Post # 1
Ok bees here’s the deal; I’m sick. Achey, coughy, stuffy, fevery kind of sick.
I have to work in the morning and, if I’m not feeling better, I’m calling in. There is no way I should be anywhere near the general public.
I feel a little guilty. I have called in 4 times in the past year, but 2 of them were in the last 5 months; one day I left early, the other time I was sick for two days.
bees, do I call in too much? I get 2 weeks (80 hours) of sick pay a year.
Post # 3
I think if you legit look and sound sick, people get it and it’s no big deal. If you were at work today joking around and looking healthy, people do get annoyed and it’s better to show face and then leave work.
Post # 4
I dont think you call in too much… I would stay home.
Post # 5
What is funny about this is I literally just got off the phone with my work about 30 minutes ago to tell them I wouldn’t be in tomorrow because I am sick! I feel the same way! I feel so guilty about calling in, and thought about it for a while thinking I could just suck it up and deal with it tomorrow! I decided to go ahead and call though because I am sure I am contagious and don’t want to get everyone else sick!
Post # 6
Not legally do you call it sick too much, but really it depends on the atmosphere of your office on how sick leave is treated within office politics. I wouldn’t think much about someone taking off a few days a year for sick leave when I was a boss, I’d rather have people home than spreading it like a plaque throughout the office.
Post # 7
@jb20: I feel guilty about it too sometimes but hey, if you’re sick you’re sick. They’d be more upset if you went in and got everyone else sick. As long as you’re within your two weeks sick leave you don’t call off too much.
Post # 8
@jb20: you are fine! 4 times in a year isn’t a lot at all. I had a coworker who called in 18 days one year.
I hate it when my coworkers come in sick so I am sure nobody would mind if you stay home! Especially since you seem like you are obviously not feeling well.
Post # 9
@orchidblooms: I always feel worse about leaving early. If I call in, it gives them time to call someone to cover for me.
Post # 10
I have never called in sick and hopefully never will for me, but if my kids were sick I would. Unless I’m literally puking my brains out, I would feel too guilty to call in sick. I’d just load up on medicine and tough it out.
Post # 11
It gives me anxiety. Probably because my mom and my fiancé (the two biggest examples I have for working, honestly) are both the type that will go in groggy and feeling like absolute crap because they don’t like to call in, whereas I’m the type who believes I need to let my body heal and I am pretty much useless if I’m at work sick. Plus I did go to work sick one day last year, and one of my regular customers’ daughter now calls me the “sick girl” :/
Post # 12
If you have a fever I’d stay home. Honestly, I wouldn’t want to be around you at work if you came in, so it will be good for you to stay home and get healthy, AND respecful of your co-workers by not exposing them!
Post # 13
I’m not a fan of calling in sick either, but I get plenty of sick time. My co-workers would MUCH rather me stay home if I’m really sick which is definitely the case for you. Try to take it easy and feel better soon!!
Post # 14
Better to call in sick, than to come in and be unproductive because you are sick and/or spreading your germs. You have the time, so take it! Feel better soon.
Post # 15
Definitely stay home! If you’re sick, you’re sick. You don’t want to go in, be obviously sick, and then have people be upset that you’re possibly getting them sick. Better you take the day off. 🙂
Post # 16
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I don’t think you call in too much. That being said, it may be viewed as too much depending on where you work. At the hospital I work at you are spoken to at 4 occurances, at 5 you get written up and at 6 you get suspended. 8 gets you fired. This is in a rolling year. Exceptions being FMLA and leave of abscence time. But, if you get 80 hours of sick time per year you should use it if you need to!