During the coronavirus self isolation period, many people had to learn how to do their jobs remotely.
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Working from home has its pluses and minuses. One plus is spending more time with your pets, but let’s face it, sometimes those furry companions can make it difficult to get any work done. Andrew Stych and his wife Sheila know this challenge all too well.
Andrew and Sheila share their home with a pit bull and four spoiled house cats. When both of them started working from home, one of their cats must not have gotten the memo about leaving mom alone while she’s on the job. Penelope the cat has been pulling typical cat maneuvers like walking on Sheila’s keyboard and “accidentally” unplugging her laptop.
“She likes to ‘help’ my wife with her spreadsheets and emails by walking on her laptop keyboard,” Andrew explained. “She actually sent an unfinished email to one of her coworkers.”
After a few weeks of this mischievous behavior from Sheila’s new “coworker,” Andrew was fed up enough to log an official complaint with Human Resources. He sat down and detailed Penelope’s office infractions in a letter, then shared the letter on Facebook. His friends thought the letter was so perfect that it’s now going viral!
“Penelope, this letter serves to formally document your failure to comply with household regulations, and your lack of adherence to workspace polices,” Andrew wrote. “You have been a great contributor to workplace morale and have been meeting your quota with regards to cuteness and chasing hair ties.
However, your continual insistence on attempting to (or succeeding in) shutting off the power strip and computer in the middle of work hours, insistence on stepping on the keyboard during critical company events, and general mayhem has resulted in significant loss of productivity. We value your contribution to the household, but you must demonstrate an immediate and permanent alteration to your workplace habits or you may face more severe repercussions up to and and including withholding treats.”
He even had Penelope “sign” her name to acknowledge the letter! Sheila thought the letter was hilarious. “I love it, and it was well-deserved,” she said. “As household supervisor I have no problem putting my signature on it.”
“Rumors are swirling around the water cooler with her coworkers about the write-up,” Andrew updated. Many remote workers can relate to this problem! One of Andrew’s Facebook friends told him he’s having problems in this area too. “I hadn’t considered taking the matter up with HR yet, but I’m having similar issues with one of my colleagues… let me know if it works!” he wrote.
“We’ve observed a remarkable improvement in her attitude since writing the letter. She spent most of the afternoon napping by the window or on the swing in the yard.”
Sounds like the letter did the trick! We’re sure Penelope will be much more respectful of the office rules. Ah, who are we kidding? She’s a cat! Since when do rules apply to cats?
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