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home : columns : dear harriette April 18, 2021

2/2/2021 7:53:00 AM
Employee embarrassed after answering phone while tipsy

DEAR HARRIETTE: My boss called me after work hours the other evening; I had been sipping wine for some time, and I was definitely tipsy. I don't even remember what my boss and I talked about because of my state. I'm worried that I sounded drunk. I also wonder if I agreed to do something for her that I can't remember. Obviously, I know this is terrible, but how do I fix this? Do I ask my boss to remind me of what she wanted me to do? Do I apologize for being tipsy? Do I say nothing and hope for the best?

My job is important to me, and I don't want to mess it up. My boss is pretty uptight, and I don't think she takes kindly to drinking, so I'm really worried about how to handle this. -- Through Sober Eyes

DEAR THROUGH SOBER EYES: Being proactive will show that your intention is to be responsible for yourself. Given that the call was after hours, at least you were not drinking on the job. Legally, you should be on solid ground. But your boss's view of your behavior may be tainted. I suggest that you speak to her directly. Tell her you were not in the best state of mind when she called the other evening. Admit that you are not sure if you fully addressed the reason for her call, and ask her to remind you.

Beyond that, do your best to manage your drinking so that you don't get out of control again. If you ever do feel that you have consumed too much alcohol in the future, do yourself a favor and don't answer the phone until you sober up.

DEAR HARRIETTE: People joke about gaining weight due to COVID-19, but I don't think it's funny. I bet I've gained more than the "COVID 19." I was already a little bit overweight, and having to stay home for nearly a year has not been kind to me. Sitting around, not exercising, eating sometimes out of boredom -- you name it, I've done it. And now I am paying the price. My clothes don't fit. I feel bloated, and I am worried that I can't turn this around. I am ashamed of myself for unravelling this far, but here I am. I am horrified by the idea of seeing people I know when I'm in this state. I feel like such a failure. I need help. -- The COVID 19 (Pounds)

DEAR THE COVID 19 (POUNDS): Thousands of people are walking in the same shoes right now. But don't worry. You can do something about it. The body is amazingly resilient. You do have to put in the effort, though.

Start by promising yourself that you will make a change in your habits -- eating and movement -- in order to refresh your course. Schedule an in-person physical where your doctor can check your vitals and help you assess what you need to do to get healthier.

Begin to move. You can walk 30 minutes a day or do simple exercises to get your body moving. Here's a guide to some highly recommended online classes: bit.ly/391Wik5. Evaluate what you eat. Cut down on calories by reducing sugar and other carbs. Drink more water and eat more vegetables. For more ways to cut calories, check out this article: bit.ly/38Zq4pC.

Don't give up. Track your success. You can do it!.





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