Topic: sick days

Using The Flu As An Excuse To Get Out Of Work Is So Hot Right Now

Using The Flu As An Excuse To Get Out Of Work Is So Hot Right Now

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 »

Study Finds Younger Workers Are More Stressed, But Maybe They Are Just Big Wusses?

Study Finds Younger Workers Are More Stressed, But Maybe They Are Just Big Wusses?

According to a new survey, almost seven in ten workers aged between 18 and 24 have called in sick due to stress in the last year and the majority of them were young. Experts said that young workers may feel more stressed than the older generation because they have more expectation on their shoulders or it could be because young people may also be more aware of the signs of stress than older people. But are just better at identifying symptoms of stress or are we cry babies? More »

‘I Let Myself Get Really Sick Because I Tried To Work Through It’

'I Let Myself Get Really Sick Because I Tried To Work Through It'

A 2008 study of 12,395 workers found that 70% of employees go to work sick at least once a year. The main reason for working when sick according to workers in Sweden was fear of “being judged as fragile or unreliable” if they say they are too ill to work.  “I have to be so sick I can hardly get out of bed,” before taking a sick day, one Seattle government-agency manager told The Wall Street Journal. Though some people abuse sick days or make up ridiculous excuses as to why they need one, it seems like the majority of people drag themselves into the office even if they have a fever, a hacking cough or are contagious. More »