(Closed) How sick is sick enough to stay home?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 17
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Busy Beekeeper

I’ll take a day even if I just feel like it. My mental health is as important as physical health. So for me “sick” day can just be a get “me” together day and nothing to do with being physically sick. Somedays I just don’t have it in me “mentally” to go in and do the damn thing. And I have the same amount of sick days as the OP. 

Post # 18
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have taken one sick day since I started my career over a year ago. I was puking so much that I couldn’t leave the bathroom and I made most of the hours up during the rest of the week. The other exception o have is if I have something like strep where it’s easily contagious. If I have a cold or cough I will not call in sick. At the most I might ask to work at home but otherwise I will be at work.

ETA: we have unlimited sick days. However, once you go over the company average you start to lose money from your yearly bonus. Even though we have a pretty cushy sick day policy people rarely call in sick.

 

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Being unable to shower & dress in the morning because you’re feeling so rough. I would take a sick day then. 

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@MsGinkgo:  Fellow GTA bee 🙂

I work in a hospital, so we have to be really careful about coming into work sick.  When I see others though, if it looks like they could potentially get me sick, I wish they had have stayed home.

We don’t have a certain number of sick days that we are permitted to use/not use…it’s just if you’re sick, then you’re sick and you don’t come to work.  I think we can have up to six sick “episodes” before occupational health starts asking for documentation from your family doctor. So if I was off sick for two days with the flu, that would only count as one “sick episode”.

Hope you’re feeling better!!

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

it depends.  with 6 sick days, i would save it for when you really need it.  today sounds like one of those days.

Post # 24
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Honey bee

@MsGinkgo:  That is my pet peeve too! I would have to be on my death bed or highly contagious to not go to work.

FWIW, in the past 7 years of work history, I have NEVER taken a sick day (knock on wood). My previous employer actually let us donate our sick days (worth $120) to local charities, so it was an incentive to not use them.

I now have 15 “flex days,” that can be used for sick or vacation days. I haven’t used them as sick days, I have used 3 vacation days so far though. Luckily, I get 50+ paid days off throughout the year (I work at a school), so I don’t need to take very many vacation days. Every unused day is worth $100, so I prefer to cash them out a year end 🙂

Post # 25
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@MsGinkgo:  I take the day off for sure if I am contagious or someone else comments on how sick I look. I rarely take days off, and many of those days I don’t look sick, but I just know I am done for the day–unproductive, foggy head, tired, headache, and can’t concentrate.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m a teacher, so I have to be pretty sick to stay home.  This year, I’m on my second sick day right now.  The first one, I had an inner ear infection and the room was spinning.  I couldn’t drive to work, therefore I couldn’t go in.

I got into a car accident on Saturday so I have today off to recuperate and deal with my totaled car.  So that’s kind of a special circumstance.

Usually, though, I have to be puking to stay home.  At my last job where I worked in an office though, I would take a sick day like one you’re describing.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If I sound gross enough for people to make jokes about quarantining me or I know I’m not going to be productive due to my symptoms, I stay home, especially now because I no longer have an office and therefore a door to close and contain the infection.

We get 5 sick days per year and they can be banked.  Because I haven’t taken very many sick days, I have about 3 weeks of sick time right now.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If I’m contagious, I stay home.  I’m pretty healthy so I usually don’t use all my sick days in a year.  But if me coming in is a hazard to everyone else, I’m staying home.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

I say contagious (PLEASE don’t bring that shit in to all of us!) or so cruddy you’re unable to be productive (why bother, then?).

At my last job I was able to connect remotely to my work computer from home, so I was “unspoken-ly expected” to work from home when I was sick (everyone on my “team” at work did, so you look like a slacker if you don’t). I didn’t like that. At my new job there is no cap on the number of sick days allowed, and I cannot work from home. I like this system better. I’m sick today too! So glad I can just bumble from the bed to the computer depending on how I feel throughout the day.

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MsGinkgo:  I have a headache today and would love to stay home but I came in anyway. There is a huge blizzard in Calgary today and even the mayor was asking employers to let people work from home…maybe I will be sent home early. Who knows. The weatherman on the news this morning was encouraging people to take a sick day and stay in their PJ’s and relax at home. Lol.

Post # 31
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Bumble bee

In 10 yrs I’ve been out of work with 2 episodes.  Once I was in the ER with kidney stones on a Thursday, back to work the next Monday.   Once I was hospitalized with asthma. 

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