I've said it before, I'm saying it again. I work with some really amazing people. I've recently gotten over a truly hideous flare up with my lower back. During the worst of it I could not drive because we have a stick shift and it was making things worse to work the clutch. One of the girls in the office was kind enough to give me rides to work. Another one was sweet enough to come out of her way to take me in on our time off so I could get the treatment I needed to get better.
Business has been slow...increasingly slow...for way too long. The boss has been sending two different people home early whenever he thinks we can manage with reduced staff. It's been happening more and more. I volunteered to be put in the rotation for that so it wasn't always the same two people taking the hit to the paycheck and I figured I could manage loosing the kind of time I saw the two of them losing and if we spread it around they'd lose less.
This week the boss told us very reluctantly at the weekly staff meeting that he was not only taking hours away from each of us, he was going to take away entire days. It has gotten that bad. We all knew it was bad but none of us thought it had come to that. We were also all concerned about one coworker in particular because she and her husband are already on the edge economically due to his long-term unemployment. As shocked as we all were by our own reduced hours (and they were significant, I lost between a third and half my hours) most of us were more deeply concerned about her (well, and the owners, of course, because they are good and decent people who give excellent care and if they go under we are all SOL). I was sent home immediately that day but found out when I came in to work next that one of the other girls who also lost two days gave up a third to the coworker who we were all so worried about.
I am just continually humbled by the kindness and decency of some people I am privileged to know. I am grateful to be part of such a team of people and certainly hope this will be a temporary situation so we can all get back to doing our jobs well...together.