Monday, August 18, 2008

Ranting and Wondering

The rant: I was out of work last Monday and the Friday before that due to Eldest's illness.

So, I left messages on both days that Eldest was sick and I wouldn't be coming into work.

Apparently, in my department, the sick-day policy is interpreted as YOU YOURSELF MUST BE SICK TO CALL IN SICK. Not your children.

So I have to take vacation time for these absences. Even though I was nowhere near a tropical locale drinking fun drinks, and was instead taking care of and fretting and worrying over a miserable, lethargic, feverish, 6-1/2 year old. Nevermind all the yelling and reprimanding I had to do with his 2 little wild Indian brothers. Vacation days? Hardly.

Grrrrrrr. But lesson learned. Apparently honesty isn't always the best policy.

And, the wondering: Whenever I have to use the bathroom at work, I like to make sure it's empty. Even if I'm just peeing. I hate listening to others do their business, hate seeing the dress slacks or skirts around ankles, just KNOWING what someone else is doing. It's gross.

Do men not feel this way? I always see groups of men here at work, casually strolling from a conference room into the men's room together. Do they just whip it out standing next to each other? Do they continue to converse while they're urinating? And then do they go back to the meeting as if it's no big deal?

I just don't get it.


T with Honey said...

The bathroom walls where I work are a little on the thin side so I can tell you for sure that yes, the men do get out of a meeting, head down the hall together to the bathroom, whip it out and continue their conversation without batting an eyelash.

I don't get it. In fact I have intentionally turned in a different direction if I realize that the other woman I am talking to is heading to the bathroom. One time someone followed me out of a meeting to the bathroom and continued talking while we were doing our business (thank God for individual stalls with doors!) and it was just plain weird.

Anonymous said...

That policy really sucks!
Where I work we have one stall bathrooms, but they're co-ed. They REALLY suck! I swear to god the men pee on the seat and the floor all the time. It's disgusting!

Putting the FUN in DysFUNctional said...

That's a really sucky policy.

I was visiting Sheri's blog from the Bob & Sheri show and saw you there. I just love that show!

Anonymous said...

LOL, I don't think men really care. I'm sorry you had to use vacation days. I hope your son is better & you have a better week!

justme said...

what a freaking shame that your company can not work with working parents....i mean really your kid is \sick what are you going to do ???

Jenni said...

Oh yes....lying is the best policy when it comes to calling in sick! LOL!

I don't have too many bathroom issues at work, but I do hate when I walk in and it smellllllls and I am afraid if someone sees me leave they are going to think that smell came from me.

Maureen said...

That is the most ridiculous sick leave/vacation policy.

As for the restrooms, I have a brother who drives home from work in order to go. (HA!)

Can you imagine?

But, I kind of get it too.

Fratzels said...

As an HR girl, I have to tell you I fight for people like you. Any company that doesn't allow sick time to care for sick children should really re-visit their policies.

My office has very thin walls, and one of the walls it shares is with the bathroom! Oh joy! I hate hearing people do their business. Imagine my dismay when folks are suffering from a stomach bug or even a spicy lunch. Arghhhhh!

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k e r r y said...

oh yeah... I share the same thoughts on gross bathroom stuff! Yuck! And your sick leave sucks but makes me wonder what my sick leave says...

Missives From Suburbia said...

I used to work with a guy who would take the Wall Street Journal from the coffee table in the reception area, tuck it under his arm, then head to the bathroom. THEN PUT THE NEWSPAPER BACK WHEN HE WAS DONE. Ewwwww!!!!

I used to take my sick days as vacation time anyway, so it all would have worked out in the end for me if I was at your company. Regardless, sucky policy. What are they thinking?

Paula Reece said...

My oldest came out of the public bathroom MAD the other day because little brother had hit him in the butt while he was peeing. Apparently THIS isn't acceptable behavior at the urinals...


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