Post # 1
I’m the biggest advocate for staying home when you’re sick and it makes me so mad when people work whole sick. Especially since we’re all paid salary and have paid sick time.
Yet… Guess who has a horrible case of strep throat and is dragging their ass to work today?? Yup, me.
I’m the only person in my company (of 500 people) who can do my job and it’s a busy time of year so I have no choice. I let my boss know I have strep and instead of saying don’t come in or work from home, she said to keep my door closed and sanitize anything I touch. And stay away from her.
Bleh. Happy Monday I guess!
Post # 3
@orchidaloha: You should stay at home. You have strep throat. What if someone is pregnant and no one knows about it yet. Your boss definitely should have told you stay home and you should have gotten a doctors note and just said that the doctor told you you had to stay home.
Feel better though
Post # 4
do you *actually* have strep? you should be on antibiotics for 24 hours before being at work.
Post # 5
@FoxyBride14: I do have a doctors note, for the entire week. And we have lots of pregnant people (mostly women work here aged 22-45). My boss said they can’t honor the doctors note because I have too much to do… I’m in compensation and if I don’t work today and tomorrow the entire company won’t get their bonuses on Friday
Post # 6
@Jw1724: sure do. I already went to the doctor and have antibiotics. He told me that I also have a chest infection and to not work for a week. Two weeks ago a manager here had a stress induced heart attack at work and went on disability, his employment was immediately terminated so I’m pretty sure I would follow down the same path.
Post # 7
@orchidaloha: if you have a doctor’s note for a week for strep, it must be pretty severe. Regardless, your manager cannot tell you to work if you have a doctor’s note. It’s not your manager’s call and he/she is putting other employees at risk. You could push this into a legal issue.
Post # 8
@orchidaloha: oops just saw your update. sounds pretty miserable! not okay on their end.
Post # 9
That’s insane. Your boss is out of line. A doctor’s note is a doctor’s note, and there isn’t an exception to them accepting it for when the company is business. It sounds like there is a single point of failure (with you being the only person able to do this job) that needs to be remedied, because no one should work when they are sick.
If your doctor says not to work for a week, your boss has no right to override that.
Post # 10
Your employer sounds like a real winner. In the U.S., the man that was terminated after having the stressed induced heart attack could sue your employer and the ex-emloyee would probably win.
Back to your original question, I would have stayed home. Strep is one of those things that you shouldn’t really mess with.
Post # 11
@orchidaloha: That’s really terrible. And it’s pretty horrible that there are pregnant women in your company right now and your boss is making that decision. It’s good for them to be exposed to that, especially because they can’t take high dose antibiotics. My friend had strep when she was pregnant and it took her like a month to get rid of it.
I hope that your boss gets strep (lol – not really, but if anyone else gets sick it she be him/her)
Post # 12
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@orchidaloha: Tell her no and your doctor said no. That is a highly contageous infection – you will have the whole office down and out with strep throat. That is an awful idea.
ETA: Was the person actually fired for going on disability? I am not sure, but they may want to check with the labour board. I would look for new employment in the new year because that sounds like an awful place to work. Can you do any work from home? How unfair of your boss to put the company bonus on your shoulders too.
Post # 13
That’s awful. Can you work from home?
Post # 14
My company gives us 2 sick days off every 6 months.. that’s IT. Anything else and we need a doctors note to even KEEP our job, and we still get pointed for it [4 points in a quarter and we’re out].
Needless to say, last year I had a horrible case of pneumonia, [it took me almost 3 months to fully recover from it]. It happened over a holiday weekend, and I wasn’t allowed to call in sick those days [automatic firing], so I had to make it through a 4 day weekend – after which it was so bad I got hospitalized for a few days. When I returned to work, I was so pale/tired/sick that I could hardly keep my head up.. and one of the ladies from the head office had the nerve to ask me why I didn’t stay home [btw she was one of the ones who WROTE the guidelines for calling for].. I was like.. We’re only allowed 2 days remember?
She just said, “Oh. Well good luck then”.
I think there really should be more sick days allowed.. this is the reason people get sick at work and it spreads like wildfires.
Post # 15
That sucks!!! I had this/tonsillitis a lot a few years ago before I had them removed and I know how you’re feeling. You probably want to die. At least you have an office you can cocoon up in!
Post # 16
That’s terrible. You should at least have 1 day off. Like someone said before, you are supposed to stay home until you have 24 hours on antibiotics. Hope you feel better soon :/