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job search in overdrive

September 16th, 2006 at 10:36 am

Yesterday I was informed that because I had one sick day in July and one in August, if I have one more unplanned sick day between now and sometime next year, I will be put on written notice. That means no raise, no time off whatsoever, and and my job is at risk.


Yes, this fact is in the employee manual, and yes, I should have remembered it. However, I think it's ludicrous to expect employees to come to work when they are legitimately sick. My July time was taken to get my eyelid stitched back up after the cat attack. August's was for a bacterial infection that required antibiotics; I was literally running to the bathroom every 15 minutes all day. At my job, if you are sick with the flu for three days in a row, you're put on written notice.

Again, ridiculous.

I felt like I was one of those people who are out of the office all the time - like I've taken 20 sick days this year. I've taken a total of 4.

I was also told that my error rate since January is unacceptable. Care to know what it is? 1.7%. They expect perfection.

This, on top of everything else going on right now, is too much. I had to have a biopsy last Wednesday and if the results coming in next week aren't good, guess what? I'll have to take more time off to have surgery. Will I get written up for it? I have no idea. All I can say is, my health is more important to me.

So, after I'm done with the coupon train (it's enormous! so great!), I know how the rest of my weekend will be spent. Job hunting.

8 Responses to “job search in overdrive”

  1. JanH Says:

    Definitely your health is more important! My Hubby's company was bought by a company that is family oriented and the difference in atmosphere is amazing. I think that companies don't realize that taking care of the employees benefits the company, too! Now we are up for sale again. Rats! Take care of yourself and good luck job hunting!

  2. DivaJen Says:

    Take care of yourself. And good luck finding a much more *humane* job!

  3. Ima saver Says:

    That is rediculous!

  4. Dido Says:

    Sorry to hear things are so stressful. The policies are ludicrous. Best of luck with the job search.

  5. baselle Says:

    Wow. That's totally two faced. For awhile there you were getting compliments and now its the slap. Time to not care what they think and find another place. Good luck!

  6. jodi_m Says:

    How ridiculous - they are "sick" days and you have earned them. You should be able to use them without fear of reprisal. And, no, you should not be expected to come to work when you are sick and get everyone else sick too! Don't they think of things like that? It's better to have one person out than five.

  7. Carolina Bound Says:

    What poor management to treat employees like that. Of course you should leave. Everybody should. Idiots!

  8. freeme journey Says:

    This sounds crazy - I thought the employment/labor laws in the USA were progressive but this...
    In South Africa, we have a limit but with a Doctor's certificate there is NOTHING the employer can do without major legal implications
    I hope you find a more compassionate employer

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