(Closed) Playing hooky?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
2640 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

notbridey:  I don’t think I’ve ever lied about being sick, but I’ve definitely had days where I exaggerate how sick I am (like, I have a cold which would allow me to work, but I’m exhausted so I say I’m too sick to go in) or I’ll extend my sick time if I’ve been out for a couple of days and I want one more to really get better.

I don’t think there’s anything terribly wrong with what you’re doing, since you are staying home and relaxing (being exhausted can actually increase the likliness you get sick). But I think pretending to be sick and, say, going to an amusement park is wrong.

Post # 3
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Yes. I left work a half hour early yesterday because I had an appointment. Truth is, I wanted to get my nails done.

Post # 4
1784 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

notbridey:  Yes, a few times. Mostly my days playing hooky are mental health days where I legitimately cannot face my desk for 8 hours without having an anxiety attack. So I’m not physically sick but when I get to be at home I feel much better that day and then have re-motivated for the rest of the week.

I will say that today I’m leaving an hour early to get a mani/pedi. 🙂

Post # 5
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

notbridey:  I have never faked sick to get out of work, but if I am sick and don’t feel well I may go home and baby myself because its easier and more relaxing to be on the couch than in front of my computer.

I will, however, take the whole day off even if I know I could only be gone half the day, but I am truthful about where I am going. I don’t know if that counts 🙂

Post # 6
4415 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Definitely. I allow myself to be “sick” once every few months or so. Now that I have a baby, it’s sort of a treasured treat to have a day where I can just drop her off at daycare and do whatever I want for an entire 8 hours without guilt or worry. Mentally, I need that from time to time!

Post # 8
1283 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017 - Baton Rouge, LA

I’ve only used 12/80 hours of sick time for this year. i’ll be “sick” on tuesday…

Post # 9
24 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Caswell Beach- Oak Island, NC

notbridey:  I feel very fortuante to have a job where if I need to call out and give enough advance, it’s not that big of a deal. There are days where I wake up and can’t muster the strength to get out of bed. Other days I just have too much to do around the house and I’ll take a day off and get my house together. I’m the type of person if my house is cluttered, I feel cluttered!


Don’t feel guilty for taking a personal day. If you legitimately need the rest you should enjoy your day!

Post # 10
14657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We don’t get sick time, so if we’re out, we have to use our own vacation time so can’t really play hooky.  I have taken some last minute day offs to work on the house, but it wasn’t busy at work so it’s not a big deal.

Post # 11
242 posts
Helper bee

Yea my fiancee and I have a lot of experience playing hooky. We are not extremely happy with our jobs so that makes it easier to play hooky. We are hourly so we don’t get paid if we don’t show up. I know that we always work things out to get our bills paid so I don’t worry about that. I can’t wait to have a job/career that I actually want to wake up and do everyday! I know that happens for a lot of people, I’m just not sure if I will be that lucky!

Post # 12
7272 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

No. If I want off “just because” I use vacation time.

Post # 13
266 posts
Helper bee

Mine is “mental health days” it doesn’t happen often, but my job is extremely stressful (criminal defence lawyer) and sometimes I just need a day off, also if I am sick have a cold etc.. I will take the day off. I work for a very small firm and my boss is very nice about it, and I work hard when we need to and come in on the weekends if he have something going on so it all balances out.

Post # 14
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I do it every once in a great moon. It’s usually if I’m particularly exhausted and absolutely need the extra sleep. 

Post # 15
1499 posts
Bumble bee

I won’t say I’ve never done it, but it’s rare. I feel guilty when I stay home when I’m actually sick!

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