(Closed) Do you go to work when you’re sick?

posted 8 years ago in Career
  • poll: What about you?
    No way - I love taking time off! : (15 votes)
    8 %
    I'll still go in if it's something not contagious, like a headache : (32 votes)
    16 %
    I'll go in if I still feel I can get my work done, like with a headcold : (48 votes)
    24 %
    I go in even if I know I'll be distracted from my work, like running for the toilet : (14 votes)
    7 %
    I have the option to work from home, and take it when feeling sick : (17 votes)
    9 %
    If the important meeting/deadline/etc. is that day, I could be dying and would still go in! : (28 votes)
    14 %
    I don't get paid sick time : (19 votes)
    10 %
    I do get paid sick time : (24 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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 # 6
    274 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I work from home 100% of the time.  I will work from my bed unless i am unable to hold my head up.

    Post # 8
    14656 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    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
    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    870 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    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
    5797 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    3539 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    1003 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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. 

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