Of course “didn’t feel like going to work today, too lazy to call boss” is hugely different from “medical condition made it impossible for me to notify boss I couldn’t work.” Yet I still need to know where my staff are at their scheduled start time!
Sometimes Fergus has meetings with customers or other things and it’s hard to cover for him or reschedule without knowing if he’s running late, not coming in at all, out for the rest of the week, etc.
Sometimes he wakes up after Jane has left, but his pain or meds make it impossible for him to operate a phone.
I didn’t think much of it because I’m generally conscientious about cleaning up after myself and I never thought the break room got that messy anyway.
I’m one of the only people who sometimes uses reusable dishes in the break room.
But what we’re doing now isn’t working for me or the company. (For the record, Fergus came to us after retiring from a career elsewhere; he is an hourly employee and has no retirement or insurance through us that he might lose by quitting.) Have you talked to Fergus about it yet? Explain that you want to accommodate him as much as possible, but that the one thing you need is to be alerted if he won’t be in because you need to arrange cover for him or reschedule meetings.
My boss has told me to deal with it however I see fit, and we don’t have an HR department for me to consult, so I’m at a loss. Tell him that sometimes Jane calls to say he won’t be in, but not always, and ask him what he thinks will work so that you’re consistently notified.
Over the years, he’s taken time off for many serious medical issues, and recently took a few months off for cancer treatment.
He had medical clearance to return to work, but his health seems to be worse than ever and declining.
After this lady’s crusade began, she came into my office a couple times to ask me to dry and put the dishes away, which I did.
Kind of nitpicky, but not a big deal, or so I thought.
I would always make sure to wash the dishes I used and stack them neatly on the counter to dry.