I took 2 days at the back end of last year, which is the first time I've taken time off sick in as long as I can remember, simply because I could barely move off the sofa.
Because I mostly work from home and only need to go into the office once or twice a week, I tend just to work through on the fairly rare occasions that I'm sick (just the odd bad cold, that type of thing).
Physical sickness not that often and only when i can't function or I'll breath lurgy over all and sundry - so about < 3 days a year and sometimes zero.
A mental health day?
Well, I would if I had mental health problems but not if it's defined as "I just can't face it today".
It's your job, that's what you're paid for so get up and go in is my philosophy.
Johnny Blaze wrote (see)
A mental health day?Well, I would if I had mental health problems but not if it's defined as "I just can't face it today". It's your job, that's what you're paid for so get up and go in is my philosophy.
Intermanaut wrote (see)
Haven't had a day off sick in about 7 years. Taking a "mental health day" because "you just can't face it" is bollocks. People who do that should be fired.
kittenkat wrote (see)
I think it's rude to go into work if you're dead. Imagine the smell.
Depends on the weather - it's not so bad in winter.
I'm lucky to be very healthy - I can't remember the last time I felt so unwell that I didn't go to work.
However, if I do feel bad, I will stay at home.
I have time off if I have a fever or have been sick. If I feel rough but neither of the previous apply then I have two tests - can I tollerate washing my hair (if the druming of the water on my head is too much then I won't be able to tollerate office noise) and am I safe to drive?
I did once have a 'mental health' day, but I took it as annual leave rather than as sick. I was being put in an impossible situation at work and told the person responsible that I wasn't coming back in until they had fixed it.
Exactly wot Cougie said.
If I'm unwell, which is very rare, I will take the day off or as many as I need. I'll wait for one clear day of feeling more or less up to it before I return. I won't struggle in and be a hero and in the process give it to everyone else. If a colleague is clearly unwell I'll hassle him or her to feck off out the office, take their germs with them, and stay away until they're better.
I'm very fortunate. Needed only one day off sick last year and none the previous, and last came down with man flu about four years ago.
popsider wrote (see)
If I'm sick I take a day off - depending on how sick - I don't struggle in and suffer all day but at the same time I wouldn't take a day off just because I've got a cold.
These threads normally turn into a pissing contest as to how few days off they've taken in the last 50 years and still went into work even though they were dead.
fat buddha wrote (see)
mental health day?? wtf?? if you're mentally unwell you should get treatment.
+1 with others who say if you're genuinely sick, stay at home.
I took off 4 days last year - 2 were due to a nasty case of gastro virus where there was no physical chance for me to move away from the bathroom and the second 2 were on doctors orders for low blood pressure.
At my work - it depends on your boss. They can either be quite strict and tell you to stay at home or they'll demand that you're in (unless you're literally dying or in hospital).
I think if you're ill - stay at home and don't spread it.
For those that need a mental health day - I can completely understand it. I'd never do it - but I know people that need it (either due to the workplace being unbearable or just mental exhaustion). I'd never fire someone for knowing when they need a break/time off.
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