A worker quit his job after just three days because when he asked about the promised ‘hybrid’ work environment, he was told he was free to work from home, but only after the end of his shift.
In a post on Reddit’s popular r/antiwork forum, u/InfamousCommission38 shared their story with over 33,700 upvotes and over 1,400 comments.
“When I applied they told me they had a ‘hybrid’ work environment where I could work remotely as well as from the office,” u/InfamousCommission38 wrote.
“I guess I was still in orientation but an hour ago I was transferred from an HR person to the guy who would have been my manager. I asked about setting up the hybrid schedule (I was thinking MWF remote) and he said ‘it’s hybrid because you can work from home after five,’ they wrote. Working hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. I just laughed and said ‘I walked out’.”
“How can they treat people like that. Even though they’re complete sociopaths, it must be bad business to waste so much time,” u/InfamousCommission38 concluded.
Although an employer isn’t required to allow an employee to work from home — at least, not without a doctor’s note, according to the Americans With Disabilities Act — the pandemic has made working from home an increasingly option. more attractive. In fact, one of the elements behind the big resignation is a response to employers asking employees to return to the office.
Erika Lance, Director of Human Resources at KnowBe4, wrote in a Newsweek column that employers must remain flexible.
“Who says working from home – or in the office – has to be an all-or-nothing proposition? Consider how you can offer more flexibility to employees, whether they are onsite or offsite, in a way meaningful to them,” she said. wrote.
Gergo Vari, founder and CEO of Lensa, agrees.
“Companies have become familiar with their ways of doing business, but business changes, which means they have to change with them. By changing their terms, business leaders may find themselves less frustrated with business applicants. jobs who don’t want to accept their terms,” he said. written in a Newsweek column to him.
The original poster’s fellow Redditors backed them up.
“They went through the whole recruiting process and paid all the background checks and the recruiters and the drug screens and the I-9 check and all that nonsense, just so they could pay you a few days of onboarding before until you find out they’ve been lying all along,” u/Doctor_Mudshark wrote. “They wasted so much money just betting on whether or not their lie would be a dealbreaker. Unbelievable.”
“It’s hybrid because you’re doing unpaid overtime…in a hybrid way,” u/oboz_waves joked.
“It turns out that if you work more than 55 hours a week, you start to become less productive. At 70 hours a week, you don’t do more than those who work 55 hours a week,” wrote u/ JackNotName, citing a report published by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics. “Personally, I’ve led development teams that produced far more than the average team, but only worked 40 hours a week.”
“Please make sure they pay you for the days you work. They fucked and found out. They will spend more on the interview process, hiring, onboarding, payroll, depositing your retainer at source and W2 show that the amount of work they do It’s just insane for companies to do this. They could use this money to provide better benefits for their employees, “wrote u/mname .
Newsweek contacted u/InfamousCommission38 for comment.