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Questions tagged [sickness]

Questions related to personal illness and time off for such causes.

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Can I take a sick leave just to have a check up visit in germany?

Can I take a sick leave for a day (or even half a day) to do medical check up in Germany? For example if I need to go to dentist for a visit, or simply to talk to a GP for a consult, even if I'm not ...
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What can I do if I need to attend court as a witness whilst on sick leave? [on hold]

I am off sick due to bulging disks and nerve compression in my spine. I have been housebound for 5 weeks, am unable to walk, and require aids like a zimmer frame, commode, and perching stool. I am ...
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Can a prospective employer find out about someone's past sick record?

My wife has been working at the same UK office for about five years but recently the atmosphere has turned toxic. Some of it is due to increased workload for all involved, but most of it is caused by ...
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Working till 3AM for a deadline; I want to take next day off as leave, but manager insists I take sick day

I'm in the UK, I requested a day of annual leave for the day after a deadline (~3 weeks time) which will result in an estimated 4AM finish for me (could be earlier or later, so 2AM-5AM). I will be the ...
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Is it illegal in Germany to take sick leave if you caused your own illness? [closed]

So I just had a break and ate pizza at the Italian restaurant next door. Since I like spicy food I ordered a spicy pizza. I even spiced it up. Back from break I was feeling sick for about 30 seconds. ...
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Called in sick my first week. Should I expect to be paid?

I was supposed to start a new job last week but on Monday I had a nasty case of diarrhea and decided to stay at home. I sent an apologetic email to the new company and they seemed to understand. My ...
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How to respond when my employer asks me why I'm taking so much sick leave

My employer asks me why I'm taking so many sick days, to point out that I'm taking them too much and I should stop. I don't know how to respond to that, my first thought is "it's none of your business,...
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How can I learn to care less because it makes me sick?

I work as an administrator in a company with about 30 employees. In my position I have insight into many processes and I see many things my colleagues are doing wrong. This annoys me a lot and I ...
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How to ask to work from home without mentioning an awkward health condition?

I am current working at a small start-up as an IT Support. The current policy is that you can work from home as long as you have legit reasons. Then usually most of the team managers won't mind. ...
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what can i do whilst on the sick [closed]

I phoned in sick on the Monday complaining of a sickness bug, vomiting and stomach cramps, by Wednesday the sickness had gone off a little but not entirely. On the Thursday I was scheduled for an ...
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Do employers/coworkers prefer if their employees go to work while ill? [closed]

Let's say hypothetical office employee Alice has come down with the common cold. She feels terrible, but not so terrible that she can't work. Her productivity might be half of what it usually is, but ...
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Is it acceptable to refuse to be somewhere because there is a sick person in the room?

I was in a course for 2 days, small room, 4 people, 1 was very sick (cold or flu, and not respecting good practices like coughing in elbow). I tried to take every precaution I know: wash hands ...
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Contacting a sick employee to ask for confirmation on an event

I am interested in whether (and if yes, how?) you would go about contacting an employee on sick leave in this very specific situation: There are three people involved: CEO Carl, Manager Mike and ...
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How can I learn the best way to call in sick in my company? [closed]

Is it ok to send an email the morning of (or day before) and not show up before getting a response? My manager usually responds later than when i am scheduled to be there. How can I learn the best ...
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When and how should I tell my employer I have a chronic illness?

I have been working with my current employer for 7 months. I am an interim employee and currently on project that is ending in December. I have an 'indefinite' contract. (I'm in The Netherlands) ...
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Is it “ok” to work on personal projects when home sick?

I work as a software developer, working for a client that is invoiced by the company I'm employed at. Yesterday I got sick, symptoms being fever & nausea. With fever, the general treatment is ...
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Application form asking for number of sick days [closed]

I'm applying for an internship at a university (I'm a student) and the form has a table asking for absences at my last job, with the number of sick days, reason and approximate date as the columns. I ...
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Should I mention my doctor’s appointment at my meeting with HR?

Recently, I was involved in an incident where an employee sprayed air from one of the compressed tanks we use for the soda machines at my face, resulting in my loss of hearing for three seconds ...
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How to get back into the working frame of mind on returning to work from a long break?

I had an accident in May which gave me an elbow fracture. I was on medical leave for 50 days. I have come back to work now but I feel very lost at work. I work as a development editor at a publishing ...
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Can a Dutch employer request a doctor's note after I called in sick?

I'm employed in the Netherlands and have been off sick due to migraine for two days. My employer has now asked me to provide a doctor's note for those two days. Are they allowed to request this or can ...
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How to approach my boss about a skin condition that is interfering with my ability to work?

I have a skin condition named Psoriasis. It's usually pretty tame, but some days the itch is constant and very distracting from work. I can barely concentrate and get much done in the day because I'm ...
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Went home sick (jetlag from holiday) first day of work. How can I limit the damage?

As the title says, I went home earlier today because I feel ill. I got back from holiday on Monday and I'm really struggling with jetlag. This combined with the jitters of my first day at a new job, ...
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Should I encourage my workplace to hire someone I know is ill?

I am part of a small team, so unlike big companies, one person can make a massive difference, whether for good or bad. My work is considering rehiring someone who handed in their notice last year and ...
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Privacy Violation

A coworker revealed to business customers that I am dealing with an illness in my family. He was not given permission to share this information. As a result, customers lost confidence in my ability to ...
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Is it unprofessional to delay my start date due to sickness? [closed]

I am meant to start my new job on May 2nd, but I got a terrible back injury. I'm in a lot of pain and unable to move around a lot or think clearly. I might need 1 week extra to recover. The company ...
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Can I complain to HR about gender bias? [closed]

I am a female employee. A few weeks ago, I got sick with common cold and cough. I used up all my sick days, but did not get better. I worked from home since my constant coughing, sneezing and blowing ...
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Should I tell my manager about the reasons for above average sick days?

I'm working as an apprentice for a software company based in germany. I am working full time. For about a year now, I've got some kind of recurring medical condition that renders me unable to work ...
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Should I stay away from the office with a non-contagious affliction?

I've been dealing with a bout of laryngitis all weekend on top of allergies, which resulted in me staying home sick today. I expect the allergies will clear up soon, but I don't know how long it will ...
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Feeling sick before phone interview

I have a phone interview in less than 24 hours. I have been feeling increasingly unwell. It has affected my ability to prepare but expect to be able to at least physically have a 30 minute phone call. ...
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Am I compelled to take sick days?

Some background is needed here. I'm a young worker from an IT company, so I'm lacking experience to deal with my current situation. I'm not quite the strong guy who can resist everything and be fine,...
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Is there anything better I can say to coworkers after taking a day off for mental health, when they ask?

I have a condition that pretty much never surfaces on medicine, but sometimes does (no pattern I can tell). This happened the other night so I called out sick, just announcing I wasn't feeling well. ...
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Can I join without release letter as I was sick to serve notice period?

I resigned from my job recently after working for 3 years, prior to that I worked for nearly 3 years but in that span I worked for 4 companies. In this company I had to resign due to my bad health ...
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Does sick day affect probation?

I am just one month into a 6 months probation, where my work is very tough as I am trying to catch up on a matured project with little to no help on how and where to, all I get is "look at other ...
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It seems as though my employer wants me to come into work when I'm ill. Am I missing something?

I work as a salaried employee for a software company in the UK, I've been there about 1.5 years. Their primary market is consultancy - we get assigned clients, travel to their offices for the work ...
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Ethics of providing a medical certificate for an alternate sickness

I was diagnosed with a non-terminal chronic illness sometime back. It got worse, and the medication provided me with a constant headache. I only found out that headache was a side-effect after a ...
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How to end my sick note? [closed]

I am just a trainee at a company currently on probation period. I am sick today and this is the short email I have written. Dear Sir, Due to suffering from cold and fever, I won't be able to ...
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How do I check whether my job pays out unused PST?

I get paid by the hour. I leave in two weeks, and have around 3+ days of paid sick time accumulated. I want to use this, of course, but I also don't want to leave my employer hanging without someone ...
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How to deal with illness while starting a new job?

I am living in The Netherlands and recently left my last job due to a stressful work environment. However right before I left I became very sick and have been sick ever since. I have seen several ...
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Work/Life Balance, work is suffering because of the “life” part [closed]

I'm looking for some answers about work/life balance. My job isn't exactly that stressful, but I'm not being a very good employee because of the worry about my home life and I don't know what quite to ...
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Strict sickness policy detrimental to recruitment. How to make HR aware?

I recently started work for a company as a lead software developer, their main business isn't software development and most employees are either call center staff or warehouse staff. The software ...
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Should I discuss amount of sick days with HR?

The past 6 months I have been ill or working from home because of the illness for about 2-3 days a month. I realise this is not optimal for an employer, but nobody has complained/asked any questions ...
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What should I give as the reasons for leaving my last job? I was fired while on sick leave, so been confused since [closed]

I have only had one proper job, it was full time shift work at a factory. I was a temporary worker there and I declared dyslexia and Meares-Irlen syndrome (MIS) ahead of them even recieving my ...
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Should I resign in between illness (recuperating on leave) [closed]

I'm currently on leave from my company as I'm recovering from a severe bout of dengue. Yesterday, I appeared for an interview with another company which has made me an offer I want to accept. Should I ...
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Should I hide the fact that I was just sick? [closed]

I just recovered from strep throat, and today is my first day back at work. Since I've been absent half the week, a few coworkers have already asked where I've been during my absence, and I anticipate ...
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Bringing sick child to work

I am a fan of my company. They allow you to bring a child that is not disruptive to work with you on occasion. Today a co-worker brought in his son, and he is hacking all over the place. ( for the ...
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How to best manage calling in sick for your first week?

General question: if you are very sick I think you have no choice but to call in sick even if it's your first week. How bad does this look to your new employer? Are there things you can do to avoid ...
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How to handle a one-on-one interview when I have a cold?

I came down with a small cold the day before a major interview. Typically, it's common courtesy not to shake someone's hand when you have a cold, as to not make them sick. In a group meeting it's ...
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Can/should I expect a lactation room to be protected from sick people?

As a new mom, I've felt very lucky to have a workplace that makes no complaints about my need to pump and that has a room for that purpose. Unfortunately, that room is attached to the first aid room (...
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Is generic PTO without sick days / time normal in the US?

I'm currently working for a company in Phoenix AZ, in a position that only has a specific amount of paid time off (PTO) there are no dedicated 'sick days', just PTO. What I'm starting to realize is ...
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Leave of absense from work

I have had a medical condition for almost year. It has gotten worse with me having seizures. My company put me on a leave of absence and says I cannot go back till I am safe to work. The leave of ...