An Employee Was Fired Because She Replied Her Boss With An ‘OK’ Emoji On WeChat

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An Employee Was Fired Because She Replied Her Boss With An ‘OK’ Emoji On WeChat
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It's just an emoji...

Texting with your boss in a group chat or via personal messaging is nothing out of the norm these days.

Although it may be the fastest way to get a response, sometimes texting can be misinterpreted and land you in trouble, or even worse, unemployed.

An employee working at a bar in Changsha, China was recently fired after replying her boss with the ‘OK’ emoji on WeChat.

South China Morning Post reported that the manager tagged the said employee in a group chat asking her to send over some meeting documents and when she replied his message with an 'OK' emoji, the manager was unsatisfied with her response.

Wait, what-
“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?”

The manager then asked the employee to contact human resources department to sort out her resignation.

“This is a real case, the resignation is still processing,” the employee told online media platform Btime.

“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,” she said.

Have you experience something similar?
Following the incident, the manager has instructed all employees to reply with “Roger” next time.

The case has been shared on China’s popular microblogging site Weibo and received massive backlash from netizens.

So, what do you think of this case? Did the manager overreact and went too far? Or should the employee be held responsible for using emojis in a professional setting?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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