I have been feeling burned out at work lately, so I decided to take a “mental health day” to stay home and watch television. After I called in sick, my voicemail to my supervisor somehow did not go through so she thought I just did not show up for work. She tried calling me, but I did not answer calls that morning. Around 11:00, my doorbell rang and it was a police officer stopping by to check up on me. He said my employer was worried because I did not show up or call and they wanted to make sure that I was all right. I stammered about not feeling well and he apologized for disturing me. Should I report my supervisor’s over-reaction to Human Resources or just let it go?
— Private Person
By all means, talk to Human Resources. Say this: “When I was perfectly healthy and called in sick because I preferred watching T.V. to working . . . .”
I get it — you were embarrassed. You also deserved it. You lied, so the Karma Bus ran you down. Get over it and move on.
— Evil Skippy
I am on your supervisor’s side on this one. I have worked with several supervisors over the years who saved employee lives by sending police officers to the employee’s home after employees failed to show up for work and also did not call in. (I also know of a few instances when they discovered an employee had died during the night). If you contact your Human Resources pals, do it to praise your boss rather than to complain.