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

posted 10 years ago in Career
  • poll: What about you?

    No way - I love taking time off!

    I'll still go in if it's something not contagious, like a headache

    I'll go in if I still feel I can get my work done, like with a headcold

    I go in even if I know I'll be distracted from my work, like running for the toilet

    I have the option to work from home, and take it when feeling sick

    If the important meeting/deadline/etc. is that day, I could be dying and would still go in!

    I don't get paid sick time

    I do get paid sick time

  • Post # 32
    1535 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I get paid sick time, but it is very frowned upon to actually take the time off. Unless I have a nasty case of the flu where I’m vomitting and making frequent trips to the toilet I am expected to be at work. A head cold is not an excuse to miss work, nor is a headache. For more than one day off a doctor’s note is required.

    Post # 33
    5976 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I get paid for sick time, but I only take it when necessary. If I have a headache or a headcold, I’m going in the office. Nothing a little dayquil can’t cure. If I’m sick with the flu or have a stomach bug, I’m keeping my butt at home. I can work from home though too…so if that’s the case, I just let my boss know how crappy I’m feeling and check my email or dial into conference calls if needed.

    Post # 34
    210 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    It’s funny that this question came up, because today I am using sick time for the very first time in my life.  Ha.  I’m very conflicted about it.  I am definitely sick, but not so bad that I couldn’t sit at my desk and try to work if I had to.  The main reasons I decided to stay home are that (1) my boss is a germophobe and strongly suggested that I take the day off and (2) my nose is running so much that it would be hard for me to maintain a “professional” appearance at the office today.  So I’m home.  It feels weird though. My husband has never used sick time either, so I almost felt guilty telling him I wasn’t going in today. 

    Post # 35
    2066 posts
    Buzzing bee

    We have the option to work from home, so if I’m not feeling great, but functional, usually I’ll work from home as much as I can (so I’m not behind when I go back).  If I’m feeling horrible, then I take a sick day and not work at all. 

    Post # 36
    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I still go in to work with stuff like a head cold, but if I’m vomiting or running a high fever which doesn’t happen that often, then I won’t go in.

    Post # 37
    1663 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m a teacher so I pretty much have to go to work when I’m sick…even if not, I have to come in and make sure all of my lessons are prepared for the substitute, which can be a bigger pain in the ass then just coming in and doing it myself. I usually just sit down a lot more and get them to do more seatwork when I’m sick. It’s awful, but any teacher would tell you the same thing.

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