Internet drags woman for criticizing the way small businesses treat employees

Thousands of commentators were furious after a business owner explained their mother’s distaste for the way they treated their only employee in a viral internet post.

Originally posted on Reddit’s hugely popular r / antiwork (the subreddit has 1.5 million members), the now-deleted discussion thread written by u / theroyaldan received 38.8,000 votes and nearly 3,000 comments in just six. time. In their original post, u / theroyaldan said that they had returned home for the holidays and were discussing their small business with their mom when the conversation got intense.

Explaining that they own a small accounting firm with their wife, u / theroyaldan said they only employ one employee and they come to terms with his irregular schedule.

“He’s a single dad with weird on-call hours, so we’re very flexible,” said the Redditor. “He has no fixed hours unless it has been previously agreed and can come and go as needed.”

“We pay it well for our small town and give it a 10% increase from the new year,” they added.

u / theroyaldan said their generosity infuriated their mother.

“My mom was pissed off. Talk about how we’re overpaying him, that we have to cut his hours down and find daycare if needed,” they wrote. “That she was never treated that way when she worked and that’s what’s wrong with people these days.”

As the debate over the last handful of generations rages in vacation conversations and viral posts on Reddit, so does the debate over child care and its accessibility to American workers. Although u / theroyaldan’s “small accounting firm” takes into account the “odd on-call hours” of its only employee, this is not the case for many workers across the country.

Child care costs employers and employees billions of dollars every year, according to the Harvard Business Review. And, due to the ongoing global pandemic, it has become harder to find and pay for.

A Redditor said their mother was furious with the way they were treating the only employee at their small business.
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Before the pandemic, “inadequate child care cost working parents $ 37 billion per year in lost income and employers $ 13 billion per year in lost productivity,” reports the Harvard Business Review. And with the closure of schools across the country during the pandemic, parents have been forced to find daycare on their own.

Almost 63% of parents polled by the Harvard Business Review said they had difficulty finding child care during the pandemic, and 33% said it was “very difficult.” Data shows that, on average, the pandemic has cost parents who worked eight hours a week due to a lack of child care.

Despite the response to the way they are treating their only employee, u / theroyaldan ensured that their accounting firm was doing well and said they turned the conversation in another direction following their mother’s explosive reaction. However, others were quick to call the original poster’s mother for her “bitter” behavior.

In the post’s first comment, which itself received 17.1,000 votes, u / OswaldReuben denounced the mother’s justification for her feelings.

“The old ‘I had a hard time so other people don’t deserve better’ mindset,” they wrote. “It’s poison.”

u / adjustingstuff echoed u / OswaldReuben and said OP’s mother should have reacted the exact opposite way.

“Because I’ve never had this kindness, no one else can have this kindness. “Like WTF, it’s kind of internalized bitterness,” the Redditor asked.

“Your mother should be happy that she somehow raised a nice person,” they added.

u / theroyaldan responded to a handful of commenters and provided additional details on the situation, but many have already made up their minds on the situation – the treatment OP gave their employee is commendable and their mother’s assessment of this treatment is completely wrong.

“Congratulations on being a better person than your mother,” u / blade_smith_666 wrote.

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