So at the start of this pandemic when everything was closed down, we really got a good look at who was “essential” versus who and what business we could go without. Basically. Example, grocery stores- essential, bars- not essential.
Now as I’ve said before I work in a psychiatric hospital, therefore I am essential. Which as a hospital also means 24/7, 7 days a week, including holidays. So Christmas isn’t always spent with family and we don’t all get to cook out for 4th of July and what not. Anywho, working in the time of a pandemic has really opened my eyes to see how my company/corporation and America values us.
And let me tell you….I’m not feeling very valued. The most we got is free meals and as much as I love eating, the food at work completely sucks. So it’s not even a bonus. I’m forced to wear a mask 8-12 hours a day, sometimes even 16 depending my schedule. And it sucks. But it is what it is.
Maybe not every essential employee (I can’t speak for everyone) feels this way, but I feel as though not enough was done for us. I am very thankful to wake up and have a job through all this but I am also putting myself and my family at risk. Some people lost their jobs completely, some work from home, some are just laid off and getting unemployment. So I am thankful to be working. However, I don’t feel valued as an employee.
As much as my company and corporation could have done to make us feel more valued, I think America could have as well. That 17 year old kid that works at your local grocery store after school, is an essential. They are coming in contact with hundreds of people everyday and potentially exposing themselves to this virus. So it’s not just hospitals and ERs that are facing it. It is so much more than that. It’s more than nurses and doctors.
I come home from work and leave my shoes on the porch, complete strip down right inside the front door and shower ASAP. Because you never know. I see people from all over the state and you just never know who has it or who has been around it. And for what? A paycheck and a free meal?
Some company’s are doing wonderful things for their essential employees. I know a guy who’s gotten 4 separate $300 bonuses for working during the pandemic on top of their regular quarterly bonus. He’s probably made $3000 more this year in just bonuses/covid relate income. And guess where he works, a grocery store.
Maybe I’m crazy or just being whiny and jealous, but honestly as a whole I think essential employees should get more. Hazard pay or an extra pay check or a bonus. Just something to say thank you. Because if you really think about it, the world couldn’t have continue to function without us essentials.
So if anything, anything at all, if you know an essential employee, say thank you. Thank them for continuing to work. Continuing to stock the shelves, taking care of your loved ones either hospital or nursing home etc., continuing to drive truck and get supplies where need be, continuing to keep American functioning. Thank them.
After all, they deserve it.