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my boss retains bringing her sick little one to work — Ask a Supervisor


A reader writes:

My boss retains bringing her sick little one to work as a result of she will’t ship them to highschool or daycare since they gained’t settle for sick kids. Whereas I perceive that it’s laborious to seek out somebody to take care of them, particularly when each mother and father are working, I get sick each time I’m at work with the sick child round. In the future of being uncovered to the child ends in me being sick for every week, and I don’t have paid sick go away. I admit that my immune system isn’t one of the best. I’ve tried sporting a masks, hand-washing, and sanitizing as a lot as I can, however it’s a small workplace. Is there the rest I can do?

She is the highest particular person within the firm. There isn’t a HR division, and it’s a strictly in-person job so there’s no choice for me to earn a living from home.

I wrote again to this letter-writer and requested: “Have you ever or anybody else ever tried to talk to your boss about it? How approachable is your boss generally? Would you’re feeling snug elevating it or would you anticipate her to reply badly? And final, would anybody else be allowed to carry a baby to work or is your sense that that is seen as a boss-only privilege?”

I haven’t spoken to my boss about it and, to my information, nobody else has both.

I’m actually undecided how approachable she is. I haven’t been there for very lengthy so I don’t understand how she offers with conditions. However when clients attempt to give her a tough time, she instantly shuts it down with, “I’m not going to argue with you.”

It’s positively a boss-only privilege. She has mentioned earlier than that it is among the perks of being the boss, in any other case she wouldn’t be capable to do it.

Nicely, that is BS.

In a small workplace, your boss positively ought to have seen the patten that at any time when she brings her sick child to work, an worker is then sick for every week. A single occasion of that ought to have been sufficient to disgrace her into stopping. A number of situations of it? She sucks.

And naturally, she shouldn’t want that to occur in any respect to understand the danger she’s forcing onto the remainder of you — notably given the schooling we’ve all acquired in the previous couple of years about infectious ailments and people who find themselves immunocompromised. Once more, she sucks.

And in fact she’s somebody who doesn’t supply any paid sick go away.

In truth, the “no paid sick go away” is the extra urgent situation right here. That’s a crap coverage and it’s normally the signal of a crap firm.

You’ve got a few choices. You can say to your boss, “Every time you’ve introduced Jane in when she’s sick, I’ve ended up catching what she’s had. I do know you’re in a tricky spot when she’s sick, however with no sick go away, I can’t afford to get sick.” Alternately — and possibly simpler — you could possibly get a group of coworkers to all say this collectively. I doubt you’re the one one who’s bothered by what your boss is doing and a bunch of you can be tougher to disregard than one particular person. That doesn’t imply she gained’t ignore you anyway — she appears like she may — however it’s affordable to attempt to if nothing else, it’s going to put her on discover that individuals don’t like this.

If it have been a bigger firm, you could possibly go over her head or speak to HR, however you don’t have these choices.

Actually, although, no paid sick go away in a full-time job is a “get out as quickly as you’ll be able to” state of affairs.

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