I expressed in my last post how annoying it is when people don’t feel comfortable enough taking days off for vacation and PTO policies are basically bullshit. Now I’d like to talk about how not taking sick days off from work is the literal worst. For everyone.
One of my good friends said to me, “Oh I’m sick as a dog. Worst flu I’ve ever had. I’m determined to not take any sick days this year though.”
I threw my HR manager hat on and I nearly lost my shit and flew off the handle as much as you can on Gchat. I said, with zero sugar coating, “Keep your ass at home. NOBODY wants to get your damn flu!”
She then explained that she was, in fact, at home, but she was WFH and that’s how she would get away without using any of her sick days. I’m not sure why, but as long as she’s not getting her colleagues sick, that’s fine by me (and I’m assuming by her colleagues as well!).
I rarely get sick. I’ve taken, like, 5 sick days in 8 years. (I should add: Knock on wood! before I come down with the plague or something.) But those five days that I’ve called in sick, I was really sick and I knew no one wanted anything to do with my sick self and anything that didn’t get done that day, well, no one would die (I’m not a doctor). Life went on and my colleagues didn’t get sick.
In closing: Don’t be one of those wanna-be office rockstars who never calls out sick (don’t say you “don’t get sick” because I’ll bet you $1,000 that you do from time to time). Everyone will hate you. Especially HR. Because you have sick days, presumably. So, use them goddamnit.