Colleague brought sick child to work…(vent)

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I have had co-workers bring their children in, but never sick.  And never have they set them up to keep them occupied in a way that would disturb other co workers.  Your coworker is rude.

Post # 4
42117 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Deejayelle: Totally inappropriate.

Does your workplace have any policies covering such situations? If not, maybe it’s time to ask management to develop something.


Post # 5
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

People are inconsiderate and ignorant. When children are visibly sick and have a fever (not just a cold), they should be at home resting. Far too many parents choose to bring their child to work, or let them go to school or daycare regardless of the fact that they are contagious and need a low-key day. There is nothing that bothers me more than a parent who simply will not allow their child the rest they need to get healthy, and risk the health of those around the child.

Post # 6
5432 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

@CanadaMoose:  +1

This exactly!

Post # 7
4136 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Wow, how completely unprofessional. 

Post # 8
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Deejayelle:  Maybe they cant afford to take off? While I agree it is inappropriate in most work enviornments (and unfair to the child), sometimes parents have no choice. 

Post # 10
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Rude and unprofessional. And gross. I swear, some people have absolutely no consideration for anyone but themselves.


Post # 11
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Rude in principle but in reality, sometimes you don’t have a choice in the matter. My mom didn’t many times in my childhood. 

Post # 12
7286 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@Deejayelle:  We have a family room where parents can work and it is set up with a couch, playstation, tv/dvd etc. It also has a seperate area for breastfeeding/expressing.

It still annoys me because technically they aren’t working. Kids need attention especially when sick and in a strange place so basically you are getting paid to look after your child whilst the rest of us work? Take a personal day like the rest of us without kids do when we need to be a carer for someone.

Post # 13
42117 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Parents do have a choice. You make arrangements  in advance for someone who can look after your sick child on short notice if you absolutely must go to work yourself.

I was  a single parent when my kids were little and I guarantee you I never thought of taking them to the ER with me when they were sick.

Post # 14
3217 posts
Sugar bee

@SparkleBee11:  But now your kid got me sick, and maybe I can’t afford to take a day off either. 

When you have kids you have to make sacrifices.  And caring for them when they are sick is one of them. Their lack of preparation isn’t my problem.  I’d rather do your job for a day, then miss my own job for 3.

I would definitely bring this forward, and would probaly speak immediately to my direct supervisor.  I would insist they be sent home, or that I be sent home.  I will not risk my health for anyone. 

Post # 15
7929 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@Deejayelle:  Other young children are far more susceptible to getting sick than most adults, so yeah, it probably is okay.

Besides, just because you feel like you all could’ve gotten by doesn’t mean she can afford to take the day off. Does your workplace extend lots of paid personal days to its employees?

It sucks, but sometimes, you really don’t have a choice.

Post # 16
7286 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@andielovesj:  I will not risk my health for anyone. 

This exactly. I am immunosuppressed and it annoys me how little people think of others when they or their child is ill. I have an understanding with my employer to work offsite if there are visiably sick poeple around or just in general if there are bugs going around.

Since I have a chronic illness and have been battling cancer I have 0 leave days (I am at home now on unpaid leave) but guess what I still have bills to pay. So if your child gets me ill because you can’t take appropriate care of your child and act like a responsible adult it is ok for me to miss up to a week of work not getting paid because you couldn’t take a day off or arrange care?

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