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Warning From Boss, Feeling Lousy
July 16, 2007
6:36 pm
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Amigina
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I just got a displicary warning from my boss for not reporting injury on the job. It was totally unexpected for me. I did report my injury (very minor, no medical attention needed) on the NEXT day, not before, which is wrong, I knew that.

It's like "why am I so STUPID" and didn't report it a day earlier? I guess because I was so tired from heat and wanting to go home. Now I feel low and embarrassed because everyone in the office knew about my warning.

How do I face people tomorrow? I mean how can I deal with that?

July 16, 2007
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Amigina-

You are not stupid, it was a mistake. It's not like you got caught doing something dishonest or immoral. Was your boss especially harsh with you for you to be feeling this badly? It doesn't sound like something others will judge you for.

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July 16, 2007
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((Amigina))

I'm sorry your repremand is causing you such distress.

It has been my experience that most coworkers may be into gossip and will talk about someone getting in trouble for a while but it is usually only temporary. I would hope that they would be over it by tomorrow. If your coworkers are still focusing their attention on this repremand, then I feel very sorry for them and they have issues.

It sounds like you made a simple error- everyone does it, even the person who repremanded you.

While in some cases, a supervisor may choose to not repremand for a simple and explainable error, when it comes to reporting injury- they may not have that flexibility.

Where I work, if injuries aren't reported to the main office within 24 hours, then everyone in the chain of command gets in trouble. This is because of worker's comp claims. If the paperwork isn't filed within a certain time then the worker's comp insurance won't cover it and the company gets into big trouble. Even if your particular case doesn't warrent worker's comp- it is not something that a company can allow employees to get slack on. The fact that they publicly repremanded you just reinforces my theory that it was more to make a point to everyone that it is very important to report any and all injuries immediatley no matter how small- it can't wait and it is a big deal. I doubt that it had much to do with you personally- you just provided management with an opportunity to reinforce the importance of immediately reporting injuries. If coworkers knew you reported it the next day and management did nothing then it would send the message that it was OK to report it the next day.

Actually the gossip surrounding your repremand helps others to learn from your mistake. So on a positive view of it- you not only provided a learning opportunity to you, but your coworkers as well.

This one mistake doesn't define you or your work. You are a wonderful person who has so much to offer the world. So tomorrow go into to work like you always do. Do your job to the best of your ability and don't worry about what the others say. If they are still talking about it, look at it the same way as if you had taught a class and they were still discussing your lesson. Perhaps this incident will keep someone in the future from loosing worker's comp benefits because of improper reporting of injuries.

If you are still feeling uneasy about going to work, I would suggest that you make a list of all the things you have done right this month at work. I am sure it will far out weigh the late injury report.

Just the fact that you are concerned tells me that you are probably among the top employees who really care.

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Chelonia

July 16, 2007
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Amagina, just think that tomorrow is a new day without any mistakes in it and leave the past where it is. I can bet your fellow workers aren't thinking about the incident as much as you seem to think they are.

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