Getting the Shaft...

by - Tuesday, March 15, 2011

***Warning*** This post is probably going to make me look like a total bitch. But if you don't like it, well, that's your opinion. This is mine.

I feel like I get the shaft at work because I don't have kids.

Employees at my company get five days off to deal with illnesses in the family - which in my experience normally consists of child-spawn spewing last nights dinner all over their beds in the middle of the night - time that is paid leave and is in our collective agreement.

Now, to clarify things - no - I don't think that taking care of a sick kid is a vacation in the least... cleaning up god knows what from god knows where would really suck (I would imagine... the only person I'm responsible for cleaning up spew from is me).

But, it does suck that because I have chosen not to have kids, that I can never leave my coworkers in the same lurch that they leave me. Sick kids at home means I have to do twice the work to cover for them during that day.

I'm always at the receiving end of this. I don't get to call in sick for someone else, and I don't get to leave (although unintentional) piles of work for other people to do at the busiest time of the year. I have to deal with double-booked appointments, a full inbox and a non-stop ringing phone.

And it sucks. And it's exhausting. And I don't get paid double the money to do double the work.

Yeah - I said I'd sound like a bitch.  And I'm okay with that, cause this is just how I feel.

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  1. It is tough to have to juggle when people have to call off for their kids. It seems twice the burden because they'll often call off when they catch the bug their spawn brought home from school the very next week.

    I just figure my peaceful night's sleep and not having to blow kids snotty noses is my reward for staying childless. And all the money I spend on myself instead ;)

  2. Anonymous9:55 PM

    Those who choose not to have children should have 5 person sick days added to their already alotted sick days. It's only fair! This coming from a Mom who didn't have that privilege (can't spell) as I didn't have a union job. That said , my kids had me at home for the first 8 to 12 years depending on the child. My kids didn't seem to get sick as often as kids and everyone else for that matter, do now a days. I think we are all to bent on killing all the germs that our bodies can't fend them off. We also eat way to much processed crap in our diet that I'm sure clogs our natural defences against germs. Touch wood, I have not had the flu for at least 16 yrs and rarely get a cold. I don't get a flu shot either. That's my opinion and I stand by it. Love Mo