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At your job, what are the rules for calling in sick, and do you get a hard time about it, or is it accepted without question(s)?

Asked by jca (35971points) June 23rd, 2014

At your job, are there rules or parameters for calling in sick? Do you have to give a certain amount of notice, for example, you must call in ____ minutes before the start of your regular workday? Or can you speak to anybody, or does it have to be your boss or any boss? If you do call in sick, does the boss or someone there give you a hard time or is it just accepted (ok, feel better, bye)?

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RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Self employed. The boss doesn’t allow for sick days.

flip86's avatar

I’m not really sure of the exact policy at my job. I never call in sick though.

The only thing I do know, is that they offer sick time to full time employees and if you don’t use it, you lose it.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

If I need to call in I do. We accumulate sick days without bound. I have enough to take off 6 months if I get cancer or something like that. Usually if I am sick for more than a few days i’ll still need a Dr. to issue a note.

marinelife's avatar

I am self-employed. I usually have to work through.

Mariah's avatar

I haven’t had to call in sick to my internship yet, but other members of my team have and it’s accepted just fine. In fact, my manager told one of my teammates today to stay home after he said he “was sick but would try to come in.” We don’t like germs in the office, and programming work is easy to do from home, so it makes sense to be laid back about it.

Blondesjon's avatar

We have a “no-fault” attendance policy. If you miss work you accrue points. If you accrue enough points specific disciplinary actions are taken. You have to miss quite a bit before you have consequences.

I am a boss so, even though this applies to me, I am still expected to make a more concerted effort to be at work than the folks that work under me.

Paradox25's avatar

Some of my former employers had automated call-in lines, so you never really dealt with people or hassle in calling off of work. On the other hand, other places I’d worked at gave me a hassle just trying to use a single vacation day, even when I didn’t miss time, due to my position.

livelaughlove21's avatar

No rules, really. I usually email the office manager around 7:30 (an hour before I’m due in) and copy the attorney I support. I usually get a response thanking me for letting her know and telling me she hopes I feel better. No one mentions it when I return to work.

ucme's avatar

Arm hanging off – Fit for duty
Man Flu – Excused detail for at least a week

zenvelo's avatar

We don’t have a well defined policy for notification by dealing. We are expected to email everyone by about the time the market opens. Most of us email about the time we’d leave for work, or when we’d get up.

I have had policies in operationally critical areas where I expected a call by the time the bell rang for the market to open.

syz's avatar

Our patients require care 24/7, so if someone calls in sick, they are responsible for finding coverage for their shift (everyone has a phone and email list at home). If they’re unable to find coverage, whoever they were supposed to relieve winds up working a double.

Seaofclouds's avatar

We are supposed to call the charge nurse at least 2 hours before the start of our shift. If we give less than the 2 hours notice, it is a late call off. The charge nurses usually just say “ok, feel better”. There is a point system for all attendance issues. Then, one we acquire a certain number of points, there is disciplinary action.

cookieman's avatar

My current job is pretty casual about it. You are expected to reschedule, postpone, etc. any commitments you had for the day. Other than that, just an eMail to the academic assistant saying you are out. No one ever mentions it when you return.

At my previous full time job, you would get a call back from the owner yelling that unless you were bleeding to death to get your ass into work.

hearkat's avatar

As a health care provider, I try to give as much notice as I can that will allow the clerical staff enough time to reach patients and reschedule them. Because of the number of people inconvenienced if I have an unscheduled absence, I only take them if I am very ill. I bet that the employee handbook has a policy with rules about this, but I honestly don’t know what they are.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Self-employed. I took much of this year off and no one complained to me.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

I give as much time as I can, but do so, so rarely they never question it.
I have had 3 sick days in 5 years.

Blueroses's avatar

Technically, I work for a very large corporation and so I’m sure there is an official policy in place.
In a practical sense, there is no use for policy. Our small pharmacy staff is well aware of our interdependence on each other and we communicate personally through off-site means to cover if something unexpected arises.
I actually wish my coworkers would call off when they are ill. More frequently, we have to band together and make somebody go home.

Haleth's avatar

There’s not a specific policy, but we don’t get paid leave for it. If any of the managers calls in sick (there are two of us and the owner of the store) someone has to cover their shift, because the store still has to be open.

That means making someone who works 50+ hours a week spend even more time on the job to cover for you. We just don’t take sick days. I wouldn’t do it unless I was like on death’s door. The most I’ve taken was coming in a couple hours late, and I had the flu that week.

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