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I've been fighting a cold and took a couple days off from work. I started feeling better yesterday evening, but I couldn't fall asleep until about 4 hours before I needed to wake up.

I work as a programmer. I think I'm physically capable of going into work, but I'll be pretty checked out, and getting some more sleep will both make it easier for me to focus and help me knock out my cold.

In situations like these, is it reasonable to call in sick for the day or for part of the day? How do I decide where to draw the line?

closed as primarily opinion-based by user34587, Dukeling, Mister Positive, gnat, Philipp Mar 23 '18 at 14:33

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  • I decided to go into work today, but I'd still appreciate some advice on how to decide on this situation in the future! – Kevin Mar 23 '18 at 13:51
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    Does your company have a flexible working hours policy? – user34587 Mar 23 '18 at 13:57
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    Opinion based I assume? – Sandra K Mar 23 '18 at 13:58
  • @Downvoters: I know you can't tell me whether to take a particular day off. I'm skiing for advice on how to decide, not for you to tell me what to do. In my question, I specifically ask, "How do I decide where to draw the line?" – Kevin Mar 23 '18 at 14:13
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    This depends on a lot of factors: company, culture, team, legal framework, how well you're perceived, your attendance, ... I'm not sure it's answerable even if you're just asking about what to consider. – Lilienthal Mar 23 '18 at 14:21
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Do you have employer-provided sick days? This is what those are for.

Can you work remotely and still get your tasks completed as expected?

No one can teach you common sense. If missing a day of work due to lack of sleep and mild illness would cause major problems then don't take a sick day. Otherwise be kind to yourself, take the time off appropriate to your needs and communicate that to the proper internal folks in a timely manner.

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    No one can teach you common sense -- this. – Mister Positive Mar 23 '18 at 14:24

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