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November 8th, 2004

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09:05 am - Hypocrisy in action
First off, I had to work last night. Enough to make a guy grumpy, right there.

Then, there was no work to be done. Additional grumpage, though some work did show up late.

Then there are people at work that are sick. We're talking bundled up in warm clothes, drinking warm beverages, coughing productive coughs. Seriously sick. Stay at home in bed kind of sick. Remember we have no work to do.

I was chastised at my performance review for being out sick more often than the guidelines allow. As part of that, I was told, in no uncertain terms, that if I am out from work for more than three days that I have to bring a doctor's note saying that it's OK for me to go back to work. I was told that this was not some patronizing method of controlling employees, it was to ensure that I was not a health risk to the rest of the staff.

Me. The guy that says to himself, "You know, I think I'm coming down with something, I think I'll stay home and fight it off." I might be a health risk and need to see a doctor if I have a cold that lasts longer than two days.

And it wasn't just the one person. She's been coughing all week. Now it's another person who came back to work in the middle of the week after being out for a while. And Sunday night? My lead is sitting over there coughing too.

People sitting at their desks, coughing up who knows what. Our jobs involve passing pieces of paper from hand to hand to hand.

And I'm a health risk.

Pull the other one.
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
Current Music: Fool's Gold--Adam Stemple--3 Solid Blows To The Head

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Date:November 8th, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
It’s a classic bit of pointy-haired bossism.

The sensible thing to do is to insist that people who are sick just stay home, and if somebody makes a habit of abusing sick leave, manage it (either with unpaid time off, straightening out their butts, or getting rid of them), but assuming that you don’t actually want people coughing and hacking and puking all over the place, do whatever needs to be done to get the sick to stay home. (Which includes, of course, not hassling people who do that for doing that.)

Since that’ll offend the kinds of folks who, basically, never (for anywhere from loose to strict values of “never”) get sick, give those folks some extra paid time off every now and then, just to make them feel better about it.

Instead, you get idiocies like a “time bank” and “paid time off”, where you can spend your vacation time being home sick (oh, great), or come in and spread disease and despair with every cough and hack.

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