American companies are facing unprecedented challenges trying to find enough employees. According to the latest data, there are over 10 million job openings in the U.S. but only around 6 million unemployed workers.
As the country experiences a labor shortage, people are expressing their desire for livable wages, reasonable hours, remote work, healthcare, and it doesn’t seem like they are asking for too much. However, some higher-ups still don’t get the memo.
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To show just how much some bosses are detached from reality, we at Bored Panda compiled a list of the most absurd write-ups they gave their employees. Apparently, toilet breaks and even tying up your shoelace can get you in trouble now.
#1 Planet Fitness
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#2 Subpoenaed As A Witness And Written Up For Obeying Court Subpoena. We Live In Hell
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At the height of the pandemic, more than 120,000 businesses closed, and more than 30 million U.S. workers were unemployed. Since then, job openings have steadily increased, while unemployment has slowly declined.
Then, in 2021, employers ended up adding an unprecedented 3.8 million jobs. But at the same time, millions of Americans have left the labor force. In fact, there are more than three million fewer Americans participating in the labor force today compared to February of 2020.
#3 My Buddy Got Written Up At Work After Some Complaints. His Supervisor Thought It Was Hilarious Though
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#4 Wearing AirPods
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#5 I Was Written Up For Being Late To Work
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Right now, the labor force participation rate is 62.1% (down from 63.3% in February 2020). And there are multiple reasons why workers are sitting out.
The U.S. Chamber surveyed unemployed people who lost their jobs during the pandemic on what is keeping them from returning to work. One in three (33%) women indicated that the need to be home and care for children or other family members has made the return to work difficult or impossible. More than a quarter (28%) of men noted that their industry was still suffering and not enough good jobs were not available to return to work.
The survey also revealed some are still concerned about COVID-19 at work, indicated that pay is too low, or said they are more focused on acquiring new skills and education before re-entering the job market.
#6 Got Written Up
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#7 Written Up For Throwing Up At Work And Not Being Able To Afford A Doctors Note To Explain Why
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#8 My Boss
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#9 Added To The Schedule 6 Minutes Before The Start Of The Shift And Got Written Up For Being Late. I’m So Done At This Point
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Enhanced unemployment benefits, stimulus checks, and not being able to go out and spend money during the lockdown all contributed to Americans collectively adding $4 trillion to their savings accounts since the start of 2020.
The extra few hundred dollars a week from enhanced unemployment benefits (which ended in Sept. 2021), specifically, led to 68% of claimants earning more on unemployment than they did while working.
#10 Found On Facebook. Someone From My Town Got Written Up, Suspended For A Day For Helping Save His Family From Eastern Kentucky Flood
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#11 Got Written Up While Off The Clock…
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#13 This Was Several Years Back, But My Gm Used To Post Notes Like This All Over The Place. Yes, Employees Got Written Up For Having Water Bottles Under The Registers. He Ended Up Getting Fired For Stealing Money From The Store, Apparently
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In the Chamber’s survey, 28% of women cited others in the family making enough money that working full-time is not as critical as the reason they have not re-entered the workforce.
For comparison, just 17% of men said the same. But overall, higher ncome and savings bolstered people’s economic stability—allowing them to continue sitting out of the labor force.
#14 Not Me, But I Had To Do This To Some Other Poor Schmuck
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#15 Boss Couldn’t Find Time To Discuss A Raise. So I Started Informing Customers Of My Low Pay. Got Wrote Up So I Stole All The Write UPS & Trashed Them, Kept Mine Because I Was Proud Of This
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#16 Covid Nurse
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#17 Written Up
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Also, as of October 2021, the pandemic drove more than 3 million adults into early retirement. In all, the number of adults 55 and older being detached from the labor force due to retirement grew from 48.1% in Q3 of 2019 to 50.3% in Q3 2021.
#18 My Friend’s Kid Dawson Is Savage. He Was Written Up At Work So He Posted It, But Not Before He Spell Checked It
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#19 I Got Written Up For Being 20 Minutes Late Friday (We Start At 6). From My Boss This Morning:
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#20 I Was “Written Up” For Very Minor Stuff
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#21 Was Late Today And Was Going To Get A Suspension Because I Had “Already Called Out Too Much For This” Due To My Finger Being Cut Open Earlier This Week.. [screw] Burger King
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Some employees who either left work or stayed unemployed opened their own businesses. Over the last two years, nearly 10 million new business applications were filed and in 2020 alone more than 4 million new businesses were started.
#22 New Leave Policy And Yes You Get Write UPS For Unscheduled Leave
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#23 I Got Written Up Today
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#24 Well, If You Have To Be Written Up For Something
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#25 My Friend Got Written Up At Work Last Week. I Guess You Can Say They Are Pretty Laid Back There
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Meanwhile, there has been a ‘Great Reshuffle’ among workers. ‘The Great Resignation’ worked its way into our vocabulary as the shift of our labor force started to become apparent—and the hashtag #quittok even went viral as social media users posted about quitting their jobs in search of more free time or better opportunities. I guess some of the people who received these write-ups may be using the same hashtag in the near future as well.
#26 Got Written Up
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#27 Written Up For Saying No After Closing
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#28 A Friend Got Written Up At Work The Other Day
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#29 I Got Written Up For Wearing The Wrong Shoes At Wendy’s. Should I Accept The Write Up, Refuse To Sign It Or Just Walk Out. I’m Thinking Of Walking Out?
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#30 I Got Written Up At Work This One Time… .i Was Drunk
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