(Closed) How does your work handle your doctor's appts, vet appts, etc?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 17
1623 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

What you described is the norm for me.  Work is very lenient with allowing employees to take off for whatever reason (appts, vacation, sick time, to attend a baseball game), but if you don’t take PTO then you need to make up the time.  They don’t hold you down to making it up to the minute, but they ask that you are honest. 

I think that’s pretty reasonable.  Why should your employer pay you if you’re not working or at least not available if someone does need your assistance? 


Post # 18
4438 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@MrsTillerResq:  Sounds like your new boss IS lenient — what did your last job do?


My work is lenient as well, but I’m a one-woman reception operation so I try to avoid day-time appointments and vacation when I can, but when kitty is sick away to the vet we go!  If I’m not deathly ill I wait until the weekend because luckily my dr. has Saturday hours.

Post # 21
854 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I never had an issue with taking time off, especially for medical related appointments. I’ve always worked M – F so there are no such things as scheduling those appointments on “off days” – doctor offices are not open on Sunday. 

Post # 23
526 posts
Busy bee

@MrsTillerResq:  Wait – isn’t this what your SICK TIME is for?  I just schedule my appointments for late afternoons, and take like 3 hours sick time. 


Post # 24
3563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My job works like this:

We accrue a certain amount of vacation time each month depending on how long we’ve been here.  

If you need to take off, it’s not a problem as long as you let them know ahead of time.  If it’s something last minute, it’s not really that big of a deal either. 

If you take a whole day (8 hours) off, we have to use our vacation time.  If you work at least 4 hours, you can opt to take the rest of the 4 hours or less off unpaid if you don’t want to use your vacation time. If I want I can make up hours too.

Each department here has different supervisors, so it’s really up to your supervisor to approve any time off, leaving early, etc. 

Luckily, my boss is a germaphobe and is very lenient if I want to take time off or need to leave early, especially if I’m sick. 

Post # 26
526 posts
Busy bee

View original reply
@MrsTillerResq:  Hmmm… I get 84 sick hours a year, so I guess that’s why we use ours for other than illness.  No one is sick 10 days out of the year!!  😉

Post # 28
9808 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

We accrue sick leave (I think about 96 hours per year).  If it’s only a few hours we just put it on the calendar.  We don’t need to ask for permission for small appointments like that.  I don’t think they’d mind if we made up a little time before or after work either.  Though I don’t care enough to do that because I never get sick so I have lots of sick time to use.  If you’re sick all day you just call/email in.  I just use leave, so I’m still paid regardless.

Post # 29
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I guess I am just super blessed with my job! I work in a smaller office so my boss is very lenient. When I was hired I was told I would have to use vacation, sick time, etc but that has never happened. I am salaried and sometimes do work at home to make up if I missed a couple hrs due to appointments. I usually just let my boss know what’s up and he just says “Okay we’ll see ya then!” Obviously I’m smart about when I take off because some times are just too busy and I can’t miss meeting, conference calls, and appointments in office. I think that it just depends on the company you work for, honestly. I plan on taking quite a bit of time off around the wedding, that’s for sure 🙂

Post # 30
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I work 8:30 to 5 in a law office and they are generally pretty good about time off. If it’s a DR.’s appointment for myself or my family they let me use sick time, so long as my time away from the office doesn’t interfere with others schedules (I’m backup for the receptionist so we can’t both be out at the same time). We acrue about 80 something per year & I’ve never even used half of those. Trying to make it a point to stay home sick more often rather than sucking it up & working through it because otherwise I loose all those hours at the end of the year (just lost about 50 in January). 

Any non-dr or sick related things I can generally get time off for without issue unless my boss is feeling cranky. He’s pretty understanding that most places are only open the same hours we are which makes it difficult sometimes. I just ask for the time off and put it on our calendar. It’s usually non-paid time for me unless I want to use up vacation time but that’s almost never! If I need to get stuff done alot of the time I’ll schedule a mid-afternoon dr.’s appt. and use my sick time and when that’s over rather than returning to work for an hour I’ll just run those errands I usually don;t have time for. 

Post # 31
9681 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@MrsTillerResq:  I work from home whenever I have appointments. I’m lucky that I’m in a field where I can do that when I please. For Fiance, if he misses work, he misses pay.

For salary staff, it’s usually not a big deal as the time is made up in other ways. For hourly staff, I totally understand docking pay.

The topic ‘How does your work handle your doctor's appts, vet appts, etc?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors