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M.O.M.: My Opinionated Mouth
Leah Cauthron

Sick Policy

Posted Friday, November 30, 2012, at 9:55 AM
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  • Capitalism is a great system, but you gotta take the bad with the good.

    -- Posted by Sony on Fri, Nov 30, 2012, at 1:15 PM
  • I wonder if there is a way to measure the lost productivity that happens when someone who is ill comes to work anyway, in other ill employees working less efficiently when later they, too, drag themselves to work sick, or when they successfully convince their supervisor the wisest course would be to stay at home.

    With a sick child, I have an interesting point, I think. I had a friend who supervised a department at a utility company and had a number of mothers on his team. When a mother would say she had to leave work to pick up a sick child, or stay home a few days due to a sick child, he would ask them: "When does your husband/the father take his turn?"

    Usually, the mother would say, "That's not our agreement. We agreed that I would take care of these responsibilities."

    Larry's point was, "What about my agreement? I think since you're both parents, you should take equal time off work to care for your children as necessary. Why should my department suffer while his department still has him full time?"

    Larry did not have children, and he was raised in a Catholic family with six children and a mom who stayed home. But as a manager, he felt mothers deserved equal consideration for their careers (and that his bottom line deserved equal effort as well.)

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Thu, Dec 6, 2012, at 1:55 PM
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