of the primary reasons I started working on the idea of The Quarter Roll
magazine years ago was that I was tired of feeling my
job was in jeopardy and
that I had little control over what could happen to my income.
I remember reading the cartoon “Dilbert” and laughing at the ridiculous stories,
and thinking how close to home the jokes were hitting for me. The NBC comedy The
Office also made me laugh. I would sit there and laugh and roll my eyes at the
same time. Dilbert and The Office gave me a chance to laugh at many situations I
found myself in at work.
What icy roads could cost you.
This past week The Quarter Roll had a post about
icy road conditions. In the
story the point was made that the risk of being in a
car accident is doubled
when the roads are icy. If you slid into something or someone while driving on
icy roads you will most likely be paying your insurance deductible at a minimum.
So we suggested that given the typical amount an average American worker makes
it made more sense to come into work late or not at all then wrecking your
vehicle and having to pay the deductible. You can find that story here.
One of the reasons we have heard that people will risk getting to work even on
icy, dangerous roads is that they are afraid there will be some kind of
disciplinary repercussions at work for being late or calling off.
"My road was ok."
I think it is a valid concern. I was a manager of a call center, and there was a
very bad winter storm happening one morning. Personally, I felt a lot of
pressure to be at work. It normally took me one hour to get to work, but that
day I left two hours earlier than usual and slowly made my way in. I slid
several times and remember some close calls. When I got there many of the
employees had already left voice mail saying they were not coming in. I
completely understood why and was a little angry at myself for having risked the
safety of myself and my car!
My boss, who lived 15 minutes from the office, came in and wanted to know why we
were missing so many people. I mentioned the weather, and his comment to me was
that it was not too bad where he lived, completely discounting the fact that many of
us didn’t live in his particular neighborhood or didn’t live as close to work.
Boss's road was ok so you need to get in here.
He instructed me to start calling people and get them to commit to a time they
would be in and tell them it was necessary they be there as we still had
customers calling in. He was concerned about complaints about missed phone calls
finding their way to the company owner’s ears.
Later that morning he called me into his office to again talk about how
uncommitted people were to their
jobs. He mentioned that since some people did
get to work it couldn’t have been that bad and we should still give them
disciplinary warnings through the company’s attendance policy.
I remember that day well, and to this day think about lessons I learned. There
are people who put less value on your well-being then they do on their own
needs. Paying $500.00 for an insurance deductible and dealing with the hassle of
a damaged car is worse than a piece of paper saying you were late to work.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation like this? What has your experience