Post # 1
I don’t know about you, but I guard my personal life at work, and I don’t like talking about things that happen at home. I am the ONLY person in my place of employment who treats things that way, though.
If someone calls in sick, everyone will start asking whomever took the call/email “is everything okay?” “is their family sick?” “are they sick?” and it’s all done very panick-ed like “OH MY GOD WHAT’S HAPPENING??” wide eyes, worried faces, etc.
Call me cold, but when someone calls in and I take the call I say “see ya tomorrow!” and leave it at that. We all earn our sick/vacation time as part of our benefits and if you want to use it to stay home for a mental health day, DO IT. Point being, personal life and work life don’t mix. End rant.
Post # 3
My boss has been making fun of me about my wedding recently.
He suggested I send a timeline email to a client, and mention that I’ll be on my honeymoon. I asked if I could skip that part, and must have made a face, because he said “OK, or don’t – we all know how you want to shout it to the hills” and rolled his eyes.
It made me laugh, but noooo I don’t really want to be announcing the fact that I’m getting married to everyone and their mother… and my clients!!
Personal life and work DON’T mix!
Post # 4
@MrsD41503: While I completely respect and understand your opinion, I do have to disagree. I work between two very different clinics. At one location we are all interested in each other’s life, and are invested in each other’s happiness. The morale here is wonderful. We all care about each other and it’s very apparent to our patients. It is a very enjoyable place to be. Including these people in my personal life has made work fun and wonderful. Maybe we all just mesh really well?
The other clinic is full of employees who always keep to themselves and that’s it. Morale is low, nobody cares, people seem unhappy, and it’s just a cold and sad place to be!
I do agree that people should chill out when people call in sick, it is a little crazy to be THAT concerned.
Post # 5
@MrsD41503: absolutely! And I prefer not knowing indepth peoples lives (unless were friends of course) because I think it leads to gossip
Post # 6
@nixietink: I work in an office of “lifers.” I think, among the dozen of us, if you add up all of our years working here, we have over a century of combined experience.
That being said, we all know each other very wel. These people went to my wedding, my baby showers, some of us travel together.
Morale here still sucks. We all hate our jobs but are stuck in a rut…primarily because of a bad boss. So my coworkers make life at the office a little more bearable? Sure, but our workplace environment isn’t magically wonderful because I’ve helped them move and watched their kids.
I like to keep a happy mix. Know enough about me to care, not too much to have an opinion 🙂