What are your feelings on Sick Days? Have you or do you currently work in a position that offers you Sick Days? If you had access to Sick Days, did you use them? Maybe a better question is how did you use them?
Kind of loaded questions, probably. Here’s another…does they way you use your Sick Days say anything about you, like as a person?
As most of you understand, a paid Sick Day is for those times when you (or someone in your family) are physically ill and it wouldn’t be a good idea to go to work (or you need to care for someone), or if you (or someone in your family) have medical appointments you need to attend. In general, these are the only acceptable uses of your Sick Day(s).
With that being the general understanding of how a Sick Day is supposed to be used, where do you stand when people use a Sick day for something other than those two reasons?
Examples of other uses:
A co-worker takes a Sick Day because they want to take an extra day on either end of a holiday or vacation.
A co-worker uses a Sick Day to go shopping, or to take a beach/lake/whatever day – basically like a vacation day.
You take a Sick Day as a “mental health” day.
You aren’t sick, but just don’t feel like dealing with your co-workers today so you use a Sick Day.
A co-worker is avoiding doing part of their job so they take a Sick Day.
Obviously, there are lots of scenarios where someone could use a Sick Day for something other than being sick.
So, how do you feel about it? Is anything acceptable now?
I have some 100 days of Sick Leave accrued from the last 19+ years (15 year of teaching and 4+ in my current position).
I very rarely used my Sick Days when I was a teacher because it was just easier to go to school than it was to get a sub (all teachers feel this way), and I almost never use more than half of my allotted Sick Days in my current position. So, I have a large bank of days to draw from should I need them.
I guess this all comes from the fact that some of my co-workers have used all their Sick Days up (because they didn’t use them for their intended use) and then something happens and they need to ask for people to voluntarily gift them Sick Days. I know people who regularly (and often) take Sick Days to just do whatever they want because they can and no one questions them about it.
What do you think?
Do you think poorly of the people who use the benefit in such a way, or do you think it is OK to take an occasional “mental health” day?
Drop your thoughts, or experiences, in the comments. Really curious what you all think!