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Dilbert Classics by Scott Adams for January 13, 2020

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    Kaputnik  3 months ago

    Where I work, they increased the number of available sick days, but took away some of our vacation time.

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    Leojim  3 months ago

    When that happened to me, I ended up with my standard vacation plus one day for sick time. What a joke. Talk about a recipe for people coming to work sick.

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    GROG Premium Member 3 months ago

    Why should they have any time off at all. Chin them to their desks until there’s nothing left of them but bones.

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    Concretionist  3 months ago

    As I recall it, here in the US, back then, the rule was that companies had to buy back your vacation days unless you used them, but they could just “retire” health days without any cost. When some genius came up with “bankable days” the rules allowed them to retire all your unused days without paying you for them. That’s not exactly wrong… but it’s definitely not in the employees’ best interests.

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    fred.grenouille  3 months ago

    Ooooh! Phil, the prince of insufficient light, makes his first appearance! Phil is one of my favorite Dilbert characters.

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    SamuelMeasa  3 months ago

    Seen this happen to managers when I worked in fast food. As well as had this happen to me two years ago.Basically it was the fact that we both worked salary, not paid by the hour.

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    Troglodyte  3 months ago

    Is this Catbert’s first appearance on the strip? Somehow, his thought processes closely resemble Dogbert’s! :D

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    Tra1nman2 Premium Member 3 months ago

    The company where I work did this about 15 years ago. Since then, everyone just comes to work sick. Corporate greed has no bounds.

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    constantine48  3 months ago

    A company I worked for did that three years ago, replacing sick days with combined sick/vacation “personal” days. Then when I left, they billed me for sick days which they “rescinded”. (They didn’t send me the bill, they sent the bill right to a collection agency. I regretted not leaving that place a lot sooner.)

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    sheilag  3 months ago

    The university hospital where I worked many, many years ago did the big switch to Paid Time Off (PTO), eliminating separate vacation and sick time… it didn’t go over well, and the union people grumbled (but didn’t put up much of a fight, to be honest). Now, I think this is standard just about everywhere (except the Federal government, where it is still separate)… :-)

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    dennis.caunce  3 months ago

    Yeah, this is pretty much what my company does now. At least they increased the number of days you get. Jokes on them – when i’m sick I just “work” from home…

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    InTraining  3 months ago

    To make this work, Catbert will change the department name to “Personnel”…!

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    BotGun  3 months ago

    Thanks. What do you think the meaning of life is?

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    DCBakerEsq  3 months ago

    I’m still waiting for my allotment of ‘guaranteed basic income.’

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    wbbh Premium Member 3 months ago

    Reason 2,898 I am so happy to be retired. I lost thousands of hours of sick time I had banked when the company made this change. Companies just won’t manage sick time and there is always some greedy bass turds that abuses the heck out of sick time.

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    Knitterknerd  3 months ago

    Eh, my company just has PTO, which covers both vacation and sick time. But it’s still enough to cover both, you just have more freedom in how you use your days. If you use all your PTO and need more, they have ways to cover it.

    The thing is, my company actually sees taking care of their employees as part of their mission, and the board of directors agrees. So they just…aren’t jerks. It turns out, it’s not that difficult to treat people as humans.

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    Unca $crooge  3 months ago

    I worked for the local government. We had 11 holidays each year. Vacation started at 12 days per year and maxed out at 30 days per year plus two floating holidays. Every year you earned one sick day for each month you worked so 12 days per year. This went into a bank that had no cap. When you retired, 35% of the accumulated sick leave balance at your ending pay rate (i.e. highest earning rate) was converted and put into a VEBA account to be used for medical expenses. I had well over 2,000 hours and would have had more had I not had my appendix removed, gotten pneumonia, or had a couple of surgeries at the end of my career. And people still complained about the county not providing enough time off. Oh, and you could use up to three days sick leave if you went on field trips with your kids. And there was bereavement leave as well.

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    Mediatech  3 months ago

    I once had a HR tell me I wasn’t taking enough sick days. Well pardon me for good health.

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    Sisyphos  3 months ago

    Catbert and proto-Phil are shafting the employees!

    Will any employee try to stop them?

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    Don Hulbert Premium Member 3 months ago

    Current terminology is not Time Bank, but PTO, short for Personal Time Off. It’s dribbled out by a formula of x days per month (depending on number of days granted by the firm), and requires maintaining a few days off at the end of each year in the event one becomes sick during the first few months. I generally aim for 5 days of carry-over. Sigh.

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    William Stoneham  3 months ago

    Sometimes the best sales people in a company are in Human Resources. Pay for performance, time bank and the term “asset”* as a good term.

    *assets are something that are bought, sold, traded and destroyed by companies.

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