20 February 2007

Reason #413

That I don't like my job:

I'm sick. As a dog. A sick dog. I have a sneaking suspicion it's because of the hour-long walk home in the rain at 0315 Sunday morning this weekend, carrying my bicycle (more later), that caused it, but nonetheless it is what it is. I'm sick.

I have infinite sick days, at least in theory (though I wouldn't want to test that notion); however, in order to take a sick day, since my employer has its own medical system, I have to actually drive in to work, sit in the hospital waiting room, and wait for a doctor to tell me I'm sick and I should go home. Of course the morning is usually when you feel worst anyway.

Does this make sense to you? I understand, on a cold, cruel, inhuman level, that my employer can't go letting you take off whenever you want and calling it a "sick day." But that doesn't mean I really get it. I think I'd rather have sick days and be able to take one when I want. I don't need a doctor to tell me I have a cold and should lie down in bed all day and eat chicken soup and sleep. But I have to go have that discussion anyway. Blah.


Port Tampa said...

Never made sense to me either, then I took my first job out of the military and found the corporate culture made it just as hard to take a sick day, and besides that it was impossible to leave the building to go to lunch (and that was before I became a teacher). You can't help but think that at some point, through rank or time in service, they'd give you a pass on having to report to sick call to take a day off. Surely the malingering that is prevented is not as costly as the office visit to find out you have a cold and need plenty of rest and fluids.

BTW-I was hoping you'd post on the announcement of the formation of "Africa Command." Thought your post on Djibouti and Somalia a very fine condensation.

Smitty said...

Yeah... got in a bit of hot water for those posts while I was over there. Hope to return to posting on somewhat more political matters soon, but for now I'm passing.

For the record, I am quite pleased to see AFRICOM will live. I think it will be a good thing, although of course there are those who question the need for it. Frankly I'd be happy to go back over there and work at putting the thing together... as a civilian contractor.