Post # 1
I’ve been fighting a really bad cold, or a mild flu (my symptoms lead me to believe it’s a flu, but it’s not super duper bad). Anyway, I work for a company in a position where I would have great benefits at another company (at past companies I’ve had 3 weeks vacation/sick time) – I get 1 week total for the entire year, for 3 years and then it goes to 2 weeks for several more years!! I used all of my “vacation” days for the year when my dad died a few months back and I had to fly home to clean out his apartment. I’ve been slowly accruing seconds each pay period. This week I got sick. I was out all of Tuesday and used up my entire 8 hours “vacation”, and have had to come into work yesterday & today (and tomorrow) feeling like crap. I had to go home early yesterday because I didn’t feel well, and don’t feel well today but have to stick it through. I’m just pissed! All I want to do is go to sleep, but if I do I don’t get paid. I wish this was illegal!
Post # 3
Wow, that blows. My husband has crappy benefits like that, so he also works when sick. He swears by 5 hour energy’s to get him through the day, and he’s a mechanic so its a very physically demanding job. Maybe you could try those and see if they help?
Post # 4
Unfortunately, even having the sick time doesn’t necessarily mean you can take it.
We are allowed 40 hours of “urgent personal business” leave, but every time you use it, it goes against your performance review. That impacts my raise and promotion prospects– so I get paid now but lose money later.
And we live in the snow belt, so if I can’t get to work because of the 2′ of snow the town decided not to plow, but they decided to keep the facility open even though 5 people rode to work on snowmobiles, I have to use my sick time for that.
Post # 5
@ figment OMG!! I can’t believe that! I have never heard of that. Do you work for a large corporation?
Post # 6
That’s horrible! I wish stuff like that was illegal!
Post # 7
I wish it was illegal too! My last job I had 3 sick days a year and 1 week vacation. That gets eaten up really quick! At my current job (only been here 8 months so far) I don’t have any vacation or sick time yet so every day off is a day I don’t get paid. I wasn’t too happy when we got the blizzard and I couldn’t even get to work!
Post # 8
@figment:that’s absolutely ridiculous.
Post # 9
I’ve found that I actually have great benefits compared to a lot of people and it absolutely amazes me because I’ve always thought they were horrible! I don’t understand how companies get away with it.. Plus we don’t get presidents day or MLK day off even though every other company in my industry does. It’s really annoying and lowers morale because we all have to come in and it’s totally dead silent all day.
At my last job, I had 15 vacation days and ‘unlimited’ sick days. But like you, if I took a sick day it was counted against me on my performance review. I got the flu twice one year and I remember my boss pulling me aside and giving me a stern talking to about taking 7 sick days (not sequential). I looked at her like she was crazy and said “But I had the flu twice.. what did you want me to do come to work??” And she gave some corporate BS response about it not mattering why I was out, but it looks bad that I took 7. Even though I had unlimited sick days! Not really unlimited if you ask me..
Post # 10
I’ve never worked anywhere I got paid sick time. Yeah, it should be illegal to have to come in to work when you’re obviously not going to be of much use, not to mention miserable.
The few times I’ve been desparate for the hours regardless of how ill I was, I’ve gone in anyway… and promptly been sent home not so much because I obviously felt like hell, but because nobody wanted me around them! Way to go, retail. The one time I asked for family leave to go to my own dad’s funeral (just half the day, in town), I actually had to buy and cut out the newspaper obituary and submit a photocopy of my ID with it to management to prove it.
The system for this stuff in the US is just pathetic. Nobody has any sympathy at all.
I’m having to plan to pay off all my current debts and nothing else for my summer seasonal job this year. If I ask to take off more than a long weekend for my wedding next year, I doubt they’ll keep me around afterwards. As long as I pay off my vehicle and most of the wedding stuff ahead of time, I won’t have to worry quite so much, quite so quickly.
Post # 11
That is absolutely horrible. I’m sorry to hear that (for all you guys).
I believe we get 2-3 weeks vacation time, and 1 sick day every payperiod (biweekly). As much as I hate the company I work for…at least I have this.
Post # 12
They might as well pay you to stay home, because I’ve pretty much done nothing all week – I can barely add 2+2, let alone do my job. They are paying me to just be here & get everyone else infected. TOTALLY makes sense 🙂
@ moderndaisy I cannot believe you got the flu twice in one year. Do you get the flu shot now? I know I am next year!
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
@moderndaisy: I had an old employer that gave “unlimited” sick days, but one year told us that it would start to be factored into our annual review/affect our bonus, because it affected the rest of the “team” when someone was out and others had to cover their work. But they wanted us to stay home if we were sick. Okay? So they effectively told us not to stay home because it messed things up for everyone else and we’d lose our bonuses, but also to stay home, because we shouldn’t come in sick. Right.
Post # 14
Thankfully I own my own business, so I make my own hours. But, any time that I’m not closing deals, I’m not making money. So all week this week, I haven’t made a dime. Sucks being straight commission, but the pay is amazing when I do close a deal!
Post # 15
This is very frustrating. The nursing job market in Vancouver isn’t so hot right now, so I am working a casual position. Even though I am working nearly full-timeh hours, I get no benefits and any time I am sick I don’t get paid. I was sick near Christmas and had to call in. I was not a happy camper on missing shifts. I am jealous of full-time staff who get benefits and call in sick without losing pay.