Post # 1
A coworker just called to let me know something, and in the course of the phone conversation, mentioned that she’s not feeling well, and so will be working with her door closed all day today. Apparently she could barely manage to get to her car this morning and has the stomach flu. Yet, she came into work.
This behavior amazes me.
I read an article the other day that said Americans rarely use (or even try to use) all of their vacation time, and avoid using their sick time. I’ll try to find the article again, it was interesting.
So, do you stay home or come in if you’re not feeling well?
Post # 3
it depends. sometimes i take a sick day, sometimes i work from home, and sometimes i go in anyway. if i just have a cold, i’ll probably work from home 1 day and go in the rest. i would NEVER go to work with the stomach flu! puking does not belong at work (plus i have a fear of puking on public transportation).
Post # 4
Well right now I don’t get paid sick time (I’m just an intern for the FL Senate while I’m in law school), so unless I know I’m contagious, then I’m going to work. Also, we have committee meetings and strict deadlines relating to those, so I can imagine that even if I was sick, I would still have to come in if something had to be done by a deadline. That being said, I have a job for after I graduate and when I was offered the job, my boss encouraged me to use all of my vacation time and sick/personal days, so I definitely will! ETA: I get paid sick time at my job for after graduation.
Post # 5
@kitzy: The woman in question only lives 3 blocks away and drove here, but she said, “I’m not sure I can even make it back down to my car to get home”
I was like, “uh……….. you shouldn’t be here!”
Post # 6
I work from home 100% of the time. I will work from my bed unless i am unable to hold my head up.
Post # 7
That’s the article. It’s really more about Americans not having passports, now that I re-read it, but the part that stuck with me was that we don’t use our sick/vacation time, hahaha.
Post # 8
I don’t get paid sick time, and I’m not wasting my vacation time to sit at home and be sick, so I’m heading in unless I can’t stand. And even when I couldn’t, I’ve dragged myself in once. I looked so bad someone asked me if they should call an ambulance for me to take me to the hospital.
Post # 9
I work in HR and it always amazes me how many people don’t use their vacation time.
I will go to work if I have a headache or a cold. But I won’t go in if I have the flu or a stomach bug. Thats just gross. Plus its just inconsiderate to go to work if you are contagious. Not fair to spread your germs everywhere!
Post # 10
I get paid sick time, but I very rarely take it because it is so frowned upon. They hate it when we take time off here, so I drag myself in 99.9% of the time, even if it means I’ll spend half the day hanging my head over the toilet. It’s pretty lousy.
Post # 11
I am one of those crazy people who always attempt to get to work. If I am sick I will still come in and I will carry a bottle of cleaner with bleach in it and wipe down anything I touch. I also try to get to work if there is bad weather outside, I live 5.7 miles from my office so I will just walk to work if it is bad.
Post # 12
I work at Wal*Mart and we are only allowed to call in 3 times every 6 months so if I can’t call in if I get sick because if something happens to my son I need to be able to take a day off for him. They are very picky about the days they actually approve an absence for. If you throw up at work they have to send you home without it counting against you but if you call in it counts as one of those three days. I almost broke my foot once and they still got mad when I called in.
Post # 13
It depends, I take a sick day if I’m really sick, I’ll work from home if I think I’m still contagious and I go in if I’m like Coughing/Achy/Sneezing. At my job its frowned upon to take all your vacation time, thanks finance!
Post # 14
I usually go in unless its a 24hr bug or bad migrane (i can hardly lift my head when i get those) Its better to stay at home and recover than effect people in the office. My boss would rather we stay home than come in and pass it around
Post # 15
It really depends on what’s wrong with me. If I’m really not feeling well, I normally stay home but sometimes I go in just to get the important stuff done and then leave early. I do have the option to work from home but my work laptop is prehistoric and it takes me 3x as long to get everything done so I don’t take advantage of the perk all that often.
I work in “cube-land” so everyone is in pretty tight quarters. If someone has something contagious, it’s pretty much a guarantee that everyone around that person is going to get sick. When I have a head cold, I almost always come to work unless it’s particularly bad. Sure, I’m probably contagious but I don’t I want to blow through all of my sick time nursing some stupid cold. If I had something that was going to require me to run back and forth from the bathroom all day and potentially humiliate myself, you better believe I’m staying home!
ETA: And yes, I do get paid sick time.
Post # 16
My job we currently have a staff of 3 and I am management so if I am sick my ass is going into work regardless of whether I have the plague. I don’t get paid sick time AND I can’t use my vacation towards being sick.