(Closed) Sick days – How do you use them?

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: How do you use your sick days?
    Only when I'm desperately sick and can't possibly work. : (39 votes)
    41 %
    Only when I'm sick with a cold or headache but I could work if I had to. : (20 votes)
    21 %
    Occasionally when I'm not sick. : (31 votes)
    32 %
    Often when I'm sick. They're paid days off! : (6 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    Member
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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 # 6
    Member
    224 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    Member
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    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
    Member
    9483 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    Member
    9483 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @.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
    Member
    2714 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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
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    2320 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    Member
    2216 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
    Member
    9483 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Mrs.Mittens: I have PTO as well.

    Post # 14
    Member
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @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
    Member
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @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
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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.

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