Post # 1
I am having a really hard time with this. I have an interview Thursday and I’m 85% sure I’ll get the job.
I have 6 paid sick days that will go down the drain if I don’t use them.
I know when I put my 2 wks in my boss will obviously know that I wasn’t really sick and probably had an interview. I feel kind of bad about this. But on the other hand, I’ve been there for 3 years and haven’t gotten a raise of any kind, so why should I care?
I also have paid vacation days, but I will still receive pay for those days after I leave, so I’d rather not use one.
What would you do?
Post # 3
If I had the option to let my boss know I would be late, I would do that. It’s always better to take the high road.
Post # 4
@gocubbies: I am suprised that your employer if you leave does not pay out your unused sick days along with your vacation.
Anywho, take a sick day off, ensure that you don’t mention the interview or that it slips up.
Post # 5
@beatriz: I’m not 100% sure on this… but I have asked around and HR says very few employers give their sick days… does yours?
Post # 6
I would take the sick day. Even if you quit your job and your boss puts two and two together – who cares, you already have another job! 🙂
Post # 7
I’ve always just said “I have an appointment on X day in the afternoon/morning so I’ll need to take a few hours.” I don’t specify further than that and they don’t ask. I wouldn’t take a full day unless you know the interview will last a long time.
Post # 8
I agree with Aure, I think the safest option is to say that you have an appointment and will be in late. I would just be vague about the kind of appointment, your employer really shouldn’t ask anyway 🙂
Post # 9
I’d go the “I have an appointment” route as well if you just need a few hours off. But, I have unlimited sick time so I never really think about “days going to waste” if they’re not used.
Post # 10
Got to admit, I’d take the sick day. Since you don’t get compensated for “keeping” them…..why keep them? Just how I would approach that type of situation. Like a PP said, it’s okay if they figure it out. You’re moving on to bigger and better things. (Btw – Good Luck! Go you!)
Post # 11
@AmeliaBedelia: She still has to worry about potentially needing a reference in the future. If they feel decieved she may not get the one she’d hoped for. On the flip side, if she doesn’t land the job and they find out she wasn’t actually sick it could be bad. I’d err on the side of caution in this situation.
Post # 12
Sick day has almost double the votes as coming in late — you terrible ladies! 😉 Juuuust kidding, haha.
@napabridekelsey: Very true. And I doubt I would ever use him as a reference for another job anyway!
@Belle81: The boss is definitely good about not asking questions, so that’s a plus.
Post # 13
@AmeliaBedelia: Thank you!! 🙂 I am trying to figure out a way to find out about the sick days before I actually do it, without it being fishy (like.. why the heck are you asking about this?)… because if I will still get paid for them I will just take a vacay day instead.
PS – that was one of my favorite books when I was little! My gma would read it to me and I’ve always loved her lemon meringue pie, so it’s such a good childhood memory for me 🙂
Post # 14
For me, I would personally use a vacation day. I know I wouldn’t want to but to make myself feel better that I’m not lying to my boss about it. I do however take ‘mental health days’ as sick days because I’m never sick and sometimes I really do need to mentally have a day off from work.
Also, for me, if I was interviewing for another job and leaving my company soon, I would need to use up my vacation days anyway, since my company doesn’t pay me cash for vacation days I don’t use. Also, maybe if it’s a nice day and my interview goes well, I’ll celebrate by doing something fun afterwards.
Post # 15
I don’t think you should take a sick day if you think he will find out, because chances are you will need them as a reference.
And if you really do want to use up those sick days (who doesn’t), take an extra day off after the interview just so it looks more legit.
Post # 16
@soon2bhis: I thought about this.. maybe calling in Tuesday or something… that would probably be a lot better.
But I honestly can’t envision myself using him as a reference ever.. I am moving out of one line of work into another so hopefully my experience at my current job will be irrelevant for the future.. and I don’t really care for my boss anyway, lol. I loathe my job right now!