After a long day at work, many of us want to go home, make ourselves a hot cup of tea and unwind from everyday stress. But imagine walking up to your manager, telling him you’re about to leave, only to hear him say you need to wait for permission to leave. Even after you finish your shift.
While this scenario may seem absurd, that’s precisely what happened to user Brooklynisqueerr who recently shared his story on Malicious Compliance. The author works in a kitchen appliance store and always tells his supervisor when his shift is over. Yet one day, the user felt seriously baffled after the manager seemed annoyed by his words.
It seems the boss didn’t want the employee to leave, so she made a new rule on the spot: “Next time, you’ll have to wait for a manager to let you go home.” If there’s one thing we know about insane work rules, they can backfire in the most beautiful way. Read on to find out how the author maliciously complied, and share your thoughts in the comments below.
Recently, a retail employee shared a post about how her manager said she should be given permission to clock in, even when her shift was over
Image credits: Oxana Melis (not an actual photo)
Instead of arguing with her supervisor, the author mischievously complied
Image credits: Sharon McCutcheon (not an actual photo)
We managed to get in touch with Brooklynisqueerr, who was kind enough to chat a bit about this whole incident. The author said bored panda that she decided to create this post on Malicious Compliance because she enjoys reading and listening to stories on this subreddit. “I wanted to make my own contribution to add to the fun,” she said.
The user revealed that she did not expect her post to attract so much attention. In just a few days, the thread garnered over 23.3,000 upvotes and a few hundred comments. “I didn’t think people would find it as interesting as they did, to be honest,” Brooklynisqueerr said.
But it seems that many enjoyed reading this absurd situation that the user had to experience at work. While some commenters started sharing similar stories about their work, other Redditors mentioned that the manager should first discuss the new rules with the employees. “It always pays to treat your employees like people and with respect,” one user wrote.
“I spoke to my co-workers after my manager gave me this rule and they all seemed confused,” Brooklynisqueerr added. One even told the author, “Yeah, this manager likes to make up his own rules sometimes.”
We were curious if there were any updates on the story. The user told us that nothing else really happened. “The rule was dropped and I pretty much went back to asking to go home after my shift was over. It was what we normally did and my manager has never commented on it since.
Brooklynisqueerr guessed that the reason so many people found the thread relevant might be because it’s always interesting to see how the rules put in place by management backfire. “It’s a moment everyone hopes for, a moment when they can turn a manager’s rules against them,” she said.
The user wanted to add that bosses shouldn’t be aggressive towards people “who only have free time and expect them not to try to use it against you”.
Later the user added more updates to the story
Rules should make your life easier, not harder. Yet, according to CV-Library research, more than 60% of Britons have worked for a company that applied unnecessary and bizarre rules. Moreover, more than half of the professionals were unhappy to have to respect these rules.
The most ridiculous things bosses in the UK implemented were no eating or drinking on the table, paying for a few minutes late and showing a doctor’s note for any type of illness. As an employer, “you don’t want employees to feel uncomfortable or suspicious by imposing outrageous and unnecessary rules on them,” said Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library.
“It could lead them to leave to find a more welcoming work culture elsewhere. It is therefore important that you find the right balance.
The survey also revealed that more than 67% of employees believed that their bosses had no right to enforce such rules in their workplace. Biggins said the survey results are concerning. “To avoid any conflict, you must ensure that your company’s rules are in no way discriminatory or disrespectful towards employees.”
He continued: ‘You should consider getting the rules enforced by your human resources department for a second opinion – it can point out anything you missed.’ And, most importantly, bosses and managers need to have a conversation with their employees first. Otherwise, workers may begin to feel resentment or believe they are being left behind on purpose.