Even though I have been in the workforce for 20 years, somehow I have just recently come into my first ever job with paid sick days. It’s a part-time (3 days a week) job and I get 6 paid sick days a year. If I don’t use them by the end of the year… they’re gone forever.
Honestly though, I pretty much never get sick. I recently finished up the first year at this job and if I recall correctly I only took 1? sick day. So the other 5 went to waste. It sort of makes me feel like I’m getting ripped off a bit, because as far as I can tell everyone else is using all of their days so… I’m getting paid the same (relatively speaking) to be at work more often.
I’ve thought about just faking sick to use up some more of the days but like… is that a SERIOUS ISSUE that I could get into SERIOUS TROUBLE if I were caught on or just kind of one of those things everyone with extra sick days does? I've even thought of going to my manager and asking if this would be ok but I don't know if it is the kind of thing that is accepted in the workplace in general, and I feel like asking and being told no would lead to every future sick day off being looked at suspiciously.