Post # 1
How sick do you have to be to take a day off work? Let’s assume that you get 6 paid sick days a year.
Do you have to be on your deathbed? Sick enough to sound infectious? Just plain miserable? What’s your line?
Right now, I feel like garbage, I have no motivation, I have no patience, and my head is a fog. I don’t look or sound particularly sick, but I really want to be in sweatpants drinking hot tea and soup all day (I can actually manage the latter at work…just not the sweatpants).
There is probably a sick day in my near future if this keeps progressing the way it has, but one of my pet peeves is people who come to work really sick. What’s your line?
Post # 3
@MsGinkgo: I say if I’m not feeling my best and I know I’m not going to be productive and going to work will just make me worst then I will stay home.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@MsGinkgo: Since I have more than 6 sick days per year, I take mental health days about once a month. They are days where I can physically work but mentally I just can’t take it and need a break. Today would be a tough day for me to rationalize it though since it’s right after a 4 day holiday weekend.
When I take a mental health day I will typically email my assistant to let her know I am taking a sick day. I don’t give her any more details than that.
Post # 5
Knock on wood.. I don’t get sick very often, maybe once a year and it’s usually a full in flu, so I absolutely take a day or two off for that. Other then that, I use my sick days just for “mental health days”, when I’m REALLY not feeling it, if you know what I mean. Kind of like what your feeling right now.
Having said that, I work from home now, so I only take about 1 sick day a year now. There’s a big difference between having to roll down to your office in the basement in your pjs, as opposed to getting all dressed up and going to work at the office. It’s pretty hard to take a sick day when you work from home.
Post # 6
@MsGinkgo: My husband rarely gets sick, so as soon as he’s feeling crappy, he takes a day off. I think one of his biggest pet peeves is people coming in sick to work, so he doesn’t do it.
Post # 7
I will call out if I have a fever, am throwing up, or I have something highly contagious (pink eye, influenza, strep, etc)
Post # 8
I have to be dying. We don’t get “sick” days at my job, just paid time off, which I would much rather use to do fun stuff 🙂
Post # 9
I don’t go in if I am offensive. Lol. If I am coughing or snotty or could come across as gross to coworkers, I just stay home.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Unless I have a lot of unused sick days and I know my work would be covered I usually only call in sick when I am physically unable to come into work (too sick to drive). Usually meaning vomiting, high fever, or know I am very contagious.
Post # 11
I definitely take mental health days.
I basically read for a living so if my head is bothering me (persistent headache, migraine, etc) then I’m out. Sniffles and colds don’t bother me much unless it kept me up the night before. Obviously a stomach bug is going to keep me home as well. Sometimes I’ll leave if I’m having bad period cramps, too.
I work for the government so I can basically use my sick and annual leave whenever I want. I don’t really need a good excuse or anything.
Our sick leave never expires so you can potentially save up years of it. My boss has 4,000+ hours saved!! He could be in the hospital for over a year and still get paid the entire time.
Post # 12
If I am a) puking or can’t leave the bathroom and I’m sure it isn’t my digestive issues acting up, or b) if I’m so sick I literally have to put forth all my effort just to get out of bed (which usually means I have something contagious) then I will call in sick. If it’s allergies or a cold or something like that, I just take some meds and suck it up. Basically, if I have anything I would be super mad about a coworker passing along to me, namely something like a stomach bug or the flu, then I stay home. I figure everyone else will thank me.
Post # 13
For me, if I felt like I would spend more time concentrating on how poorly I felt and not on being productive, I’d stay home. I have gone to work sick provided I was not contagious or coughing up goop all the time.
ETA: I am a migraine sufferer. Migraines put me down, literally. I cannot function when I have one, so if I have a migraine, I’m out.
Post # 14
I miss being able to take mental health days
I don’t get really sick often either (knock on wood) but when I do I feel like crap. I took 3 days in January, 1 for a bad cold and 2 for food poisoning (it was really really bad, there was no way I was working). They gave me a really hard time about that – which I get, we’re a small company. I’ve since taken a few partial days for migraine or a back spasm (I have some significant back issues) but I’ve made all that time up (including the sick days…) they actually owe me 3 days right now…
Yeah I’m not that sick yet, I’m doing my best to beat this, but I have a feeling tomorrow or wednesday will be a day in bed.
Post # 15
Taking a sick day is essentially impossible for me as I am self employed and it would be pretty disastrous for people getting the keys to their brand new home so I just cannot take time off. Knock on wood it hasn’t been an issue yet.
When I did have sick leave you bet your butt I used it. Even when I was an hourly employee without paid days off I happily stayed home if I knew I’d be complaining to myself and anyone who’d listen more than I’d get work done.
you READ for a living? Now I’m sure you aren’t getting paid to read NYT bestselling novels but still!…do you mind sharing what you do?
Post # 16
in the past, i’ve had to be dying–fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea are really the only things that have qualified.