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Casual work and calling in sick
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I emailed the department crew leader at work to say that I’m still sick and won’t be in Friday (for the beginning of a Friday-Sunday 13-hour-a-day weekend shift), and he replied to just stay home and get fully recovered.

Casual work is so much more sane than full-time work, sometimes. Now, not only can I stay home and take care of myself properly without feeling guilty about leaving my co-workers in the lurch, but I won’t be going in on Saturday (as I said I would do regardless of how I was, as it’s only a two-person shift and I would be leaving it all to my co-worker G) if I’m still feeling sick and contagious. Why doesn’t this kind of sense occur to management* when it’s a full-time worker?

This music is oh-so appropriate.

* Not to slight my dept. crew lead, as he’s not technically management and has always displayed more sense than they tend to. That’s just a general complaint about observed behaviour of managers that this particular demonstration of his good sense seems to underscore.

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I've been fighting a cold bug all week, responding to my built-in-guilt- mode which says I can't call in sick unless I can't get out of bed (which was a close call this morning).

I agree that people who are truly sick shouldn't be forced to attend work and risk infecting co-workers. ThatGuy had a co-worker call in sick, said co-worker was told tough luck by management, come in anyway. The result was at least seven people struck with the bug the original guy had, including my whole household. That made *me* miss two days from my work. Not impressed.

I understand that when your kids go to school, this suddenly becomes a common course of infection too.

I would find it fascinating to read an economist's analysis of the effects of working while sick on the overall productivity of an economic region. Somehow I doubt such a study has been done yet, though. If anyone ever sees anything like that, I hope they point me to it.

Peter Principle. Or Dilbert Principle, whichever you like. That's why your not-really-managment guy still has sanity and good judgment.

Right! I was trying to remember what that principle was called just the other day. The Peter Principle is the bane of anyone who doesn't care for corporate climbing.

He's also too much of a shit-disturber to get promoted into management. The only reason he's the department crew lead is because nobody else who's competent will touch the job anymore, considering that the position is the direct interface with management. He's actually taking the opportunity to make changes and to say, "no, we can't do that," to management more, which I think is great. Fewer yes-men in my chain of command is good!

Amen to that. Fewer yes-men usually means better ideas. Better ideas mean that you guys stay employed, even if all you see for your million-dollar improvements is a five cent/hour wage increase.

*hugs* Love you, sweetie. Hope you're feeling better after some rest -- I'll give you a call later to give you verbal hugs.

Can't wait to come home...

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