How do you feel about calling in to work sick when you’re not?
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I don’t think it’s a good thing to do nor a very good example to show your kids. Ultimately, someone else has to do your job if you don’t show up and I never wanted to do that to my co-workers. I never used my sick days being sick. I would use them for special days off but never said I was sick. I think in general, I’ve been very lucky with illness.
I am pretty sure I never did that. Even when I was sick I almost never took the day off.
Oh, wait. I think there was 1 or 2 times when I got so angry at my boss, I didn’t show up the next day. But I still think it was honest to say I was sick. Because that’s how my boss had made me feel. Sick. (I always had one of those jobs where if I didn’t do something one day, it was simply waiting for me the next day, so it didn’t inconvenience co-workers.)
“Because that’s how my boss had made me feel. Sick!!” You’re cracking me up SKL! That’s so funny!
I don’t think I’ve ever done that. However if I REALLY needed the day off (for whatever reason) and couldn’t take it off… then I might say I was sick if I really wasn’t. But I’ve never had a job where I felt like I had to lie.
I do remember that I did this once in High school. I called the main office and pretended to be my mom calling me in sick for the day. My friend did the same and we thought we could just have a great day at the mall having a good time. However, somehow that didnt work and I had an angry mom on the phone 1 hour later…..
That’s so funny Lucy. Kids do things like that all the time. My oldest son Jason once wrote his choir teacher a note telling her he had “my” permission to quit choir. I told him he had to finish the year and couldn’t just quit. Funny thing was I worked in the school building he was in and was in the office getting my mail one morning and she handed me the note. We really laughed about it. How dumb was that of him???? Kids are funny. Needless to say, he finished the year.
MOM’S ALWAYS FIND OUT.
If we are talking about school, I took plenty of “sick” days. I started working on my faking skills in 1st grade, if I remember correctly. My mom wasn’t a total sucker though. The first time my belly “felt better” pretty quick, so my mom made me walk to school late. Eventually I had to produce fake vomit or really hone my drama skills to get a day off. Usually my mom didn’t buy it. But I did have a mysterious condition that caused me to get nauseous on many a Thursday – the only day the nurse came to our school. She would let me go home. Ah, those were the days!
In high school, I was pretty much free to do what I wanted. I had the worst attendance record in the history of the school, or so they told me. But I graduated near the top of my class. Go figure.
I don’t recall ever faking sick. I know I’ve called and said something like, “I’m using a sick day,” but I don’t think I ever said that I was sick, if I wasn’t.
I rarely took days off anyway. I’ve been extremely lucky in my employed life – I don’t have a career, except “Mom” – and I’ve had a lot of different jobs. All except one were jobs that I really enjoyed going to. All of them involved enough variety and personalities that it kept me engaged. So, unless I was ridiculously tired (a concept that I laugh at now, since back then I was childless) or truly sick, I rarely took days off.
One job, though, didn’t pay overtime. They gave me “comp” time instead. In that case, they TOLD me that I had to start taking time off, and use up that comp time! So I would watch for slow times (this was a middle school band program), and take full days off during those times. And totally goof off, because I wasn’t supposed to be sick.
Well no I have no reason to, I work out of my house. If I call in sick then the parents have to either at last minute find someone else to watch their kids or stay home themselves. I wouldn’t do that unless I was really sick, I’d feel too guilty! And I agree that it doesn’t set a good example for your kids.
I have called in sick once or twice when I wasn’t. I have also lied about my kids being sick to get out of school as well. We do this once or twice a year for special events like in the fall when the PGA has their golf tournament here. If you tell the school you are just taking the kids out for it they call it unexecused and none of the work can be made up and they get 0’s for them. So we call in sick for them.
I don’t do that. It’s just wrong.
I only did that 1 time believe it or not. I was totally pissed off that the owner let somebody stay at the motel that he KNEW I had issues with and I told him that if he stayed I would not be there the next day and I guess he called my bluff…following morning I had somebody alert me to the fact he was there and I called in sick. Owner never called my bluff again.