If you didn’t turn up to work one day, would your employers call to find out where you were?
Today I discovered that mine don’t.
Ordinarily I would txt my coworker or call at 8:30 when I knew someone would be there, but my last txt to that coworker went unanswered and this morning, at 8am, I just really wanted to go back to sleep, so I left a voicemail on the main switch number for my organisation.
At 5pm I checked facebook and saw a message from a different coworker, asking if I was okay.
My initial reaction was “aww, that’s very sweet of him to ask”, and so I explained that I had been sick but was feeling better, and thank you for asking!
He then explained that nobody had heard from me.
I immediately phoned my boss’ office number to explain the situation. I felt terrible that they hadn’t known where I was. He said “Ah, Bri! We’ve been waiting for you to show up all day!”
We laughed about the situation and I hung up the phone and then realised… hang on a minute, shouldn’t someone have called me? I know that I’m late every single day, but I’ve never just not shown up!
I suppose I should be content with the fact that at least they knew I was missing?
Now I wish I hadn’t called my boss, so I could run an experiment to determine just how many days would have passed before someone came to check that I was still alive!
My estimation would be 2 days. The pile of filing was pretty high when I left yesterday afternoon.