A restaurant manager has been praised by the internet for his reaction to one of his employees who left his job due to depression, after the latter posted a photo of their conversation.
The employee, who goes by the nickname u/bikepunxx, posted the conversation he had with his manager on Reddit, where it has so far received more than 17,000 upvotes and nearly 300 comments.
The post, which was shared on Wednesday, features a screenshot of a conversation between the Redditor and his manager, which begins with the manager showing concern for the employee’s health.
When the employee said he was better but still struggling with issues, the manager was quick to help. ” Understood. Should I cover for you tonight? the manager said, to which bikepunxx replied, “Yeah, maybe I should quit. I hate having to do that”.
The manager then added, “It’s okay. [Your] happiness is more important. We love having you here and hope to see you again once you are ready.”
According to a study by Johns Hopkins Medicine, 9.5% of American adults suffer from a depressive illness each year, such as major depression, bipolar disorder or dysthymia. Women are almost twice as likely to suffer from major depression as men, and although this disorder can develop at any age, the average age of onset is mid-twenties.
Fellow Redditors were moved by the manager’s reaction, with most agreeing that bosses with that level of empathy are too hard to find.
One user, Standard-Shop-3544, commented, “Rare, wonderful and heartwarming! Wishing you the best.” And another user, lastinglovehandles, replied: “Such a breath of fresh air. A wonderful change from the usual, I know you are dying but I need you to come in. We are at short of staff.” A user who goes by the nickname ieatpapersquares added, “This is what leadership REALLY looks like.”
While most comments praised the friendliness of the manager, others joked about possible responses that a different type of manager could have given the employee.
Standard-Shop-3544 joked, “Yes, you’re dying. But not today! You can die tomorrow. Customers need to start eating!” And Thisismyfinalstand replied, “What do you mean you don’t want to be miserable for ten hours for $90?”
Another user, MouseTheThird, wisely advised bikepunxx to keep in touch with his manager in the future: “Holy shit. Do yourself a favor, keep in touch with him and buy him a beer/a coffee/a drink non-alcoholic once in a while Show him that taking care of his employees pays off tenfold.
bikepunxx replied, “I’m the guy who bakes treats for the restaurant, no wonder my place is still open.”
Newsweek has contacted bikepunxx for further comment.