Dear Evil Skippy:
I work for a large company with offices all over the United States. One of our policies allows employees to work from home on snow days. I am based in Phoenix, Arizona. I never get snow days. I would love to work from home once in a while, but I don’t get to do that. It’s not right that my colleagues in other states get added opportunities to work from home but I never do. I hate the emails they send and casually mention that they are working in their robe and drinking hot chocolate. Shouldn’t my employer have to balance out this benefit? It seems like a form of geographic-based discrimination to me.
— Wants Equality
If you want to use this “benefit” so much, move to Fargo. Problem solved.
Otherwise, you’ll have to chalk this up to yet another example of LIFE’S NOT FAIR. Shout it if you like. Some of your colleagues probably receive lots of paid leave benefits for things like cancer treatment. Are you also annoyed that they get this “benefit” while you do not? How about bereavement leave? Do you feel wronged unless you get a day off whenever someone else does? (Hint: These questions are why you’ve received the FIRST EVIL SKIPPY SLAP OF 2019!)
Come to think of it, bereavement leave bugs me a lot. Both of my parents, two siblings and all of my grand-parents passed away years ago. (Not at the same time). I don’t have as much of a chance to cash in on a benefit like that as other people. Unfair! Unfair!
You do not always get everything you want. That applies to life and it applies to the workplace. Not expecting your employer to achieve the impossible is a giant leap forward toward creating a great workplace for yourself. No one benefits from impossible expectations. Write that down.
Here’s a way you might use the existing “benefit.” The next time it snows in Fargo, call in and say that you are taking a snow day. Check first to make sure that your snow day policy does not specify that you yourself have to live in the snowy area. If anyone semi-competent drafted the policy and it clearly does not apply to you, this won’t work. If that’s the case, be grateful that you never have to shovel your way to get to your car or a pub.
Better yet – if you haven’t already done so, ask your boss if you can work from home once in a while. It can’t hurt to ask. Just don’t get all pouty about it and start referring to those “lucky” people living through a blizzard.
— Evil Skippy
P.S. I am typing this while relaxing in my robe and drinking a chocolate martini.
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