Micromanagers need to be careful about what they wish for. In theory, they tend to demand things from their employees that are conducive to productivity. However, most of the time, it’s really about asserting authority for no good reason other than some good old-fashioned ego-stroking.
This manager chewed out an employee for allegedly not getting approval before they clocked out, even though of course, the manager was incorrect and the employee had done everything they were supposed to do. But like we said, this was really much more superiority than policy. The employee shared their side of the story via this thread on Reddit’s r/MaliciousCompliance subreddit, and they seemed elated by the possibility of enacting some real malicious compliance of their own.
Essentially, they decided to always be sure that they got written consent to clock out at the end of every single shift. This often meant waiting another half hour to an hour and, of course, billing for that time as well. Not only was the employee following exactly what his manager told him to do, but also he was slowly but surely billing a ton of extra time on the company’s dollar. Seems like a win-win for the employee (not so much for the company itself).
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