(Closed) Do you ever call out from work?

posted 8 years ago in Career
  • poll: Do You Ever Call Out?
    Every once in a while : (51 votes)
    61 %
    NEVER! : (11 votes)
    13 %
    Only when I'm really sick : (21 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
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    2588 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Yep. Call it a “migraine” and no one ever questions you.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I used to a lot at my other job…….at least once a month

    This job (which I have been at for a little over a year) I do not……only because its such an easy job! (although some nights are super stressful and emotionally draining).  Also, I work in a small community and work w/ a lot of police, fire, EMTs, and all the people I work within live within the same area – I’d be afraid I’d take a “mental health” day and run into one of them!

    EDIT: I have called out ONCE in the last year….because my dad was in the hospital and I was mess

    Post # 5
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    35 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I used to once in a while at my previous job but where I work now, if I call in sick they come rushing to my apt and take me to the doc’s office so my answer is not anymore. =) It just became to awkward pretending I was sick.

    Post # 6
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    2006 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I only work part-time (still in school) so if I don’t work I lose out on the money for the day. During the school year I don’t lose much if I take a day off, but during the summer one day off is about a $100 loss. In the big scheme of things it isn’t a huge deal but being a student $100 can go a long way.

    This summer I took one “mental health day” to just catch up on a bunch of stuff that I needed to get done. I felt so refreshed an ready to go back to work the next day so I don’t regret the lost money.

    In high school my mom always let me take mental health days. I was an honors/AP student and hated missing class so if I asked not to go to school she knew it was for good reason!

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    @babyboo:  My mother NEVER let me miss school!!!!!!I skipped school one day in my senior year…stayed home to catch up on a major project (and a little shopping) and got caught (school called my mom at work).  If I was sick….no matter if I was on my deathbed….I still had to drag my ass to school.

    Post # 8
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    521 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I honestly can’t I feel SOOO guilty calling out of work. I do try to schedule an extra nonpay day off when I need it. I just hate missing work and letting people down…it makes me feel so horrible!

    And, the job that I have, it is so hard to miss a day without letting one of my clients down…so I typically work through anything unless you know I am in the hospital..:D

    Post # 9
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    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    No I never take a day off unless I’m sick or it’s a pre-scheduled day off for a valid reason.  My job is super demanding and if I miss a day, work piles up and it really lets people down.   Plus I have required yearly billable hours so I’m only screwing myself if I play hookie.

    this took a while to get used to.  My parents never made me go to school.  I was an honors/AP, straight A student so they knew I was responsible enough to make the decision of whether to go to school or not.  And in college I took as many days off as I wanted.  so yeah, this took a while to get used to.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I like it when companies give you “personal days” instead of sick days. That way you don’t have to lie, which let’s face it, most people do. Who cares if I’m staying home with a chronic migraine or because I couldn’t sleep well last night or because I need the day to run errands? Point is I’m entitled to certain number of paid off days and it doesn’t matter if my health is better than other people’s.

    Post # 12
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    461 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’m actually on my “mental health day” today! I scheduled it ahead of time, and my company has a use it or lose it policy for our PTO, so I have to use it anyway! But I figure, I have a free day to hang out and watch tv and not do a damn thing!

    Post # 14
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

     We get a TON of sick days, but only 10 vacation days a year (in addition to a week off around the holidays and federal holidays) and i’ve been known to take sick days on days I just want a day off….mental health day. It’s encouraged and nobody cares if you take them–unless you take it on a big meeting day or something important. =]

    Post # 15
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    3788 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think the big difference to me is scheduling days off in advance or just calling out of a shift people expect you to work. For the former, I don’t really care what you do with those days — whether it’s personal time, sick time, or whatever. But unless it is a real illness or an emergency, it drives me nuts when people just call out because then others have to carry the slack.

    I called out last year when my mom was in the hospital. Otherwise, I schedule in a “me” day every few months.

    Post # 16
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    @Amaryllis, I think i’d have trouble taking days off if it meant shafting my teammates with more work (like if i was a nurse or something, and there were 2 people on the floor). I’d feel so guilty!

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