I can’t remember all the specifics of before and after, when it comes to whatever I was doing or planning when I made that last blog entry, but I can tell you that I “took a nap” shortly after writing it and ended up sleeping for about 14 hours. 😳 That’s all I’ll mention about my sleep, energy, pain, grumpiness, etc… just assume that it’s gone about the same as it usually does for me lately. 😒
Finally got caught up on all my waiting messages today, where there was a little thread of audio files from my friend Jim. The same Jim that recently got hurt at work while doing a job that they really shouldn’t expect one human to be able to do by themselves. 😟 Especially an older, relatively small human. 🤕 Thankfully he recovered over the course of a week or so and was able to return to work, but now it’s another week later and they’ve begun to dick around with him in a way that’s concerning. 😠
First, he said that they had him fill out some forms before starting his shift. 🤨 And while I’m not sure why he did it… I can also say that when you depend on your job in order to live, and you’re being pushed to sign something by them, you would feel a bit obligated since you can’t be sure of what would happen if you refused. 😞 But he signed the papers, which he said essentially invalidated his claim that the injury should be covered by workers comp. He said that he’s now even required to pay back the money from that paycheck, where workers comp originally covered those days off. I’m hoping that he’s mistaken, and that’s not what he’s gonna have to do, but I guess we’ll see…
After that, he went on to the floor to begin his shift and the leader doing the announcements made a big deal about how it had been over 170-some days since they last had a workplace accident. 🤔 A strange thing to make a point out of, right after he privately signed off on whatever those papers were. But he just went to work, went through the shift like normal, but then at the end of the day when he was trying to clock out – the computer indicated that his account had been locked, and that he’d have to call someone to get it sorted out. 🤨
And that’s where our conversation has currently paused… with stuff being a uncertain sounding and somewhat up in the air, in my opinion. I guess they just had him write his clock-out time on a piece of paper, and then had him do the same thing for clocking in and out the next day. 🤨 Sounds like a great way to eventually fire someone by saying “He wasn’t even using the computer to clock in and out as required.” Hopefully my extra concern and eyebrow raising ends up being for nothing… but it sounds like he just needs to keep his head low and “be invisible” for a while, and hopefully this will all just pass.
I’ve tried to give him advice about what I went through, telling him about all of the shitty ways that a company could / would likely react, and even how important it is to document every single thing that you can, since it’s not unheard of for these things to require lawyers before you know it – and that he’ll wanna be able to back up everything that he claims. But he’s a different type of guy than me, so I’m not sure he took everything to heart as much as I’d hope. 😬 Not only that, but the first time something major like this happens, you just don’t expect the company that you bust your ass for to suddenly treat you like you’re intentionally damaging to the company. 😟 I was the same.
But he’s a good guy, and like when it happened to me… you just think about how you’ve always been a good worker, have always done your best for the place, so “Why would they suddenly treat me unfairly or even as their enemy just because I got hurt?” 😐 When you’re acting in a genuine, authentic sort of way – it’s hard to not (naively) expect your employer to treat you in the same manner. Bleh… I’m nervous for him, especially since he’s even starting to recognize and accept what it looks like they’re trying to do.
Keeping my fingers crossed. 🤞🏻 I hate injustice. 😠