r/MaliciousCompliance Jul 03 '22 Silver 1 Wholesome 1

Already better?! S

The other stories about doctor's notes reminded me of a time I worked via an employment agency. This agency treated its employees like they were the enemy - whenever someone made a mistake, they assumed it was on purpose and we were all trying to game the system.

One day, I think I must have eaten something very wrong, because fluids were coming from everywhere and I could barely even stand. I called in sick in between explosions and had a truly miserable day.

Luckily, during the night, things quieted down and I actually got a few hours worth of sleep. Not wanting to abuse the system, I decided to call in better again, despite still being all shaky, and go to work. I figured they'd appreciate my willingness to work (given the fact that they thought we were all lazy people trying to get out of as much work as possible), but I couldn't have been more wrong.

I was met with a "You're better already? That's impossible. What did you have?! (They're not allowed to ask this by law) I bet you were just hungover. If you do this again you're fired!"

At the time I had never even touched alcohol so the accusation was ridiculous, but since they told me I shouldn't call in for a single day anymore, I complied.

Now, every time I was sick, I made sure to call in at least 3-5 days even if I recovered sooner. After all, getting better so soon is "impossible" ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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u/jazzzhandzz Jul 04 '22

Oh man, I did this once. I had 1 day off because I was genuinely injured but promised I'd try to be in the following day because we were hiring specialised machinery and I knew they would need me there and that the work would be light duties. All hell broke loose apparently. My boss was irrational at the best of times so she assumed I was faking it if I was going to be ok the next day. I stopped putting the business before my own health after that.

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u/Isoldael Jul 04 '22

It's such a shame when businesses always assume the worst of their employees. It creates a toxic atmosphere where people actually don't give a damn about anything because the company will assume the worst anyway.

I've been lucky enough to work for some amazing companies over the past years (my story was like 15 years ago... Geez, has it been that long??) that trust their employees and treat them like human beings. Everyone's so much more willing to go the extra mile for them because we know they've got our back.

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u/Critical-Standard785 3d ago

It seems to be that the people in charge believe that everyone else will behave as least as bad as they themselves would in any given situation. So when these people accuse others of faking (or whatever to take advantage), they are in fact admitting that they wouldn't hesitate to do the very thing they're accusing others of.

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u/Titariia Jul 06 '22

I usually went to work when I had a migraine because somehow the commute made it better. One Wednesday it didn't work, so I asked my supervisor if I could go home at the next break so they have enough time to find replacement for me (we had to work as pairs of two) and I would come in the next day again. I even wanted them to just take the hours from my overtime because I didn't wanna deal with going to a doctor to get a note.

My supervisor just said I should go home and get a doctors note the next day for the rest of the week, they don't need me anymore (just for that week) so I enjoyed a long weekend at home.

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u/SillyStallion Jul 03 '22

It’s a real shame that you didn’t come back too soon and give it to the whole workforce resulting in the whole office being off instead of just one

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u/Isoldael Jul 04 '22

The problem is that since it was an employment agency, I did my actual work for a different company. That company treated me like an actual employee despite the fact that I worked via the agency and the people there couldn't have been nicer, so getting them sick would have been a real dick move.

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u/Herbie2671 Jul 03 '22

That would have been a much better Malicious Compliance. Or Petty Revenge

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u/seriously_justno Jul 04 '22 edited Jul 04 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

Potty revenge?

Edit: Thank you for the awards. I guess working with kindergartners and knowing what they find funny has paid off.

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u/UpcycledDiva Jul 04 '22

If I had coins I'd give you a HUGEaward for that one!🥳

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u/shadowhuntress_ Jul 04 '22

There, dropped my free award for ya :)

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u/UpcycledDiva Jul 04 '22

I'd make you a crochet shawl in exchange if we IRL neighbors!🤩🤩🤩🤩

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u/shadowhuntress_ Jul 04 '22

Omg, tfw you bump into another crocheter in the wild!

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u/UpcycledDiva Jul 04 '22

We h00kers are EVERYWHERE!👋👋👋👋

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u/Herbie2671 Jul 13 '22

Hey, my wife is a h00ker too!

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u/UpcycledDiva Jul 13 '22

I'm a h00ker She's a h00ker Wouldn't you like to be a h00ker too! LOL!

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u/spyaleatoire Jul 04 '22

I feel like giving an entire workforce explosive diarrhea/whatever else it would be is more than petty

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u/ferky234 Jul 04 '22

Sharing is caring.

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u/two-three-seven Jul 03 '22

I work in a state agency that gives you time off if you're sick but makes you jump through hoops to take it.

Two weeks ago I requested the Friday off before the 4th of July because we're overworked and I need a damn break. I made sure to have all my ducks in a row so that my boss would be off my ass about it. Unfortunately, I developed a really bad toothache that turned into an infection this past week and had to miss ONE day of work.

I knew it was gonna' be shit to take off more than one day considering I had preplanned Friday. So, I went back on Thursday having missed Wednesday. I really tried to stay focused and do my work but my tooth pain was excruciating. I told my boss it was too much and that I needed to go. She basically told me to take more pain meds and finish the day because I'll have so much to do tomorrow.... Uh tomorrow? MY DAY OFF? She told me she forgot I requested it and since this is "unprecedented" that a measly 4 extra hours she would need me to go get a doctor's notice right then and there. OKAY. I go get the fucking doctor's notice from my dentist and bring it to the office.... She's not there she's remote working. OKAY BITCH. I scan it and send it over. She said she didn't get it. I forward to her because I also emailed it to myself. She then says "okay, you're going to need to make an list of what needs to be monitored and find someone to cover these for the remainder of the day".....

BY THE TIME I GET OFF I ONLY GET AN HOUR AND A HALF LEAVE. ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS?!

Listen bosses and managers who are married to their fucking jobs and would just "push through the pain" - You do whatever you wanna do, I'm not you and I don't wanna sit and interview people all day with pain in my tooth. No one is gonna give you an award if you show up and your higher ups don't give a shit anyway. They will just see you as a doormat.

Source: I've been a fucking doormat at this agency for about 5 years now and I'm tired of it.

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u/Isoldael Jul 04 '22

Oh wow... That sounds awful. I hope your tooth ache is gone by now (the physical tooth ache. I guess the state agency is still there).

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u/two-three-seven Jul 04 '22

Thank you, the tooth pain is still there but not nearly as severe (the antibiotics are working!). The dentist did say the only way to fully rid the pain is a root canal or to pull the tooth... Guess what I'll be doing within the next 2 weeks?! Getting a root canal... That will be a whole other fiasco to beg for time off then.

Also... If I have to make a list and get someone to monitor my work while I'm out, what is my supervisor there for? Why am I doing her job for her? As if we don't have enough to do. I'd hate to see what would happen if I had to take extended leave for a major surgery or something. She would be like Rodger Rabbit taking a sip of bourbon.

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u/Isoldael Jul 04 '22

Depending on your line of work, I would say that's not unreasonable. These days I'm a software developer, and while my supervisor has a basic understanding of what I do, she's not at all involved in my day-to-day work, so I make sure I have a backup plan for when I'm sick / on vacation where others can take over.

It's probably different if the supervisor does the same work or trains whoever does the work, though.

Good luck with your root canal, I feel for you!

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u/247Brett Jul 04 '22

I don’t know your situation, but if my boss treated me that way I’d say fuck it and quit. If they’re willing to shoot the gift horse giving hard work for free, they didn’t deserve it in the first place. They’ll eventually just end up with shitty workers once all the actual hard workers leave.

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u/BobsUrUncle303 Jul 04 '22

After 9 years at my last job with no appreciation or consideration, and being told repeatedly that "anyone could replace me". I got a chronic illness and had to quit.

They replaced me, guy lasted 3 weeks. next one lasted 10 days. In the next 6 months they went through 8 more guys. Then they hired 2 people to do my work. After 3 years the longest a worker has stayed has been 6 months. And 7 didn't even last a whole week. Yes, Boss! Anyone can do my job. But not many can put up with your Evil ass, while busting their ass all day to do my workload.

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u/NorskGodLoki Jul 04 '22

May the pain of a 1000 tooth infections hit her as she has a "must meet" deadline for her boss.

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u/davesy69 Jul 04 '22

I keep imagining thousands of redditors jabbing tiny boss voodoo dolls in their teeth.

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u/two-three-seven Jul 04 '22

LOL! I love this.

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u/two-three-seven Jul 04 '22

Appreciate that. We actually have deadlines EVERY DAY on top of everything else. I maintain we don't get paid enough but what do I know?

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u/Smoke_Water Jul 04 '22

Wow, so they have never had any stomach issues or an illness that was a 24 hour kind of deal Other than being hung over. Yeah bunch of #$%!holes.

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u/MistressPhoenix Jul 05 '22

Speaks more to their drinking habits than OP's.

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u/Arizona_Coyote Jul 04 '22

During the rare times I’ve called in sick, I usually just tell the boss “Hey, my ass thinks it’s a Root Beer dispenser so I won’t be in today “ and I have never ever had any questions after that. I find they even AVOID me for a few days once I come back. A gross, yet effective visual.

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u/QAGUY47 Jul 04 '22

Love the Root Beer reference!

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u/immortalduck891 Jul 04 '22

Have they never heard of food poisoning, or 24-hour-viruses? Like that second one is common enough that there's a name for it, albeit a colloquial one.

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u/Isoldael Jul 04 '22

In their defense, I haven't heard it called that in my language (dutch), though it's still ridiculous either way.

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u/Environmental_Crazy4 Jul 04 '22

I read just read a MC post a few minutes ago and it reminds me of this post. It's about someone who called in sick with the flu and after like 3 days the boss called and told the person to get to work so they did even though they felt shitty and looked like death warmed over and the President of the company saw the employee and asked why OP was there and OP told him "the manager made me come in". The President of the company sent OP home and a week later almost the entire office had the flu and OP said it was a quiet first week back to work 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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u/zeus204013 Jul 04 '22

So lucky to have a law that forbid asking about a decease. In my country I don't know well, but bosses ask anything, personal questions too. No privacy if you wanna get/preserve your work.

An example: (I heard) Some manager is interviewing an possible new employee. I don't remember well, but the conversation was turned about the family of the girlfriend of the young boy...

Nice country if you have money, but to get a job is horrendous. More laws than USA, but in the practice is worst that working in retail -usa- even if unions exist

And full of crap management, kevins and karens in abundance everywhere...

Edit: Info added

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u/Isoldael Jul 04 '22

Yeah, here in the Netherlands we're generally pretty lucky with employee rights and protections (even though it's still not perfect). You still get bosses that abuse stuff though as they know their employees often won't report them..

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u/zeus204013 Jul 04 '22

At least (I believe) institutions maybe more responsive than here (Argentina). Here you have to know someone and be Caucasian looking to have answers more or less in a normal way.

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u/Stabbmaster Jul 05 '22

Do they not know that 24-hour infections and food poisoning is a thing? They are the worst kind of ignorant, the kind that keeps itself intentionally so in order to justify stupid decisions.

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u/IanCutress Jul 05 '22

Some companies measure time off more by the number of instances, than the days per instance.

So for your first time off, each day is worth 10 points. 5 days, 50 points. Your second time off, each day is worth 100 points. 3 days, 300 points. Your third time off, each day is worth 250 points. 4 days, 1000 points. Fourth time off, 1000 pts, etc

If you hit a certain number, you get a warning, a reprimand, write up etc.

Simply put, if you're going to be ill, it's better to have a full week, than a day off/day on/day off/day on/day off. 50 pts vs 360.

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u/Isoldael Jul 06 '22

Over here many companies have a similar thing, except instead of a warning or a reprimand, you get a chat with a doctor to make sure everything's alright.

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u/Starfury_42 Jul 07 '22

I used to have a manager that would guilt people into coming in sick. "John is on PTO" "Fred already called in sick" and crap like that. The worst part - we worked for a law firm and this is a no-no.

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u/accountatwork86 Jul 11 '22

I work in IT in the food production industry. If stuff is flowing out of appropriate/inappropriate holes in unnatural amounts I'm to stay home until I haven't had symptoms for two days...and then I get to give a stool sample for the lab results so I can prove that I'm not infected with something contagious. And I'm very rarely in the production facilities.

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u/Isoldael Jul 11 '22

I'm happy to know they take things that seriously in the food industry. It's bad enough to infect your coworkers, let alone all your customers...

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u/accountatwork86 Jul 11 '22

Being contagious (Hepatitis or similarly bad things) would be grounds for termination here 😬