Post # 1
I just need this out there.
I have a coworker who has been sick on and off, and was on sick leave (causing me to work overtime ) and short term disability. This woman comes to work, has mcdonalds for breakfast, a poutine for lunch and thene xpects me to believe she only has salads at home and exercises all the time. She bitches and moans she never loses weight and feels so sick all the time and crappy immune system.. but why?
BECAUSE SHE DOESNT TAKE CARE OF HERSELF. it’s disgusting. and she got paid to be on sick leave. and now just a week after being back, she has a cold and went home “sick” why? because she doesn’t EAT PROPERLY, or EXERCISE, or do ANYTHING to try to improve her health. SHE IS LAZY … and gluttonous. and she has kids.. HER POOR KIDS will learn to follow her ways because the system allows it.
This rant was pointless but I’m so sick of people being lazy and not taking care of themselves and then they get paid sick leave. give the jobs to people who give a shit about their lives and are willing to be reliable workers and at least show interest in their general well being.
Post # 4
@mayflowerbride13: Yup, it sucks. Luckily I don’t have to deal with this right now, but I think at some point in our careers we will have to pick up slack for someone and/or work with someone like this and just be annoyed by it!
You can bet other people, including bosses notice, though.
The unfortuntate thing is that things to protect employees (like unions) can have the opposite effect. She can’t be fired for this or else (at least where I work) the union will make a big stink about it. The union was designed to be good for employees… well other employees are suffering because of it.
If you are having to pick up a lot of slack for her (I don’t know if you have to or not), maybe you could discuss this with your boss to make this more fair?
Post # 5
I totally agree!!! I have sooo many coworkers out on disability for “lifestyle illnesses” and I’m sick of picking up their slack. I hate how these people can use short term disability and all their sick leave up, but I don’t even get freaking maternity leave (which isn’t a disability at my work).
Post # 6
Honestly, this post makes me sad. The truth is, you DON’T know what she does when she’s not at work, and even if you did, your attitude about her “laziness” and “gluttony” won’t do anyone in the world any favors. Not that it’s your job to do anyone favors, just… I’d suggest, with kindness, that if you want to feel better about other people, you focus on viewing them with less judgment and more understanding. I’m sure it’s annoying to have to work with her. You’ll feel better if you let her complaints roll off you and stop letting her affect you so much.
Post # 7
I read a post recently about how we have a “crisis of culture” and that no one takes responsibility for themselves anymore. I agreed wholeheartedly.
Post # 8
@Jijitattoo: I get what you’re saying and it’s just mainly a vent. BUT it’s the fact she comes to me saying “how do I eat better” and when I make a suggestion she goes, ew… and puts mayonnaise on her salad.
and it’s the fact that she has really screwed us over repeatedly, and knowing that she has job stability no matter what… but people who work SUPER hard don’t just because of when they started.
I donno it’s a long long back story to it, and I know I come off a bitch or harsh but it’s one of those, you gotta be there to know you know?
Post # 9
@Jijitattoo: Agreed!! Well said!
Post # 10
@mayflowerbride13: You are completely entitled to vent, and I’m sure the fact that she is taking advantage of your workplace (and you and your other co-workers at the same time) is incredibly frustrating. Plus people who ask for your advice and then don’t take it can be soooo annoying. She’s probably doing the best she can with what she’s got. (I like to repeat this sentence to myself when dealing with frustrating people. It helps me feel sympathy for them, which makes me feel better.)
Post # 11
@mayflowerbride13: I feel for ya. Just put on a smile and do your best, whatever she does is none of your business and I am sure managers do notice these things…eventually.
There will always be, dare I say, ‘parasites’..it’s just the way it is.
Post # 12
It’s just one of those things, with people constantly complaining how sick they are, but feed themselves grease cooked in grease (mc do’s, poutine, pizza) EVERY meal of EVERY day… It makes me mad because she has kids.. they obviously see her bad habits and will be affected by it, which upsets me because it’s one thing if you don’t want to take care of your body… but at least try to set an example for the kids! and then please don’t throw pity parties.
My supervisor knows, and doesn’t think she deserves the job, but previous managers were too leniant so it is harder to eliminate the problem now.
At least I have my health, and a brain.
Thanks for listening 🙁 sorry if it offended anyone, you just really… have to see it.
Post # 13
To be honest we complain about people at work sometimes then we snap to reality and use the facetious motto we put together for ourselves: “We’re smarter than you, better looking than you, and funnier than you. Perfection is so difficult.”
It’s okay to vent but in the end it’s not our place to judge or cut down others because they don’t fit the requirements of what we think is acceptable. 🙂
Post # 14
@mayflowerbride13: You really don’t know what she is like at home. And saying she sets a bad example for her children is presumptuous and judgemental. Short term disability and family medical leave are there to protect sick employees, but it doesn’t mean an employer needs to hold their job forever. There could be a lot more going on with her health that you don’t about. And you don’t need to know, because it’s her private medical information.
Post # 15
@BuffaloDots: you said but I don’t even get freaking maternity leave (which isn’t a disability at my work).
Where do yo live (country?) I’m not sure what you mean exactly, but the Family and Medical Leave act in the U.S. covers “maternity leave” where you can be off work for up to 3 months. That is without pay, the employer has to hold your job. But you can use up accumulated sick leave.
Post # 16
I have one of these co-workers at the moment. He does have some legitimate issues. He and his wife both ruptured disks in thier backs over the last two years and they have a two year old child. The problem is that he abuses the drugs that he is prescribed and is often too stoned to get any work done. When I say he abuses them, I see him crush up and snort 5-6 very strong narcotic pills a day at work, so I know he’s not taking them as prescribed. However, as they are pills that are legally prescribed to him, there’s not much that can be done about it. He shows up at least an hour late every day and leaves 10-15 minutes early and spends at least 2 hours a day smoking/socializing. It didn’t really bother me until we were assigned to work on the same project and he has yet to contribute anything to it.