Is weak a choice?

11 Jul

I have never been bothered by colleagues taking sick leave before – as long as they kept their germs to themselves and not share it with me, I’ve been OK.

That was until they became my subordinates and I had to do their work when they were off sick.

Luckily, most of my “people” do not take much sick leave. I hope I lead by example.

I’ve taken 3 sick days over the last 3 years. Whether that’s a plus or a minus, I’m not sure of yet. I’ve been at work through gastro and bronchitis, through bladder infections and flu. I always take care not to spread too many germs, it seems that I got away with it so far. It might not be the best for my health (working whilst sick), but I’m very nitpicking(y) about the quality of my work conscientious about the levels to which my work is performed. That and the fact that nobody does my work when I’m not there, makes me go to work even when I’m sick.

Mostly, when they are left to their own devices, they don’t think. They don’t even attempt to think. They cause chaos – like before the Creation. Yes, they can create chaos of that kind. Working with thousands of people’s grocery/drinking money, you really are not supposed to stuff it up. I have to keep an eye over things. Not being there just causes more work when I eventually would have schlepped my sick body back to work and might cause some isolated cases of knee breaking or strangulation.

Some of the other coworkers, do not hesitate to call themselves weak. Let me give you some examples:

1. X goes to the SPCA, looking for a kitten. They have some, but she keeps on looking – trying to find the RIGHT one. She would have taken one from the SPCA, but she is too weak to go back there and face all the homeless animals. I would not have said I’m too weak, I would have just gotten one. Or two. Or three.

2. X works in an office where the aircon is set too high, the office gets a bit warm. She declares to anyone within earshot “I think I’m getting the flu, I’m sooo hot and weak”. How about turning the aircon off, Pissy?

3. X&Y catch any bugs that comes around. Or not come around. As soon as there’s any rumours in the office of anyone not feeling up to scratch or a bit off, they caught it. They are also the ones who drink 63000 vitamins and minerals and drops and powders and prescriptions and potions. Who puts nuked wheat bags on their backs and shoulders (due to tension spasms) every single moment of every single day. Who comes to work in the morning declaring that they feel so weak today . . . and then stay at home the next day because they just could not make it coming to work. With sniffles.

Maybe I’m too harsh. Maybe I’m too strong. Maybe I’m too full of shit.

But I believe that weak is a choice.

And it’s not mine.



Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Ramblings, Ravings


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15 responses to “Is weak a choice?

  1. thehappyhugger

    July 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Employees do take too much sick leave often, for trivial reasons, and it makes it difficult for them when they’ve used up all their sick leave when they really are sick.

  2. colourmecrazee

    July 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    i think this is because of different personalities. my husband, for example, feels the same way you do. i, for example, am useless and “weak” when i’m sick … 😉

    • ButterNut

      July 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      This is interesting . . . do you think one is born either weak or strong?

      • colourmecrazee

        July 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        that is my opinion … 😉

        • ButterNut

          July 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

          Thanx for sharing your opinion with me.

          • colourmecrazee

            July 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm

            i enjoy different opinions … thanks for sharing yours.

  3. 68ghia

    July 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Weak is indeed a choice.
    As for the SPCA – I doubt that I would ever be able to go there and pick an animal – I want to take ALL of them home with me because I feel sorry for them, and then I end up with the crap. I go into petshops under duress…
    As for going to work when sick, I used to do it. Never took sick leave. Mostly because I never really get sick (touch wood), and then I realised. It’s just a job. It usually waits for you – get better, look after your body, and then you can do your job so much better…

  4. Vlooi

    July 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I believe everything in live is a choice of attitude. You and only you decide on how you react or cope with something.

    No job is more important than my health though. If I truly am sick I will take a sick leave day. If I don’t look after myself I will not be able to do my job properly.

    Maybe I’m to full of crap too 🙂

  5. Kameel

    July 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I am actually too weak to reply at the moment 😆 Just kidding. I believe if you are REALLY sick, go to the doctor, get a perscription, get into bed if necessary, get well, go back to work and be the best you, that you can be. But then I also believe, some people talk themselves sick, before they are even sick… if this makes sense.

  6. Louisa

    July 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Hahaha! Well put…yes, weak is a choice. 😉

    Believe it or not before I had my daughter I rarely got sick. So much so that I eventually cancelled my medical aid one year. Now I catch everything goibg round the office AND the creche! 😦

    Probably stress does make me more susceptible to it all, but there are some year to year improvements at least.

    I usually wait till I’m just about at death’s door before I see a doctor, but if I get booked off I stay off cause there are no statues for dying on the job (not heroic).

  7. Toortsie

    July 31, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Dis weer een van daais – soms is dit so ander kere nie. Maar laat ek eerder stilbly….. want mense vat kanse. En sommige mense dink daar is ‘n pilletjie vir als en so raak ons in die proses net swakker.


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