Post # 48
I think the culture in the UK is very different. We don’t have a limit on sick days and most companies pay you for the first few at a time, or for up to 6 month. Generally, in professional environments, this is not abused (obviously there are exceptions). I have to be VERY sick not to work at all, but will work from home if i’m contagious but well enough to do something. I would be SUPER pissed off if a colleague had a “mental health” day!!
Post # 49
@MsGinkgo: if you’re contagious, stay home. Seriously. Stay the hell home. It’s extremely rude to come to work if you have the ability to pass that illness along to other people. Other than that, if I just have a headache or something I typically come into work and leave if it gets worse…
Post # 50
I will stay home if I am highly contagious or if I get a terrible migraine. I’ve definitely been the girl with a box of tissues in her purse on the train, commuting in the morning.
Post # 51
I have to be pretty damned sick, like unable to get out of bed or drive myself to work. It is really hard to get someone to cover last minute. I had a very bad cold last month that kept coming back, and I know I got some of the technicians sick. I probably would have gotten over it faster if I could have stayed home in bed for a day or two.
There have been times on my days off when they send out an emergency email because the person working that night had an emergency or something, and I’m usually the only one available who could take the shift. So I have no idea what would actually happen if I couldn’t come in.
Post # 52
If I feel yucky, I work from home. If I literally can’t work or am contagious (rare) then I take an actual sick day and sleep.
Post # 53
mental health is important, too.
To me, physical and mental health are more important than productivity, in society. Productivity is obviously important too, but a society that only advances economically while the people suffer is a bad society. The average person’s mental and physical health needs should be able to be met while they are employed in a typical job. If a workplace does not have room for employees to take their sick days as they need them, then, in my opinion, the employer has cut corners and underhired the amount of staff needed for the workload, which is neither the sick employee’s nor the fellow employees’ fault or responsibilty. It can only be corrected by the employer creating more positions or reducing workload.