Mark Tomlinson, owner of Doost Marketing is being hailed as “flexible” and “really understanding” after announcing that he will permit his employees to work even while hospitalized with COVID-19.
While keeping the office open despite the risks of hastening the spread of the novel coronavirus, Tomlinson announced at an all-team meeting where employees were crammed into a single conference room, that “if anyone has trouble breathing without the assistance of a ventilator, then they can work from the hospital.”
Doost staff have been impressed by Tomlinson’s compassion.
“It’s just really refreshing to have a boss that recognizes that we have lives outside of the office” said graphic designer Kelly Fogelson through her mask. “Of course, we are still expected to attend Zoom Meetings and respond to emails within 30 minutes, but at least we can do that while being intubated.”
“Mark is a real good guy”, said accountant Doug Patterson “I have worked at a lot of different firms, and not everyone of them would let you skip coming into the office just because there was a pandemic”.
“And the best part,” added Patterson, sitting up on his gurney at Abbott Northwestern Hospital “is that I don’t even need to get dressed in the morning! I can do all my work in my gown!”
Tomlinson said that he cares about his employees.
“Without them, we wouldn’t be able to run this business. So I’m cool with them working from the hospital, during surgery, while receiving shocks to keep their heart going, whatever, as long as it doesn’t affect their performance.”