Often people are fired from work because of lack of time or not working properly. On the other hand, there are also some strange reasons for which the people lose their job, such as dropping coffee on the floor of the office, etc. In a similar way, a female employee was fired for sending an OK emoji to her Boss.
The owner of a Chinese company, Tagged his entire team on the Wechat Group. Asked about a meeting document on the group, a female employee sent OK’s emoji in response. The owner of that company had some different rules, according to which the boss has to write ‘Roger’ or complete word in reply. When the female employee sent the Ok’s emoji, she was fired from her job because of this mistake.
“You should use text to reply to the message if you have received it, don’t you know the rules?” the manager replied. “Is this your acknowledgment of receipt?”
A few minutes later he told the employee to contact the human resources department and sort out her resignation.
“This is a real case, the resignation is still processing,” the employee told online media platform Btime. “I have worked for many years and this is my first encounter with this kind of stupid situation. I am good-tempered therefore I didn’t retaliate,” she said.
The woman said her colleagues agreed that the manager’s behavior had gone too far adding that, after the incident, he had sent out an official announcement to the group requesting everyone use ‘Roger’ when replying to messages.
The screenshots of the conversation went viral on social media with 280 million views for posts on the topic.
Comments included: “Any reasons are valid if your boss wants to fire you”; “To be honest, I would not reply to his message” and, “I think a good leader should be able to accept different people’s communication styles and characteristics”.
“Of course this is an arbitrary reason to fire an employee,” said Wang Li-ping, a professor who specialises in management and human resources from the Renmin Business School.
“But this is what may happen in small and medium-sized companies as they may not have a comprehensive regulation or system related to this kind of situation.”
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