Major Work Frustrations During This Pandemic

posted 3 days ago in Career
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Oh gosh, Bee, I don’t have a good answer – I just wanted to say that I really feel for you.  Best case scenario in a situation like this, an employer would actually care and you could have a heart to heart with your supervisor.  Doesn’t sound like that’s your situation.  Sending you thoughts and warm hugs and hope it resolves for you soon! <3

ETA: Maybe try to find the regulations/mandates for your state regarding “essential” personnel.  Does it extend to roles within the company, or just the types of businesses themselves?  If they’re not following the proper social distancing protocols within the office, there should be a local non-emergency law enforcement line you can report them to.  Our governor said any concerned employees should call OSHA if their employers are not receptive to changes regarding the virus.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think rather than making it an essential vs. non-essential conversation, you could frame it how you can successfully do your job remotely and would prefer to maximize the remote option during the uncertainty of the pandemic. 

“Hey boss, given all of the current guidance from the CDC, federal government, and our state, I’d like to talk to you about doing my job remotely for the next 30-60 days. I believe I can successfully accomplish everything I do from home, and will still be available to support our team and our clients as if I were in the office. Can we at least do a trial run to see if this arrangement would work for the team?”  Give a time frame, the ability to re-evaluate and change the structure of the arrangement, and stress how your job will still get done to the same caliber. 

Good luck! 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Yeah I suggest googling the rules for your state. Google, non essential business open and your state and something should pop up. I googled that and saw one from Michigan that had instructions on how to report, and a link about what the specific guidelines are for essential and non essential. I also think if you get to a place where you get very uncomfortable and need to do something that you document this via email to your boss and cc Hr. 

Layout the government guideline about employees working from home and how you can do your job remotely. At least then there is a paper trail of you outlining how your job can be remote. And if they choose to not let you be remote your case is documented and if they tried to retaliate later you then also have documentation that your complaint triggered that retaliation. What you shouldn’t do is have non documented discussions with management as it isn’t on paper and they can act as unprofessionally as they please when it’s not documented. 

I have a feeling that employment lawyers are going to be in high demand soon and once this is all over. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Oh and google, What Are Your Workers’ Rights During Coronavirus? A lot popped up when I researched that as well. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Your company is handling this very bizarrely. I also work for an ‘essential’ company and have been working from home for the past week and a half. There are a few people still in our office that need to physically be there to accept time-sensitive mail, etc but their desks were already hundreds of feet away from each other and they don’t interact with anyone, from what I’ve heard.

I agree with the above that it would be helpful to frame your conversation not as your position being essential vs. non-essential, but to sell your reasons for staying home and lessening the amount of people in the office. I can’t think of one reason a marketing professional needs to be in the office at this time. My friend is an engineer at a very essential medical company that is manufacturing medical equipment needed ASAP. Even she gets to work from home a few days a week and then rotates into the lab with a reduced workforce when she is in the office. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee

I’d try to sell working from home as PPs said and then emphasize how much more contagious and serious this is than the flu. If someone in the office gets it, “productivity” will go down for weeks as it looks like it presents as a long illness for most people. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

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kmmq72 :  I’m really sorry Bee. My employer told me I couldn’t work from home as a Recruiter (which I’ve literally done before) so I was put on an early maternity leave. They were very non chalant about the virus and acted like it would be no big deal for someone who is 8 months pregnant to be in an office where dozens of people come and go throughout the day. 

I recently posted about my husband’s job as well. He works for an “essential” company (theyre using a loophole to be called that IMO) and they tell him he needs to be in the office everyday while he could easily do his job from home. He had about 40-50 employees in the office everyday in his department. Now they have 5. It’s such a joke to me. 

I truly believe this virus is showing us how these employers really are. They are showing their true colors. If an employee who can easily do their job from home isn’t allowed to, it sounds like they want to be able to babysit and micromanage. This isn’t the time for that. It’s really sad to me how many employers are completely acting like asshats. 

Im sorry you’re going through this. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

That sounds super rough!! A lot of my friends were able to work from home as soon as things got a bit crazy and my company, although ‘essential’ as we fall under construction of housing, has fortunately also let all of the office people work from home (survey crews obviously can’t do that). They had already taken some measures to allow at least half of the people to be out of the office at any given time starting this week and I was on the list but switched out for my coworker since my boss felt I was more ‘essential’ in the office. I gently pushed him a little because once this current project is done I want to revisit me working remotely and it ended up happening that same day (I’m still surprised). Now that we have a city-wide order closing all non-essential businesses, the company owners switched pretty much everyone to home. 

I agree with maybe coming from the angle of “Since my job is entirely on the computer, I’m very interested in trying out working remotely during this time, especially since it would help with limiting how many people are coming into contact with each other in the office.”

:/ So sorry your supervisor isn’t taking this very seriously. That’s honestly exactly how I thought my own company would be acting. I was really surprised that they took the measures they did.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

Holy crap. So do they get it now?! If you can afford to take the nuclear option I would at this point. There is NO reason for you to be there if it can be remote  

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

Maybe call your local health department and say you might have been exposed because who knows what this coworker had. At this point health is the top priority.  Are you logistics for a food or medical equipment company….

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