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    Rangerchic
    Participant

    I agree @Copa! I was planning to search for a new job soon but I think I’m going to stay put. One of the reasons is the people I work with don’t come in sick – at all. And if they start to feel unwell during the day, they go home (as do I). (But also none of us take advantage of the flexibility either). Unless I could find an awesome WFH job.

    Though the school dropped the mask mandate, I still wear mine as do others in the department. We get no pushback or just “tolerance”. Everyone is very accepting (or at least don’t voice it otherwise).

    I’m also having to switch up meds for my Crohn’s to something with a lot more gusto which means I’m going to likely be more IC than I already am. I’m so nervous about switching! But I also don’t want to have surgery either and if nothing changes that’s where I’m headed.

    #1104075 Reply
    Kate
    Guest

    This is infuriating. My boss is now re-writing history and telling everyone she was fine on Monday and it didn’t hit until Tuesday (when she tested positive). She was not fine on Monday. She was sick enough to take DayQuil before coming in. She told me she was feeling sick but it wasn’t Covid. So now to be saying she was fine the day she came in the office is just… I get why she’s doing it, but the gaslighting is just amazing. All of us who were there Monday know, but not everyone was. And HER boss is not local, so I doubt she realizes.

    #1108681 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    Well, it looks like I sat next to a symptomatic person (who got pretty sick) breathing Covid on me for almost an hour and didn’t get it. That’s wild. I guess the frickin’ boosters work.

    So one of my teammates decided to call my boss out on Friday in a 1:1. My boss was like, “I wasn’t sick on Monday, and I wore a mask.” And my friend was like, “but you were pretty sick, and you didn’t wear your mask all the time.” She also said she had assured her husband it was safe to go to the office because no one would come in sick. Afterward my boss said someone on the team had attacked her, lmao.

    She texted me today to make sure I was still negative. I think her biggest fear is that me or this woman senior to her who she also sat in a room with would test positive and report it via the online tool (required), and then get questioned by Employee Relations and contradict her story.

    #1108687 Reply
    Dear Wendy
    Keymaster

    Glad you’re still negative, Kate! It’s one thing to get covid doing something you want to be doing and where you’ve been able to adequately calculate your risk; it’s another to get it at work from a reckless colleague, or from your kids bringing it home from school. Hope you continue to stay well!

    #1108689 Reply
    Copa
    Participant

    I’m kinda petty so while I wouldn’t want anyone else in your office sick, I’d kinda enjoy hearing about someone like your boss being outed at work for changing up her story.

    I didn’t get sick last year when the boyfriend got COVID. We did try to distance in our place but it was a solid two days before his symptoms really showed up.

    I think it’s wild I’m going back to the office tomorrow. I don’t remember my old routine at all. I know I need lunch. My old work pants still fit, though they are not loose like they used to be. On Tuesday I know I’ll be jumping in and out of meetings with our new hire as well as joining whoever else is involved in his onboarding for lunch. Which is fine but sounds exhausting to be around people and “on” all day at the moment.

    #1108691 Reply
    Kate
    Guest

    It is exhausting, it’s so weird to be like, sitting at your computer working and there are people around. And you’re wearing an outfit. Also, get ready for the hugging. 😱

    #1108722 Reply
    Copa
    Participant

    Alright, I’m back. And it’s super weird and a bit disorienting. I was in the elevator to our office with a coworker I’ve known for 5+ years and we didn’t recognize each other for a brief moment (both masked up). Spent the first hour or so of my workday working with IT to get my in-office setup back up and running. I couldn’t remember for the life of me how to get my computer synced up with my two large monitors. My wireless keyboard is dead and a few other cords were missing so they need to order a few new items for me. So a little irritated to be back but not able to fully set myself up most efficiently but whatever. I’ll meet our newest hire at some point today, though I think tomorrow will be exhausting with meetings and onboarding stuff that I will participate in. It was sincerely good to see our executive director (an others) in person.

    I have some lunchtime errands to run and plan to get myself a coffee from a local coffee shop because OMG I didn’t realize how many places went out of business in my immediate corner of the Loop until I got here.

    #1108760 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    Masks are still required on the T in Boston. But today there are a lot of men not wearing them, while all the women I can see are masked.

    #1108763 Reply
    Copa
    Participant

    Rush hour commuters in Chicago have been good on the el. The weekend rides I’ve done have been more of a mixed bag. I fly this week and still plan to mask up.

    With the exception of one coworker, everyone at work wore masks to move about the common spaces in the office. Which I was honestly kind of expecting from the group I work with. We’re a smaller office and most of us have our own closed door offices, so I’d be okay if people moved about mask-free, but I wasn’t too surprised.

    #1108765 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    I was wrong, I guess it just became optional to mask on the T, but interesting who’s taking the option. Almost no one in my office wears masks. Originally you had to be vaccinated to come in, but now it’s open.

    #1108768 Reply
    LisforLeslie
    Guest

    They moved our offices to full capacity, no masks, blah blah stupid. I think because they required everyone to be vaccinated or have an HR approved waiver, they feel that people will make choices based on their own needs. So far no one has demanded that anyone return to the office and no one gets grief if they wear a mask.

    I still wear a mask at the grocery store.

    I just feel like everyone is stupid.

    #1108770 Reply
    ktfran
    Participant

    I was in Hilton Head over the weekend. Flew home yesterday. My cousin, her husband, my husband and I were definitely in the minority of people who were masked in the airport and on the plane. I’d say only 15% were masked. If that. When we landed at ORD, I think I maybe saw two other people with masks.

    We were upgraded to first class and our flight attendant had her mask on the entire time. The other flight attendant did not have a mask on.

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