What happens when you get sick and you have to miss a day or two of work? Does your boss delegate the work to co-workers? Does it sit in your inbox until you get back? Does it get skipped over and never completed? Is someone else hired for those days to cover? I suppose it depends (ah, my favorite word again) on what type job you have, your boss, co-workers, and what task is getting skipped. What if it’s only YOU and there is no one else to do the work?
The same questions can be brought up for single parents. What if you have no spouse or partner to fall back on when the kids are sick? (Or you are killer sick and can’t function in the family.) Your kids aren’t going to sit around for two days waiting to eat while you lay sick on the couch. While right now I’m not exactly thinking of parenting, when you’re sick, you’re sick – both family and work suffer.
Owning a company of my own, I have really no one else to rely on but me. Yes, I have other people that I work with, but my projects and responsibilities are my own. There is no path for delegation, no extra room in the budget to pay staff to cover me. Besides, by the time I bring someone else up to speed on my workload, I might as well finish it myself.