I need time away from work. In my opinion, time spent away from work is just as, if not more important, than time at work.
If you're like me, the only thing you do at work is make money that you need to pay bills and want to spend on things you do when you're NOT at work.
Plus, I need a break from work in order to be able to do my best "work". Even more so, there are times when you need time away for a really important reason. That's what this article will focus on.
Last week I published a list of the top 5 things employers do that make their employees miserable. This week I am discussing each item on the list more in depth.
Monday, I discussed item #5 on the list - Not making the work environment conducive of the job at hand. I need office space!
On Tuesday, we moved on to item # 4 on the list - Stop double talking your employees with "I Love It When You Double Talk To Me".
Yesterday, we discussed # 3 on the list - Hiring managers that don't know how to manage people in "Do You Have A Bad Boss? Are YOU A Bad Boss?"
Today we move down the list to # 2 - Not giving your employees enough time off -
Every job you've had has probably told you that they really focus on work life balance. They tell you how important your family is and how they understand that you have a life outside of work. But do they really?
It's sort of hard to tell sometimes. Especially when they have a limited number of sick days, if any, to use. There must be 50 million different strains of flu (the sniffling pigs with the swine flu, the coughing birds with the bird flu) and not to mention the angry cows with mad cow's disease.
You would think employers would want to allow employees time off work so that they do not contaminate the workplace or their co-workers.
But, they don't. They want you at work making them money no matter what's at stake, inlcuding your health! In my very first article "Could You Work In A Place Like This?", I talked about a restaurant where employees will lose their job if they stay home sick.
Being sick can cost you your job? Who would put their jobs in jeopardy if they didn't have to?
A restaturant is the LAST place you want sick workers.
They are serving food for goodness sakes! I never thought it was necessary to ask for a waitress/waitor who doesn't have strep throat, pink eye or worse! Who the hell wants to be sick? Not your employees, and I'm sure your customers don't either!
Now, I'm not crazy, I am well aware that their are people out there that would call in sick on a day when they feel fine just because they don't feel like going to work.
If that's the case, then deal with it accordingly. But don't punish the rest of the people who work there.
Now, moving on to berevement and childbirth. Are you kidding me that you have a limited amount fo time to deal with the loss of a loved one or the birth of a child?
These are forever life changing events. It's not something you learn to deal with in a matter of days, weeks, or even months, depending on your individual circumstances.
I know someone who had to lie to their employer in order to be able to attend the funeral of someone they have known and had been a part of their life for over 30 years.
Why? Why couldn't they have told you that the deceased is their uncle's ex-wife, and even though they aren't married anymore that she's still been a part of their life and that they want to be able to pay their respects.
Don't people also mourn the loss of people who are not blood relatives, but who they cared about?
Again, their are people who might lie about the loss of a loved one or a funeral to get out of work, but let's deal with it in a different way than making it difficult for people who really are grieving to have the time they need to do so.
Wouldn't it be better to let those few people who would lie about someone's death to get out of work have an extra day, than it is to keep people who really are mourning a loss from being able to? People need time away from work. Let them have it when they need it!
Just something to consider. What do you think??
And, as usual, have a GREAT day at work today! Or, at the very least, don't do anything that will get you fired and/or arrested!
The Working Poor
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