“Think as I think,” said a man, “or you are abominably wicked; you are a toad.” And after I thought of it, I said, “I will, then, be a toad.” ― Stephen Crane
The calling in sick one cracked me up. Sadly that sort of thing happens all the time in real life.
I gave up caring why people miss. 1) It rewards lying and punishes honesty. 2) It doesn't matter to the organization why you are not there. 3) I'm not interested in challenging people or being an investigator into their personal lives. If you miss too much, then you miss too much. Unless you have irrefutable proof of illness or something else beyond your control, you are gone. Somebody out there needs your job and wants it bad enough to show up. They deserve what you don't appreciate, and the rest of us need someone there. Consequently, this policy results in people being honest and asking for time off for fun or leisure which is just fine with me. It's not why you miss, but how much that matters. If you are a reliable employee, and want off to go get drunk and eat hot dogs at the gay parade, I'm gonna say: "have a great time, dude, and don't think about work. It will be here when you get back."
When I worked for others, I never took sick days. Never. I figured having a job meant I should be there and I did not want to jeopardize that. But the prank call was funny.
If you work for Apple, you call in iSick.
I rarely take sick days, however we do have an open policy where I work that if you are sick, stay home. You can work from home if you want, but don't come in to potentially infect others or create an environment that sort of wraps itself around why you don't feel well. It create a productivity gap and makes people nervous.
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