Recently, a colleague of mine lost his father due to an illness for which his father had been hospitalized a few weeks prior. The week before his father’s demise, he was required by his manager to work until 3 AM to complete a supposedly “critical” project. I am pretty sure he had notified his manager about his father’s illness since he used to leave work early on a few days after the hospitalization. I’m also pretty sure that the “critical” project could have been managed without him. The project wouldn’t have been “critical” in the first place if everybody weren’t in the mindset that “anyway I’m going to be asked to work long hours towards the end; I might as well do my work then”.
It just sickens me that our priorities are so far out of whack that it has become the norm.
What would you have done if you were is such a scenario? Say f*** it and leave to be with your family and loved ones because that is the right thing to do? Or give in to the work pressure because you don’t want to be on the wrong side of your manager and colleagues when you come back to work and are more vulnerable due to your recent loss?