- 2 weeks ago
- Wedding: August 2019
About a year ago I ago my sister a job at my company at the time – a company I loved at the time. Essentially we needed another .6 of me, so they brought her on part time and we basically had the same breadth of tasks (though, she only did 3 days per week of the amount of work). Worked so well when I worked there – I trained her, supported her, ensured she went home at 5pm each say. She has a 2 year old daughter, and her partner works away so it’s just her most of the time.
Now I have left for greener pastures (a.k.a more money), but they didn’t replace me. They just spread my full time workload around to the rest of my team. Long story short, my sister is now working almost 5 days worth of work per week, getting paid for 3. She’s struggling with the workload, while trying to be a good (mostly single) mother.
Even though she’s my older sister, I have always kind of gone in to bat for her. I don’t know. Maybe I’m protective. But she’s always the damsel in distress, and i’m more like the “get f*cked” type and I refuse to take shit in the workplace. She’s the complete opposite and can’t say no. I feel like the company has kind of taken advantage of this. She’s asked for a 1x day per week pay rise, and they responded with “why don’t we give you time in lieu with a three-month expiration date”? She just accepted it, even though it wasn’t what at all what she asked for. It was such a cop out on their part. She gets paid chips as it is.
I am still in contact with our shared boss as I left on great terms, and I am meeting him for a coffee on Tuesday to catch up, as my current contract is about to end. He’s a really reasonable guy, and I feel like he just doesn’t know how stressed and sick she’s making herself.
Should I mention something? I feel like if I just wait for my sister to stand up for herself, and learn to say no, she will die of a heart attack. And yes one day she called me asking if her hyperventilating and dizziness was her having a heart attack after a particularly stressful day. I’m like you’re an idiot, calm down, it’s a panic attack, you need to chill. Fiance works in the city near her, and he took her home early on the train, she got herself that worked up.
I don’t want her to freaking die from a stupid job!