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Employees share the moments when they knew it was time to find a new job

By Vaseline May26,2024

The American workplace is failing its employees. Unfortunately, many employees tend to overlook this failure (like many who share their stories on the Reddit antiwork forum) and not recognize it until something more life-changing happens.

From coping with loss to providing for their families, these workers shared their “turning point” moments when they realized how toxic their companies were. These moments were the catalyst for change and spurred them to find a new job that better valued, compensated, and protected them.

Here are 3 examples of times when employees realized they were working for a “waste company” and had to find a new job:

1. After taking bereavement leave, an employee admitted that ‘not one person’ checked in, offered condolences or pardoned when he returned

“My grandmother died… the office I worked for knew how close I was to her, so they let me process my grief, which was nice,” the Reddit user wrote.

Of course, this seemingly “bare minimum” request is overcompensation in the business world – dealing with something as heartbreaking and innately “human” as a loss is simply a kink in the machine of being an employee.

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“I haven’t heard from them or my colleagues,” they shared frustratingly after returning from their week of mourning. “Even when I came back, it was like nothing had happened and no one said anything. Meanwhile, my mother’s company not only gave her a week off, but every department sent her flowers and cards as a tribute.”

Many commenters argued that it is absurd for this employee to expect “gifts or flowers” ​​from his employer, but many simply couldn’t understand why. Aren’t these the people you spend a third of your life with? The American workplace is desperately trying to strip employees of their humanity in order to increase productivity, without realizing that their uniqueness allows them to thrive.

While they may be difficult to obtain, there are companies and workplaces that value productivity and personal well-being at the same time. They prioritize your happiness, both at work and at home, to create a space for you to succeed in a healthy way. Just as you wouldn’t settle into a relationship, try not to stay stuck in your job – even if that means spending five minutes a day manifesting a dream.

2. Having to sacrifice compensation or “flexibility” to take time off from a retail job

Despite our society’s need for service workers, these industries are a revolving door of employees. In general, poor pay, inflexible work schedules, and poor working conditions result in high turnover and a limited pool of candidates.

So when the brother of a Reddit poster was “rewarded” with a more consistent work schedule due to his seniority, he wasn’t going to pass it up. His employer knew how valuable it was. “The year my grandmother died, 18 days after my grandfather… my brother managed the supermarket where he worked. He left to go to each funeral and returned to find it was scheduled for Thursday again.

His employer told him that “taking time off to go to every funeral meant he had lost his seniority.” In exchange for using time off, mourning a loss and taking time away from his responsibilities, he was punished: “He quit on the spot.”

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Even in corporate positions, social media discourse makes one thing explicitly clear: nothing is ever that profound.

Take time to be with your family, take care of yourself and find ways to live your life. Making money is essential to survival, but make sure you don’t burn out or sabotage your personal life by proving that you somehow “deserve” it to an employer.

3. A woman recalled being asked during an interview about her personal life, marriage and plans for children

Despite legislation and employment rules designed to protect pregnant workers from discrimination, the sad reality is that many people with uteruses face barriers to success in their workplace. From not being hired to not being promoted to being fired, many pregnant employees are forced to look for a new job after deciding to have children and take advantage of maternity leave.

However, one Reddit woman’s interview process made her wary of more than just the possibility of discrimination based on her family plans. “I was married this past year and my current boss asked me, ‘Well, you’re not going to have children, are you? This worries me. You cannot get pregnant. ”


Despite ignoring the comments at the time, she says looking back on the situation now as a senior employee makes her sick. “I was young and ignorant and, quite frankly, assured him that I do NOT want children, and neither does my husband. Then he scolded me for being ‘unusual’. There was no right answer; It was wrong to want children, and wrong not to want children.”

Not only was it an invasion of privacy, but prying into a potential employee’s personal life could also be considered illegal in many work environments.

Now, with her own team, she said this interview inspired her to offer her employees new job opportunities and a healthy space.

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Zayda Slabbekoorn is a news and entertainment writer at YourTango, focusing on health and wellness, social policy and human interest stories.

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