I recently started work for a company as a lead software developer, their main business isn't software development and most employees are either call center staff or warehouse staff. The software depart had about 30 people total working in it.
The sickness policy is that, if you are sick more than twice in a year there is an investigation and a disciplinary processes. Which is conducted in secret. Apparently this is standard HR practice for warehouse and call center environments.
As a professional I feel it is entirely inappropriate to be treated this way, I have complained about the policy but they say they cannot change it because it would be unfair to the other departments. I was not made aware of the policy until my start date and I would have 100% not have accepted the job if I had known about it.
The market is such that I wouldn't have any difficulty finding a new job, in fact the company is having serious problems recruiting developers. Vacancies are going unfilled for 6-12 months. I choose to work here due to its close proximity to my house.
The issue I have is that I have now run afoul of this sickness policy. I suffer from migraines and on two occasions in the past 9 months I had to take the day of sick, and on a third occasion I was sent home by my line manager, she actually insisted I leave, because I had a migraine and was slurring my words.
I have a meeting with HR this week, how can I make it clear to them in a professional way that I think the problem is the policy, that it is completely abnormal to treat professionals this way, that I don't think my behavior is in anyway at fault and that they will never be able to recruit and keep software developers if they treat them this way.
It's it even worth the effort to try to make them aware of how their policy is hurting their ability to attract and keep software developers or should I just get another job?