A young man recently learned a hard truth about the professional world of work, as highlighted in a Reddit post.
*This is a work of non-fiction sourced from social media discussion boards and verified experts/specialists.*
Transitioning from one job to another, the author explains he works as a dishwasher and gave two weeks' notice of his intention to leave a job. The author continues in his post:
“I worked in a kitchen washing dishes, and I got offered a better job in the industry I wanted to work in so I gave my boss a written 2 weeks' notice. He wasn't happy about it and asked if there was any compromise we could come to (part-time instead of full-time) I said I was open to talking about a compromise but I was pretty set on leaving. This conversation was pretty casual (talking on the move) and no conclusion was reached.”
Despite this, when it came to his actual last day, the author was still given a full-time schedule for the following week. The author wrote:
“Fast forward two weeks to the day I clearly defined in writing as my last day. My boss had me scheduled for my usual 5 days the next week. I pack up my things and let my manager know I won’t be there for those days next week seeing as I’ve quit.”
According to The Balance, a misunderstanding of expectations on both the employer's and employee’s part can lead to uncomfortable, unprofessional, and dissatisfactory experiences such as this. It’s important to communicate frequently and openly if either party interprets the details of an agreement differently. It is also important to stick to your agreement, even in the face of misunderstanding, to protect your professional integrity, as detailed by Indeed.com.
A few days later, the author received an angry phone call from his former boss asking his whereabouts. The author concludes:
“I get an angry phone call Monday morning, 'Where are you?'. I reminded him I had quit and then had to sit through an angry rant about how employees aren't reliable and how I’m blacklisted and will never wash dishes for their franchise again. He kept saying, ‘no showing’ to a shift is seriously unprofessional. To be honest, I didn’t argue with him I just let him cook and then went back to work at my new job. I'm not sad ill never wash dishes for them again.”
What do you think?
Was the author justified in not attending the scheduled shifts, since he’s already handed in his resignation and his boss wasn’t taking the author’s words seriously?
Or was the author indeed being unprofessional by not commenting on the scheduling, or clearing up the misunderstanding, once he knew there was an issue?
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