(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 # 106
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    my oh my. its like 100 degrees on this thread…got a little heated. 😉 

    Post # 107
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

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    SLOBee:  Omg LOL! Soooooooo true!!! <thread hijack> In my “defense”, I’ve been at my job for 4 years and literally for the first 2 years I’d ask for more work. Every couple months give or take. I even put it into my reviews (we have to review ourselves) and still nothin’. So I gave up. I used to feel guilty going on the internet, but wth else will I do all day?? Yeah, I want/need a new job. Badly.

    Post # 108
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    Buzzing bee

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    SLOBee:  HA! +1 to the “posting while at work” thing! 

    I just clicked on this thread and I can’t wipe the smile off my face – this is so funny. I can’t believe so many people are up in arms about whether or not the OP should use a sick or a vacation day for NYE! 

    In my personal experience, my boss actually told me when I started working at my current position that she didn’t care whether I used sick or vacation time for days off (I think her exact words were “they’re your days, use them however you want”), but she does ask that I give her a heads up if I know I’m going to be out of the office. That means if I’m using a sick day to attend a friend’s wedding (or whatever) and know ahead of time, I just let her know I’ll be out and it’s no problem. 

    It seems like the OP has successfully navigated the issue, but just for sh*ts and giggles I’ll answer anyway. I would have taken a sick day. If they expire, and it’s not a big deal that you’ll be gone that day, why not?! (<– rhetorical question, I’ve already read all the reasons many bees think you shouldn’t do this, I just happen to disagree)

    Post # 109
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2015 - City Hall NYC

    Call in sick and when you go back to work after New Years and people ask how your New Years was, say “terrible I was so sick”.  Thats what I have done before.

    Post # 110
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

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    Sassygrn:  Uh, I’m 43.  I’ve been in the (fulltime) workforce for over 20 years.  I guess I’ve just always worked for managers who trust me and know that I’m a dedicated employee who’s not taking advantage of them or the company.  As a pp said, I hardly think this indicates the breakdown of civilized society or should be inciting such moral outrage from the bees.  People talk about a lot of subjects on here that should be getting people more upset than calling off work for one day!

    ETA:  I wouldn’t work for a company that treated me like a criminal/child for being sick.  An “unexcused” absence???  I have never heard of that in my life at a grown-up workplace.  That encourages people to come to work when they ARE sick, which in my opinion is way worse than an occasional mental health day.

    Post # 111
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

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    Zimtstern:  20 sick days!?  Where on earth are you from???  In the US we’re lucky to get 20 days TOTAL per year.

    Post # 112
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    Kikibear:  Uhh yeah.. I get 10-15 total days (they’re not distinguised beyond that, we can use them for sick or vacation days). I got 10 for the first few years and then when I became licensed/got promoted I got bumped to 15. 

    Post # 113
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I truly cannot believe the amount of pearl-clutching about this topic.  It is unreal.

    Post # 114
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I don’t intend for this to come across in a sarcastic manner but, rather, as an additional point of clarification.

    For those who are insisting that sick leave is not like an insurance policy but that, because it is part of your compensation package, it is OK for you to choose to use it for purposes other than those for which it is intended, do you also think this way about bereavement leave? This also is part of most compensation packages, and, decades ago, at one of my first jobs after college, one of the secretaries in the office complained (because she handled all the paperwork) that the maintenance supervisor had a grandparent that “dies” every year during hunting season, because this fellow was taking bereavement leave to go hunting.

    Also, although it sounds as if there are bosses who are OK with some of their employees using sick time as vacation, that doesn’t mean that the company’s HR department, Finance department, executive management, and, if applicable, owners or shareholders would agree. Some of those bosses who look the other way potentially could face some fallout over those decisions. Companies are having to cut costs to remain competitive, and fraudulent use of sick time plays a role in a company’s bottom line. As noted earlier, this does not apply to companies who offer PTO, as companies budget for employees to use those days as paid leave, regardless of the reason.

    Post # 115
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    Buzzing bee

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    Brielle:  Excellent points. 

    Post # 116
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    Brielle:  For me personally, bereavement was not presented to me in the same manner that sick leave was. I get 1, 2 or 3 days of bereavement leave for a deceased family member depending on their relationship to me. There is no minimum or maximum on bereavement leave. My sick leave accrues just like my vacation time does. I earn a certain amount of hours per pay period and can use them accordingly.

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