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27-02-2012, 08:58   #1
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I work in an office where people are quick to spill their guts on all forms of their lives.

This morning, I overheard a member of staff being asked by their supervisor to train on a new element to her job. Her response was that she would not do it because she is not capable of learning new things and that if she was forced to do it, she would get herself signed off on sick leave. She went on to say how she is in receipt of a medical card and uses it when she has a cold or hay fever etc.

Another girl piped up who has just returned from sick leave last week to say she is sick of the place already and might get herself signed out again as she 'had better craic when she was off'.

What the hell is wrong with people these days!? I earn just over the minimum wage, pay my revenue contributions and the USC, rent, bills food and by the end of the month I am awaiting the next wage packet with baited breath, yet some of these people are leading the high life.

And people wonder why others are emigrating?

Sick of it.
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Sick of it.
Call in sick?
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This morning, I overheard a member of staff being asked by their supervisor to train on a new element to her job. Her response was that she would not do it because she is not capable of learning new things and that if she was forced to do it, she would get herself signed off on sick leave. She went on to say how she is in receipt of a medical card and uses it when she has a cold or hay fever etc.
She says this to her supervisor and this muppet isn't in any fear of being let go? Good god. Not capable of learning new things? Well then rev up and feck off there's the dole queue love.
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eh how the hell are they signing themselves off sick?
My back was at all last week, now my bolldy voice is gone. and I wont be able to go back until my back stops twinging
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Public service? I get 5 days of sick leave per year. If I take any more, I don't get paid for them.

Should be slightly more than 5 days but still you get the idea.. Whom do you work for?
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from what i can make out they are going to their doctors, saying they are stressed and then BOOM! two weeks off, which then becomes a month etc.

the girl who doesnt want to train said that she probably doesnt need the job as she would get just as much if she was on benefits and sat around the house.
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Very curious who you work for.
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Very curious who you work for.
And me. It does sound like the public sector. (Speaking from an almost identical experience; not PS bashing!)
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from what i can make out they are going to their doctors, saying they are stressed and then BOOM! two weeks off, which then becomes a month etc.
That can be a real issue and a stressful job can ruin your mental health and put you in a dangerous situation
Some employers have grasped never waste a good recession and expect one person to do what three used to do. Not everyone can cope

But it's wasters like your colleagues who ruin it for the genuine cases who need help from their GP

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What the hell is wrong with people these days!? I earn just over the minimum wage, pay my revenue contributions and the USC, rent, bills food and by the end of the month I am awaiting the next wage packet with baited breath, yet some of these people are leading the high life.
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the girl who doesnt want to train said that she probably doesnt need the job as she would get just as much if she was on benefits and sat around the house.

There's your answer.

Along with this she has a track record of being off sick because of stress so if she is fired she'll have no hassle with the social.
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Sounds like a unionised company.

Such BS, I could never work for a company like that, it would drive me f*cking insane. I'm always self learning, I don't wait around to be told I need to learn A or B. It's fairly obvious that you always need to update your skills or get left behind.

I f*ckin hate this mentality of "that's not part of my job, I need more money to do that". Bloody f*cking unions are the main cause of this awful mentality that prevails in a lot of companies
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Where the hell do you work OP, I just want to note it down for the next time I'm in Ireland to punch your tosser of a boss. Arseholes like this have jobs while myself and my friends had to leave the country. For fúck sake.
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Sounds like a unionised company.
A pretty ineffective union so if the OP and the others are earning little over minimum wage

An employer that pays you just about the minimum they legally have to does not value you much at all
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There's your answer.

Along with this she has a track record of being off sick because of stress so if she is fired she'll have no hassle with the social.
Although if they try to get rid of her over stress it might open a can of worms for unfair dismissal etc ... probably easier for them just to have her turn up whenever she wants
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Where the hell do you work OP, I just want to note it down for the next time I'm in Ireland to punch your tosser of a boss. Arseholes like this have jobs while myself and my friends had to leave the country. For fúck sake.
you are exactly right - the amount of people that would kill to stay here and work but have been forced to leave. It is in a customer service type job that I am in, not going to reveal the name of organisation on here, but it is not public sector.

The building is full of people who 'know their rights' and at the very drop of a hot, they are up in arms.

Just on the stress issue, I was not trying to make light of it, I am well aware that loads of people through out the country have stressful jobs that can affect mental health, but I can safely say that some of the people in my office have little to be stressed about.

It just really gets me down that I work in a place that employs people like this, and on a larger scale, pays tax to a country that not only permits people to have an attitude like this, but actually seems to encourage it.

We would have a number of workers in our organisation who live/have lived in Northern Ireland in the past, and they are astounded at the level of benefits available to us, the dole in particular.
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