So this is a little silly but just playfully curious how other ladies have approached this with a male leader.
A couple times a year my "time of the month" is particularly painful for about 24-48 hours, to a point where the ONLY thing that gives me temporary relief is a heating pad. If these days land mid-week I'm really not mentally available to work. In the past, I've always just said I had a bad headache or a generic "I don't feel well" and no questions were asked but now in Covid-era I would not be surprised (or offended) if questions are asked about my symptoms since most of our staff needs to work on site and they will want to keep others safe.
Part of me wants to find a more professional way of saying I have stabbing pain in my ovaries, lol, but another part thinks it sounds sillier and more awkward to skirt around and say things like "I'm having female issues" or any other attempt making my male boss more comfortable with the answer. I have an approach but I just wanted to hear from other ladies if you've experienced this and what the result was.
Do we just say screw it, if he's uncomfortable that's on him? Or do we try to save decorum and be super vague saying "I just didn't feel well" or "It was a bad headache" assuring them we aren't sick? Thoughts?
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Hi all - ok this is a first.
The new boss, promoted from within, and I are a bad fit, to put it mildly. I put in my two weeks’ notice, and she replied that I could leave tomorrow.
Here’s the twist: I WANT to stay for two weeks, to put files in order, to coordinate with co-workers the processes for future events, and to finish setting up a Dropbox account for my department. Most of all, I work in a retirement community, and want to ease these beloved residents into the knowledge that their trusted friend is leaving them in good hands. They just lost the last ED without notice and took it badly.
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Still, I have a good plan for leaving, and as you can tell from the above description of her, any discussion is going to go badly.
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