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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20940 on: May 09, 2013, 11:37:22 AM »
It's usual standard policy for workplaces to require a medical certificate so the person can be seen they were unfit for work for those days.

And presumably, people do go to the doctor to get treated for illness.

In some industries or cultures, perhaps, but not in any workplace I have been employed. I have worked in many industries.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20941 on: May 09, 2013, 11:56:21 AM »
It's usual standard policy for workplaces to require a medical certificate so the person can be seen they were unfit for work for those days.

And presumably, people do go to the doctor to get treated for illness.

In some industries or cultures, perhaps, but not in any workplace I have been employed. I have worked in many industries.

I think that it's probably a product of working cultures in which you don't have a limited number of sick days. If you only have ten sick days a year it won't really matter to the employer if you're actually ill but the situation is different in many places. Every place I've worked at has required a note after a few days' absence at the latest, fortunately they usually accept a nurse's note and many people have healthcare through their employers.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20942 on: May 09, 2013, 11:59:23 AM »
It's usual standard policy for workplaces to require a medical certificate so the person can be seen they were unfit for work for those days.

And presumably, people do go to the doctor to get treated for illness.

In some industries or cultures, perhaps, but not in any workplace I have been employed. I have worked in many industries.

I think that it's probably a product of working cultures in which you don't have a limited number of sick days. If you only have ten sick days a year it won't really matter to the employer if you're actually ill but the situation is different in many places. Every place I've worked at has required a note after a few days' absence at the latest, fortunately they usually accept a nurse's note and many people have healthcare through their employers.

That's probably it. I don't know of any Danish workplace that has a limited number of sick days, but I do know of some where they require a doctor's note if you're sick for more than 3-4 days at a time. But in those cases the workplace will pay for the consultation, if it isn't already free.
 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20943 on: May 09, 2013, 01:52:27 PM »
Getting a medical certificate before starting a new job is pretty standard here. For most office jobs, it is mainly a formality (although they do note any spinal issues that might later be attributed to sitting down to long, etc). For others, it is essential, to document medical conditions that might be at a later date blamed on the employer/to show that the worker did not have said condition before starting. It offers protections for both parties.

When I worked at a clinical lab, the medical exams required before starting were impressive! Then again, I worked a few meters away from blood and tissue samples, so it made sense. I was also required to take a lot of extra vaccines!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20944 on: May 09, 2013, 02:04:21 PM »
Getting a medical certificate before starting a new job is pretty standard here. For most office jobs, it is mainly a formality (although they do note any spinal issues that might later be attributed to sitting down to long, etc). For others, it is essential, to document medical conditions that might be at a later date blamed on the employer/to show that the worker did not have said condition before starting. It offers protections for both parties.

When I worked at a clinical lab, the medical exams required before starting were impressive! Then again, I worked a few meters away from blood and tissue samples, so it made sense. I was also required to take a lot of extra vaccines!

My one job with a pharma c ompany I had to have a full-blown, Pre-employment physical on site. but they also had manufacturing there so they did the same thing for everyone, regardless of where you were going to be, there, labs, or offices.  My last job I just had to have a drug test, which was no big deal. I think most companies where I am at least require that, and maybe more, depending on what it is, and type of place you’ll be working.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20945 on: May 09, 2013, 03:16:48 PM »
I think that getting a physical before being hired is one issue, but getting one every time you're out sick is another. The former is reasonable and pretty common. But the latter is silly, IMO. I don't go to the doctor for a one- or two-day cold or stomach bug. Requiring for longer illnesses is fine, because you'd presumably need to go to the doctor anyway.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20946 on: May 09, 2013, 04:12:12 PM »
Please move on from the sick leave/doctor's note discussion or start a new thread.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20947 on: May 09, 2013, 05:15:09 PM »
Two driving Snowflakes:

First, the big semi whose driver decided he didn't need to obey the speed limit.  I was in the right hand (normal speed) lane, already going slightly over the speed limit.  The truck loomed larger and larger in my rear-view mirror, but I had no place to go.  He then pulled into the other lane, where he gave the driver in front of him the same treatment.

Second, the guy in the big pickup who ignored the yield sign while merging onto the highway.  We couldn't move over because we needed the off-ramp in the same lane.  We finally had to slam on the brakes to go behind him.  Grrr.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20948 on: May 10, 2013, 09:36:33 AM »
Gimme pig SS: Apparently Mom won the same prize in two completely separate, unrelated sweepstakes. So a random person  on her contest board (who she'd never talked to / heard of) publicly posted "You don't need two widgets. That's selfish. Send one to me so I can give it to my son."  :o
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20949 on: May 10, 2013, 10:11:02 AM »
Gimme pig SS: Apparently Mom won the same prize in two completely separate, unrelated sweepstakes. So a random person on her contest board (that she'd never talked to / heard of) sent her a PM saying "You don't need two widgets. That's selfish. Send one to me so I can give it to my son."  :o

 :o ??? ::)

What is it about winning a prize that turns people into gimme-pigs???

My best friend (Tom) recently won a new iPad in a raffle for charity. A friend of his from work (Russ) got ticked at Tom because Tom didn't immediately email him to say he would give the new one to Russ, since he (Tom) already had an iPad.

First of all, Tom gave a generous donation to the charity, in addition to donating a lot of time and work, which resulted in him getting a lot of raffle tickets (he still had relatively few compared to the whole). Second, Tom had an older iPad he bought a couple of years ago, not a brand new, top of the line iPad like the one he won. Third, why the heck did Russ think he was entitled to Tom's new iPad (or even the old one!)? Fourth, Russ left snide comments on the photo Tom posted immediately after winning (he was excited!), basically telling Tom that he expected this iPad to be handed over to him soon (the whole, "must-be-nice" thing, "dibs", totally serious!). The thing is, Tom probably would have given Russ his old one if Russ hadn't acted like this.

The best part? Tom is Russ' project manager at work. This, among other things (like Russ asking for a $17K/year raise because his wife quit her job, getting angry and throwing tantrums when he doesn't get his way, etc.), is just one more item on the list that is going to eventually result in Russ' professional darwinism...

Tom decided to keep new iPad for himself (he had planned on donating it), and donated the old one. He says it was kind of awesome to use the new one in front of Russ the first time, just to see the look on Russ' face. That's probably the most selfish thing Tom has ever done or said, BTW.  ;D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20950 on: May 10, 2013, 10:32:17 AM »
Gimme pig SS: Apparently Mom won the same prize in two completely separate, unrelated sweepstakes. So a random person  on her contest board (who she'd never talked to / heard of) publicly posted "You don't need two widgets. That's selfish. Send one to me so I can give it to my son."  :o

Everyone has one of those, don't they?  I had a coworker that felt entitled to anything we stumbled onto.  Won the office pool? Got a box of chocolate as a gift? Christmas bonus? Big tax refund?*  The first thing out of her mouth is "You're giving me half, right?"  And then act shocked and pouts when the answer is (naturally) NO.  Her friends have called her crazy to her face.  It just rolls off her back.  She still think she has a right to it all.  This and other behavior makes me think she has narcissistic personality disorder.

*We don't share finance information with each other at work.  This is a story she pouted to us about her sister's refund, expecting us to call her sister selfish and of course she's entitled to it ::).

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20951 on: May 10, 2013, 10:38:34 AM »
Gimme pig SS: Apparently Mom won the same prize in two completely separate, unrelated sweepstakes. So a random person  on her contest board (who she'd never talked to / heard of) publicly posted "You don't need two widgets. That's selfish. Send one to me so I can give it to my son."  :o

Everyone has one of those, don't they?  I had a coworker that felt entitled to anything we stumbled onto.  Won the office pool? Got a box of chocolate as a gift? Christmas bonus? Big tax refund?*  The first thing out of her mouth is "You're giving me half, right?"  And then act shocked and pouts when the answer is (naturally) NO.  Her friends have called her crazy to her face.  It just rolls off her back.  She still think she has a right to it all.  This and other behavior makes me think she has narcissistic personality disorder.

*We don't share finance information with each other at work.  This is a story she pouted to us about her sister's refund, expecting us to call her sister selfish and of course she's entitled to it ::).

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20952 on: May 10, 2013, 10:46:08 AM »
Gimme pig SS: Apparently Mom won the same prize in two completely separate, unrelated sweepstakes. So a random person  on her contest board (who she'd never talked to / heard of) publicly posted "You don't need two widgets. That's selfish. Send one to me so I can give it to my son."  :o

Everyone has one of those, don't they?  I had a coworker that felt entitled to anything we stumbled onto.  Won the office pool? Got a box of chocolate as a gift? Christmas bonus? Big tax refund?*  The first thing out of her mouth is "You're giving me half, right?"  And then act shocked and pouts when the answer is (naturally) NO.  Her friends have called her crazy to her face.  It just rolls off her back.  She still think she has a right to it all.  This and other behavior makes me think she has narcissistic personality disorder.

*We don't share finance information with each other at work.  This is a story she pouted to us about her sister's refund, expecting us to call her sister selfish and of course she's entitled to it ::).

Isn't that a stage toddlers go through?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20953 on: May 10, 2013, 10:46:57 AM »
I think my power company is a bit of an SS.  My neighborhood lost power and the weather didn't warrant it.  I called in to report it, and the automated system is a pain nor could I talk to a human.  When I called on my cell a few times later to check on restoration times,  they had none then later finally gave a time.  Nor did they say for my area what the cause of it was.  I found out only by using the internet on my phone what the cause was via facebook postings on a few local news sites and it was not even on the power company's site.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20954 on: May 10, 2013, 11:10:04 AM »
Meanwhile my bff has said if we (meaning DH and I) win the lottery, she doesn't want anything.   
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