Thousands of internet commentators were left cackling after a resigning employee revealed their employer’s laughable response to their letter of resignation.
In a viral reddit post published on r/antiwork, Redditor u/Dogmom200 (aka the original poster or OP) said they recently sent their boss a week’s notice but were surprised when their employer’s human resources department insisted they still had to work for a month.
Titled: “Boss Says They Have To Approve My Resignation,” the after has received nearly 25,000 votes and 1,700 comments in the past nine hours.
The original poster wrote that it was “hard not to laugh” as he recounted the interaction, saying they tried to quit their jobs before learning that they can’t seem to leave until their resignation is approved.
“I submitted my resignation to this dump of a job and my boss told HR they want to approve when my last day will be,” OP wrote. “I only gave a notice of 5 days [because] this firm has completely burned me out and I have nothing left to give.”
“Now they are ‘concerned’ and think I have to serve them for another month,” OP continued, adding a crying laughing emoji to emphasize.
If 2020 permanently changes what work looks like in the United States, 2021 and 2022 have gone out of their way to provide a good follow-up.
More working Americans have quit their jobs since last April than at any other time in US history, and more than 4 million workers have resigned each month since last October, according to data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This phenomenon of mass stopping, dubbed the Great Resignation, is more than just shocking statistics.
Over the past year, countless outlets and organizations have tirelessly examined the Great Resignation to determine exactly why the divorce rate has risen so dramatically and why millions of employees have decided now is the time to take the plunge.
While low wages and unsatisfactory benefits continue to push workers from job to job, other factors, such as toxic work environments and poor pandemic responses, have led a large number of people to seek greener pastures.
But in January Fortune reported that another factor is driving the Great Resignation more than any other.
Warning of an impending “Great Burnout”, Fortune writer Megan Leonhardt explained that those who have stayed with employers in the past 14 months are often asked to take up the slack left by those who have left.
Many overworked employees are already overworked and have taken on much greater responsibilities, moving closer and closer to total burnout.
In their viral Reddit post, the original poster explicitly stated that they felt burned out by their job and that their… decides to stop was a direct result.
In response to the original poster, Redditors empathized with those feelings of fatigue in the comment section of the post and offered a host of suggestions for how OP should respond at the request of their employer to be employed for another month.
“I would like to ask them outright how they plan to enforce their approval,” Redditor wrote u/Dopenastywhale in a commentary that has received more than 2,000 votes.
“LOL,” Redditor chimed in u/greenswizzlewooster. “They can’t force you to work a day beyond your willingness to be there.”
Redditor u/whoamaynifest, whose top commentary has received more than 15,000 votes, wrote a possible response to the original poster.
“Thanks to your crazy antics, my resignation is now effective immediately,” they wrote. “Thanks for literally nothing.”
“‘While you approve my new resignation…I’ll have my new job,” Redditor added u/MidwestMSW, putting their own spin on it. “So good luck with your approval.”
In a separate response, which has received more than 1,000 votes, Redditor u/Gradiu5- said the original poster should work for another month, but only under specific conditions.
“Agree with the extra month,” they advised. “At 2-3x your normal hourly rate and get the agreement in writing.”
news week contacted u/Dogmom200 for comment.