Sick Children

Thursday, April 07, 2005
So at work people will often take time off to take care of their sick child. As we don't really have a sick day policy this basically means that they can take the day off at no cost to them. I find this to be completely unfair. Don't get me wrong, I feel bad for them and it sucks to have to take care of a sick child but it is simply unfair to the rest of us non-children-having employees.

Can I please have time off because I'm single? Can't I just take time off work because I'm hung over and tired from going out to the clubs and drinking all night? Look, we all have things that take our attention away from work. I have a video game right now I would rather be taking care of than to be sitting in the office.

Its just strange how when hiring you are not allowed to take anything, marital status and having children being one of them, into consideration other than work related information. However, as soon as the person is hired, considerations are made for those who do.

Yes I know, I could "fake" sick and take some time off but it just wouldn't be as understood if I were to send an e-mail saying "I have to take care of my sick child". I know for a fact that a lot of people don't necessarily believe it when someone takes a sick day off (especially on a Monday or Friday) but don't really think twice about it when it comes to sick children.


Kat said...

just goes right along with my theiry about single people without children being punished....i say take those fmla days to care for your sick "child" bandit.

Kat said...

gee it would be nice if i could type theOry correctly.

Amanda said...

Yes, non child-having people don't get nearly as much understanding when their pets are sick. Also, I bet you'd get really weird looks if you tried to get coworkers to buy merchandise from your pet's daycare "fundraising catalog". Yet another instance where single, and non kid-having people get shafted. Of course, we also get to party on weeknights, sleep in on Saturdays, and spend our disposable incomes on consumer electronics equipment, so I suppose it all evens out in the end.

Anonymous said...

I agree this totally bites. I need to start taking a few mental health days here or there, or days off for vision problems (as my dad put it "anal glaucoma - I just can't see my ass going to work today").

Anonymous said...

Couldn't have said it better myself! What also sucks is that we singles with no children are taxed more than those who are married or singles with children. Why are we punished for being responsible citizens?

Anonymous said...

I think you are all selfish posting those comments. One day you WILL find yourself in this situation as it is life and children get sick. Who is supposed to look after them? The parents of course! You are all making out parents use this time for themselves. Grow Up!!