My friend has a 5-year-old son and a 9 month old baby. She is due to return to work on 19th December. Of course she is gutted about going back to work just before Christmas. So after talking about it to another friend, decided to go to the Dr and blag some sickness to enable her to stay off work until New Year!
From experience of both being staff and having staff of my own, I have suffered at the hands of people doing this. There was always at least a couple of people, who went sick at Christmas, resulting in someone else having to cover their work and not getting their time off. A few female colleagues, did the same thing after their maternity leave. It used to really annoy me – why was I having to pick up the slack for them, why was I the one being penalised just because I didn’t have a baby. Being a mother now though, I can kind of see why people do it. I did tell my friend how I felt about it, but her mind was made up.
She managed to get an appointment with the Dr, but it was after school, so she had to take both the baby and her 5-year-old with her. She went into the doctors surgery, sat down and the Dr turned to her smiled and said “Now Alison, what can I do for you today?”
Before she could utter a word, her son piped up and said “oh mummy’s here pretending to be sick, so she doesn’t have to go back to work!” Argh, talk about a ground opening up and swallowing you moment.
The Dr glared at her stone faced, while she spluttered and stumbled for a reply. Eventually she laughed it off and said her son didn’t want her to go back to work and he’s been coming up with all sorts of reasons to get her to stay at home. She gushed to the Dr about how she couldn’t wait to get back out to work and be herself again!
She then made some excuse about being there because she had a slightly sore ear and could he check it was ok. She then left, minus her sick note and having to return to work on 19th December.
So the moral to this story is, if you decide to feign sickness to take time off work. Don’t take your child with you if they can talk or at least make sure they haven’t overheard your plan :0
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