Zerb, I'm normally with you 1000%, but not on this one. For several reasons, but I'll just respond to your points with counterpoints...
Since most of us don't live in communist countries (I assume) I don't really care if Jimmy or Bobby or Sue or whoever gets behind. They aren't sharing their paycheck with me. The day that everyone comes to work certified germ-free, disease-free, and outside drama-free, I'll totally agree with you. Until then, I have no guarantees that the cold I have came from the guy at work or the cart I pushed around the grocery store yesterday.
"OMG, I`ll get behind if I stay home for a day"
1. NO thoughts of the colleages that you´ll infect, causing the whole COMPANY to slow down. Or the dozen other people that are now behind 2 days because you wouldn´t take one off like any sane person would have. Either way, the project is now behind schedule, meaning more work for EVERYBODY. Thanks
This hold no sway for me. If this was the only time she'd ever been sick, then that's not why she's being let go. If it's because she exceeded the limits of the company policy, it's because it maintains equity for everyone else in the office as well. Tying the failure of the auto industry to coming to work with a cold is sort of the untimate butterfly effect.2. NO thoughts of the Hot chick that just got off sick leave that is going to be fired next week for being sick too often, after you infect her with your strain. Too bad her Husband got laid off last week becasue the auto industry sucks, and now they have to go on welfare soon with their 2 kids... If all goes bad, they´ll end up selling their home soon, because nobody really want´s to employ an aging man from a dinosaur of an industry, or for that matter a young mother that´s "constantly sick". Thanks
Again, way stretching it here. Bird flu doesn't just appear out of nowhere. There is no logical reason for anybody to think, "I've got the sniffles, I wonder if it's bird flu." Correlation does not always equal causation.3. NO thoughts of the families of other co workers who also can be infected. You had the bird flu, and didn´t stay home at first because you "thought it was a cold"... And Dan´s 2 year old daughter is now in intensive care with a near zero survival chance, but you didn´t catch that because you stayed home after you had infected the whole office. Thanks.
If these are the only options, then I guess my answer is yes to the former.The question here is: am I an ******* that doesn´t care, or am I worthy of the air I breathe
In this case, how do we know (as someone else mentioned) that Kaye doesn't have bad allergies? How do we know that she didn't just start cancer treatment that weakened her immune system? For that matter, how do we know that she doesn't have some other sort of immuno virus that makes her more vulnerable? There's a reason things like HIPPA laws exist in the US and it's because it's nobody's business but what is going on medically.