In a now-viral TikTok making its way around the app, an employee is asked to come in on their off day by their manager, to which the employee quickly shuts down and hangs up. Some in the comments felt like the manager was trying to guilt-trip the employee, saying they were short-staffed and could really use their help. Before the manager could ask again, the employee tells them no, tells them to have a nice day, and cuts off the manager mid-speech before they can say anything else.
The TikTok, which now has 350 thousand likes and over 4 thousand comments, has stirred up quite the conversation on managers, working extra shifts, and if you should pick up when your boss calls. Some were of the opinion that the employee was kind for even answering the phone call from the manager or workplace, as some people decide to let it ring. Others felt like the abruptness the employee had should be normalized, and people should be able to say no to working and hang up the phone.
Some commenters felt like if your work calls, it should not be expected that you have a lengthy conversation with them, as you are not getting paid for that time if you are off the clock. Some felt, however, that this was rude behavior and that you should hear the manager out, explain why you cannot work, and then hang up.
Overall, many were of the opinion that jobs should respect personal space and off time and that managers should be the ones who are responsible for covering the extra shifts. Some, however, brought up the topic of overtime or picking up shifts, as sometimes people are interested in this and it never hurts to ask. Overall, the opinions from managers, HR officials, and employees seemed to be pretty divided and unique to each situation.