The internet slammed a manager who, in a now-viral memo, demanded copies of his employees’ school and religious schedules.
A photo of the note was posted on Reddit’s ‘Antiwork’ forum on Monday by an anonymous person under the username u/Sandl0t, who wrote, “You’re in school, you have two jobs and you’re going in church? You’re going to need proof.” The post garnered over 13,000 upvotes and over 2,000 comments from upset Redditors, calling the letter “pathetic”.
“I need everyone to fill out a new availability form,” the note began. “You can’t say [you’re] not available on weekends or anytime you don’t want to be available. That’s not how it works.”
The memo added that in the future, employees should provide proof of their availability.
“If you are at school, I need a copy of your school timetable. If you are athletic, I need a timetable showing practice times, events, etc…if you have a second job, I need this schedule. If you [attend] church, I need to know what time…and you can work before or after those hours,” the note continued.
“Remember that it’s not because you want to have fun every weekend [you’re] not available…it’s a job, the people here make it a life and a career, please take it seriously.”
In the comments section of the post, u/Sandl0t said, “Just imagine typing this in all caps to [a] group of underpaid high school students working part-time in a convenience store. No wonder they don’t get any help.”
According to Snagajob, an online marketplace dedicated to helping people find hourly work, part-time jobs are known for their flexibility.
“That’s why many students and parents choose to work part-time, so they can focus more on other things like their studies or their family,” the company wrote.
Indeed, added that the “benefits” of part-time work include a good work-life balance and reduced stress.
“When you work 30 hours or less per week, you can enjoy more personal time to focus on family, friends and hobbies. It also allows you to pursue special interests or studies,” said Indeed. “Working fewer hours can benefit your mental and physical health.”
Many Redditors have argued that the manager of Monday’s viral note seems “inexperienced” and doesn’t understand that part-time jobs are supposed to be flexible.
“If the employee’s availability doesn’t meet your needs, hire someone else. The employee decides how many hours and how many hours they want to work. If that’s not right for you , find a new employee,” u/XxRocky88xX commented.
“Sounds like an inexperienced and/or incompetent manager having scheduling issues because everyone he hires has the same availability, making it difficult to schedule certain shifts,” u/Sir_Stash wrote. “There are much better ways to deal with shift issues (like, you know, hiring for specific weekend shifts if you’re having trouble filling weekends) than posting nonsense like this one.”
“Uh no, that’s exactly how availability works, you motherfucker. I don’t own you, so you can’t tell me when I’m available and when I’m not,” said u/ Salty-Reine87. “If that happened to me, I’d fucking leave trying to deal with something so ridiculous.”
Redditor u/lisa111998 added, “Pathetic to write this letter without the thought of just hiring staff for the nights and weekends that cross their minds.”
Newsweek contacted u/Sandl0t for comment.
Other anti-work posters that have gone viral include an ‘overworked’ employee who was denied a raise, a woman who said her mother had made her ‘exploitative’ boss ‘lose her mind’ and an employee whose team received ‘insulting’ award following quarterly success.