If you’re sick, you should stay home from work. Period. However, for a lot of people it’s not that easy nor that simple. Here are a few reasons why, besides being an asshat, people come to work sick. 1. Not … More
Topic: calling in sick
Cold and flu season is in full swing, and chances are, at least some of you are reluctant to stay home from work when you’re sick. Whether you refuse to take a sick day for your cold or flu, or … More
President Barack Obama signed a memo today requesting that Congress pass the Healthy Families Act, allowing workers to earn up to seven days (or 56 hours) of paid sick leave, either for their own recovery, to tend to a sick … More
Calling in sick is more rare now than ever, and it’s not because we’re getting healthier. It’s because, well, we’re scared. A new study says that nearly 25 percent of American workers say they always go to work sick, and … More
Hi Sick Folk, I could have been at work in the office today, writing jokes and making bank. Instead, I’m spending my day blowing my nose and hacking more than Carlos Mencia on an HBO special. (Incidentally, Mr. Mencia knows … More
According to the Wall Street Journal, saying you have the flu is the easiest way to get out of work right now. As someone who had both the flu and the norovirus in the last two weeks I find this news appalling and also brilliant. People are not only using the flu as an excuse to get out of work, but also as a way to get out of general social obligations. In a way, could the flu actually be making people stop and smell the roses (since they aren’t congested because they are liars, they actually can)? More
Playing hooky from work is something everyone has been guilty of at one time or another. According to Career Builder, 30% of workers who called in sick last year were not really sick at all. And when it comes to skipping work, the excuse is key. An excuse for missing work can be as run-of-the-mill as, “I have the flu,” “My kid is sick,” or “I couldn’t pick myself up out of bed after watching The Hunger Games?” Yes, someone actually used that one. I mean, the movie was good and perhaps I was distracted at work the day after seeing that when thinking about Peeta and Katniss’s tragic love but skipping work and citing that as the reason is ridiculous.