I had a day off 2 weeks ago as I was not coping with dh being away. I called in and said I was not coming in as I was sad and to use my sick leave. My mates sent me flowers at home and I went for a movie/lunch.
- Curious as to whether employers have a specific unique leave type to cover things such as a break in (eg some employers give you special leave if you are faced with a natural disaster such as a bushfire so it doesn't come off your annual leave).
- Curious as to how personal/sick leave is utilized across different employers. Eg imo pers/sick leave should be able to be used for more than just when you have a cold (eg sick kids, house burgeled etc). However I do think general recharge time should come off your own annual leave credits. It's a rort to use sick leave to do social things for yourself.
Last edited by VicPark; 21-08-2014 at 18:27.
Yep. Not uncommon to have to work 9 in a row the way our full time rosters go.. Very easy to get burnt out. Or when you get rostered night shift, one day off back on early shift.. Yeah im not actually sick but no way I can work tired and guarantee I wont make a mistake
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Have to admit at the start of the thread I wasn't sure what exactly we were talking about with " mental health days" and I think it depends on your employment conditions or award.
E.g at work, we accrue 10 personal leave days per year. Personal leave is sick leave or carers leave. Of those 10, 5 can be taken without evidence (med cert) so to me, that leave is for mental health, wellness, tiredness or any other leave where you don't need a certificate but can't face work that day.
I agree that it was confusing because so many people use the term to just to have a day off - not for their mental health, just because.
However, if you are not up to work, exhaustion, just can't face it, overworked, to me that's exactly what personal leave is for and you should use it if you need!
I probably used to be one of the people giving mental health days a bad name. I used to make sure I used my 5 days a year without evidence no matter what. Id take one regularly with nothing wrong with me. Not anymore!
I do sometimes when I need a break!
We do crazy hours, 10p-6a, 11p-7a, 8p-4a & quick shifts so you feel like a yoyo ! I've been doing these shifts for about 7 years now & I am exhausted! Oh & the overtime put on top of that too so every now & then I need to take a day off just to feel normal & not like a zombie !
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