How can I feel like less of a schmuck by working while on sick leave?
March 13, 2013 9:31 AM Subscribe
I am taking sick leave while my kid has had some appendix issues. (He was in the ER yesterday and we have surgical consults coming up tomorrow.) I have time this afternoon to catch up with work but am feeling vaguely annoyed at being put-upon by a certain department. Office drama and snowflakes inside.
posted by QuantumMeruit to work & money (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
On a few major projects, I work with (but do not report to and am not evaluated by) a manager in a different branch. Her boss, who is not my boss, "owns" the end result.
This other manager has a very lax management style. When one of her key people gets sick, everything grinds to a halt while we wait for her to return. And when she attended a week-long conference and went totally incommunicado (leaving the rest of us in the lurch), that was fine with her chain-of-command.
Bottom line, I am realizing that if I worked for this other manager, the assumption would be, "Sorry, I'm unavailable until next week, please adjust the deadlines."
Oddly, even though I sent emails yesterday afternoon informing everyone I work with of my family situation, I have received numerous "we need to meet the Friday deadline" messages from her and her team this morning. I feel unwilling to just blow this all off, so I am grinding out things with a sick kid about to have surgery, and am feeling somewhat put upon.
(Other wrinkle: In this other branch, none of the employees has young children.)
Part of my problem, I think, is that I'm coming at this with the perspective of 10+ years working in BigLaw, where 24/7 responsiveness is expected of everyone, and that's what I did for my clients back then. So maybe what I'm really asking is outside of that BigLaw bubble, how far beyond the pale it is for someone to be imposed upon by work when dealing with a sick kid about to get surgery for appendicitis?