Do you feel free to take sick days?

Health officials suggest that this could be a bad flu season for Minnesota, judging from the early onset of the season and the number of patients admitted to hospitals. One of the best measures to fight the spread of the flu is for people who feel sick to stay home. Today’s Question: Do you feel free to take sick days?

  • Rich

    Yes. This is a benefit we earn from my employer. Although when the usual suspects call in on a Friday with long weekend flu or Monday with cocktail flu, it abuses this benefit and makes it harder for those that that use it legitimately.

  • Rachel Nilsson

    Yes and no… My boss and coworkers are very supportive of people taking sick days or working from home when sick. But my employer recently limited the number of paid sick days we get. As a result, I went to work with a bad cold in 2012 so I would have the days to stay home with my daughter if she got sick.

  • Jim G

    Staying home when sick is one way to protect others. Another way to fight the spread of the flu is to vaccinate as many of the population as possible. This year’s flu season could claim more lives than the average estimated 36,000. The flu weakens and secondary infections take advantage of the weakness, killing one or two weeks after the flu. By getting your flu vaccination, you could not only protect yourself, but the elderly loved one you visit in the nursing home.

  • Philip

    It is obvious the people who asked this question have never been in the army.

  • Steve from Up North

    As someone with Crohn’s Disease, I don’t think twice about taking a sick day if I need it. If I’m not feeling well, then I take a day to recover. I’ve dragged myself in to the office occasionally to finish off a project that is just about done, or to do something quick for someone. But then it’s right back home to sleep and do what’s needed to recover.

    I don’t think people use enough of the time that they are given for vacation or sick time. There’s always a reason that they need to be at work instead of taking care of themselves. I’ve seen plenty of coworkers who look like hell warmed over come in to the office because they feel they need to.

  • david

    Take a day off? I wish that was an option. Last year i had to burn up my whole wopping week’s worth of vacation time to recover from surgery and later regreated it when i needed to take another day off later. Who can afford to get sick?

  • Gary F

    I don’t get sick or vacation days seeing I work on straight commission. I can work remotely for about 75% of my work if I really wanted to. So, sick days I stay home.

  • Carrie

    We are encouraged to stay home if we are sick. There’s no point in making the whole office sick.

  • Jeff

    At my place of work the sick days don’t count against my vacation (which is already 4+ weeks). I did take 3 days of sick time last year due to a surgery but I hadn’t taken a sick day for about 4 years before last year. If I feel bad enough and there is not a very important reason to be at work then I wouldn’t have a problem taking a sick day, I just rarely get a chance to use them. Although there were a lot of people out sick yesterday and some people who were sick who actually came in…today there’s even more actually at work who are still sick. If there isn’t a very important reason to be at work I don’t understand why people would show up sick.

  • GregX

    Yes… but don’t often need to.

    My company accrues sick hours each year. Unused hours can be donated to others who’ve exhausted their sick hours. I’ve been fortunate enough to donate the max hours to that program the last several years. Seems like a good way to use the company resources where needed.

  • Lisa

    We’re expected to work from home if we’re too ill to be in the office at my job; if we’re too sick to work from home then we may have to count the day against our vacation time (the policy is not entirely clear on when that happens). I would prefer to have a pool of sick days so that I would be able to actually rest when I’m ill without worrying about having it cut into my (limited) vacation time.

  • Markus, DDS

    This story made me never to take a sick day unless ready for a hospital.Our troops never get a sick day while they keep us safe.

    Read this and discuss why our Senators are so lame. For example:
    Dear Senator Dianne Feinstein,
    I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do
    not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain.
    I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.
    I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom YOU serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.
    I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.
    I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation media campaign against the American public.
    We, the people, deserve better than you.

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Joshua Boston

    United States Marine Corps


    • Steve the Cynic

      I don’t get what a letter about gun control has to do with taking sick days, but if, as you seem to think, keeping people safe is an honorable thing, why would you want to expose your coworkers, customers, clients, etc., to your germs?

  • Wally

    I’m the boss. Of course I take sick days. When I’m SICK (which is rare). I can take days off whenever I want, but it also means working six-day weeks sometimes, and 18 hour days when necessary, to get a quality job done on time.