As the caption says.
I work in a very small manufacturing job in a fairly rural area. It’s pretty wack all around, but it required vaccinations which is pretty wild for where I’m at. I get paid 14 an hour and technically am full time.
I haven’t had a full week of work since Christmas. There have been supply issues, met with ineptitude that have left us with nothing to consistently produce for months. On top of that they turn the heat off in the warehouse after every shift, making it insanely unpleasant every morning. I’m talking 38 degrees inside when we show up.
The boss sits in his office with his space heater every day leaving me with my co-worker, who begins sneaking drinks at around 9 am and is fairly drunk by lunch. The chaos of that place is too much for me.
Last week my coworker had a Covid exposure via his sister who he lives with. While testing negative, my employer doesn’t seem to grasp the concept of the incubation period and I’m not trying to willingly expose me self. I live with my partner and my father, both of which have compromised immune systems.
I decided that a text was all that was needed here. There’s barely enough work as it is, and before I came along it was just a one man show. My boss immediately calls me, and texts me saying that a heads up would have been appreciated. He’s not mad but wants to work something out. I’m supposed to call him to day, though I don’t know what to say.
It’s so hard to battle internalized guilt, I’ve been conditioned to work hard and not complain. These conditions are less than ideal and it seems so obvious to me. I’m struggling in defending my decision even to my self.