Chinese employee fired for OK emoji reply to boss on WeChat
An employee has been fired from a bar in central China, after replying to her manager with an OK emoji on instant messaging app WeChat, according to an online news site.
The manager of the bar in Changsha, Hunan province, tagged the employee in the team’s WeChat group last week, asking her to send over some meeting documents, and took issue with her response, Btime reported.
“You should use text to reply to the message if you have received it. Don’t you know the rules?” the manager replied. “Is this your acknowledgement of receipt?”
A few minutes later he told the employee to contact the human resources department and sort out her resignation.
“This is a real case, the resignation is still being processed,” the employee was quoted as saying. “I have worked for many years and this is my first encounter with this kind of stupid situation. I am good-tempered therefore I didn’t retaliate.”
The woman said her colleagues agreed that the manager’s behaviour had gone too far, adding that, after the incident, he had sent out an official announcement to the group requesting everyone use “Roger” when replying to messages.
Screenshots of the conversation went viral on microblogging site Weibo, with 280 million views for posts on the topic, and broad support among users for the employee.
Comments included: “Any reason is valid if your boss wants to fire you”; “To be honest, I would not reply to his message” and “I think a good leader should be able to accept different people’s communication styles and characteristics”.
resignation [,rɛzɪɡ'neʃən] n. 辞职；放弃；辞职书；顺从
encounter [ɪn'kaʊntɚ] vt. 遭遇，邂逅；遇到 n. 遭遇，偶然碰见 vi. 遭遇；偶然相遇
retaliate [rɪ'tælɪ'et] vi./vt. 报复；回敬
characteristic [,kærəktə'rɪstɪk] adj. 典型的；特有的；表示特性的 n. 特征；特性；特色