I work in the United States, and despite the importance of social distancing in the workplace brought on by Covid-19, my direct supervisor last week explicitly forbade me to work from home. He feels the coverage of the pandemic is overblown and that things will return to normal in a couple of weeks.
I am concerned for my health and my loved ones, as I have a few high-risk family members that I see from time to time. I am hopeful to move to a "work from home" solution later this week.
A few additional context points:
- My line of work can be done remotely, as a few other employees in our office work remote and have done so for a number of years.
- The owner of the company has already sent out an email saying that if any of us feel uncomfortable working from the office, we can work from home
- In my supervisor's defense (trying to give him the benefit of the doubt), we do have a small office of only 3-5 employees on a given day, and each of us has our own "quarantined" office space (i.e., our work space is not cubicles or an open office layout)
- He told me that as long as he's coming into the office, I need to be there too.
I feel there are ideological differences going on here, as my supervisor and I have differing opinions on the role of government, and he's quite skeptical of the media portrayal of the pandemic. How to tactfully push back on his stance, appeal to the owner's previous email, or is there really nothing that can be done in this case?