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Should you tell on a pregnant colleague who is occasionally sleeping on the job?
It would be the right thing to do, but personally, I wouldn't have the heart to tell on a pregnant co-worker.
I would say that It depends on the job and how much napping is involved. Is someone else's safety in jeopardy because of her falling asleep? Is the sleeping affecting profits or creating angry customers?
I would suggest that you tell your colleague to talk to her supervisor about the sleepiness instead. A good employer will be understanding and make accommodations for her. Check with human resources about the laws concerning pregnancy if there are any issues.
I always believe that as adults we have the responsibility of looking out for and taking care of one another. That being said, have you addressed this with her directly in a non-combative, positive way. When I worked, I would boost morale and take care of the entire team, giving them the opportunity to correct their actions before I started down the accountability ladder. I noticed that given the opportunity, most people will shine. The others are less combative towards accountability measures and termination when they knew they blew their shot.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to improve, especially when the work of creating life is concerned. Doing it this way offers you the bonus of feeding your spirit and possibly building a good relationship with a co-worker.
We all have responsibilities and duties as employees and employers. First of all, pregnancy is no excuse for breaking the rules. I've been pregnant at the workplace as the manager. I worked until my eighth month. Ocassionally, when I would have lunch; I would start feeling sick and later would vomit. I tried to be discreet as possible without drawing attention to myself. I agree with CWanamaker about checking with human resources about the laws in your state, because accomodations can be made such as reduce work schedules, leave of absence, and etc.
Unless she is endangering the lives of others (is she a doctor or nurse or some such?), I say have a little compassion and leave her be. Not everyone has "easy" pregnancies; she may be one of them. In short, what good can come of your "tattling"? Check your own motivations first. Otherwise, you may come out on the short end of that stick.
Unless it is effecting your job, and your money, i would let it go. My girlfriend is pregnant and she has been asking for her hours to be switched from 3-10 instead of 8-5 because of the fact she is sick all morning. Her colleagues have been trying to get her fired for coming in sick every morning, they do not even know she is trying to help herself by switching hours, but they do not know this, and for this reason you should talk to her yourself in a positive manner and let her know whats going on see her side of things. Its rough for girls im sure as you know, and others do not even get sick.
As someone who's been pregnant and knowing just how tired it made me, I couldn't do it. You say "occasionally" so I guess this isn't all day, every day? If she's taking a 20-minute catnap (something anyone can benefit from, not just pregnant women), I really don't see the harm.
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