At work, they recently decided to send out a daily staffing email, letting everyone in the office know who was out of the office that day, on either paid time off or sick time or a FMLI (family medical intermittent leave) day.
I really felt like this was an invasion of my privacy. I don’t need the entire office knowing that I’m taking an FMLI day. I get enough friction from my immediately co-workers on the topic. Therefore, I wrote my team leader an email about how I felt this is personal business between the company and me, etc...
Well, he wrote me back a huge email about how this wasn’t an invasion of privacy, that only if they gave the details of the FMLI day it would be an invasion of privacy. He felt if everyone is provided this information on a daily basis it would showcase the time available and how it was being utilized, positively and negatively. In addition, he forwarded this email to the big boss in our office.
Not being daunted, I replied to him that if this was the case, why were the names still being used. Couldn’t they simply list four employees out on paid time off and exclude the actual names?
I didn't hear anything back that day.
All this took place on Monday. Then of course, I was out sick with a huge migraine attack from Aunt Martha, who decided to kick my ass for two days in a row.
When I got back to work on Thursday, I found the daily staffing email had changed. Now it just lists names under Paid Time Off and Out Other. Apparently, I had caused a kerfuffle while I was gone, and at least there was a compromise.