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Going to Work While Sick

Do You Go to Work Sick?

Going to work when you're feeling under the weather is sometimes unavoidable. In the spirit of sickly winter, I want to know if you're someone who saves their sick days for something other than the sniffles.


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sleepyprincess71 sleepyprincess71 7 years
I would like to stay home but when I call in my boss makes me come in anyway saying there is no one else to cover for me and she refuses to help out anywhere.
zawackirz zawackirz 7 years
I am sick at work right now :( wah!! :(
allieperez allieperez 9 years
I can't call out because I'm the only person that works in my office. Lately thought that just irritates me because not only can I not call out but I also feel bad about taking vacation time as well.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
unless I am having stuff coming out of both ends.
stickyheels stickyheels 9 years
This is really selfish - but I'd rather go to work sick than use my PTO to sit on my ass and watch TV. If I'm going to take PTO then I want to appriciate it...on a trip or a vacay or family time. I just drink some of that vitamin C stuff and tough it out, and hope I don't get everyone else sick. I told you it was selfish.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Unfortunatly I work for a chiropractor and they always want us to come in and get adjusted when we are sick. Really it's the last thing I want to do, I don't like people touching me when I don't feel good.
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
Oh my God, I call in sick all the time.
splayer splayer 9 years
I actually have the flu right now and I called in sick today... However, that doesn't stop the emails, or the expectation that I answer them. :(
Mintie Mintie 9 years
I save my sick [PTO] days for when it's beautiful outside or I want a "mental health" day. Unless I'm super duper sick [which rarely happens]
flyinglimegreen flyinglimegreen 9 years
Yeah, employers should really take a second look at their sick days policy, especially if they're asking their employees to take sick days out of their normal vacation days. In the end, productivity will take a nose dive if someone comes in sick who SHOULD be at home, BUT came in b/c they didn't want to lose vacation time and ended up infecting the whole office who now has to do the same thing--come into work and infect more people. Employers: treat your employees like the adults that they are. If they decide they are sick enough to stay home, give them the benefit of the doubt that they're not just "trying to get out of work." Because if you have so little trust in your employees, then why did you hire them in the first place? You trust them infront of your most important clients, but not enough to let them be the judge of when they're too sick to come in? WITHOUT punishing them for it?
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Guess my sick is different from other people's "sick". I have crippling far too frequent migraines and something else that's currently undiagnosed. For that reason when I suffer from migraine attacks which can be a day and include things like temporary blindness and extreme vertigo - it's best that I do not go to my job and endanger the lives of the citizens of SF. Plus the medications that I have to take to try to resolve the migraine attack are not safe for driving which is my job - the DOT says I can continue to drive so long as I don't drive while under the influence of these medications because I am receiving constant medical care. So yeah I call in sick - lie down- hope the room stops spinning- that my head doesn't explode or maybe that it finally does - that I get my vision back - and that my employer continues to understand that this is not something within my control or even my doctor's control. Sometimes I forgo taking the medications so that I can work and I end up in an ambulance during my shift on my way to the ER or after my shift I end up wandering around for hours because I have no memory of where or who I am then I end up at the ER getting treated. It's all fun. Not. Either way I pay.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I hate when people come to work sick. They walk around sneezing and coughing and spreading germs everywhere. Before you know it half the office is sick and the place has almost shut down. I work in small department (4 people) and none of us can afford to be sick for long. We have an office rule that you do not come in sick, ever. I usually work from home when I am sick unless it is a bed bound illness.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
As an E911 operator ... I cannot call in usually. I've got to be down and out - not only am I considered essential personnel - we're too short handed. When one of us calls in, someone else HAS to come in. It's not feasible to leave our station unmanned. :(
ladygypsy ladygypsy 9 years
My company hates when people take sick time. We "get" 10 sick days a year yet in the past, they adjusted your yearly raise downward the more sick time you took. If you don't take any sick days in a year, you get 2 extra paid vacation days. I used to drag myself in all the time when I was sick. Nowadays, I don't care. If I have a fever, I call out. Others, however, drag themselves in just to look good and score those extra 2 days.
piraterie piraterie 9 years
I absolutely stay home. My company has always made it very clear that we're expected to stay home when we're sick, so as not to infect other people, but I have a couple co-workers who come in when they're, like, dying, and it pisses me off. Stay home, keep it to yourself, and don't make your entire department sick!
Evalla Evalla 9 years
Definitely work from home. My job makes it easy for me to work from home, and it doesn't really help anyone if I come into the office and get them all sick. Speaking of, everyone in my office has some kind of plague. Hmmm...
fiestygirl fiestygirl 9 years
i try not to, bc i can literally kill my patients by exposing them. if i am not feeling good, i wear a mask all day.
kristennn kristennn 9 years
My job is very deadline-centric and often, it doesn't matter how sick I am because I absolutely NEED to be at work for things to get done. I wish I could just call in any day like many of my friends.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
i'm weird when i'm physically sick i still go in i like to save my sick days for days when my spirit is sick and i need a day of down time
Brandi2778232 Brandi2778232 9 years
I'm actually sick now for 4 days. I come in the morning to work, and let my boss ask me to go home. That has been working for me, she won't count as a leave.
Babychloe Babychloe 9 years
It depends how sick I am. If I think I can make it through the day, I'll probably come in and just stay away from everyone. I hate using up my PTO.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I only call in if the doctor tells me I need to stay home otherwise I am here everyday. I do not get sick very often anyway. The last time I was really sick was 2 years ago but I had an office so I was the only breathing on myself.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I usually come in and tough it out. I have WAY too many responsabilities at my job to be sick all the time. Only if I am really truely not feelign well will I call in today :(
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