Is it worth going back to work because of COVID?

I work in retail, and before I went on maternity leave, I had asked for a raise (since I knew I was getting paid like an associate when I’ve been doing more work in a leadership position). The manager was on board with it, her dm was too, but said I’ll be getting the raise once I come back from leave. COVID then came along, and I was terrified to go back to work. My manager would check-in to see if I would be ready to come back. After two closures and reopenings, she tells me she has a new dm, and the dm wants all employees back in the store, and if not, then they need to be on unpaid leave. I asked her I do feel ready to come back, but with the raise, I was promised. (But due to COVID, they aren’t giving out raises) she said she would try to talk to her dm about it since her old dm had said I would be getting it when I returned. Now that I’m coming back, I still have no word on my raise, and wondering if it’s even worth working right now, especially during COVID. Also, am I in the wrong for asking for my raise I was promised? Should I just put in my two weeks?

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I vote if you don’t get your raise then put in your 2 weeks medical bills add up and if it isnt worth the risk working then it isnt worth the risk at all I left my job because of Covid and my son being around family members who are immune compromised I wasnt risking it

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I mean, you refused to come back and a new DM shouldn’t be expected to keep promises of a former person with their position

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I do think its worth working. I have worked through the whole think and none of my coworkers or myself/ family have been sick and I’m a preschool teacher.

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I guess it depends on if you would be financially stable without the job if so I would say yes put in your 2 weeks if they are not going to offer the pay raise and stay home to care for your new baby. All essential workers should already have pay raises during this pandemic in my opinion. :confused:

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Stop being so selfish about your raise. Everyone lost money bc of covid so it might take a while for them to give you your raise now.
And yes, just go back to work!!!
I’ve worked through this whole thing and I’m just fine.

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So hold on, you CHOSE not to go back, and now you think you should get a raise when you do go back? Girl bye! Not how it works. :woman_shrugging: Shoulda gone back when your maternity leave was over and you would have gotten your raise. You cant expect someone new to honor something you were told by a previous boss, especially when you have already proven to them that you are not a reliable employee…

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Regardless of whether it was promised to you or not you surely can’t expect them to stand by that now? Covid has happened! Everyone has lost money, people have lost livelihood and jobs, if you can afford to not go back to work and don’t want to then don’t but just be glad you actually have a job to go back to, many others don’t

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I work retail, and i have worked thru all of this. I’m sick of paying for people who don’t want to work, and there are plenty. Grow up!!

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A job right now is better than no job. The raise will come but right now we need to hold down our jobs

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The entitlement radiating off this post is almost blinding. I work retail. Have been since before all this happened. Like everyone else said, you either go back and prove to the new dm that you’re reliable and worth the raise, or stay home. Retail is a dog eat dog career. I’m surprised they havent replaced you already tbh

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Your life and your babys life is worth more than any job if they cant keep a promise what makes anyone think they give a crap about your health. Thankful for the ones that did work through it but everyone suitation is different for explain a family member could have a unline health problem that could cause them to die. Do whats best for your family not anyone else because clearly as some of these comments show we are not all in it togather all everyone cares about is their selfs and worried about what other people may be getting and their not.

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I havent had a single day off during covid and I’m around people / money all day. I think you’re fine to go back to work, just take precautions. Wear a mask, wash your hands often. Unfortunately if your raise wasn’t in writing, you don’t have much to stand on… and the longer you wait to go back, the less likely you will be to get that raise in the near future.

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I guess it depends on where you live and how many cases are around. I’ve worked consistently this whole time at a hospital and I’ve been fine :woman_shrugging: social distance, wash hands, don’t touch your face. Might be worth it to bring up the raise again, but otherwise just go back to work for now.

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My son was born right as covid started to get bad and I was supposed to return from maternity leave when the stay home order started. I still haven’t returned to work. Partly because I’m self employed and can make that choice without having a manager tell me I don’t have a job, partly because the locations I work out of are still restricted, but mostly because I am not willing to risk getting my infant sick. I would say you have to weigh the pros and cons. If they aren’t going to give you a raise and you don’t feel comfortable being around the public, then put in your 2 weeks. If you don’t mind not getting a raise and feel fine working with the public then stick it out.

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Go back to work raise or no raise. I work at walmart and pregnant the whole time and its not bad . people hype too much about not working cause covid . youll be just fine

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Jobs are a dime adozen because of c19 . I work in retail and we can’t find enough people

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I’m about to get a ton of crap for this but here goes:
Unless there was paperwork signed guaranteeing your raise from the old DM the new one is not bound by what the old one had a agreed to.
If you went over your companies maternity leave…and still chose not to go back; then honestly you’re lucky that you still have a job.
The choice is yours. Personally I feel that covid has been blown way out of proportion not saying it’s not real but what we are being told just doesnt add up. The numbers dont add up.
That’s my opinion. I can tell you not to be afraid but it’s not going to make you unafraid or change your beliefs.
So I guess here’s a few things to think about…
-can you make it on unpaid leave? It’s likely you’ll also be disqualified for unemployment as well since you’re voluntarily not returning.
-if you end up getting fired…how long will it take you to work up to the income you were making?
-if you’re comfortable financially staying home…how much would childcare eat your paychecks?
-do you want to stay home?
-what does your partner think (I know…how un-feminist of me but it’s a big decision and they should get to have some input too)?

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Don’t go back! If they already had you doing management work without paying you management pay it will not get better. They will continue to pay you as little as possible and continue to heap more and more responsibility on you. Been there, done that, got the T shirt (a couple of times cause I’m kinda stupid and don’t ever learn the first time :joy::joy::joy:). Last time I didn’t get a raise I was promised, I finished my shift after my manager pretty much said I wasn’t gonna get it (even though I took on the extra work and had been for a month), that was the last time they ever seen me. Called me for two whole weeks after tryin to get me to come back. Nope.

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This whole “something is better than nothing” attitude is exactly why companies don’t think they have to pay their employees a decent wage. :roll_eyes:

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