Members of a popular Internet forum showed support for a longtime employee who was faced with the prospect of training someone for the position they felt they deserved.
In a viral Reddit thread posted to r/AmITeA**hole, Redditor u/watashiwaikiru (aka the original poster or OP) said they shouldered a much heavier workload after their manager’s health deteriorated, and thought they would take it over the vacant position until a new employee put an end to that notion.
Captioned: “[Am I the a**hole] for not training the person who got the job I wanted?” The post received almost 6,800 votes and 800 comments in the last day.
The original poster explained that they have been working for their employer for almost three years and said their work duties changed dramatically eight months ago.
“My manager’s health has changed slightly … and they officially made me assistant manager,” the OP wrote. “Since then I have taken on and led many of my managerial duties [department] multiple.”
“A few weeks ago, my manager quit and finished a few days later,” OP continued. “I put my hand up for the role [and] All discussions with upper management indicated that I would be next in line.”
“Last week a new manager was hired for the department and they started a day later,” OP added.
The original poster admitted they were disappointed not to have been chosen for the role of their manager and said they had trained the new hire for the job but refused to let this go on for long.
“The new person really doesn’t know anything specific about this department,” OP wrote. “I basically spent the next day teaching them what to do from scratch.”
“I was frustrated by this … so I’ve been on annual leave for the last week and my phone hasn’t stopped ringing because the new manager really doesn’t know anything about our particular department and they have no idea what to do on a day-to-day basis,” OP continued. “I did not answer.”
“Sure they could be a good manager with previous experience but if they were hired through me should they be able to do the job right?” OP added sarcastically.
In certain cases, e.g. For example, when an employee moves to another company or is promoted within one’s own company, training a replacement is useful and can greatly help a new employee adjust to their new position.
“The concept of training your successor should not relieve all of your work and overload your team. It is meant to share knowledge, insight and context,” the LinkedIn website reads. “The goal is for everyone to excel in their current role and provide opportunities for everyone to advance into a new role.”
However, for many employees, training a replacement or, worse, hiring someone for a position they wanted for themselves is a nightmare work scenario.
2018, forbes published an advice column simply titled “No, I won’t train the new guy to replace me,” which involved an employee who realized he was training his own replacement and then confronted his manager.
After learning that his manager was preparing for his eventual departure, the employee assured that he would continue to do his own job but would not train the new employee who was waiting for his job.
In reply, former forbes Contributor Liz Ryan advised the employee to demand a hefty bonus as compensation for training his successor — and to quit and leave his manager to agonize through the transition if that request were denied.
“It’s good to be reminded every once in a while that you’re not that easy to replace,” Ryan wrote.
Throughout the comments section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors offered similar advice, insisting that the original poster should not be responsible for training the person who was hired in its place.
“If you are not qualified to be hired in the role, you are not qualified to train the person in the role,” wrote Redditor u/teresajs in the top comment of the post, which garnered more than 13,000 votes. “Your boss has to train you.”
Redditor u/murphy2345678, whose comment received more than 1,500 votes, echoed this sentiment.
“You should not train anyone higher in the organization than yourself,” they wrote. “Your boss can train you. Don’t answer the phone.”
“You literally did the manager’s job with no problems and no pay to match, but somehow you’re expected to just carry on as if everything is fine,” added Redditor u/Sushi_________Roll. “Plus, they take it a step further by subcontracting the job to someone else and expecting you, effectively a subordinate, to train them.”
In a separate comment, Redditor u/ClothesQueasy2828 summarized the original poster’s situation in a single sentence.
“They hired someone who doesn’t have as much knowledge as you do [and] they can deal with the consequences,” wrote the Redditor.
https://www.newsweek.com/overlooked-employee-backed-not-training-person-hired-dream-job-1709838 Employee is supported because he has not hired a person for dream job