Ever worked with someone who is what you could call “conveniently sick”? By conveniently sick I mean that they’re under the weather when they should perform? Or there’s a presentation and they get afflicted by Thurston’s Sallow? Don’t know what Thurston’s Sallow is? Don’t worry, no one else does except the person in question who just happens to get a bad case of it every time there’s real work to be done.
- Cough-cough -
A group needs help with work?
You’re needed to do something?
- My tummy hurts…..-
That’s when you see Relative Hypochondria at full blast. Why is it hypochondria? Because they insist that they’re sick or do whatever is needed to get sick, which is even more twisted. Why is it relative? Well because if there’s any need for supervision in any type of shoot especially if travel is needed, they’ll always tough it out and/or feel endlessly better. I really wish this were mere speculation, but just so happens I’ve worked at some point in time with someone just like this.
The kicker was that when I got sick, said person had to be sicker, weaker, more vulnerable and still able to come to work. Cry me a river and weep me an ocean, I think we have ourselves an Emmy. By the way, I’m not insinuating that this type of person doesn’t really have sick days but sometimes you can’t help but notice how convenient the sick days are that they coincide with long weekends, presentations or vacations and hey, if you can play the system, that’s totally cool and power to you for sticking it to the man. But once in a while it wouldn’t hurt to justify the paycheck you’re getting.
So how about it people? How many times have you seen someone that border’s on über hackness get conveniently sick? What did they say? And How would you rate their performance?