‘It’s not my problem’: young coworker is labeled as ‘selfish’ after refusing to take on her pregnant colleague’s workload while on unpaid sick leave
- Wife refused to take on the workload of a pregnant colleague while on leave
- Liddy, eight weeks pregnant, decided to take a month off for morning sickness
- HR told her to find someone to cover her job while she was away
- When HR approached the woman about taking on additional workload, she declined
- The employee has wondered if she was selfish for what she was doing
An office worker has wondered if she is being selfish for refusing to take over her pregnant colleague’s workload while on unpaid sick leave.
The woman, 30, said her colleague Liddy, 28, who is eight weeks pregnant, decided to take a month off because of her “ terrible ” morning sickness.
When the employee inquired about human resources (HR), she was told she could take unpaid time off, but to find someone to cover her job while she was away.
Liddy had suggested they take over her job while she says goodbye. When HR approached me with the suggestion, I declined it, ‘the woman wrote in a Reddit thread.
“Well, to put it bluntly, it’s not my problem that she wanted to get pregnant and all that, even though I’m happy for her.”
An office worker has wondered if she is being selfish for refusing to take over her pregnant colleague’s workload while going on unpaid sick leave (stock image)
The woman pointed out that she refused to take on the task because she would not receive extra pay for doing other people’s work.
‘I’ll just double my workload for the same pay. Now HR can’t legally force me to take it, so that’s why they couldn’t do much about it, ‘she said.
She explained that Liddy could “easily” work from home or ask her assistant to do her job on her behalf.
After she turned down the extra job, the woman said that Liddy had been ‘bullied’ at her.
‘She even tried to incite some of our colleagues against it. They called me an a ** hole because I wasn’t “considerate”, “helpful” or “a team player,” she said.
They came to an agreement after the assistant offered to take over her job while she ‘supervised’ her instead.
“A solution I suggested instead of asking me to take over her job while her assistant was out,” the woman said.
“Am I a ** hole?”
Her post received more than 400 responses, many of which were divided on the situation, while others blamed the HR.
‘HR is the a ** hole here. If they accepted Liddy’s plan to take unpaid leave, it was up to them to provide coverage, not leave it to her. And since the leave is unpaid, they have money available to pay for overtime, ‘one of them stated.
If your co-workers are making it difficult for you not to be a team player, ask them why the company should bear the cost of Liddy’s salary while she’s on leave, when they expect you and Liddy’s assistant to do extra work for free ? ‘
And one added: ‘It’s not Liddy’s fault that she needs sick leave. HR and management are the a ** holes for not doing their jobs and forcing drama on their employees. ‘
Many defended the woman, saying that the pregnant colleague was unprofessional for making her “ evil speaking ” and that it was her responsibility to find someone who could happily cover her job.
“You are not obliged to take over someone’s job, especially if you don’t get anything for it,” someone said.
“I always laugh when someone who is pregnant or has children expects others to lean back to meet their needs.”