Spin-off: How sick do you have to be to stay home from work?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: How sick do you have to be to stay home?
    I sniffed once or twice. Or I just don't feel like it. : (7 votes)
    8 %
    I have a bit of a sore throat, stuffy nose, etc. : (4 votes)
    4 %
    I have a pretty heavy cold. Can't breath, frequent coughing, etc. : (22 votes)
    25 %
    I have a serious virus: flu, strep throat, etc : (29 votes)
    33 %
    I have a migraine. : (11 votes)
    12 %
    I have a random ache/pain: headache, backache, toothache : (1 votes)
    1 %
    I'm on my death bed. (aka: I go to work with colds, the flu, migraines, etc) : (15 votes)
    17 %
    Something I missed? : (0 votes)
  • Post # 4
    1830 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @OnceUponATime:  The poll is empty, nothing to choose from. 

    Post # 9
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I need to have something really horrible and highly contagious, like strep, the flu. Sometimes I have a cold that lasts way too long and gets way too bad, so I’ll stay home a day for that.

    Really, if I started getting a cold and just stayed home one of the first days and rested up, I probably wouldn’t get as sick as I do. But I have always had the “suck it up” mentality and fight through it.

    Post # 10
    1406 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I’m lucky enough to have unlimited sick time and the ability work from home when I need to.  If I have a migraine, the flu, or some kind of cold where my head just isn’t working I’ll take a sick day.  Otherwise I’ll work from home in bed.  I’m lucky my work is really flexible with us.

    Post # 11
    3623 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @OnceUponATime:  Unless I am on my deathbed, I work. I may not go into the office (if I can get others sick, I stay home), but I work.

    My dad used 2 sick days in 30 years. I have used none so far (but will take 1 post marathon injured day)

    Post # 12
    525 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    The only 3 times I have ever stayed home sick were severe cases, otherwise I never missed a day despite colds and whatnot.

    1) Swine Flu – I had to be at home in bed for almost a full week and missed all my shifts

    2) Torn Ligament in Knee – I only took a single day off and went in on crutches for a cashier job for every other shift

    3) Uterus issues – I was bleeding profusely and passing large chunks of tissue from my uterus and I missed 1 day (left early) as I couldn’t stand and do my job without bleeding all over

    Post # 13
    6450 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I have to have something contagious (outside of a cold or cough) or not be able to leave the bathroom. During our busy season it’s probably worse taking a sick day and trying to make it up versus just feeling miserable.


    Post # 14
    6969 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’ve called in before because I just didn’t feel like going, lol. That being said, we have PTO we can use however we please and I would never do it if we were busy. Some days there’s a lot of internet surfing though….

    Post # 15
    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I usually only call out for mental health days or for flu-like symptoms that I can’t manage. I work with cancer patients, so we shouldn’t be sick around them. Ironically, I had to call out today for food poisoning. It was not a pretty night/morning for me 😮

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