Post # 76
I have literally seen people fired for this exact thing. It is certainly a fireable offense to call in sick when you are not in fact sick. I sometimes even understand a mental health day if all you are going to do is destress but what you are describing is just very dishonest and I try to never judge. Do it if you want but I’m not going to give you advice on how to lie. Hopefully all those people at your house don’t have instagram, Facebook or Twitter:/
Post # 77
It’s because of people like you that taking sick leave at my work sucks. Adult up and take a vacation day or go to work.
Post # 78
If I were your boss and you said, “Babeba, I honestly don’t think the 31st is going to be busy or necessary for me to be here. Can I use one of my sick days as a mental health day? They’re disappearing soon.” I would totally agree and say go home.
But then, I’m not your boss and I don’t know your corporate structure, so my opinion isn’t worth much… I just know it feels weird when someone obviously plays the system.
Post # 79
Also this is why some companies require a doctors note for every sick day no matter what. You call in with a cold? You better take your virus having ass to the doctor to spread around the germs and waste valuable health care money and time. This is like America’s version of “this is why we can’t have nice things”.
Post # 80
If my husband decided at the last minute that he wanted to throw a party, he’d better not expect me to lie to get a day off to do all of the leg work for said party. That’s a crappy position to put you in.
Post # 81
With all the options you brought up, it seems like your workplace is pretty easygoing. I’d tell your boss that you plan to take off on NYE using your sick time. When people at my work call in sick the day before a holiday, I always wonder if they just wanted the day off. At least this way they’ll know you’re being honest.
Post # 82
I do understand the difference between sick/vacation time and general PTO time. At my current company I get 10 days of vacation and 10 days of sick time. There is no way that I will actually be sick 10 days out of the year unless I come down with a serious illness. If I don’t use my sick time, it will just keep accruing and I will end up with more sick time than I could imaginably use. I do not get paid out for sick time that I don’t use so I take a few non sick “sick” days throughout the year.
At my previous company I was given PTO – 21 days of it. I would MUCH rather have this policy. That way when I run out of my minimal 10 days of vacation, I don’t have to use “sick” days. I can just take a day whenever I need one and nobody has to guess at to whether I called out sick when I really wasn’t.
I am truly shocked by the amount of people on this board claiming that they would fire an otherwise decent, well performing employee because they used a sick day and weren’t actually sick. As some other PP mentioned, I would never want to work for a company that would terminate me over such a small, nonsensical thing. I am a generally high performing employee and I conduct my work with quality, efficiency and integrity. If the worst thing about me is that I fake sick 2-3 times a year, the company should count themselves lucky.
OP: again, if you call in sick on NYE you will be side eyed and people will question if you were really sick. For all these people saying you could get fired- your company would have to prove with hard evidence that you weren’t sick, which would be really difficult to do. I would take the sick day, enjoy your party and don’t let any photos surface on social media until at least the following weekend.
Post # 83
- Wedding: October 2013 - Tybee Island, GA
Just put vacation… thats what i did….yesterday. lol
If you’re gonna lose it anyways why not use it, and then save your sick.
Post # 84
Eeek, I probably would’ve thought about this sooner and just asked for a vacation day, but that’s me. Are you hourly? All of the companies that I’ve worked for had a policy that if you call in sick the day before or after a holiday, they wouldn’t pay you holiday pay because so many people were calling in around the holidays. Just my two cents but I’ve worked in HR so I’ve heard every lie in the book and see straight through things…
Post # 85
Calling off on NYE is lame and very obvious. This is not going to look good on your profile, I guarantee you that.
Post # 86
It depends on if your boss is “cool” or not. Can you go to them and say that you would like to take NYE off, but you have sick days expiring so if it’s OK with them you would like to take it as a sick day? We have a different PTO structure at my company (sick/vacation days out of one pot = never having to fake sick!) but my boss wouldn’t bat an eye at that request. She would be totally fine with it, but it really depends what the culture in your office is like.
Just be aware that if you do call off last minute they will absolutely know that you are not sick. Personally, I would try the honesty route and see where that gets you. At any rate, definitely do not try to sneak it past your boss. That’s not a good look and way worse than faking sick, IMO.
Post # 87
I’d say be honest and either take a vacation day or go into work. Or if possible, could you take 1/2 a day? It also really depends on your manager. I feel like it’s pretty dishonest to take a sick day so soon without notice when you’re not sick. :-/ sorries.
Post # 88
People don’t get fired because they took they day off — they get fired because they have proved themselves to be a liar. I don’t want to work with liars. Claiming a sick day when you aren’t sick is fraud. Like another poster said: sick days are like an insurance policy provided as a benefit to employees, and to call in sick when you aren’t sick is the equivalent of making a fraudulent claim.
Regarding mental health days — I think these are valid; a close friend dies and you are grieving, you spent the whole weekend putting an elderly parent in assisted living and you are exhausted and can’t take it, you moved last weekend and you wake up with a headache and feel overwhelmed because you aren’t sleeping well because everything is still in boxes, etc. Those scenarios aren’t lies if you say “I’m not feeling well, I need a day off.” But to call in sick to prepare for a NYE party? No way. Childish lies — and yes, I’d consider letting that person go. And like I said — it’s not about them having taken a day off at all … it’s about the fact that they can’t be trusted because they are a known liar. Anyone who doesn’t understand this is a child.
Post # 89
Where I work, you need to get your manager’s approval before taking any time off. Especially if you are in an hourly receptionist role. So, if I were you, I would:
1. Reach out to my manager and let them know it’s completely dead, I’ve completed all tasks, and confirmed with anyone else in the office that they won’t need me (basically, address what REALLY matters—which is making sure all business needs are met).
2. Then I’d ask them if it’d be ok for me to use a sick day to take off 12/31. Your manager will appreciate you being honest. There’s a good chance they will say yes to both, but respect if they say to use a vacation day or no to both. It’s their discretion to do so (my experience has been that a good manager will give leeway to high performers, people that are honest, etc.).
Bottom line: Be honest. It’s not like this is an emergency. This is just a matter of convenience that you didn’t plan appropriately for. I TOTALLY get it (I’m typing this from an empty office that I had to slog through the snow for. Boo!). Just ask your boss. If you can’t for whatever reason, then go into the office.
Post # 90
If I’m reading your OP correctly, you still have 2.5 sick days that you’ll lose if you don’t use by the end of the year (tomorrow)? If that’s the case, I would def use a sick day, especially since you’ll lose it if you don’t. If it were me, I’d just put the request in the computer and hope the boss doesn’t ask. But I might be slightly biased because, at my old job, that’s how we handled such things. If we needed sick time/vacation day, we just put a request in our time clock system online. As long as it was approved, we didn’t need to let any higher ups know. But they would get daily reports on who didn’t come in, and all they had to do was click on our name to see if we had approved sick/vacation time that day. Not sure if your workplace is similar, but if you don’t think anyone will ask about it, go for it! Relax and have an awesome NYE party! 😉