Sick or Sleepy?

When should you actually call in sick to work?


We’ve all woken up on a cold, rainy morning and thought, “there’s no way I’m going to work today.” Unfortunately, bad weather is not an excuse to miss work. So when exactly should you call in sick?

DO call in sick when you have a fever or flu-like symptoms. If you’re coughing, sneezing, or contagious enough to get your coworkers sick, stay home! Take a day to recover so that your entire office doesn’t end up with a terrible cold.

DON’T call in sick because you’re lazy. No one wants to wake up early and go to work after a late night in the library, but chances are you will need that sick day at another point in time. The last thing you want to do is miss too much work and risk being called out by management.

DO consider your mental health first. If you’re on the verge of a full meltdown and going to work will put you over the edge, take the day to recover. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and pushing yourself past your limits will result in a more difficult time down the road.

DON’T miss work to hangout with your friends. While it may feel like there’s never going to be another party like the one you’re missing, there will be! Your friends will be your friends once you get off work, so put professionalism first and miss that dinner downtown.

Remember that missing work is more significant than missing a class. Your boss relies on you to get things done, and if you’re gone she’ll certainly notice. Always miss work when you need to, but don’t risk missing an important deadline for a lazy morning in bed.

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