The mishap occurred when the supervisor accidentally added the employee, referred to as "X," to a group chat intended for discussing her termination.
In today's fast-paced and interconnected world of instant messaging, comical mishaps are not uncommon. Whether it's autocorrect gone wrong or accidentally sending messages to the wrong recipient, the digital landscape offers plenty of opportunities for miscommunication and awkward moments. A Reddit user, u/Dayspring989, recently shared a story about her supervisor who experienced a messaging mishap while dismissing an employee. Firing an employee is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and delicate tasks a manager or business owner may encounter. Balancing the need to maintain a productive workplace with the complexities of the process can make it inherently tricky. When a texting mishap is thrown into the mix, disaster is bound to happen.
The employee begins by sharing that they work in the human resources department at a drug addiction treatment facility. They love their job and describe the company as a "true gem." The person, having worked with two other rehabilitation facilities before, has some experience in the industry and identifies their present organization to be better than the other two. The post then details how the author encountered a funny incident while they were away on vacation.
They say, "We were terminating an employee that called out three times in a month and then no called no showed. Let's call her X." The author's supervisor created a group chat to discuss the underperforming employee's termination procedure and added the two managers of the corresponding department. Intending to include the author, the supervisor experiences a momentary mental lapse and accidentally adds X to the same chat.
Without realizing the mistake, the supervisor continues sending a message stating that they are terminating X due to violations of the company's attendance policy, subpar performance and attitude problems that contribute to a tumultuous work environment, and so on. Nobody realizes that X is in the group chat and they continue to discuss her termination.
It goes on further until X responds, saying, "Yeah, honestly, true, LOL." It adds to the comedy of the situation as it does not dawn on X that she is not supposed to be in the group chat but decides to respond anyways and that too, quite honestly. X says she has three other jobs and it's okay if they let her go from the company. The author ends the post by saying that the entire chain of events was outrageously hilarious.
Users on the platform loved the funny story and chimed in with their own thoughts and stories in the comments section. u/Newbosterone shared, "I came in to work on Monday and had a voicemail: 'Hey Bob, it's Steve. I had to travel this week. When Mary gets in, take her to the conference room and explain that we're letting her go. Walk her to Barb in HR for our processing.' The only trouble was I'm not Bob, and I have no idea who Steve is. So I deleted the voicemail, and Mary probably got a few extra days." Another user, u/NeonWarcry, commented, "This has me cackling at my desk. Good on her but man, that is some ineptitude by your supervisor."