Post # 1
So I’m planning on taking off work for new years eve but I have a few options and I’d like some advice from bees who have been through the whole corporate leave process before since I’m still new to this world.
There really is nothing going on at work for me that day (Im the receptionist in a private, locked building) and I don’t feel the least bit guilty for wanting the day off. I have yet to take a single sick day all year simply because I haven’t been sick at all. I also have about two dozen people showing up at my house that evening and I’ll have tons to do to get ready and really need the full day to accomplish everything. Here’s my dilemma/options though:
-I can put in sick time in the computer system today and make up some baloney about a last minute doctors appointment early and needing to recover
-I can put in the sick time and not mention anything to my boss unless he asks (he has TONS of reports and I’m a little fish in a big pond)
-I can call in that morning and say I’m just not feeling well
-I can fake sick tomorrow afternoon and go home early then call in the next morning to say I’m still not feeling well
-I can put in for a regular vacation day and forfeit the sick days I still have banked that will expire at the end of the year (2.5 days)
I KNOW it’s going to look fishy that I’m taking NYE off with such little notice and I really don’t want to get cornered about it or get in trouble (I’m a die-hard rule follower and a terrible lier) but I waited to make sure they didn’t really need me that day before I made my decesion. On the other hand I kinda feel like they’re my days and I should be able to use them as I please, especially since I’ll loose the sick days if I don’t use them and no doctors note is required. I’m reluctant to outright lie because that would make me feel super guilty but I also feel like it will raise questions if I just take the day for my mental health.
What would you do?
Post # 2
I’d go to work and not call off. And i would of planned ahead of time earlier in the year to ask for it off, but that’s me.
I would worry about how management/my boss would look at me calling off before a holiday.
Post # 3
If your vacation expires just take a vacation day. That’s what they are there for.
Post # 4
I don’t believe sick days are equal to vacation days, aka I don’t think they’re just “yours to use” like vacation or personal days are. They’re there to use if you are sick. And you’re not. So I would take it as a vacation day.
Post # 5
It’d just be too fishy for me personally to do. I think anyone who cares will see right through it so if you don’t mind that… I didn’t vote because I’m sorta thinking your last one should say regular vacation day??
Post # 6
What would I do? Honestly? I would go to work.
The only option you stated that I would do is put in for a regular vacation day and forfeit the sick days you did not need as you were not sick.
Post # 7
Take a sick day, but call out the morning of. You have earned the time so use it; it is clear you are getting “sick” to your stomach worrying about your event later. That works, right?
Post # 8
I would probably go to work.. If you needed the day off.. Why didn’t you book it off in advance?
Post # 9
It depends on what you will be doing. If it’s staying in, call in sick on the day. If you want to go out, take a vacation day. You’ll never be caught if you stay home, but if you go out you could easily lose your job for lying. As a manager, I’d be pretty irritated if one of my staff called in sick and then was out and about that day, even if I had no problem filling their shift.
Post # 10
I’m sure I will be in the minority, but I would request a vacation day and see if it is approved. If it is not, I would go to work as usual.
As somone who has had a career that spans almost three decades and includes employers in both the private and public sectors and who has been classified as everything from a front-line, non-exempt worker to a middle manager to a member of senior management and who now is back to being a regular salaried employee with no supervisory role at my latest job in the area where I relocated after marrying my DH, I must confess that one of my biggest pet peeves in all the world is when people who are not sick fraudulently use sick time.
It is in great part because so many people nonchalantly do this that so few companies now even offer separate sick leave, instead providing only a small amount of PTO. This results in many of us having to go to work while actually sick just to avoid using all of our small number of PTO days as legitimate sick days instead of saving some days for vacation. Also, essentially forcing people to go to work when they are sick is bad for everyone, including those in the office who end up catching whatever sick employees end up bringing into the office.
I’m sorry to be Debbie Downer about your plan, but I don’t think you should use sick time when you are not sick.
Post # 11
Wow. There sure are a bunch of goody two-shoes on here!!! Call in sick. No one will care or probably even notice. After 20 years of low-paying office jobs, I figure all benefits are there for my use. Paid time off is paid time off, and use it if you’re gonna lose it anyway. I always consider whether it will negatively impact my co-workers – if not, then do it.
Do the rest of you NEVER take a day off last-minute???
Post # 12
I knew Id catch some flack for asking…
I honestly didn’t plan on taking the day until last weekend when DH decided we were going to throw a party. My boss wasn’t even in the office yesterday and I had several people make surprised comments that I was even here this week at all. I really won’t be missed but I’m a very non confrontational person and hate asking for things like time off. I have the vacation day but I’d rather hold on to it and use it another time since I have so few
Post # 13
Really!?? Any call in on a holiday like NYE will be frowned on… and clearly seen as a lie. Also, if any photos show up in social media and your boss sees them, this is grounds to be fired.
Go to work, you should have thought to request off earlier. OR request for a vacation day but understand this late in the week it can be declined.
Post # 14
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I would put it a vacation day. You’re entitled to take a day off if you want to – like you said, you are not one to play hooky on the reg, and you’re an adult with a respectable job who is allowed to take a day off if you want. However, saying you’re sick is not the mature thing to do. You can still have the day off, but be honest about it.
Post # 15
Sure. I take them as vacation or personal days….I don’t fake sick bc I didn’t plan ahead to throw a party. Because what happens when I’m ACTUALLY sick and I blew through my days on stupid shit?