(Closed) do you feel guilty about calling in sick?

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 3
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I feel like this too! But remember that you have to put your health first. You don’t want to make yourself worse and be off for longer. It’s not really fair that your colleagues who are so sick have gone to work as they will just spread germs so you are doing the sensible thing. Rest up 🙂

Post # 4
9816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Yes. I was raised with the “unless you’re dying, you go to work” mentality. Now that I’m a tad wiser I realize that if I’m really really sick or contagious, it’s smarter to just stay home. Or not drive an hour to work in a blizzard. Screw that. I’m not getting killed for a job.

Post # 5
7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

No I don’t feel guilty (anymore) because like you when I start to get sick it can take me a while to get over it. I also don’t want to be spreading germs. I only start to feel guilty if I know my team has a lot of work (me being out does affect the workload of others) or if I have called out a couple days in a row. However my opinion is that your health is more important so take care of yourself!

Post # 6
6014 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I would feel guilty if i was only with the company for a few months and called out.  I’m salaried but they still don’t give a set number of sick days at the begining of the year, you get a few hours a pay period.  But now I don’t feel bad calling out sick when I just need a break, I’ve been here three years and I’ve stayed late, come in on weekends and generally helped out. 

Post # 7
1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Sadly, I feel completely guilty calling out.  I’m actually sick today and at work.  It also doesn’t help that I work in the same office as my mom (and I’m 30) and I have to deal with her when I call out too.  It’s like trying to convince her to let me stay home from school….only worse. haha

Post # 9
15024 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I never call in sick.  I may have left work early once of twice cause I could barely sit without falling over, but was back the next day… still sick.  I had people ask me if they wanted them to take me to the hospital.   I dont get sick days and I’m not wasting my vacation days being sick at home!

Post # 11
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I used to, but not so much now. I have the option to “work from home”, so I’m never really NOT working, I just don’t have ALL the resources availible to me (mostly things the admin would do, and it’s not like I can’t do things like that on my own if necessary). You’re FAR more usefeul at work for 3 HEALTHY days than 5 kinda sorta sick days, and you don’t risk getting OTHER people sick.

Post # 12
9816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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@sugarcube: Unfortunately that’s partly because job security is all but non existant these days. Companies do have a lower tolerance for sick and personal days now, because there are so many people clamoring for jobs. If one person doesn’t show up enough, there’s a stack of resumes a mile high of people who won’t call out when they are sick. 

I’m not saying this to add further guilt. I think Americans in general have a very work-till-you-die attitude, and they will do it without health insurance because their jobs don’t care if they are healthy or not in general! My attitude is, I will go in if I literally can do nothing else but lie under the covers in a Nyquil coma, or it’s a snow storm, or I’m sick enough to warrant a doctor visit. Other than that, I try to suck it up and go.

Post # 13
6036 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

I do totally!!!! but not for the right reasons lol. I only feel bad about doing it because I know that when I take off no one will acknowledge anything that ends up on my desk. when my bosses take off (i am their one assistant and basically do everything that comes into the office they just sign off on stuff) I still check their mail for anything time sensitive or whatever. But when im off? nope, no one even bothers and stuff that is time sensitive will sometimes be turned in late simply because they didnt bother to check. I dont expect anyone to do my job but the stuff that has a ticking time clock on it needs to be addressed and I just know they wont. So my reason is simply that i hate coming in to the big ole pile of junk in my inbox, and because i know that they dont know a thing about what i actually do on a daily basis so if someone needs something that i would normally do they are SOL

Post # 14
3620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Fortunately, I just have to email in sick – which is what I did today. I’m on the couch in feetie pajamas with my box of tissues – almost time for nyquil. It’s better to not get everyone else sick!

Post # 15
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@KatyElle: I’m with you on the blizzard! F that. I just started a new job with a much longer commute and was nervous for that (I work in the mountains, so snow is bad here)…luckily they set me up with telework for winter, so I will def be staying home any time it snows.

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@7SEVENJ9: I email in too. Much better than calling!

I feel guilty taking off now b/c I’m new, here only 3 months. Once I’m more established I don’t feel so bad, I kind of hate when people come in sick and infect me so I don’t want to do it. And I plan to “get the flu” at Christmastime so I guess I don’t feel that guilty! Whatever, its’ my time that I earned!

Post # 16
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wouldn’t feel bad.  I’m not productive when I’m sick anyway, so I’d just be sitting there spreading my germs.  I was also raised to go to work unless you’re dying but I’ve relaxed a lot since I left home and I realize there are actually more important things in life than killing yourself for a job.  

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