How sick is sick enough to stay home?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
3514 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MsGinkgo:  I say if I’m not feeling my best and I know I’m not going to be productive and going to work will just make me worst then I will stay home.

Post # 4
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MsGinkgo:  Since I have more than 6 sick days per year, I take mental health days about once a month.  They are days where I can physically work but mentally I just can’t take it and need a break.  Today would be a tough day for me to rationalize it though since it’s right after a 4 day holiday weekend.

When I take a mental health day I will typically email my assistant to let her know I am taking a sick day.  I don’t give her any more details than that.

Post # 5
1690 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Knock on wood.. I don’t get sick very often, maybe once a year and it’s usually a full in flu, so I absolutely take a day or two off for that. Other then that, I use my sick days just for “mental health days”, when I’m REALLY not feeling it, if you know what I mean. Kind of like what your feeling right now. 

Having said that, I work from home now, so I only take about 1 sick day a year now. There’s a big difference between having to roll down to your office in the basement in your pjs, as opposed to getting all dressed up and going to work at the office. It’s pretty hard to take a sick day when you work from home.

Post # 6
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MsGinkgo:  My husband rarely gets sick, so as soon as he’s feeling crappy, he takes a day off.  I think one of his biggest pet peeves is people coming in sick to work, so he doesn’t do it. 

Post # 7
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I will call out if I have a fever, am throwing up, or I have something highly contagious (pink eye, influenza, strep, etc)


Post # 8
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have to be dying. We don’t get “sick” days at my job, just paid time off, which I would much rather use to do fun stuff 🙂

Post # 9
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I don’t go in if I am offensive. Lol. If I am coughing or snotty or could come across as gross to coworkers, I just stay home. 

Post # 10
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

Unless I have a lot of unused sick days and I know my work would be covered I usually only call in sick when I am physically unable to come into work (too sick to drive). Usually meaning vomiting, high fever, or know I am very contagious.


Post # 11
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@beachbride1216:  I definitely take mental health days.

I basically read for a living so if my head is bothering me (persistent headache, migraine, etc) then I’m out. Sniffles and colds don’t bother me much unless it kept me up the night before. Obviously a stomach bug is going to keep me home as well. Sometimes I’ll leave if I’m having bad period cramps, too.

I work for the government so I can basically use my sick and annual leave whenever I want. I don’t really need a good excuse or anything.

Our sick leave never expires so you can potentially save up years of it. My boss has 4,000+ hours saved!! He could be in the hospital for over a year and still get paid the entire time.

Post # 12
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

If I am a) puking or can’t leave the bathroom and I’m sure it isn’t my digestive issues acting up, or b) if I’m so sick I literally have to put forth all my effort just to get out of bed (which usually means I have something contagious) then I will call in sick. If it’s allergies or a cold or something like that, I just take some meds and suck it up. Basically, if I have anything I would be super mad about a coworker passing along to me, namely something like a stomach bug or the flu, then I stay home. I figure everyone else will thank me.

Post # 13
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

For me, if I felt like I would spend more time concentrating on how poorly I felt and not on being productive, I’d stay home. I have gone to work sick provided I was not contagious or coughing up goop all the time.

ETA: I am a migraine sufferer. Migraines put me down, literally. I cannot function when I have one, so if I have a migraine, I’m out.

Post # 15
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Taking a sick day is essentially impossible for me as I am self employed and it would be pretty disastrous for people getting the keys to their brand new home so I just cannot take time off. Knock on wood it hasn’t been an issue yet. 

When I did have sick leave you bet your butt I used it. Even when I was an hourly employee without paid days off I happily stayed home if I knew I’d be complaining to myself and anyone who’d listen more than I’d get work done. 

@adoc86:  you READ for a living? Now I’m sure you aren’t getting paid to read NYT bestselling novels but still!…do you mind sharing what you do?

Post # 16
1838 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

in the past, i’ve had to be dying–fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea are really the only things that have qualified.

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