Because I Felt Guilty I Thought It Was Me

My boss
called his team into his room the other day, and we got nervous, worried that
we’d be given more work and reports to do. The past few weeks have been
occupied with numerous reports to prepare.

 Instead, my
boss started explaining to us about ‘time out’. Although the Human Resource (“HR”)
Department accepts that employees can take an hour or two out of the office for
errands or medical visits, it cannot be more than 2 hours or employees must
apply for half-day leave.

 He went on
and on to say that in any event if leave rather not be utilised, we should
obtain a medical certificate (“mc”) from the clinic or hospital.

 I was
sweating in skirt, wondering if he was referring to me. *gulp* Maybe he was
referring to me always running out of the office way before lunch time to run

 You see,
the other day, I had to visit the doctor before work. I sent a text message to
my boss explaining I would be late as I was at the clinic. Two hours later, I
was still not done as the doctor wanted to run some tests, so I updated him

 By the time
the doctor examined me and scrutinised my tests, it was almost 1pm. I
eventually got my medical leave. And then only did I inform my boss that I
would be on medical leave that day.

 So yeah, I
thought he was referring to me.

 So after
the ‘meeting’ with the team, I sheepishly went to his room and apologised
profusely, and explained that I was sorry the notification that I would be on
medical leave came rather late. I was rather to shed a few tears to show
remorse, but he waved me off and said it was alright. As long as I had a mc, it
was ok.


The reason
he dragged his team to explain the whole thing was because one of my team-mates
had been taken so many time outs through out the year for a million medical
check ups and my boss was therefore displeased. But he didn’t dare to have a
one-to-one talk with her, so he had to take it out on all of us!

hell, I was sheepish for nothing.

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