Post # 1
I was always raised that you don’t take a sick day unless you absolutely need to. I think I’ve probably taken 5 sicks days since I started working when I was 15. My mother had her own business and worked like a dog every day.
My current job (been there about a year) is a corporate environment and work is shared each day among those who are there so no one is really left high and dry if someone calls in sick. My bosses here have a very different take on sick days. I’ve been told on several occasions that I should use my sick days before they expire in Jan. I have used 2 for legitimate reasons previously, but I have about 4 left. My bosses take “sick days” for manicures etc and are scheduled fairly well in advance. They’re basically considered free paid days off.
Yesterday, I finally called in sick for a dentist appointment. I could have made the appointment on my days off, but the dentist I wanted didn’t work those days. I felt so guilty calling in! I was raised that you only take them when you can’t physically work (work through colds etc) but this new environment is throwing me for a loop.
How do you use your sick days? Only when you’re sick, occasionally when you’re not sick? Just wondering how other people use their sick days.
Post # 3
well, I was raised that you work if you can and you call in if you are dying.
However, my boss and a few other supervisors will send people home if they even have a slight head cold. SO i usually call in when I have a cold or stomach bug, even if I feel like I could work.
I totally feel guilty calling in if I’m not dying.
Post # 4
I take them if I am sick and feel like I couldn’t be productive at work (stomach bugs, major headaches, and such) but with minor colds, I go in.
I also occasionally use them as mental health days where my mind and body just need a break.
Post # 5
@.twist.: That’s my issue! I just can’t enjoy a sick day because I feel all guilty about it.
Post # 6
I voted for cold or headache but I rarely take them for that. I usually only take them when I am really super sick. Every once in a while I will call in when I have a period from hell. Like today. I think my uterus hates me.
Post # 7
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I use sick leave when I may otherwise contaminate my co-workers, when a headache has a vice-grip on me, and when teen LK or Mr. LK are super sick. I also use them for scheduled doctor appointments.
Post # 8
I rarely call out. I was scheduled to work Monday and Tuesday night, but I felt so drained from a cold that I had since Thanksgiving. I felt terrible for calling out. I knew I would have the hardest time staying awake for 12 hours and then do AM care in the morning (I work in a hospital and take care of geriatrics). So, I knew it was better for me to rest up rather than wear myself out before I work my 3 12 hour shifts starting tomorrow night.
I don’t even call out when I have a migraine and I hurt pretty badly. I’ll even get sick from them. It’s torture, but I know they don’t give a shit.
Post # 9
@.twist.: I always feel guilty. FI told me not to, but I can’t help it. It’s part of why i never call out.
It also sucked because Fiance told me I only had a cold, but he doesn’t understand how badly I felt. Definitely made me feel worse.
Post # 10
I take them occassionally when I am not feeling well, but could still be productive. I actually end up working from home most of the time. Example: I took a sick day today, but have been working for about an hour or so. I don’t really have a highly demanding job and they can get on without me for a day so I don’t really guilty take sick days.
Our paid sick days don’t expire, but if they did I would deff use them!! (That’s probably because I hate my job though 😉 )
Post # 11
Our sick time is called PTO and so I use as that. I don’t get sick very often but I will usually only stay home if I’ve been throwing up or contagious, or if I need a mental health day.
The last day I took was after I’d been at the hospital with DH’s mom until about 2am…I was so exhausted!
I do have some planned PTO time, I’m getting my wisdom teeth pulled in a few weeks!
Post # 12
I wish I could not feel guility about taking a sick day as a “mental health” day, but alas I feel lazy not going into work if I’m not really sick. I usually only use sick days when I have a really bad headache and can’t concentrate.
Post # 13
@Mrs.Mittens: I have PTO as well.
Post # 14
@Rouquine: HA. my Darling Husband tells me not to feel guilty too. And usually on days I don’t listen to him, I get sent home anyway. haha… I almost feel better getting sent home because then it’s not my decision!
Post # 15
@Rouquine: If you have PTO then there is no reason whatsoever to feel guilty. PTO means paid time to take for whatever you want – being sick, going on vacation, appointments, just needing a break, etc.
Post # 16
Maybe do you have just general PTO days? At my old job, I had so much leave that I could use for whatever I wanted.
I get vacation and sick time so I only use my sick time for doctor’s appointments. I haven’t been sick enough to stay home except for a few times where I had to work even though I was sick because of the timing.