Last night I had the following to do:
- Wash clothes (x3).
- Wash dishes.
- Refill water bottles.
- Take a shower.
A coworker took a short vacation which left me covering for her. On the day she left, everyone else on this and other neighboring planets decided that they needed more help from me. To deal with the crunch, I worked Sunday and then stayed offline Monday morning to focus on work rather than answer random IM questions. Since my bosses received e-mails from me on Sunday and didn't see me online Monday morning, they assumed I was undergoing another round of healthcare (god forbid they call me or actually walk the twenty meters to my cubicle) and have started triple-teaming to monitor my movements in case I'm out sick again. They've already contacted my contract supervisor and the standing order is that I can keep my job as long as I'm healthy enough to be present in the office for eight hours per day x five days per week. On a side note, they're happy with the work I do, but that's of lesser importance.
So, to recap, my job is in danger because I showed some initiative and handled a work overload without involving my many supervisors and as a result they assume I'm not in my cubicle and may need to be replaced by someone they assume will provide the same quality of work while sitting in the cubicle during scheduled hours.
Question: is this insane, or merely stupid? Or is it the new norm for workplace BS now that the economy doesn't force employers to use a modicum of decency and common sense?
Question: is this picture still work safe, or slightly over the line?