Internet drags boss for changing schedules on a whim: “Petty power trip”

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Internet commentators rally behind a woman who refuses to follow her work schedule, despite the urging of her newly appointed supervisor.

On Reddit’s popular r/antiwork forum, Redditor wrote to u/decayingdreamless (aka the original poster or OP) that she had been working the same work schedule for six months without conflict, until an unknown authority arrived and threw in a key.

Titled “When I got hired I told my boss there was a day I couldn’t work. It was never a problem until we got a new boss,” the post has received nearly 23,000 votes and 1,000 in the past day received responses.

Explaining that there is only one day a week when she can see her family without scheduling conflicts, the original poster said she strictly adhered to her regular work hours and cherished her weekly day off.

“I planned my life around that schedule [and] had plans for that day this week,” OP wrote.[But] when I checked my calendar, the new boss had changed everything.”

“I explained to him that when I was hired, I said I needed that day off and it was never a problem before that,” OP continued. “He told me I needed to be more flexible and my schedule would change… depending on his needs.”

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She adds that she earns minimum wage with no benefits and is now unable to schedule her time outside of work. The original poster said that after some thought, she decided to stick to the hours she worked for the past six months.

“I am not [canceling] my plans,” OP wrote. “I told him I won’t be able to work that day, but he expects me to show up.

“I’m just not going to call a no-show that day and laugh,” assured OP. “Good luck figuring out who’s going to cover the nights I keep that place on my own.”

Abrupt schema changes are clunky, difficult to handle, and perfectly legal.

“Unless an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement provides otherwise, an employer may change an employee’s duties, schedule, or work location without the employee’s consent,” the Society for Human Resource Management reports.

While Oregon and a handful of major U.S. cities, including New York City, San Francisco and Seattle, have passed predictive scheduling laws requiring employers to notify employees of roster changes two weeks in advance, the same cannot be said for other regions of the United States. country.

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According to HR Dive, multiple states, including Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa and Tennessee, have passed laws that prevent local governments from implementing predictive planning rules.

However, whether or not an impending schedule change should be reported can be quickly questioned if employees are unwilling to conform to inconsiderate management practices.

In her viral Reddit post, the original poster expressed disappointment at the decision to change her work schedule and made it clear that she is not being compensated well enough to adapt to her new boss’s poor communication style.

Members of Reddit’s r/antiwork forum sided with an employee who said she’s refusing to comply with her new boss’s scheduling decisions.
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In the comment section of the post, Redditors praised the steadfastness of the original poster and criticized her new supervisor for requiring employees to change their schedule when he sees fit.

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“It’s a power play of worthless bosses,” Redditor wrote u/Whole_Mechanic_8143 in the top comment of the post, which has received nearly 10,000 upvotes. “Hold on and look for a new job.

“He shows you that he is a trivial power outage” [a**hole]they added.

“He doesn’t care,” commented Redditor u/MangaJosh, receiving over 1,600 upvotes. “All he cares about is how much power he can turn off.”

Redditor u/CapnKrieg, whose commentary has received more than 1,500 upvotes, echoed that sentiment.

“Good on you,” they congratulated. “Minimum wage jobs expect your soul and [to] to be [grateful] you got the job, we have to stop giving it to them.”

“It’s true,” Redditor added u/missoularedhead. “The jobs that pay the least are the ones that are micro-managed.”

In a separate comment, which garnered nearly 2,000 votes, Redditor offered u/Keslen an opposing perspective on the scheduling feud from the original poster.

“You’re not no call, no show” they assured. “You told him you weren’t available.

“If he can’t find cover, that’s his problem – not yours,” she added.

News week contacted u/decayingdreamless for comment.

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