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A Brief Rant

September 21st, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

Normally I avoid posting anything about my job on my blog. That said, I find myself stuck. Stuck because I feel I have to put something down in writing before I can move on to better subjects.

I work for a company where attendance is a big, BIG deal. If you are hourly and full time, you WILL put in your forty hours per week. I’ve been here long enough to have earned a spot where I’m not on such a tight leash, but most of my coworkers have to deal with it.

To their credit, my employers aren’t stingy with earned-time-off (think of it as paid vacation time that you build up a few hours per week), and getting a break isn’t that hard provided you do it a few weeks in advance. But there’s a big difference between how they handle vacation time and sick time, both of which eat up your earned time off.

Here’s the problem: My coworkers feel threatened by the attendance policy. To make matters worse, there is some kind of just-think-about-it-and-you’ll-catch-it super cold bug going around and everyone is getting sick. Early this morning I listened to one poor soul continually sneeze and blow their nose for at least five straight minutes (and it wasn’t the “i’m slightly conjested” kind of nasal noise). It might not sound like a long time but just try watching a clock for five straight minutes.

The result? Tons of people who, were they not fearing for their jobs, should be home getting better. One by one everyone in my office (including me) has dealt with this crap and it’s not getting any better. I guess it’s reached a sort of critical mass point where there’s no point in relaxing the policy because everyone either is or was sick.

Either way it’s a stupid situation that could’ve been prevented.

Ok I’m done ranting now. Thanks for hanging in there folks.

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  1. September 21st, 2005 at 16:04 | #1

    Yikes! Maybe they should have some exterminators come in and spray you all with some “super-bug-killing serum”. That’s definitely a corporate solution. I am experiencing my own version of hell this week, so I feel ya. I’m lightening up the times by teaching myself how to crochet… old crone activities cheer me up 🙂

  2. September 23rd, 2005 at 11:42 | #2

    I had it, too. Kicked my ass. I was out 2 days in a row.

  3. September 23rd, 2005 at 11:44 | #3

    Luckily I caught it towards the beginning of the great office plague, so I missed two days as well. Since I already had it I’m not getting sick again (unless some other mutant strain wanders into the office) it just sucks listening to everyone else around me get sick.

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