In the United States, we live in a culture where it seems to only be getting harder to call out from work. Bosses often want specifics or start side-eying employees, wondering if they were really unable to come in, or not-so-subtly suggest that calling out isn’t a good look. It’s a source of anxiety for many folks, often on top of already struggling with an illness, or an injury, or a rough mental state that’s keeping them from functioning at their best at work that day.
One would think such anxiety would lessen for something that really, no doubt about it, keeps you away from work, but according to one pregnant TikToker, that’s not quite the case.
“Me literally in labor overthinking the text im sending to my manager to call out,” Marissa (@mpmoney) wrote on TikTok over a video of her in a hospital bed.
“Hey Joe, I’m in labor!” she reads out loud. “I just got admitted to the hospital — smiley face — would it be okay if my mom or brother picked up my paycheck tomorrow?”
At the end of it, she turns to the person recording to confirm that the text sounds acceptable to send.
The comment section was filled with people who understand the stress of calling out too well, and too easily came up with possible replies they thought a manager might say to such a reasonable request.
“‘Please come in with a doctor’s note next day, the baby will not count as one seeing as we need it on file,’” wrote @idcjadey.
“‘I understand but next time please do not let us know last minute,’” @oriananashh suggested.
Other viewers shared their own similar experiences.
“My job called me while I was in the hospital after delivering my stillborn son (they knew this) to ask when I was coming back,” said @fcknkaterinawinemixer.
“My boss texted me while I was in the hospital asking if I was going to make it to work at all that week,” @gonzalez_fam3 added.
But it was @z0.k0 who summed up the unfortunate truth of it: “This is painfully American,” she wrote.