Thousands of internet commenters have shown their support for an employee who explained why he and the rest of his co-workers were refusing to reapply for their own jobs after their employer was sold.
In a viral Reddit post posted to r/antiwork, Redditor u/alldogzzarebeautiful (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said he worked for a “very profitable” family manufacturing company, but had recently been dismissed after the company was acquired by a private equity fund.
Titled “My employer was sold. We were all fired and told we could reapply for our jobs. Nobody applied,” the viral Publish received over 44,000 votes and 2,300 comments in the last 7 hours.
“We were called to a meeting on Monday and told that effective today we will all be laid off as our business has been sold,” the original poster began. “The owners apparently structured the sale as an ‘asset sale’ so all employees were considered a liability.”
“We were asked to ‘reapply’ for our old jobs with the new owners, but some salaries and benefits were reduced due to the restructuring,” they continued. “Job descriptions have been expanded to add more work.”
Noting that their entire staff has been blindsided by the sale and resulting layoffs, the original poster stated that no former employees had reapplied for their position, despite the concerted efforts of the new owners of their former employer.
“The new owners hired a manager who set up a table in our lobby to receive applications and filled it with coffee and donuts, which remained untouched with the application.[s],” they wrote.
“Our average employee has been here for 18 years and many over 25, so many are simply choosing to retire,” they continued. “The challenge for the new owner is that we are making a niche product using machines that have been built and maintained by our workshop and specialist knowledge has just come out.”
According to Career Balancean online resource for workers looking for career advice.
However, employees who are asked or forced to leave their position have no obligation to return to the employer who terminated them.
For employers about to downsize or recently sold employers, asking employees to reapply for previously held positions can be a gamble.
the Human Resource Management Company (SHRM) reports that, in some cases, these types of requests create insecurity for employers and employees.
“Employees faced with the prospect of competing for their jobs will likely feel insecure, and this fear can spread to other parts of the organization,” the SHRM website states. “Employee fear can also lead to uncontrolled additional turnover.”
In the case of the employer featured in the viral Reddit post, commenters were quick to point out a lack of support for employees and compared the circumstances of the original poster with examples from their own lives.
“A grocery store near my house was bought out and they forced all employees to apply for their jobs,” Redditor u/votedog wrote in the lead comment of the post, which received over 11,000 votes.
“Not only did most employees not reapply, locals stopped shopping there to protest the way they treated employees,” they continued. “It’s bullshit to have people who have worked somewhere reapply for their jobs.”
Redditor u/nickis84, offered a pointed response to the viral post.
“So much for former employees being liabilities,” they wrote. “The new owners discover that the former employees were the true assets of the company and that they should have [been] much appreciated.”
“But they didn’t and threw them away,” they added.
u/DriedUpSquid and u/BigSpoon89, whose respective comments received thousands of votes each, offered advice to the original poster, but took slightly different approaches.
“Come back as ‘consultants’ when they’re desperate and start calling ex-employees. Load them to the teeth,” u/DriedUpSquid commented, receiving over 5,000 votes.
“You should still have coffee and donuts,” u/BigSpoon89 added, receiving almost the same.
Newsweek contacted u/alldogzzarebeautiful for comment.