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    Calling in sick to work - What's your stance?

    I haven't called in to work sick since October 2005. Missed 1 day. And that was 2 employers back. Last company I was there 2.5 years without a sick day and I've worked here 3.5 years and have not yet taken a sick day.

    Prior to that my last sick day was January 2001, but I was really sick and missed 3 days.

    Almost did today, though...I feel like crap and have had a headache all week. And I almost NEVER get headaches. I didn't want to break my 'streak' though.

    I know lots of people call in 'sick' when they aren't even sick. Pissed off, lazy, tired, hungover, need to do personal stuff, etc.

    I never do that.

    So what about you? Do you take adavantage, use sick days when you need them, or show up every day regardless?
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    Last time I used a sick day was when my foot got smashed with an I beam at work last year.



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    If I know I'm contagious then I use a sick day. If I'm not then I usually try to go to the field where I am alone just incase I am contagious and don't know it. Have to admit though on the rare occasion if I wake up still drunk I will call in sick. If it's just a hangover I will tough it out.
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    Originally Posted by frozensparky View Post
    Have to admit though on the rare occasion if I wake up still drunk I will call in sick.
    No sense wasting a perfectly good buzz at work!
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    No one else is going to do my job. My work load won't change if I'm sick or not.
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    Originally Posted by cowboybiker View Post
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    Technically I get 18 day for personal leave a year which I'm not complaining about. The thing that blows is I do copier machine delieveries, so I really can't randomly call out sick if their is deliveries that day. In addition to what Isiberian said when I get back to work my work has just piled up.
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    Originally Posted by -=FLEX=- View Post
    LMAO: I see that thread title every day. In my UserCP.

    I got an infraction for this post in it:

    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...#post706929361

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    My gym is at work, so if I call in sick, I miss my workout.

    I don't call in sick.
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    Originally Posted by Bando View Post
    My gym is at work, so if I call in sick, I miss my workout.

    I don't call in sick.
    I did miss my workout this morning...feelsbadman.jpg
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    Originally Posted by -=FLEX=- View Post
    I haven't called in to work sick since October 2005. Missed 1 day. And that was 2 employers back. Last company I was there 2.5 years without a sick day and I've worked here 3.5 years and have not yet taken a sick day.

    Prior to that my last sick day was January 2001, but I was really sick and missed 3 days.

    Almost did today, though...I feel like crap and have had a headache all week. And I almost NEVER get headaches. I didn't want to break my 'streak' though.

    I know lots of people call in 'sick' when they aren't even sick. Pissed off, lazy, tired, hungover, need to do personal stuff, etc.

    I never do that.

    So what about you? Do you take adavantage, use sick days when you need them, or show up every day regardless?
    If you're contagious then by all means, please stay home. I don't want to get sick and neither does anyone else.

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    I think I've used a sick day or two for operations and ER visits but otherwise I typically don't get sick enough to warrant missing a day and frankly, with two toddlers at home I get more rest at the office. I have used a number of sick days staying at home to deal with sick kids, kids' deliveries, etc.
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    Originally Posted by -=FLEX=- View Post
    No sense wasting a perfectly good buzz at work!
    Last time it happened I was out with my boss the previous night with the company card. Ended up calling him on his cell and told him it wasn't safe for me to be driving and told him I would take it as a vacation day. He said "screw that I'm not driving either and I'm sure as hell not using a vacation day".
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    Just realized in that thread I got my first ban for talking about foxtails in my lawn

    I actually did go to work, got banned and ban lifted before I got home.

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    I take sick days when I'm sick and not feeling well. I also use sick time for doctor's appointments. I don't abuse sick time, if I want a personal day I use vacation, but if I'm not feeling well I figure that's why they give it to me. Plus I do no one any good when I go into the office contagious or miserable.
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    My last two companies only had PTO, so I would never call in sick. I think my current company has sick time, but I'd have to be near death to use it. Besides, I can always work from home if I'm really that sick.
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    I rarely get sick.

    I get injured some times (at the gym) and need "mental health days", the latter, fairly frequently.

    In my line of work, I need to be functioning 100%...mentally and physically. My employer recognizes this and provides adequate benefits.
    I cannot go to work depressed and do suicide intervention nor counselling.
    I cannot go to work with any hint of contageous virus as the kids might get sick.
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    never have called in sick.

    I had emergency surgery so obviously I couldnt make it the next day but other then that nothing.

    I missed a day when my car broke down on the way in once.

    i work with all women, they call in sick once a week. they seem to find great difficulty working an entire work week. always something coming up. You can practically count on at least one of them being sick when we work saturdays and we work every saturday.
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    I can work from home, if needed, so unless I (or one of my kids) am REALLY sick, I don't call in sick. I will, on occasion, call in sick if something comes up last minute and I need the day off. I get 6 days per year and take maybe 1. Some years none.
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    If I called me and told myself that I am calling because I'm sick and can't work, I would fire myself. So, if I am sick, I work through it.
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    I have never taken a sick day in my professional career. Use them or lost them has always been the policy... I always lose them. For that matter, I've burned lots of vacation days too. People who use sick days when they don't need to are mentally weak and undependable IMO.
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    I CANNOT STAND when people come to work sick, sick as in fever and all the other symptoms that go along with it. STAY HOME, YOU'RE REALLY NOT THAT IMPORTANT. The business will make it.

    If have just a cold or the sniffles (with no fever) I will come in, but if I'm not feeling good, I stay home.
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    That seems a little closed minded. As I said, I'll call in when I'm not necessarily sick. If my employer decides to view me as mentally weak and undependable despite the extra hours I put in during the week and on the weekend, I'd find another employer.
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    Rarely get sick enough that I can't work, so I have lots accumulated.

    Did take one last week when my mom was feeling bad after getting out of the hospital the day before.
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    I take sick days when our children are sick. My wife is a teacher, so it is more difficult for her to drop everything and take a day off.

    I typically take one or two sick days per year, sometimes more if I have something serious.



    My personal stance: if you are coming down with something or still contageous, it is selfish, inconsiderate and inefficient to go in and expose other people. If you're sick, check your ego and stay home. If you have some major important thing to do that no one else can do, then go do it and leave.

    I have asked people to go home as they look like crap and obviously were not going to get any better by staring at the wall wishing they were in bed.
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    Originally Posted by phikappa View Post
    My last two companies only had PTO, so I would never call in sick. I think my current company has sick time, but I'd have to be near death to use it. Besides, I can always work from home if I'm really that sick.
    We have PTO only. They lumped all our accrued hours into a single account. It makes accounting easier and none of the hours go against earned OT like the old system did.

    The only time I've missed due to being not able to come into work was 2007 with sinus surgery, 2009 with the flu for 3 days, parts of 2011, 2012 and this year with my car accident related activities.

    I switched jobs internally last year and the work load has dropped off dramatically, so I forsee lots of 3 & 4 day weekends this summer. We do get cashed out for any time over 80 hours carried into the following year at 50%, so there is an incentive to take time off. I have to take about 280 hours in 2013.

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    I appreciate when co-workers call in sick instead of valiantly spreading their disease all over the office like some sort of saintly martyr.
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    Originally Posted by erinlee01 View Post
    That seems a little closed minded. As I said, I'll call in when I'm not necessarily sick. If my employer decides to view me as mentally weak and undependable despite the extra hours I put in during the week and on the weekend, I'd find another employer.
    Haha. No one has ever accused me of not being closed minded

    I've always held to management's view on this subject and I've seen way too much abuse in this area.
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    Originally Posted by jellodirt View Post
    I appreciate when co-workers call in sick instead of valiantly spreading their disease all over the office like some sort of saintly martyr.
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