Took a personal day off work.. Anyone else take a day off they dont really need?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
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Sugar bee

My mother instilled the value of a “hooky day” in me at a very young age. Everyone needs a break sometime, and being able to take one is very important. 

The world keeps turning, with or without you. 

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - City, State

I have never taken any leave days. Not one, not ever, but I also think this is why I burn out so quickly and have even taken half a year off!

I am no workoholic and definitely have had days where I rather not wake up at 6am/go to work but strangely I hold myself to my own set my principles regarding my commitment to the students and being there in the classroom is my way of showing my commitment to them. 

Post # 18
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

When I worked a full-time 9-5 job, absolutely I took mental health days. There were just some days where it was too much and I couldn’t do it. I never felt guilty about it. 

Now I work part time so I have enough time off that I’ve never felt the need to call in. But I think it’s healthy to know when you need a break and to take it rather than to always push through. 

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t, but only because I have too many chronic health conditions that I need all my sick days. No shame in a doona day if it helps your mental health. 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Here in New Zealand you’re entitled to 20 paid days a year to use as you please. And also 5 paid sick days a year. My husband’s company gives them 10! 

I take a day off roughly every month, mostly to go away on long weekends with my husband. 

Sometimes we book an afternoon or evening off and go hiking or just sleep. Your mental health is important !

I don’t feel bad at all. Not even for a second  

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Yep, I take them when I feel myself starting to burn out. Last year I took 3, in previous years it was usually only 1 per year.

Having said that, I have no idea how many sick days I get each year but I currently have 160 sick/personal days saved up. It seems a bit ridiculous and I have no idea why I have so much, but I’m in no danger of running out of sick days. It’s also separate to the 4 weeks annual/rec leave I get each year so I know I’m on a good thing!

Post # 22
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

No, I would never do this. I would use my annual leave and book a day off if I felt like I was getting burnt out. I use sick days for when I am so ill I can’t physically get myself to work. I wouldn’t want to risk my job for taking too many sick days. Also, the guilt gets to me. I can be really ill and still feel bad for being off work. I am not saying that is right of course, just the way my brain works, I think I am too anxious and worried about getting in trouble.

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Oh yeah, totally pulled a sickie! In the UK you get 25 days paid leave and 8 bank holidays. You also have sick leave on top of that which is pretty generous (work would rather people didn’t come in and spread germs)

I have pulled a few sickies – not often now I am a bit more senior at work, but loads when I was earlier in my career. Also back then I didn’t have a work phone so could go completely off grid 🙂

Post # 24
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Yes.  I have called in sick when I have had a mental health related issue.  I sometimes suffer at that time of the month with severe depression (suicidal thoughts) and the thought leaving the house or crying in our small office terrifies me.  I’ve been pretty stressed with my mum recently so have come into work late.  It’s tough but it happens.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Omg yes. One an employer annoyed me so much so I went to the doctor and complained about anxiety and lack of sleep from work. I got a week paid leave. Employers take the stress word seriously here. Brilliant 😂

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Now I’m older I don’t really have sickies. Too busy and feel guilty. Had a few when I was younger though.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I’ve never done this but can understand if someone does it occasionally. However, if it’s a regular thing people should either speak up about their bad working conditions (that necessitate so many mental health days) or if it’s not for mental health reasons but just chilling out, they should use annual leave. Haha but maybe that’s just me. In my industry, if you underperform, you’ll be fired in a minute, and while mental health is taken seriously and taken into account, wanting time to run errands/hang out with your SO would be seen as dishonesty and would be grounds for termination – if you lied and said you were ill. You also need to provide a doctor’s note for even one day off so you’d need to find andoctor with pretty questionable ethics to lie with you. And I’m pretty risk averse! 🙂

Interesting to see how many people do it! 

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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Kslim13 :  I wish! It’s actually more work for me to take a day off. I suppose I’ve done it when I’ve been getting over an illness and probably feeling 80% and capable of working, but the doctor has given me a medical certificate so I’ve taken the extra day.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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MsBeer :  Me too. I’ve been in hospital with gastro replying to work emails!

Post # 30
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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misskate18 :  I remember being in hospital having a head scan and begging my parents who came to visit me to ring my boss (of my part time job I worked along side my full time job) I was so stressed about missing work. I wish  wasn’t like that sometimes! If it was anyone else I would be telling them their health comes first. I think it comes from having unreasonable bosses in the past (i.e. I had conjuntivitus in both eyes and COULDN’T SEE and my boss went f’ing mental at me !)

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