The employee was also shocked to know that their manager was doubting their 'reliability' just because they had taken leave for their dad's funeral.
The loss of a family member affects a person in several ways. While they have to carry on with life, the initial days can be hard to cope with. At such a time, overwhelming support is expected from society and family. However, u/martianmartin revealed a harsh truth about their workplace that treated them heartlessly after hearing about their father’s death. The former employee shared that their colleagues and manager did show initial support but shortly after showed their true colors. They exposed the lie their manager and many others blurt out when they say, “If you need anything, let me know.”
The former employee explained that they were working at a dog daycare a few months ago when they got the tragic news of their father’s demise. They revealed that they were worried that they’d get fired for walking out of their shift without informing. However, the former employee also stated that they were unable to do the same since the manager was not around and they already had a conversation about calling out for certain issues. Initially, there were no issues. “Management let me cover my shifts and spend a few days with my family and attend the funeral,” they said.
The former employee mentioned that they did the needful regarding their shifts and explained to the management that the funeral would be held on Tuesday and they’d report back to work the next day. However, the management began to exercise their thoughtlessness over their employee. “Tuesday night, my manager still texts me and asks when I’ll be back,” the former employee shared. They also mentioned that they reported to work immediately after the service and let the manager’s negligence slide, assuming they forgot. “It hurt for her to seemingly prioritize that awful job over me being able to grieve and mourn my father,” they added.
A week later, the former employee shared that they had to call out of their shift again for an urgent matter regarding their father’s death. However, this time, the manager was more careless and rude. “My manager said, ‘Can you just come in for an hour until I get there at least?’ despite describing why I couldn't come in, as it was also related to my father's passing,” they said. Management‘s mean nature reached its height and the employee handed over their resignation via email. To add to their toxic attitude, the employee revealed that when they shared the news of their resignation with their coworkers, they were glad the former employee left first.
While elaborating on the same, the coworkers revealed that the manager was planning to fire the former employee if they turned up the next day because she was doubtful of “their reliability.” Having to suffer and exhaust oneself during a time of grief is inhumane and toxic. The former employee shared that the owner was “the first person to message me and tell me to reach out if I needed anything.” However, they said they’d rather prioritize their personal life than “her poorly run facility.”
Several users shared condolences and sympathy for the employee who was unjustly treated by the management. They also encouraged them about their decision to leave and that it was the right call to take. u/PukekoInaPungaTree said, “The owner is an inhuman oxygen thief.” @Tachibana_13 said, “Loss is hard enough without the callous uncaring of people like your former employer.”