Exile or Regular Weekend?

Day two of self imposed exile, just kidding, it’s my weekend. I go back to work tomorrow. No worries, we are taking precautions at work, we have enough floor space that we are a minimum of 6 feet apart.

I do miss hugging my coworkers, we are a very friendly group of people. A lot of us have worked together for over 10 years. We are muddling through.

So on Thursday I read a news article regarding the way Spectrum is handling this current environment we are in. It’s not good and the optics are horrible.

As a lot of you know, I work for a major telecommunications corporation. We’ve been around a lot longer than Spectrum and the way our management team is handling this situation, well night meet day.

Our first line managers immediately found hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes. They put these items in all areas then set about making sure all of the computers and phones in all cubicles were working. They then moved us around so we are at minimum 6 feet apart.

Then upper management sent an email saying at risk employees or ones that have someone in their home that is at risk or parents that have nowhere to put their children, could immediately take two weeks off with pay.

I want you all to know this is unheard of in our industry. I have heard that other steps are being taken, I am not at liberty to say what at this time.

I work with and have worked with a lot of people that have become family to me. Seeing the company I work for invest this kind of time and effort into making sure we can still come to work is heartening.

I feel like the work I do makes a difference and we are considered essential. I’m happy that I am still able to go to work and help keep people connected with loved ones.

I keep thinking about those of us that are not able to hole up in our homes at this point. There are a lot of us that still need to be at work, not just the medical field and police officers and firemen (people), I hold those people in great esteem, my daughter-in-law Amanda is one of those medical professionals going to work and seeing patients.

I started to think about the prisons, if it’s running rampant in nursing homes, is it running rampant in prisons? These people can’t “social distance” 6 feet apart. No matter what put them there they don’t deserve to contract an illness for it. I haven’t seen this addressed anywhere, if you have can you send me a link? I’m genuinely curious to see what is happening on that front.

I have yet to see any toilet paper in the store, for those of you that stockpiled this stuff like it’s Armageddon. No words. Find some old people or disabled people to give it to.

That’s all I have for now. Stay safe and leave me some Cauliflower and Brussel sprouts! I haven’t found any in a week.

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