The employee was simply trying to help the company and prevent a downfall but after the CEO asked him to 'act his wage,' he did just that.
Respect for employees has been a long argued right but with toxic managers filled with pride, it is often hard to receive the same. What supervisors and others at the top don’t understand is that every employee needs respect and a sense of belonging to relay the same back to the company. u/WebDev203 shared a bold post about how he rightfully reacted after his boss asked him to “act his wage.” The employee mentioned that he was working as a web developer at a German company and would put in his all for the company. “I was specialized in the field they deployed their software in as well as the used technology. The first year was great, I learned a lot and though I had a contract for 20 hours I worked at least 40, more than a few weeks even 60. I identified myself with the company, with the product, with the people,” he said.
Giving so much to the company, it was expected that the employee would be an integral or in the least, a respected member of the company. However, this was not the case. When the company decided to implement a new feature, the employee raised concerns about the same given their knowledge and expertise. “I raised concerns that I might be difficult to implement (given the software architecture at that point) and also probably useless because the metrics were a mess,” the post read. The CEO not only ignored and shunned the suggestion but also demeaned and gave the employee the most ruthless reply asking him to act his wage.
On receiving the mind-shattering comment, the employee decided to obey what his boss asked. “I strictly committed to my 20 hours per week and didn't work a second longer. I updated my CV, got an interview and a new job, and quit with a month's notice,” he shared. It was also mentioned that the employee’s resignation caused a great loss to the company. The person asked to “act their wage” was actually contributing way earlier and the boss’ negligence resulted in a downfall for the company. “To hire a new web developer who could pick up work where I left they had to fire almost the whole sales department. My resignation caused them to lay off almost 30% of their workforce, by today the company operates with 35% remaining employees,” he said.
The post also added that the company’s customer base was messed up due to the very same features the employee warned the CEO about. A simple professional and thoughtful behavior could have resulted in a much more profitable and wonderful result but instead, it caused the opposite. Commenters applauded the employees for his astute reaction and shared reminders of why employees shouldn’t go all in for such toxic workplaces. u/StamInBlack said, “100% the way to do it when the workplace does not respect your expertise.” u/TroulbleMakingb said, “Witnessed this kind of dedicated work ethic constantly go unrecognized, unrewarded and abused so many times. There is no real loyalty in the workplace any longer so you're best off always prioritizing your own needs.”