Post # 1
I’m getting ready to start a new job next month and I informed them of a doctor’s appt I have in the early morning – I’d probably miss maybe an hour of work if that. They said that’s fine, I can go the appt without pay or make up the time during the week.
My last two jobs were, I guess, very lenient when it came to stuff like this, so I was really surprised when she told me that. Maybe it’s just because I’m a brand new employee?
How does your work handle doctor’s appts, car appts, etc.? Is this the norm?
Post # 3
My job is very very lenient, we only have patients certain days/hours so I always schedule my appointments around those times. Even if DD is sick and I need to leave last minute, my boss (who is hardly ever at our office) is perfectly ok with me leaving. He just asks that we send him a text letting him know, that way if somebody needs us, he atleast knows we’re not there.
But it’s up to me whether I want to take PTO, UPTO or whatever.
Post # 4
I’ve been lucky that every job I’ve had has been pretty lenient with this stuff.
When I was salaried, they didn’t care at all so long as I got my work done (no having to “make up the time” or use sick hours or anything). Now I’m in an hourly job so if I’m coming in late due to a doctor’s appointment, I don’t get paid for those hours (unless I stay late to make them up). But they don’t get concerned about that happening on occasion.
Post # 5
My work is a very laid back enviornment. If I have to leave early or come in late it’s the same as your new job.. either I can make it up by working through lunch or just not get paid. Usually I just choose not to get paid, it’s usually no longer than an hour I miss, it doesn’t affect my paycheck much. But as far as having to miss work for an appointment or any other personal matter they’re fine with it.
Post # 6
Every place I’ve worked at in the past has been very lenient about appointments. They don’t even care what they’re for, even if it’s just a hair appt they don’t mind. However, I don’t deal with the public and don’t really need to be at the office at certain times.
The company I’m at now isn’t so great with this kind of thing, there’s even a policy about it. Because of this I’m staying as a contractor so that I can have some freedom. I don’t need to feel like I’m in jail.
Post # 7
It could be because you’re new to the role. If you’re working for a bigger company, it could also be a company policy thing. My job at a small software company is very lenient with appointments. The general rule is if it takes more than 2-3 hours that we use paid time off to cover it. Anything under a couple of hours doesn’t seem to be a big deal and doesn’t get counted towards time off.
Post # 8
I’m a federal employee so we have to use our sick leave for any type of appointments. My supervisor is pretty flexible though and we do telework 50% of the time so sometimes he’ll just let us make up the time at home after the appointment or later in the week. Things have gotten more strict with the furloughing though (even though my agency isnt being affected).
Post # 9
We accrue sick and vacation time, so I just use that whenever I need to take time off.
Post # 10
@MrsTillerResq: You get docked a half day of personal time if you have to take an appointment during the day….I will do just about anything to avoid that if I can, because it’s lame, but I also get it….try and do your stuff on your time, this is work time.
Post # 11
My job is so awesome in this department. I never have a probelm unless there is something work-related that takes priority (for example, a business trip).
They let me leave early, take half-days, etc. Even for wedding related stuff (like applying for my wedding license).
Often, they just let me. Worse case, I dock it from my ”lou days”. Everytime I travel for work and have to spend a night away from home, they compensate me with ”lou days” (in lieu days).
2 nights away from home for business = 1 day off for me 🙂
I really locked out with my job…
Post # 12
Depends on the situation and how busy we are. We can either take PTO or make up the time. And I work for a huge company
Post # 13
If I am not at work, I don’t get paid. Pretty straight forward. I can make up the time or take unpaid leave.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Our approved working hours are 6:00am-6:30pm. They do not care which of those hours I work, and long as I put in all 8 of them. If I work less than 8 hours within that timeframe, I must use my leave time (annual or sick) to compensate for my missed work hours. There is no free time off for me. I can also work from home, which allows me a bit more flexibility for scheduling things as well, since I don’t have to spend 1.5 hours commuting on those days.
Post # 15
If we know in advance, we make sure we are scheduled for the early (8am start) or late(midday start) shift so it shouldn’t be an issue. If the appointment is too last minute or doesn’t fall within these times, then it depends. Usually we can juggle things around to enable an hour or two off work, but sometimes you just won’t be able to get away.
In the case you are missing work, you are expected to make it up sometime in the week, stay late etc.
One of the girls at work has a day surgery appointment coming up so needs the whole day off, and unfortunately will have to take it as annual leave I believe.
Post # 16
@MrsTillerResq: I don’t really understand what’s surprising. Did you used to get paid for time you were at appointments?
At my work they strongly prefer it if we schedule our appointments on days we are off, but they are pretty good at swapping schedules around to make sure we can get where we need to be and have everything covered.