The employee had returned to work and his performance had dipped after he lost both his parents in the tragic accident.
Coping with the loss of a job is not easy and one employee found himself in that position while dealing with a greater tragedy. Both his parents passed away in an unfortunate car accident and his company fired him for a dip in performance just two weeks after he was back from a leave of absence. The Vice President responsible for firing the 22-year-old anonymously posted this account on Reddit and asked other users if he was wrong to fire the employee just weeks after his parents died.
The Vice President of Sales at a software company wrote: 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 is very young 22-year-old guy and has been with us for about 10 months now. Everyone at the firm was pretty impressed with the guy and was also considering him for a promotion before the heartbreaking accident took place. 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, continued the original poster.
The 22-year-old employee was granted a paid leave of absence for one month to deal with this tragedy revealed the poster. 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, outreaching to prospects for the last 2-3 weeks enough since he's come back, continued the Vice President, who felt it was time to assess his performance and decide if he was fit to continue with his job. 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, he resolved.
Soon, they decided to let him go. 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 fuck 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, shared the original poster. When the Vice President shared these details with their boyfriend, he immediately slammed the OP and other colleagues for being heartless. 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, concluded the post.
Reddit users immediately called out the Vice President for not addressing the issue before firing the employee. One Redditor milee30 wrote: YTA for firing him without first going through the steps of describing his issues to him and giving him a chance to improve. He's been back for only 2-3 weeks. It's not about "having heart", it's about making a dumb business decision for both you and him. So much smarter to work with this guy to get him back on track after a temporary setback than to push the eject button and have to find and start over with a new person. Dumb. Another gratespeller expressed: Yup, congrats YTA. If this is isn't a shitpost well done, you pulled a poor mourning kid's remaining stability and livelihood out from under him. 4 weeks after his parents passed away. Hope the rest of the team's moral stays high after this one.
Posting an update, the Vice President wrote: Holy fu*k 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 girlfriend'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.