So context: I’m 27, worked in HVAC my whole life. Moved up the ladder into management and I try to bring up guys in a advancing and increasingly specialized career. Anyone I hire is guaranteed 40 hours, full medical and dental, paid sick, paid vacation and holidays, and end of year profit sharing bonus (entry level guys get around $2k for that after taxes). Company is a family owned business (I’m not family) and owners are good humble people who just want to take care of everyone. They literally got all 30+ employees of the company $500 gift cards to the grocery store when the pandemic hit just in case spouses got laid off.
So a year ago I hire this 32 year old guy who has been in the trade for a few years, but has been fired from 3 jobs. Explains his situations on what happens, I hear him out, offer to give him a shot and some good training, and see what he can do. Guy spends a year here and never progresses. I give him paid training every week, takes nothing from it. Owners want to fire him a while back, I tell them no, let me keep working with him as if he gets fired again, his employment record is going to be now with 4 terminations and I want to make sure I do everything I can. Sadly, he doesn’t progress, but I still keep putting in effort waiting for a light bulb to click. He’s only making $16 an hour, but has a laid out plan where he can make more, but doesn’t follow through. But all his other benefits are more then generous.
So he walks into my office today… asks if I have any interest in letting him go. I asked “Are you asking me to fire you?” He then explains how he’s 32 and not progressing in life, how he makes such little money, how customers ask him how much he makes and they feel sorry for him (wtf). He then says that we laid off someone during covid so they can get unemployment (which wasn’t true) and asked if we could do the same for him.
It took every bone in my body not to tear this guy’s head off. Literally asked me to fire him so he can get unemployment because he’s a fucking mooch. I keep my mouth shut as this is the kind of guy to report me if I say something wrong probably. I say that that’s fraud and not how it works, sounds like he wants to quit. He said that he’ll take the weekend and think about it and let me know.
I let him leave, I sit in my chair in shock. Does this dude really think he has the choice now to keep working here? He just puts such a stain on my generation. He’s given the opportunity to move up if he takes initiative, but literally wants you to hold his hand the entire way. It’s just bullshit with how people want to abuse this unemployment. And I don’t think he sees how good he has it.
Anyway, that was my rant. Thanks for reading haha. I need a drink