(Closed) Colleague brought sick child to work…(vent)

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 17
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

this is one of the things you need to be aware of when you decide to make a baby. It’s not your co-workers’ fault that you can’t afford to take the day off because your kid is sick. It’s unprofessional and it’s disrespectful to your co-workers. If an adult co-worker came to work sick as a dog, it would be considered really inconsiderate, regardless of if that person had paid leave available. If I had an adult friend who was sick and needed care, I would be a complete ass to have her camp out at my desk all day. I’d have to take off without pay. Why does a kid suddenly  make the rules not apply?

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

my coworker brings her kids in when they are sick and she has to do work.  She brings the kid into her office and shuts the door.  It has never bothered me but it bothers others.  She has the ability to quarantine the kid so whatever.  Generally regardless of whether the kid is sick – if something is contagious it will spready to the coworker before she feels symptoms and we’ll all get it anyway.  heh.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Sometimes people look down on people who call out sick, especially if it’s just their child who is sick.

Post # 20
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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@Bubbles42:  Veyr true. Not all employers think that’s a good reason to miss work.

Post # 21
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Honestly I can’t think of any of my former employers who would rather have you bring your sick kid to the office (not only are you spreading germs but your attention is definitely not going to be on your work that day) instead of staying home with the kid. And I know a lot of professional offices where that would just flat-out never fly. 

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Deejayelle:  my employers are asses and I have had to come to work when I was really sick, they don’t care. I know people hear me coughing etc… But if they are irritated at me- they didn’t hear my boss tell me to work through it. Maybe that’s the case? or other issues she may feel she’ll get in trouble if she calls out.

Post # 23
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Was the kid contagious?  I’m often sick, but it doesn’t mean I’m contagious.  Many diseases aren’t ‘caught’.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You know what?  I’ve been that mom.  Daughter too sick for school and I have no daycare alternatives and can’t take off work because, well, it’s work, and I have bosses who don’t understand.  I was a single mom and her dad lived out of state.  Sometimes, we don’t know the full situation, so a little compassion is in order.

Post # 25
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@j_jaye:  A great example of why sick people of any age should stay at home and away from school or work. Some people are fighting much bigger health battles and need to be protected from a co-worker’s child’s germs.

 

Post # 26
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

While I agree it was not professional to bring a sick child to work I do have to say to the ones saying the parent should have taken off/looked for other care. Now being a parent while I do agree with this however just wanted to say I know where I work many, many workers  come to work for fear of being given warnings to even being fired for calling sick. Is this fair to the employee who is sick or brings a sick child to work with them absoutely not, but as a parent you are put between a rock and a hard place. Do I risk getting co workers sick or do I risk losing my job which means no income which means no food no clothes until I can find another job. Which is the lesser evil.  

Some employers JUST DO NOT care if you are sick or not. Your ass better be at work… 

Post # 27
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Busy bee

well since most daycares have super strict sick policies there is a good chance the kid wasn’t even that sick. for example you have to be fever free for 24 hours before going to my daughters daycare. that means If I get called to pick her up at noon on tuesday she can’t go back to school until thrusday, even if her fever breaks tuesday night. I think this along with all things parenting requires a lot of tact. set your kid up with some headphones and try to be unobtrusive. if it’s okay with your boss then I guess you just have to suck it up, same with lots of things. 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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@SparkleBee11:  +1

OP I think you are assuming the situation. Maybe taking a day off is something she can’t afford, plus a child has less immunities than an adults odds are that the illness the child has will not affect the adults in the office as much. I highly doubt she was trying to be inconsiiterate, it’s not like she woke up and decided it was take your child to work day for the hell of it. Shit happens and she brought her kid in because odds are she didnt have another option. Most companies I have worked with ALLOWED bringing children to work if they were sick if no other arrangements could be made. The companies that did not allow sick children would give a paid day off. Maybe you company needed her to come in to do certain work, you never know. 

Post # 30
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Honey bee

Totally inconsiderate. Is this something you can talk to your supervisor or HR about? Because it can really kill everyone’s productivity if the entire office gets sick. 

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