Post # 1
And if so, how do you use them? Do you only use them for when you’re actually sick? Do you use them for mental health days? Or when you could probably go into work but are feeling a little under the weather?
I took one today because I couldn’t sleep much at all last night, was feeling a little blah when I went to take a shower, and knew I wouldn’t be productive at work because of it. And with it being the week before Christmas, I don’t have much going on at work anyway. But of course I’m feeling a little guilty deep down because I know I could have gone in. Though I don’t do it very often. I think I’ve used 3 or 4 in the last year, and then used a few hours for doctor’s apts.
What about you? How do you use your sick days?
Post # 3
Only when I’m legit sick. Many of my co workers use their sick days as extra paid vacation days and use family sick time the same way though. I get sick often though. No judgement on people who do use them for other reasons.
Post # 4
My leave is all combined into general PTO, so it’s up to me to manage sick vs. vacation. That being said, I take off very few sick days, and if I do, I’m legitimately sick.
Post # 5
I don’t get any sick days, it’s all just lump paid time off, so I generally only take a day if I’m really sick because I don’t want to waste the time. If my job had sick time separate from vacation time, I’d probably use more, honestly. A lot of times I should stay home but just can’t take the time off.
Post # 6
I hardly ever take sick days. It’s tough because I work retail, so if I call off I know I’m leaving my co-workers shorthanded and that there will be customers upset about their wait (or possibly just no one in the department to help them if I’m opening alone that day), and we are understaffed lately so there is no one to call in when someone is sick. So I feel really super guilty when I have to call off, last time I called off sick it was because I was in the ER and ende dup having kidney stones.
Post # 7
We get paid out for our sick days if we don’t use them, so I use vacation when I’m sick. So… I only take a “sick” day when I’m really sick or know I’ll just sit here, be miserable, and not get anything done. Or when I have an appointment and a ton of other stuff to do.
Manager doesn’t care as long as we account for it somehow, the check at the end of January is nice, and you always have them there if you really need them (we get 6/year + vacation which everyone gets different, I have 18 days next year).
Post # 8
@pokie45: I use them only when I’m actually sick. I’ve been sent home a few times because my boss thought I was sicker than I did lol. I feel so guilty taking time off (even when I’m sick)… not sure why!
With things like colds it’s a fine line. Like you can come to work, but you will be less productive and possibly pass on your germs. If my throat is reallllly bad then that’s usually where I draw the line and stay home.
One year I used up almost all my sick days. I just kept getting sick, had surgery (that was general illness leave but I think I got a cold around the same time), and just wasn’t having a great time health-wise. This past year I am not sure I even took one sick day *knock on wood*.
We have a really good system here and get plenty of flex time and days off so I really wouldn’t feel right abusing my sick days. In the crappy job I had during university and right after, I would take mental health days and call in sick if I was just feeling a bit bleh, but in this job I make sure I am actually sick.
I don’t see anything wrong w. what you’ve done, I just wouldn’t make it a habit.
Post # 9
At my other job we had 12 sick days built into our salary, so if you didn’t take them you were working for free. I used them for Dr. appointments, snow days or if I was legit sick. I’m still looking for a job after my recent move.
Post # 10
I”ve only had my job since August, but haven’t missed a day yet, probably because I work alone and it would be darn hard to get me sick when I don’t see people.
Post # 11
@Wonderstruck: Yeah, when i worked retail in high school and college, I would rarely call in, even if I felt like I was dying ..because I knew that would leave them scrambling to find someone to work for me. And because I wouldn’t get paid for that shift.
Now that I’m in a ‘real’ job and have paid sick days, I’m much for apt to take a sick day.
Post # 12
I haven’t used any sick days since starting my job two years ago (I get 12 a year) except for doctors appointments, which is really helpful.
There has only been one occasion I wanted to use one (when I had a terrible cold this fall) but I had a looming deadline and needed to be around to get a report finished.
Post # 13
Considering I don’t get sick….I’ve really only used them 1) for fun/not feeling like going into work or 2) for headaches.
I don’t get sick in the sense of colds or the flu (I don’t think I’ve ever had the flu) but I do get headaches that make me feel like crap. Seeing as they are my benefits and are mine, I haven’t hesitated to use them in the past for some days where I didn’t feel like going into work. I shouldn’t be punished because I don’t get sick, I want my leave days…they’re MINE I earned them!
That being said…I worked for about 1 year and 2 months at my last job and I believe I used 5 full sick days plus some hours here and there for a few appointments. I started my new job in May and I haven’t used any sick leave except for maybe 5-6 hours? So it’s not like I abuse it. My leave accrues so I can get it somewhat paid out if I leave.
Post # 14
As of now I’ve used my sick for doctors appt or same day medical procedures. This yr I’ve only used a total of 6 hrs of sick time. Although I am considering taking a mental health day this Friday.
Post # 15
@HisIrishPrincess: Exact same here at my current job. Although, I don’t think I would use them for a snow day, I’d probably just take a day unpaid.
Post # 16
I get 53 sick days! Doesnt mean I use anything close to this as I would probably get fired if I did lol. I also get 3 weeks vacation and 2 personal days each year. I try not to use too many sick days but when I’m sick I stay home because I work in a small office and if one person is sick everyone gets sick. We encourage all people in the office to stay home if they are sick. I also have a bad sotamche problem so if that is bothering me I stay home and use a sick day but I do feel guilty sometimes for taking the day