I wish this were a happier update. The fact of the matter is I’m in the midst of a depressive episode. I’m looking to escape in all the wrong places. Nothing seems to be going right, I’m anxious all the time, the opportunities to tell those above my (authority wise) rank “I told you so” are far too many. I don’t want to be right in this sense. The last thing I choose to play with, profits or no profits and corporate oversight or not, people’s lives are NOT a toy.
When COVID-19 really kicked off for my area, I (along with the other “peasants” on my team) really drove the point home that we needed to be proactive in our attack. I begged my direct Supervisors and other leaders in my building to really enforce the personal safety measures touted by the CDC. Too often I was met with either condescending or patronizing answers. I realized how futile this was, and instead “put up” to effectively “shut them up”.
Did I get recognition for my efforts? Sure. They were nice enough to commend my personal efforts to try to make what improvements I could to the safety of my colleagues.
What did I get for it? Some useless cards saying they were impressed I held my position and led by example. 15 cases of COVID-19 in ONE of our nine buildings. 37 people on self quarantine (a healthy mix of symptomatic and asymptomatic), and 3 departments (entire 20+ employee) out for close contact isolation. An ignored Doctors note stating I’m high risk and should work from home. And 52+ “I Told You So” mentions.