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Underpaid employee quits their job and it backfires on company spectacularly

They explained that they quit their job due to various reasons, including a better work environment, commute and pay.

Underpaid employee quits their job and it backfires on company spectacularly
Cover Image Source: Pexels | Photo by Karolina Grabowska

Working for a company means getting fair pay for all the services you provide. It's not rare to be underpaid in return for the amount of time you spend on your work. One employee not only managed to get out of this situation but also managed to unintentionally teach the company a nice lesson. Reddit user u/OneMetalMan posted on the r/antiwork subreddit to share how they quit their job, causing the company to suffer greatly.

They left their job two weeks before the post for numerous reasons, including a "better work environment, better commute, and better pay." It is in light of their salary being cut by 40% and a few other factors. The post received over 25 thousand upvotes and was captioned, "Me quitting my job ending up costing my old boss hundreds of thousands of dollars."

Representational Image Source: Pexels | Photo by Andrea Piacquadio
Representational Image Source: Pexels | Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

The person had been scheduled for several months in advance and once they quit, all of that was gone. "The fact that they have problems hiring people in my position because they refuse to hire people at a higher rate than their competitors," they explained. "From forcing me to take a 40% pay cut because they replaced my whole department with contractors, to dangling a certification for 6 months with BS training in front of me, I'm glad they are taking a hit," they shared.

They added, "So it seems that their loss, I was told, is actually a lowball estimate because me quitting on that day caused them to cancel a city contract job that they have now lost their contracts with said city because they overcharge and have repeatedly provided poor service (not because of me). Their rescheduling was the last straw. So much for that 20% annual growth, they accomplished last year on the backs of giving nobody raises."

Since the Reddit user wasn't planning on staying, they hadn't looked at their calendar and the loss the company hit was not something they were are of. They also explained, "Them losing the contract actually had nothing to do with my specialized skills not being available. They found out I quit and someone in the company (I'm not sure how high up this decision was made) decided to try to reschedule the project, probably a week or two out from that date because of their other projects."

Image Source: Reddit
Image Source: Reddit

They added, "I know for a fact there are two people in the office who could have done my job, but they chose not to pull them for whatever reason or contact an external contractor to do my job, but I guess they really wanted to keep their profit margins. But they didn't and it looks like they have a new avalanche of problems due to their greed."

Image Source: Reddit
Image Source: Reddit

Companies should think 100 times before underpaying their employees, although it would be even better to give them a raise whenever the company hits a profit. People in the comments agree. "Companies that can't handle paying employees a fair wage should fail and we shouldn't feel bad about it," commented u/HexStomp. "It boggles my mind how companies seem to be allergic to retention," added u/CherryManhattan. It's high time the world of capitalism realizes that employees are not just replaceable, producing numbers for their profits.

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