(Closed) Using a sick day on New years eve…POLL

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How should I take off NYE?

    Put in sick time today and make a note about last minute doc appointment

    Put in sick time today with no explanation

    Just call in that morning and say I'm not feeling well

    Elaborate ruse: fake sick tomorrow afternoon to go home early and call in the next morning

    Use a regular vacation day and forfeit my sick days

  • Post # 46
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Your manager will know you’re not sick. We all know the people who are “sick” the day before/after a holiday, or on a Monday after they talk about what a wild weekend it’s going to be, or a Friday before vacation. Managers talk too – we all know who’s notorious for sick day abuse, and who’s genuinely ill, so that can follow you even if you transfer departments. And speaking from my own experience, I would never promote someone who did that. If I can’t trust an employee, and I can’t depend on them, I’m certainly not going to reward that behavior, and unless they’re an otherwise stellar performer, I’m keeping an eye out for their potential replacement. On the other hand, if someone came to me and said “hey, I really would like this day off, do you mind if I use a sick day since I’ve never been out sick all year?”, I’d say yes.

    Post # 47
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Can’t switch shifts with someone? You want NYE off right? Maybe someone will switch with you if you agree to work new years day so they can sleep in. Unless your place is closed that day.. otherwise I’d ask the boss straight up, is it ok to have off that day or leave early?

    Post # 48
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2016 - Cellar 222

    I mean, it’s not like they aren’t going to know you’re faking (I imagine NYE is a popular day to become suddenly ill) so you should probably just do it how you want.

    Post # 49
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

    I would go to work.  Also, does company policy allow you to call out sick and still get paid for the holiday?  Most companies I’ve worked for require that you work or have planned PTO the day before and after a paid holiday in order to get it paid.

    Post # 50
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2016 - New Orleans, LA

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    afissch:  because no one on the bee has EVER told a lie before, or made a decision others might question or side-eye…right?  LOL.  Girl, do what you want! Take the sick day if you really don’t think they will need you or care. I am sure people have done worse things than lie about being sick ONE TIME out of an entire year. Enjoy your party! 

    Post # 51
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    Helper bee

    Calling out sick on a holiday, regardless of your attendance track record, is a good way to get fired. I would go into work. 

    Post # 52
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!

    what’s the issue with just using a vacation day? it’s only one day. who cares if you lose the sick days, you’ll get more next year?

    Post # 53
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I’ve done reception work in the past so I’m curious to know what happens if you have a sick day? Is there another receptionist? Will a temp have to be called in? Will the building have to close for the day? If by you taking a sick day it will cause a pain in the a** for someone else to sort out I would seriously reconsider doing this!

    However if youre totally set on doing this then just call in sick on the morning. Be prepared for pretty much everyone to think you’re faking it but by the sounds of things you’re not ther bothered about that so no point stalling on it if you’ve made up your mind! 

    Post # 54
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

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    Kikibear:  I have taken a day off last minute, but I put in a request for it – I don’t call in sick unless I’m actually sick. At my job I earn about 4 weeks of vacation time per year but I get no designated sick days. So if I get sick, I have to use a vacation day and it is an unexcused absence. 

    I personally don’t like to call in sick when not sick and I really don’t enjoy working with people who call in sick because they want to go have fun instead of be at work, but if your absence won’t affect other colleagues and you’re not worried about how this will make you look to the higher ups, then just do it. 

    Post # 55
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    Buzzing bee

    Obviously you are not a “die-hard rule follower.” Take the vacation day or go to work. Use sick leave and your boss will suspect you are lying and you will lose all credibility. 

    Post # 56
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    Buzzing bee

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    Kikibear:  Sure I take a day off at the last minute now and then. I’ve even done it to prepare for a party. But I take a vacation day — I don’t lie and fake sick to do it. And if I caught one of my employees lying to take a sick day, I’d start a file with the intention of firing them. You don’t lie at work. There is such a thing as credibility and I don’t want employees who don’t have it working for me. 

    Post # 57
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    Honey bee

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    Rafissch:  just take the sick day. Shit happens. It doesn’t sound like you’re the type to chronically call out or anything. 

    Post # 58
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    Bumble bee

    What time do you get out of work?  Do you not have time to still enjoy your evening?

    I mean I am working, but I get off by 6pm latest.  It leaves me plenty of time to get ready.

    Post # 59
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

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    Rafissch:  I worked reception for two separate companies for around 5 years. While there was nothing going on before holidays, I still had to be there. If I wasn’t, someone had to cover phones and the door. There were only a couple of times I called in sick when I wasn’t, and that was when I was young and dumb. I wouldn’t call in sick now if I wasn’t – it just doesn’t seem right to me. I’m now a salaried project manager and have a lot of flexibility. But the ladies up front don’t – one of them has to be there during business hours, it’s just the nature of the job.

    Ask for it off and take a vacation day or go to work. Be very careful with something like taking a “sick” day right before a holiday. I know PP’s have mentioned it but many companies have policies that say if you call in sick before or after a holiday, you don’t get holiday pay. Not worth it!

    Post # 60
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2017 - Canvas Event Space

    Do your vacation days reset on January 1st? If so, just request the vacation day. 

    Do you have benefits? If you really don’t want to use the vacation day (maybe they pay out for unused ones or carry forward), based on your options maybe you could book the sick day and say you got a last minute appointment for something because you realized you still had x amount left and wanted to make sure you use it up before the new year.

    But don’t pretend to be sick – it’s super lame and everyone sees through it on NYE. If you do go that route, make sure you don’t use any social media about how awesome your party is and what a great night you had. 

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