Trust Those You Hire

At a company where I once found myself employed as the HR Manager, the bossman didn’t trust his employees. And in case you need me to spell it out for you, this is not a good thing.

I had decided to take advantage of those PTO days that I was told were unlimited (but really weren’t) and went abroad to some random corner of the earth. I had a company credit card and decided that it wasn’t worth risking losing it abroad so I put it in a safe little corner of one of the drawers next to my desk.

I thought I was doing something right (responsible even?) but when I told my boss that I was leaving it, I was doing a bad, bad, irresponsible thing. Because he didn’t trust his own employees.

I came back a while later after my trip , looked for my card and couldn’t find it. I nervously told my boss the news and he said he had taken it because he didn’t think it was a good idea to have it sitting in my (closed!) drawer when I’d told him I’d left the card in there.

He meant that I’d told himĀ out loud. But by “out loud,” I mean indoor voice in the truest sense of the word. I sat right next to him, so it wasn’t as though I was screaming across the office. Most people wore their headphones anyways. Jesus fucking christ, are you serious? I thought.

And who was he afraid was going to take it? One of his employees, duh. Which is downright fucking insulting to the people who were working hard to make his machine work. We had a couple of temps, but they’d been with us for a few months and were looking to be hired full time, so they sure as hell wouldn’t go and take the company credit card out of my drawer. In plain site. Next to where he sat.

At first, I let myself feel really bad for this. I beat myself up and told myself I was stupid. But then I realized that I wasn’t the stupid one. I’d done something reasonable and it wasn’t my fault that the bossman didn’t trust his own employees. If he was going to let himself be consumed with thoughts of his staff robbing him, he wasn’t going to have much time to focus on his business.

So, please, if you’re hiring someone, make sure you trust them.

Sick? Then Stay the F*&# Home.

Please?

I expressed in my last post how annoying it is when people don’t feel comfortable enough taking days off for vacation and PTO policies are basically bullshit. Now I’d like to talk about how not taking sick days off from work is the literal worst. For everyone.

One of my good friends said to me, “Oh I’m sick as a dog. Worst flu I’ve ever had. I’m determined to not take any sick days this year though.”

I threw my HR manager hat on and I nearly lost my shit and flew off the handle as much as you can on Gchat. I said, with zero sugar coating, “Keep your ass at home. NOBODY wants to get your damn flu!”

She then explained that she was, in fact, at home, but she was WFH and that’s how she would get away without using any of her sick days. I’m not sure why, but as long as she’s not getting her colleagues sick, that’s fine by me (and I’m assuming by her colleagues as well!).

I rarely get sick. I’ve taken, like, 5 sick days in 8 years. (I should add: Knock on wood! before I come down with the plague or something.) But those five days that I’ve called in sick, I was really sick and I knew no one wanted anything to do with my sick self and anything that didn’t get done that day, well, no one would die (I’m not a doctor). Life went on and my colleagues didn’t get sick.

In closing: Don’t be one of those wanna-be office rockstars who never calls out sick (don’t say you “don’t get sick” because I’ll bet you $1,000 that you do from time to time). Everyone will hate you. Especially HR. Because you have sick days, presumably. So, use them goddamnit.