried it…GOOD LUCK.. ===))> 𝐖­𝐰­𝐰.𝐒­𝐚­𝐥­𝐚­𝐫­𝐲­𝐛­𝐚­𝐚­𝐫.𝐂­𝐨­𝐦

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Nate Barnhurst
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7 months ago

This would be a great story if it were true.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
7 months ago

As an employer, always have a no compete clause in every contract. As an employee, never sign a contract with a do not compete clause.

P Webb
Community Member
7 months ago

Non-compete clauses are not forever. It can be anywhere from 6 to 24 months where you cannot work for competing company.

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JuniorCJ82
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7 months ago

Could this possibly have been any vaguer?

Denise Melek
Community Member
7 months ago

Well... This gets even lamer then those Disney Princess posts

Candia Lee
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7 months ago

Than

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Akalvin
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7 months ago

Those stories are very boring.

The Starsong Princess
Community Member
7 months ago

Also mostly fantasies.

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Nomad Industries
Community Member
5 months ago

I actually did something similar. I was fired from a place because I was too old they said. I opened a business exactly like theirs and took many clients away just because they liked me. I'm not as big as they are but I make more than when I worked there so I am happy.

Cezar Matkowski
Community Member
7 months ago

In other words, the protagonist of the story was a pretty complacent person that, despite possessing all the skills and opportunities required to run their own successful business decided to keep a salaried position in someone else's business way below their skill level. And they only started to use their real potential after being pushed by their boss.

Nicole Krenzler
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Its called inertia. A body at rest tends to stay at rest, until acted upon by an outside force. He /she was happy at work for the most part, and if he had'nt been shafted by a low bonus, and being called replaceable would never have left.

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Elion Pizarro
Community Member
7 months ago

Lol, shitty employee starts a business ok. And in 3 months is better than the other biz thats been around for 10 years. Ok bettty sue. Riiiight

Izabela Wilson
Community Member
7 months ago

Nice fanfic. Let's get back to the real world now.

Beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Community Member
7 months ago

This article is fake af. No specifics of the company or what they provide. Some butt hurt employee who WAS expendable quit for principle and got nothing. So they became a writer. Oh wait a journalist. Wait, do journalists write fiction?

Nicole Normand
Community Member
5 months ago

The list of journalists-turned-author is legion, including Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Joan Didion, Carl Hiaasen, Susan Sontag, and Michael Connelly. Even longer would be a list of reporters who tried books and didn't care for the labor, uncertainty and poor return. (Google)

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Chantel Cummings
Community Member
7 months ago

If true, the poster broke rules of conflict of interest by stealing clients and employees from their old job. Doesn't say much about their ethics.

Ava
Community Member
7 months ago

Not rules of conflict. Non-compete.

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Ian Stiltner
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7 months ago

It’s “morale”, not “moral”. ❌ 😡 “YOU’RE FIRED. AGAIN.”

SW Dad
Community Member
7 months ago

Braggadouchio. I suspect the previous owner told them bonuses were position-based and determined by critical roles based on job description. You know, the ones that are harder to fill in a competitive job market. Pissy egomaniac here took that as "you're more replaceable than others." The company probably nosedived all on its own, not because the OP was special, and chucklehead here was able to hire the real talent that made them successful in the first place.

June Bugg
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7 months ago

Chucklehead ?

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Tracy Rowe
Community Member
7 months ago

This happened to me, but slower. I worked in a theater arts school that was an adjunct to a regional theater. I loved the job, but my boss was incredibly passive aggressive. Little by little I took on more responsibility, which was fine because I enjoyed doing it. Reviews were always 10 out of 10 but the highest raise I ever got was .25 an hour (!!). I was continually told that was all they could afford. Meanwhile my boss was getting big raises every year even though I was taking on more and more of her job. (turns out her very rich parents were making substantial "donations"to the theater). Everyone at the company knew I was basically doing her job, and after I had to fix two MAJOR mistakes on her part, she started to see me as a threat and started setting me up to fail. I could see the writing on the wall, but I waited for her to have me fired so I could collect unemployment. They offered to demote me (presenting it as a position change) but I said no.

Tracy Rowe
Community Member
7 months ago

They told me if I didn't take the new position they'd have to let me go. I got up and walked out, took my things and went home. They had to hire 3 people to take my place and the place of my part time co worker who walked out a few weeks later. The school went slowly downhill, and while COVID was partly responsible, she was eventually let go and the school was shut down. Which is sad because it was a great resource for the students who often went on to study at a local performing arts academy and even college. I, in the meantime, retired.

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Boyce McLaughlin
Community Member
7 months ago

On today’s episode of “Things That NEVER Happened”. But thanks for the fairy tale.

David
Community Member
7 months ago

If this is actually a true retelling of a story, I was with the protagonist here up to the point of satisfaction from ruining the old boss and his business. The employee certainly had a right to leave and start a competing business, and the boss sounded like an unappeciative a$$ (again, 2 sides to every story). But, did his callus remark warrant near total destruction? I don't think so. A successful competitor delivering a significant financial hit would have accomplished the same lesson. To feel some satisfaction in ruining the guy seems equally callus and disproportionate. Remember, karma can change direction in an instant. Don't be a Richard.

Mark Stewart
Community Member
7 months ago

Welcome to free market. The employer thinks you are compensated fine and you don't. The employer is free to replace you and you are free to go somewhere else. You chose to go somewhere else and thought you could offer a better product (lower prices also works to compete). Great for you and your boss accidently did you a favor. Nice free-market move.

Cindy Booth
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah. Sure. Even if true I reckon my country isn't the only one where clauses in employment include that you cannot open or work in directly competing companies for x months or even years after your employment ends.

BWC
Community Member
7 months ago

In most states these are not enforceable as no company can prevent you from making a living.

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Michael Pattow
Community Member
7 months ago

My dad lost his job at 63, about 18 months before he would qualify for a pension. He was the head of the sales department. He had been selling the same product for 30 years. After being let go, he called their #1 competitor and got a job for a very low wage+ commission. He bet on himself and got all of his old accounts to switch to the new company, over $10M in annual business. He had in his contract that if he got a certain amount of business he would just have to maintain his accounts. So after a few months worth of work getting all his old clients he worked for 7 years for them getting paid about 5 grand a month to work around 100 hours a year.

Buck Up
Community Member
7 months ago

Spell Check: morale vs moral

Suzi Q
Community Member
7 months ago

That's why no business should rely so heavily on one employee, unless you are prepared to treat them as such!

Heather G
Community Member
7 months ago

Also, I've read this before. Not sure if on BP or somewhere else.

Oopsydaisy
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7 months ago

Probably Reddit. That's where they get most of their content from.

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Danky Kang
Community Member
7 months ago

This whole story is true. Im the old boss. I got cancer and died after they left cuz im such an IDIOT

C Pope
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5 months ago

😂

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mewmew34
Community Member
7 months ago

The fact that no information is given regarding the companies or services just helps make this story super unbelievable. "I was perfect in every way, then told I was replaceable, so now I run my own company." Yup. Sure.

Jason Harvey
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Totally fake... Getting bored with bored panda. Used to love this site.

Crocodile
Community Member
5 months ago

Actually in some places this happens quite often

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Joseph Matthews
Community Member
7 months ago

My BS meter is ringing off the hook here lol but I don't think she's a complete liar, just devoid of self awareness. My question is, where did she get the money to not only directly COMPETE with a decade plus old business - but offer all the extra amenities and doodads they couldn't? My guess is that instead of her 'perfect awesomeness' winning the day - she had a very rich family member who funded everything and she used their money to take all of this guys best employees and then offer everything he couldn't until she eventually ran him out of town and ruined his livelihood because he was a jerk once. (Struggling financially is very stressful and explains why he couldn't give his *bestest* employee a bonus.) Then she had the complete lack of self awareness to not only pat herself on the back for it but brag to the internet what an awesome incredible hero she is for 'pulling herself up by the bootstraps!' It was still fun though lol.

MrJoeh1234
Community Member
7 months ago

Piffle. "I was a perfect employee and my boss was completely incompetent." I am very good at my job, and I could move up if I wanted, but perfect in every way solely responsible for the success of the company? Hah!

Theo Sulf
Community Member
7 months ago

A bit contrived, this story seems. Possibly over-elaborated, exaggerated, and a bit of a fable. The owner said, allegedly with the language of "you're more replaceable than the others", which is still a horrible thing to say to someone with many responsibilities, but according to the title of this article, seems a bit of some readers-bait to spike emotional clicks to read more. If this were real, the owner would be in the wrong, and it doesn't seem with such a valuable company with such a small footprint on the employee front would say such a thing, considering the view of who does what does not have to be focused to much to see who's more important (they are all part of a well-oiled machine, obviously). The details are scarce (for a reason, I am sure), but the entire story sounds as if it was made up from what someone wished they had done after being told they were replaceable for some other reason other than doing an exceptional job and getting a lesser bonus. I call shenanigans.

Joe Reuben
Community Member
7 months ago

I'll take things that didn't happen for $5000, Alex. COMPLETE BS.

Zophra
Community Member
7 months ago

This makes no sense, Why would you get fired in a fit of rage for a planned vacation? Who can make money in a new business within 3 months to hire more employees?

Bryn
Community Member
7 months ago

He got fired because he said he was quitting and had turned in his 2 week notice. They know what they're doing and already have a good reputation

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