Members of a popular Internet forum banded together in response to a viral post calling out employers that force employees to find coworkers to cover shifts they can’t work.
In a viral Reddit post published on r/antiwork, Redditor u/lemonite99 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) questioned whether workers who are sick, or experiencing other emergencies, should instead use their own Why are managers and owners who regularly create schedules responsible for finding their own replacements.
Presented as a fictional, Viral Post The title is, “You ever get out of work and the manager ‘finds someone to cover your shift’?” As is, and has received over 18,000 votes and nearly 1,300 comments in the last 10 hours.
Addressing managers directly, the original poster was adamant that the burden of scheduling should not fall on distressed employees.
“You are the manager,” he wrote. “Where [the f**k] Was it a trend for managers to call to find coverage [come from],
“What if we’re sick?” He continued. “Or is there an emergency?”
“You are my man’s manager, manage,” he concluded.
In the United States, the Family and Medical Leave Act requires some employers to provide 12 work-weeks of job-protected leave for new mothers, people with serious health conditions, and those responsible for caring for someone with a serious health condition. is needed.
For workers who experience less-severe health conditions, however, there are no federal legal requirements for paid sick leave, according to US Department of Labor.
Despite some state and city laws that require employers to provide a certain amount of unpaid sick leave to employees, there are no legal guidelines for who is responsible for finding coverage for unexpectedly vacant shifts. are not either.
in the guest column for USA TodaySociety of Human Resource Management CEO Johnny C. Taylor reiterated that there is no clear answer, but made it clear that forcing employees to find their shift replacements is counterproductive.
“Needing someone who isn’t feeling well enough to call in to find their replacement doesn’t seem like the best way to make sure things work out,” Taylor wrote.
During the comments section of the viral Reddit post, several Redditors echoed that sentiment, and agreed that the burden of scheduling replacements should fall on management rather than employees.
In the post’s top comment, which garnered nearly 10,000 votes, Redditor u/stormaggedon23 detailed his own experience, similar to the scenario described by the original poster.
“When I left my previous job, my boss asked me to whom I was giving my responsibilities,” he wrote.
“Like man, [I don’t give a f**k]I’m leaving, you understand that sh*t out,” he added.
Redditor u/xmattyx, whose comment received nearly 3,500 votes, shared the boilerplate response they regularly give when asked to find their own shift replacements.
“Yeah, I usually say it’s not in my job description or, ‘I’m not management, I can’t adjust schedules,'” he wrote.
“My canned reaction to this was always, ‘You’re the manager, you’ll manage,'” Redditor u/NeverEnoughCharacter added in a comment that garnered nearly 2,000 votes.
In a lengthy comment, Redditor u/tehtinman explained the time his request for a vacation away from work was approved, but then canceled without warning and replaced with a written reprimand. Gone.
He wrote, “I told my boss a month ago that I would be out of state for my shift on Christmas Eve. I asked my co-worker to sign up to cover the shift I was in. But the manager signed and approved it.” ,[One] Months later I’m being called Christmas Eve morning…[and told] That I just had no calls, no shows.”
“Obviously my manager [scheduled] My coworkers already had 40 hours that week and didn’t want to be paid overtime, so it was my responsibility to telepathically know this and find a new person to cover my shift. “He wrote for it.”