When the boss who held the company together decided to quit due to unfair treatment, everyone followed suit.
Usually, people work for the sake of money, to enhance the quality of their lives. However, as time goes on the relationships people form while on the job also gain importance. These are the individuals you share almost half of your day with and slowly they become an essential part of your life. Reddit user u/distracted_x was unsatisfied with the wages given by her workplace but stuck it out because of the second family she had garnered. She could lean on her colleagues for life advice, especially her boss. However, when her boss handed in her resignation letter she along with other employees, also decided to walk out.
She explains that the whole incident spiraled into effect when their boss messaged in their chat group that she was quitting. Her reasoning was simple she was leaving due to "unfair and unreasonable things coming down from corporate." Surprisingly, every employee, barring two in the group, followed suit and quit. It was because the only one holding this establishment together was the boss. She was everyone's mother figure and kept everyone united as a family. The emotional support she gave and the environment she fostered led to many employees choosing to stick with the company despite being "frustrated, overworked, and underpaid." In her absence, most of the employees did not have any loyalty left to the establishment.
Also, she wanted to quit like other employees but did not have another job lined up. After a lot of thought, she decided to go to work the next day. While working, she realized the environment truly did not suit her, especially without her fellow employees. She got to thinking that it was definitely time for her to switch jobs and find something better. Her belief strengthened when her ex-boss visited the workplace. Having shared a close relationship, the boss knew in what mental state she would find herself regarding the job and wanted to help.
The whole exchange was emotional, with the boss encouraging her to take a firm call regarding her future. The boss assured her that she would help her if she chose to quit. Ultimately, she decided to quit and hand in her papers. Surprisingly, after she walked out, the establishment had to close down as there were no employees left. Now, she is brainstorming with her boss about the possible routes she can undertake in her career path. They have landed at Walmart delivery, which will pay her more than the previous job. She is elated that listening to her heart got her to a good spot in life.
The comment section was happy for the Reddit user that she took a call to remove herself from a toxic situation. u/mar421 expressed how she also had a similar coworker who was like family, "Sounds like you have a great ex-boss, I had a great coworker. Who helped me during some hard times at a previous job." u/HaloSlippin loved the unity shown by the workers in the situation, "The power of worker solidarity. This needs to happen everywhere, all at once."
u/Exciting_Aardvark_45 understood the closeness the user felt with the other employees, "Nah, not cringe at all. I have had a few jobs where many of my colleagues were like family. We spend 8 hours a day with these people. If you really get along and the conditions at work are right, close relationships can form. I'm close with many coworkers that I haven't worked with in years."