There’s a specific kind of team member that takes excellent pride in never ever having an ill day. No matter what the circumstances, they will find an approach to expose their undying dedication to business by appearing, even if it recommends polluting many partners at the same time.
People’s perspectives ensure to vary on this sort of state of mind, it has its benefits and drawbacks, that’s for sure. Nobody likes that person who appears to bunk off every variety of days at the smallest suggestion of a headache or a self-induced hangover. Nevertheless, nobody wants to share an area with a walking Petri meal either. Nevertheless, when a non-contagious team member makes a specific sacrifice to hobble into work, to keep things running effectively and not take down their coworkers, their gumption should be rewarded, should not it
This demanding boss doesn’t think so and paid the price for his ungrateful and inflexible stance. Reddit user u/et-regina used to work in a multistorey cafe, running up and downstairs all day serving customers. Posting on the subreddit r/MaliciousCompliance, the employee shared a story of attempted compromise, which turned into delicious revenge.
“I had slipped on some spilt motor oil in the car park on my way home and my ankle had bent underneath me; I had initially assumed I’d just twisted it, but several hours later it was still throbbing, as well as swelling up so much that it looked like I was hiding a pair of golf balls under my sock and turning a deep shade of purple,” et-regina explained.
“As my next shift started in less than 12 hours and we were short staffed as it is, I didn’t want to call in sick, but I knew there was no way I’d be able to stand/walk on it for a whole day. I called my manager to explain and to ask if I could a) switch to the register for a few days, which involved much less walking than my regular role, and b) borrow one of the bar stools to sit on behind the counter so I wasn’t putting too much weight on it.”
“I figured this wouldn’t be a problem as we had other staff who could cover the floor and there are no issues with access around the register that the chair could get in the way of: I was wrong. The manager insisted that he wouldn’t sign off on me having a chair without a signed doctors note verifying my injury, even after I sent him photos of my wrecked ankle.”
“As my GP was already closed, I headed to the 24-hour walk in clinic. An x-ray and a lot of poking and prodding later, the doctor told me I had to ice it every few hours until the swelling went down (which took almost a week) and keep all weight off it for at least a week, and wear a brace for another 2 weeks after that. When I explained what I did for a living, the doctor presented me with a lovely note explaining that I shouldn’t be at work at all for at least 7 days.”
“I wish I could have seen my managers face when I called to explain that I didn’t need the chair after all as actually I wouldn’t be in work for the rest of the week and most of next week, doctors orders. Funnily enough, I was never asked to produce a doctors note again for the rest of the time I worked there.”
The event has actually stuck with et-regina, who has actually given that moved into management and found out an essential lesson in compassion from the experience. “You’ll be pleased to hear that a number of years later on my ankle recovered with absolutely no longterm impacts and I’m now in management myself, ideally dealing with personnel a lot much better than I was dealt with,” they wrote in a brief upgrade. “Likewise as MANY of you have actually explained, please go to the physician if you hurt yourself despite whether a dickhead supervisor requires it or not.”
People were generally sympathetic, as many of us can recognize this kind of unreasonable boss