He just found out that both his parents passed away and without even having enough time to mourn them, he had his job taken away too.
For someone whose world has been completely turned upside down after losing both their parents in a horrific car crash, their job is probably the last thing on their mind. However, they know that that might be the only stable thing remaining in their life for the time being. So when that too gets pulled out from under their feet, it can be devastating.
And that is what one 22-year-old employee had to go through when his company sacked him for poor performance a mere two weeks after he returned from a leave of absence to deal with the sudden loss of his parents. The Vice President, who was responsible for firing the employee, took to Reddit anonymously to find whether it was wrong to have done so.
The original poster said, "I'm the VP of Sales at a software company and one of our sales development reps parents passed away at the beginning of April, sadly they were involved in a car crash and both lost their lives. Now the employee in question in very young 22 year old guy and has been with us for about 10 months now. He's a great employee and we were thinking about promotions in the next ~6 months for him. His job is a high paying one for a new grad, about ~90k with commission and base so we expect a lot from this position."
Trying to explain their generosity, they continued, "Because of the accident we let him take a 1 month paid leave of absence from work and he's returned a few weeks ago and his performance is severely lacking. He's super unmotivated, not cold calling, out reaching to prospects for the last 2-3 weeks enough since he's come back." The VP took this as the reason to deal the final blow to the employee, though it didn't seem so extreme to the management. "Our whole mgmt team has noticed this and we decided to let him go because we feel like he'd need months and months to be able to produce again and we can't just wait that long," the VP continued.
Clearly, they didn't expect the response they got. "We called him into a meeting on Friday afternoon and gave him the bad news, he was very calm and rude about it. Told us to go f*** ourselves and got up and went to his desk grabbed his few things and left. I thought this was very very unprofessional and extremely rude." The original poster also mentioned this incident to their boyfriend, once again receiving a response they didn't think they would get. "I told my boyfriend about all of this and he said myself and my mgmt team are a bunch of asses and pricks with no hearts."
Several commenters on Reddit seemed to agree with the boyfriend. "Seriously, WTAF. It's been 'a couple weeks' and you all decide to fire him with no warning, no PIP, nothing? Not only are you an a******, but so is everyone else who was involved in this decision," said one person. "The poor guy (he's my age, I would seriously underperform for months if I lost my parents all of a sudden) lost his parents and you give him a few weeks to get over it? Please. Now you guys left him without a family and without a steady job. Did you at least talk about it to him? Warning him? Jfc," said another user.
One person commented,
"And now your other employees know how much their superiors value them as human beings. Good luck keeping their respect and loyalty in the future."
Another said, "YTA (You're the a******). Without a doubt. You gave him 2-3 weeks after he came back before you fired him? That’s not enough time to start underperforming and be fired for someone who DIDN’T experience such a tragedy. If you really cared or were a decent company, you’d find him a mentor, maybe start pulling him aside and coaching him, find ways to bring up the problems but making it work for you both for at least a couple months. Wow."
Soon after this post received immense backlash, the original poster, the VP posted an update saying, "Holy f*** this blew up, I know this was shitty of me now. And I reached out to him to see how he's holding up. He's staying at his gf's place and she's supporting him a lot right now. I offered to get my head hunter friend in touch with him when he's ready and he accepted."
While it is human to make mistakes, sometimes those mistakes can cause intense pain to someone else. At least, in this case, the VP made sure to follow up with the employee to make sure he was doing okay.