Right, so why are SUNY and CUNY campuses still open? I get that elementary and secondary schools provide a place for kids while parents are at work, but college aged students don’t have that same problem.
My firm implemented a staggered employee schedule today. Half work odd days, half work even. Seems more in self interest - if someone gets infected, only half the workforce is compromised? Either way I’ll take it. Will help free up the train a bit for those who still have to work. I bike already.
There should be some sort of tax incentive to employers to help make it happen.
It'd make perfect sense, too. Less people clogging traffic and rush hour public transit. Less people out and about giving each other the flu, let alone corona. Make it easier to eat a healthy lunch. Make it easier to watch your kids, if you shut down schools.
Kids seem pretty safe from covid-19. Thats not to say we shouldn’t take precautions or shut down the schools eventually but working people’s ages and up seem the most susceptible to the disease. Kids should be fine.
until the kid brings it home to mommy and daddy and grandparents and they all die and the kid grows up without a family and has to live with the trauma and guilt that comes with knowing that he (indirectly) murdered his entire family
My coworker and I have individually got to HR and requested to work from home. Our company infact mandates we take our laptops home incase something like this is announced. HR has thus far refused us to work from home. We (my office) even had a secondhand exposure to the COVID19 virus. Not only did the individuals who got the second hand exposure get allowed back into the office after 3 days of quarantine, they still wont let us work from home. I have my own reasons (asthma) and my coworker theirs. It seems so dangerous and pointless to force an entire office to be exposed just to have a body count in the building.
I mean, i agree. But Im not protected against their retaliation. I have bills and rent to consider. They care so much about their image imo it would work. But its going to get me fired and blacklisted from the industry.
Also at an agency. Got a company-wide e-mail that said use your judgment but implied the exact opposite. It obviously confused everybody because they sent out a second (intentionally unclear) e-mail reiterating the same exact thing at the end of the day.
I work at a company in the industry and they sent us an "update" email urging us to avoid public transportation and use video conferencing instead of meetings....but said the offices "remain open in accordance with CDC guidelines." So they basically said, avoid people but still come into the office.
I'm not coming in for the rest of this week, my job can be done from home 100% and I think my company is just being negligent at this point. I'm shocked that we have a state of emergency AND De Blasio has specifically said to work from home if possible and they're just blatantly ignoring it.
We've gotten a couple of those. I found out through building people about a few floors in our office being closed and cleaned after the incident with those who were exposed 2nd hand. mysterious vague email showed up telling everyone about it at the end of the day and not to panic. They almost seem to be playing games.
Most of my coworkers think its a joke. One kept saying it was like getting the flu. They cant grasp the idea we dont know the repercussions since its novel. The fact our company is willing to risk workers health is also appalling. So mis-managed
That’s all true but we’re at community spread in nyc. Teachers and staff and students will test positive, and they’ll have to close anyway.
Why not be proactive rather than reactive? Deliver food to those who need it and hopefully the federal government will cover workers who miss shifts and can’t work due to sickness or childcare.
They could find a way to have childcare for healthcare workers and essential personnel. Otherwise we’re going to be closing schools with none of that in place, and allowing children to spread the virus in an uncontrolled manner that will overburden the hospitals
This. Schools would be closed if they didn't double as a social service for so many families, but they simply can't shut down. It's more likely individual schools will be made to close if cases crop up.
It’s the mere fact that Americans conflate PAID TIME OFF with sick days that leaves most Europeans aghast. It’s like hearing an abused child saying it’s ok if their Dad slaps them for talking out of line. It’s sincerely fucked up.
Yeah I know the practice. Back in the UK, I had 30 days PTO (earned 6 of those for years of service), and 5 days company PTO- the rest state PTO.
I struggled to use the 30. It’s fucking 6 weeks off a year.
Edit: btw- I kept that PTO when I moved over, and when I founded my own company, that’s the policy for everyone- 22, plus a day for every year. Because that’s civilized. Now if only I could give my employees entirely free healthcare, I’d feel a lot fucking better when we ask them to reach for hard things- because they’ve got the time off and the healthcare if shit goes wrong for them.
Really shouldn’t be the measure. I’m a capitalist who knows what worked for me, and it also works here- and we kill it in our market. Treat your employees with respect and as a team members, and they’ll make you better. Apparently a lesson not taught over here.