So, it’s Monday… and I’m home. Not because I called in sick, but because on Friday, my boss staged a wellness intervention. Despite all my assurances that “I’m fine” - though admittedly still struggling a little to get over the pneumonia that’s plagued me since early January - she took the time to poll those who work closest with me and determined that I am not. And so, I have been banished from the office for 2 days of rest and relaxation.
In all my many years of working, I have never encountered this level of caring and compassion from an employer. From my experience, the only thing the company higher-ups are generally focused on is the bottom line. And it’s not like I’ve been slacking off (‘cause I ain’t no slouch!) or polluting the office with my germs – as I mentioned to her, I did stay home for the two and a half days the doctor said I was contagious. But no, that’s not it. She and everyone else are simply very concerned for my health. Who knew?!
Of course, being the multi-tasker that I am, I can’t help but think of all kinds of things to do during this unexpected break. But, in keeping with the spirit in which it was so generously intended, I am instead forcing myself to be still and appreciate my time out. Thank you, Johanne!