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How sick should you be before you take a sick day?

I woke up yesterday after a really really bad night of sleep. I definitely slept weirdly and had the start of what might have been in a really bad migraine. I took one of my new migraine tablets and waited. I would try brave the workday..my contract was going to finish soon, taking another sickie before my last week would look bad right? I don’t want to burn any bridges, in case I get another contract in the future.

The thought did cross my mind, maybe I should call in sick.. ? Or shouldn’t I? 

It was make or break. In the past, I have tried going to work despite having a bad migraine with nausea…only then to have to go home and vomit the living daylights out of me. Some days, I take some meds and try to do my job with a headache or sickness…

However, in the case of yesterday, with the new medication seemed to help and I managed to make it through the WHOLE workday mostly unaffected. I was a bit tired and a bit lethargic, but who wouldn’t be after a six-day working week?

Some people I know take a ‘sickie’ whenever they feel like they want to go to work, and they actually are perfectly fine to go to work…but others like to ‘save’ their sick days for days where they actually really really do feel unwell. I don’t think either of these options is ideal. If you save all you sick days for a rainy day and force yourself to go to work, that can’t be good for you or the company…sick days are there for you when you need it. However, taking sick days to have fun, is just something that doesn’t sit right with me…I would probably just feel guilty all day and try to make sure I don’t post anything on social media LOL. Some workplaces will require a sick certificate for every single day of sick leave taken and others might be only needed when it falls on Mondays and Fridays before or after a public holiday. etc.

 

But it would be interesting to hear about other people’s opinions on “how sick do you have to be to take a sick day?’

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