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    This might sound controversial but in my experience whether or not people call in sick can depend a lot on their job role and whether it can be done by other people. For example I've found in some places that some receptionists and nurses take time off freely for minor illness as they know the impact will be minor, ie someone else will do the the work while they are away. Obviously it impacts on the other people filling in and most people would take this into consideration and feel bad but there are always some who don't worry about it. However if one of the vets is sick it makes a huge difference, appointments have to be rescheduled, potentially surgeries too as the remaining vets already have a full work load and can't double up on appointments for example. So in my case although I'm sure people don't appreciate bugs being spread around if I'm sick, I think they get more annoyed at the inconvenience of having to rearrange things so I would never consider taking time off for a cold.

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    I don't take time off unless I'm bedridden. I'm a Pharmacist so calling in sick is a HUGE drama as a replacement needs to be found at short notice otherwise the shop can't open.
    If I knew my job could be done from home, or I could catch up the next day I would definitely take a day off to recover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nh2489 View Post
    This might sound controversial but in my experience whether or not people call in sick can depend a lot on their job role and whether it can be done by other people. For example I've found in some places that some receptionists and nurses take time off freely for minor illness as they know the impact will be minor, ie someone else will do the the work while they are away. Obviously it impacts on the other people filling in and most people would take this into consideration and feel bad but there are always some who don't worry about it. However if one of the vets is sick it makes a huge difference, appointments have to be rescheduled, potentially surgeries too as the remaining vets already have a full work load and can't double up on appointments for example. So in my case although I'm sure people don't appreciate bugs being spread around if I'm sick, I think they get more annoyed at the inconvenience of having to rearrange things so I would never consider taking time off for a cold.
    I was a rental receptionist before DD got cancer, but because I did the admin for the property managers, plus the daily banking transfers, it was a surprisingly big deal if I called in sick. I was (frustratingly) the only person who knew my role inside out. If I took a week off for annual leave (ie 5 business days), I came back to a pile of work that nobody else did. Technically, a few of them did know how to do the various tasks I did, but they were too busy with their own jobs to take on all of mine. It was a stupid system and it generally took me at least a week or more to get back up to date after time off.

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    That's a good point actually.. With my job if I call sick just means someone else gets overtime (win for that person) plus we don't have personalised work. It's all done and handed over to the next shift.
    So I didn't think of having no one to do the work if u call sick etc.. Good point!

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    I would have to be gravely ill not to show up to work because no one could do my role. I take stuff to get me through to the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kim85 View Post
    That's a good point actually.. With my job if I call sick just means someone else gets overtime (win for that person) plus we don't have personalised work. It's all done and handed over to the next shift.
    So I didn't think of having no one to do the work if u call sick etc.. Good point!
    If I had a job where that was the case then I probably would've taken more sick days when I wasn't feeling great. I've never EVER taken sick days without actually being sick (like faking a sickie), but I definitely soldiered on despite feeling like crap a few times, for the above reasons. I did notice that those people in my office whose jobs weren't so badly affected by time off, definitely took more sick days. I averaged about two sick days a year. Not many IMO.

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    Default Do you go to work with a cold?

    If I have clients to see and people to call I have no choice otherwise if I'm quite I would take a day off if I could but never a week , DH would be lucky to take a few hours off but that's unfortunately one of the downsides of owning your own business ! ( luckily we are rarely sick!)

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    I'm in defence, we don't get accrued sick leave as such. If you are sick you get checked at the medical centre and then get sick leave as needed.
    Last year I got three colds within about two months because of people staying at work while they're sick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    I was a rental receptionist before DD got cancer, but because I did the admin for the property managers, plus the daily banking transfers, it was a surprisingly big deal if I called in sick. I was (frustratingly) the only person who knew my role inside out. If I took a week off for annual leave (ie 5 business days), I came back to a pile of work that nobody else did. Technically, a few of them did know how to do the various tasks I did, but they were too busy with their own jobs to take on all of mine. It was a stupid system and it generally took me at least a week or more to get back up to date after time off.
    I was trying to word it right so as not to cause any offence to anyone, I'm not implying that the role receptionists or nurses do is not invaluable, it's just an example that in some circumstances their roles can be redistributed and the impact on the business is minimal. This is not the case in all situations such as yours where your role is such that somebody else cannot fill in for you or in a practice with only one nurse or receptionist of course things would be affected differently. And also like in your case it might not impact the day to day business or others much if you are off but you then have to bear the brunt of all the catch up work when you get back so I'm sure that would influence your decision too.

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    If I'm feeling well enough to stay at work I do, if I'm feeling crappy I will have a day off.


 

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