The boss is offended

The boss is offended by the employee’s “Hey” on WhatsApp, the Internet weighs heavily

The boss is offended

The post garnered more than 53.5,000 upvotes. (Unsplash/Representative Photo)

A Reddit user recently shared a screenshot of his WhatsApp conversation with his boss and now the post is going viral on the internet. The screenshot shows that Reddit user Shreyas was arrested for greeting his boss with a “hey” on WhatsApp Messenger.

According to the viral post, when asked by his boss if he had submitted a test, Shreyas replied, “Hey, no. Not yet.” Her boss apparently took offense to the flippant greeting and deemed it inappropriate for a professional conversation. “Please don’t use the word ‘hey’. It’s offensive to me. If you can’t remember my name, just use ‘Hi’,” the boss said.

Take a look at the conversation below:

The boss then asked Shreyas to refrain from using several other words in a professional setting, including “dude, dude and chick.” The term “hello” was also deemed unprofessional by him, unless addressing a large group.

Shreyas defended himself saying, “Well, considering we are having a conversation on WhatsApp and not on LinkedIn or a chain messenger. I’m just being flippant because you’re texting me on my home number. And by turning professional, I’m not the one who’s offended.

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To this, the boss claimed that WhatsApp is “no longer a personal space”. He said the messenger is used for business and added, “I don’t insist on my ideology. If you understand it, fine; or you will figure it out sooner or later.

Since being shared online, the post has sparked a discussion about professional standards. Several netizens have pondered the issue. One user wrote: “Seriously. “Hey” especially with a colleague/team member you’ve had ongoing conversations with is more than acceptable, almost preferable, to keep the convo as open as possible.

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“I would call him ‘chap’ in literally every communication,” another added. A third user said he would go in the complete opposite direction, writing: “‘May I be permitted to extend my warmest greetings to this upright and honorable gentleman and extend my compliments to his wife, immediate family and more far away and to her circle of friends, may all their cattle breed happily’ and some rubbish like that. “I like that it’s unprofessional, but the emojis are fine,” the fourth wrote.

The post garnered over 53,500 upvotes and over 6,600 comments.

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