I just received a written reprimand because I kept working during a surprise fire drill in order to meet an important deadline on a very important project. If I had not kept working, the deadline would have been missed. We have fire drills all the time, so I know what to do in an emergency. Don’t you think a reprimand is going too far when I was trying to get the work done?
You’re lucky to just be fuming. You might have been fired.
— Evil Skippy
I’ve got news for you – it’s not all about you. Fire and other safety drills are important to everyone in the workplace. Building personnel, safety monitors and other emergency personnel need to conduct drills to test the safety procedures in place and discover any glitches before a real emergency takes place. In addition, employees new to the work area need to practice what to do. Some veteran employees need reminders. Your refusal to participate in a safety drill is a solid basis for issuing a reprimand.
Consider yourself lucky that the reprimand was just for the fire drill insubordination. If I were your supervisor, I’d be grilling you now about why you had waited until the last minute to finish what you describe as an important deadline on a very important project. All kinds of “surprises” can happen, such as a fire drill. You weren’t prepared. Just saying.