If you’re late, you’re late — and your boss might not care about your excuses.
A baffling thing that some people do is tell you that there are no excuses for your actions. Then, they still want you to explain yourself. So the conversation will start by your boss demanding to know why you’re late. You then say that you were late because you had car trouble, or perhaps your nanny cancelled last minute, or any other good reason for not being on time. Even the best employees in the world won’t make it to the office by 9AM if their car is a broken-down mess parked on the shoulder of the highway.
Then, your boss tells you that there are “no excuses.” You should just be on time, even when it is physically impossible to do so. That mentality just serves to drive employees crazy, because whether you have a good excuse or not, your boss won’t change their mind about punishing you.
U/sc0ut3rofroy shared their story about being late to work, and the path their boss took to handle the offense. At first, it seemed like they were ready to fire the OP over a tiny offense, but the OP quickly realized what was actually happening. People in the r/MaliciousCompliance subreddit adored the story, and some added their own comments on the boss.
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