Employers often forget that it’s not only the hiree who needs the job, but THEY need an employee too. It’s a bilateral negotiation: what the employer has to offer and expects from a new hiree, and the same goes for the employee, how they can contribute to the company and what they can expect in return for their job. It’s only fair when both parties are satisfied with the deal. But that’s not how it works in the real world, isn’t it?
This is precisely the story recently posted on Reddit. The woman, Lacey, agreed to start a new position within a large company. Yet, she made it clear that she had a non-refundable $2500 vacation planned. Her manager, the Original Poster (OP) of the story, told her that he “did the schedule and would try to accommodate her.”
Well, he didn’t exactly do that. “I couldn’t accommodate her at all,” the OP, who goes by the handle Artistic-Comment20, wrote in the post. The manager informed Lacey through e-mail that she was expected to work the days she requested time off. He was then surprised to see the new employee packed all her things. The woman quit. The OP was then called into the boss’ office for an explanation. His wife also called him an idiot for doing so.
The man turned to the AITA community to ask whether he was the A-hole in the situation? According to him, new employees should expect to be “last for vacation.” 5K comments later, the AITA community delivered their verdict. And it was unanimous.
More info: Reddit
Before accepting a job offer, a worker ensured her manager knew about her non-refundable $2500 trip and would put it on the schedule
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Yet, the manager couldn’t accommodate the dates and denied the new hiree’s time off request
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