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Should We Kiss Our Sick Days Good-Bye?

With the invention of laptops, wifi, live chat and email, the office can be transported anywhere - including your home sweet home...on your sick days.

According to our girls at
Shiny Shiny TV, technology could be ruining the traditional "lie on the couch, sip on soup, and veg out" sick day. There are undeniably those days when our bodies will not be making it farther than the front door. Instead of healing ourselves with lots of rest and fluids, we spend our day catching up on work, sending those overdue email, surfing the net for the latest handbags. Unless you turn off your PDA, your laptop and the TV, you will never get that peace and quiet your mind and body needs.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it a personal choice to stay electronically connected? Or are we slaves to the world of TiVo, the net and text messaging?

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macgirl macgirl 10 years
My husband owns the company so when I'm sick I'm still expected to work and answer questions. It is kind of annoying. One of our employees was sick this week and my husband actually called and left him a message asking him if he was up for working later he would be online. I know we are small but for the love of pete, if you are sick you are sick. Technology has definitely put a fuzzy line on the division between work and home :-(
rkdub rkdub 10 years
Honestly, when I am sick, I like to work from home because it seems like I get so much more done being away from the office. Then, at the end of the day, I may feel like crap, but knowing I got so much accomplished and will not be completely buried the next day makes me feel a little bit better... besides, working in bed TOTALLY beats the office anyday...
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
We dont' get sick days. We get 17 days that we can use as we want. and my company expects us to take mental health days where we don't work. I guess i need to change my vote. i was thinking about it, all this does is allow me to work from home when i am sick and save my time off for more fun things :-) which i do when i am sick. i just assume work and save a paid day off for when i am feeling well or having company in town or going on vacation _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
PinkSparkleGrl PinkSparkleGrl 10 years
ugh - sometimes when you are sick, you REALLY are sick. I feel the problem stems from all the people abusing the sick days. Therefore no one is trusted, so the MAN will just punish everyone and make them work at home.
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
i worked at home for over a year and i dont think i used more than 4 hours of sick time...there is no one to contaminate and shor of being in surgery i could work. it sucked!!
morgy morgy 10 years
I personally wouldn't want to log off. But I'm an internet addict :D hehe that's for sure. Actually, staying at home and surfing, catching up with emails and things like that, is a very relaxing thing for me to do so if I stay in home if I'm sick, unless I have high fever or something, I would probably do that as a way of relaxing. But of course I would turn off my computer at some point to get some sleep.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I said adios cause the only way I can not work at home is if the power is out. Or if i go on vacatio and leave the laptop at home. which i do. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
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