Major Work Frustrations During This Pandemic

posted 2 months ago in Career
Post # 16
137 posts
Blushing bee

This is a bizarre approach by your company, and apparently your state (I missed which one that was?). In my state, Washington, it doesn’t matter if your field is essential. The many essential worker exceptions to our stay at home order all have the line “who cannot practically work remotely”. I have friends and family in essential industries, here and in other states, and they’re all working from home unless their physical presence is required (e.g., doctors). In many cases this is required by the state.

Stay home. Look up the actual relevant orders for your city/county/state.

Post # 17
888 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’d ask if get worker’s compensation if you become infected.

Post # 20
89 posts
Worker bee

Just reading this thread has almost given me a panic attack. Really sorry this is happening to you; I just went through the same thing for days, all while having flu symptoms myself. I, like you, am part of an “essential” group, but not an essential team, and I can do everything remotely. At the point where the city ordered no more than 10 people together, my department thought it would be a great idea to have 10+ people congragating to chat and eat lunch, many heading to grab lunch without washing their hands. They did this each day, past the time of city lockdown, even after there were multiple confirmed cases within the company. I expressed my concern. The response? Use hard-earned vacation/sick time. Eventually, it was agreed I could telecommute. This all happened to a friend of mine at another company as well.

Some are saying all this is bizzare, and it is, but a loooot of companies are not taking this seriously at all.

Post # 21
159 posts
Blushing bee

I feel for you bee. Your company is being really shitty and irresponsible right now. I would definitely print or forward the emails from your CEO or higher up who said the whole bit about being thankful for your jobs. That’s fucked up to instill fear in employees to stand up to them especially in a time where a company SHOULD be supporting their workers. There are a few issues at play: 1) people’s concerns are being ignored by management, 2) management isn’t taking CDC guidelines seriously, and 3) they’re basically forcing y’all to be complacent b saying how lucky you are.

Talk to management about working from home or receiving hazard pay. If you don’t need to be there you really shouldn’t.

A super fun alternative if you didn’t need the job/didn’t give a fuck (do not actually do this):Be extra ASF with CDC guidelines. Print out the CDC guidelines and frame them nicely, and very visibly at your desk. If your county has a curfew? In your email signature and voicemail include “I will only be working from the hours of x-x to honor the curfew set in place by our county”. Say things like “OOOO So sorry to interrupt you Carol, but you’re like five and a half ft away, can we just make it six feet? TYSM.” Someone hands you a piece of paper to process? Motion to your desk. Without saying a word, pull out a giant ass can of Lysol and spray that sucker down. Use sanitizer wipes on everything before you touch it. Carry your hand sanitizer everywhere when you walk around the office and when you make eye contact with someone apply that shit liberally. At best, social change occurs due to your practice, at worst you get fired. 

I hope that things get better for you and that your bosses act reasonably soon. Good luck.

Post # 22
423 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Fvck your company. I hope there is payback for all employers who choose to put their employees lives at risk like this!

If I were you I would tell your employer you don’t feel comfortable coming in and just start working from home. Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. If they pry further tell them you have symptoms. 

Post # 23
1203 posts
Bumble bee

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kmmq72 :  I like the idea of a soft approach. Suggest a trial run to you boss now. It’s better to work out the kinks of working from home (technology mishaps, items left in the office) before the outbreak becomes worse in your area. Another thought is that some companies are only having half of the workers in the office at a time, which gives people more room to spread out, and the other half a way to ease into working from home: this is obviously less preferred than working from home but would be better than your current situation. However, it might also be worth contacting the appropriate public health agency. The spirit of the rule is that people for whom it is not essential to work one site should be working from home.

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