It’s Friday, which means at least one of your colleagues will probably have some last-minute issue exactly at 4 p.m. (or whatever your 4 p.m. would be if you worked normal hours like most employed human beings) that absolutely must be resolved before you can call it a day. Or perhaps you have a manager who likes to drop emails on you over the weekend, never having the balls to say you’re required to respond but strongly implying that there will be consequences if you don’t. Whatever your problems at work, thank your lucky stars that you don’t work under this guy.
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily has shared screenshots of what could be the worst Big 4 manager we’ve seen in quite some time (remember we’ve been doing this for 11+ years). At least the worst this year, that’s for sure. It seems that someone at EY didn’t get the memo that unreasonable busy season demands while understood should never be so blatantly unreasonable. In print, no less.
I mean … at least he said thanks?
If you thought that was the worst of it, I’m sorry to say but there’s more. Anyone who has ever interacted with a nice guy, a possessive partner, or a hungry cat at 5 in the morning will recognize the desperation of this EY manager on full display across multiple platforms.
How about a little gaslighting to go with that freak out?
Yeah, Wayne! If you hadn’t gotten food poisoning you’d probably be a manager by now, you scrub.
Now, we know they work just a bit harder on that side of the world, but according to the English translation of the original Apple Daily article, even by their standards this is unreasonable.
According to the guidelines on “Rest Days, Statutory Holidays and Paid Annual Leave” in Chapter 4 of the Employment Ordinance of Hong Kong, employees who are employed under a continuous contract are entitled to not less than one rest day every 7 days. A “rest day” is defined as an employee’s right not to work for the employer for not less than 24 consecutive hours.
Employers shall not force employees to work on rest days, except for machine or factory equipment failure or any emergency. If an employer requires an employee to work on a rest day, it must assign another rest day to the employee. The alternative rest day must be arranged within 30 days after the original rest day, and the employer must notify the employee of the date of the alternative rest day within 48 hours after the original rest day.
This makes EY the first Big 4 firm to embarrass themselves in 2021, and just seven days in! This year is gonna be great, I can just feel it.