2011-02-10 15:22:09 UTC
There is a fellow at work who, as it turns out, is asthmatic. He is a
great guy and has been with the company for close to 10 years. In that
time the company has moved twice. In out first two locations there was
no problem. Both of these locations were reneted or leased.
The company has now purchased, renovated, and moved into our own
building. It is a lovely building with better HVAC and climate
controls than previous locations, more space, bigger offices, etc.
However, this guy is living a nightmare here. As soon as he gets out
of his car, he starts coughing. This continues when he gets inside the
building and all day. I talked with him and asked if he had seen a
doctor about it. He has. In fact, he is using the same looking puffers
as my wife has in the past. These puffers are doing very little for
him. He just sits there for the better part of 8 hours coughing so
loudly that you can here it at the other end of the building. This is,
by his own account, very painful. I am not surprized at all!
I have genuine concern for this man. He is not only a great guy, but
he is an absolute guru with CAD Programs. He is a very valuable asset
to our Engineering Department. If he should leave, his replacement
would have some 10 years of product knowledge to play catch-up
football on. He has two young (< three years old) daughters, and if he
sould have to leave this would be a significant impact on his family
as well. This man as had his fair share of hard knocks over the years.
The company, having invested significantly in this building, will not
be moving again any time soon. So...
I am not convinced that the problem relates to the building itself.
The fact that he starts coughing outside before he enters the building
is very telling. It sounds environmental to me, but I have no clue
even where to start. If there is something that can be done for this
man to modify his inside environment and alleiviate the problem then I
am game to bring the suggestion forward.
It is obvious to me that if this continues for an extended period of
time that we will loose this man because he either gets fed-up or
outright gets sick and goes off on long-term disability.
As a company we are in the dark on all this. Any and all information,
ideas, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. While I do not speak
for the company itself, I am a manager. Even though this man does not
report to me, I care about all employees - and I care about people as
well. If there is something that can be done...
Thanks in advance!