This Redditor was on sick leave to recover from a car accident. So, you could just imagine his surprise when his supervisor showed up at his house unannounced!
An Unfortunate Event
OP (Original Poster) was involved in a car crash at the end of June 2023 and had a herniated disc. Fortunately, his employer was quite generous, and he got three months of full pay for sick leave.
He works as a civil engineer, which is rather physical, so he couldn’t just rush back.
Risking the Healing Process
Initially, OP had a month off after the accident and returned to work for a week. However, the nature of his job would only mean he was making his back worse.
Keeping the Higher-Ups Updated
Because of this, OP opted to extend his sick leave. Since he’ll be gone for quite a long time, OP continuously updated his manager and supervisor about how he was doing.
The Friday before this OP posted this story, he’d just spoken to his manager and emailed him a new sick note from his doctor to cover his absence.
An Unexpected Visit
OP thought all was well. But to his surprise, OP’s supervisor turned up unannounced the day he posted this story, knocking on his door.
He wrote, “He wakes my baby. My wife was upstairs, having just got her to sleep.”
His supervisor was there to deliver a letter himself, informing OP that his full sick pay would run out as of the ninth of October.
OP added, “I was on the toilet, luckily, so I missed him.”
Using the Letter as an Excuse
It upset OP that his personal space was invaded when his supervisor could have just sent an email. To OP, it felt as if his supervisor was trying to intimidate him.
According to OP, “My supervisor is a bully who likes to throw his weight around at our yard. I know for a fact this was an intimidation tactic.”
Thirty minutes after his supervisor visited his house, OP received an email from him with his manager CC’d.
In the email, OP’s supervisor claimed that he called OP twice and messaged him before coming to his home, which was not true. Then, he wished OP well and let him know that he would be trying to contact OP again within the day, but so far, as OP was sharing this, there was nothing.
Seeking Help From Those Who Would Care
Ultimately, OP decided not to go to the HR department of his company. Instead, he directly went to his union, who were pretty outraged by his supervisor’s actions.
A Privacy Violation
Legally, what his supervisor did was in a gray area. However, judgment depended on whether he breached the General Data Protection Regulation to obtain OP’s address or not.
OP noted that some guys at work knew his address, so his supervisor might have gotten it from them.
Prepared to Leave
No matter what happens in the future, OP wants to make sure he and his family are secure. To do this, OP got a new job lined up for when his sick pay ends.
So, in OP’s words, “F*** that guy!”
What the Community Thinks
Redditors believed that supervisors should not be invading an employee’s personal space no matter what, even if they know the person’s location or live nearby.
A commenter wrote, “How does a supervisor, or anyone for that matter, even have the time to show up at an employee’s residence? In one place I worked at, we had a supervisor and an employee live near each other, and we had to provide the employees with their separation papers. The supervisor said they would drop it off—but forget that; we couriered the papers over. That’s just creepy and stupid.”
A Little Game
Some people shared their personal experiences with supervisors like OP’s and what they did when the same thing happened to them.
A Redditor said, “I used to have a supervisor that would drive, like, two hours each way to come to check if I was really sick or not. I quickly learned not to answer the door. He would then call my phone, telling me he was outside so I could let him in. My answer was always, ‘Oh, sorry, I’m at the doctor’s office right now. You just missed me. There’s a big crowd here, so I’ll probably be home pretty late. Sorry, you wasted all that time driving here.’”
The same person added, “He was an absolute tool and a terrible manager, but I started to enjoy that little game we played because I knew it was p****** him off.”
Caught in the Act!
The community thinks that OP’s supervisor was only there to try and catch him doing something he was not supposed to do, such as physical activities that he could not execute due to his injuries.
“‘Feels like he’s trying to intimidate me.’ Maybe a little, but his true purpose was to check if you’re really injured or sick. He wanted to catch you doing something physical that your doctor’s note said you shouldn’t be doing so that he could claim you’re using your sick leave improperly,” a commenter said.
Deliver It to His House
Some commenters gave petty suggestions on how OP should handle things when it was time for him to leave the company.
One of the Redditors suggested, “Make sure you show up to his house and bang on the door to deliver the news that you will need to be replaced.”
Another person said, “You should go to his house and hand deliver your resignation letter.”
Do you think OP’s supervisor crossed a line? What do you think of his predicament?
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This post first appeared as His Supervisor Tried to “Intimidate” Him by Unexpectedly Visiting His House and Disturbing His Family During His Sick Leave. He’s Absolutely Livid at This “Bully’s” Attempt to Invade His Privacy! on Quote Ambition.