Questions tagged [sickness]

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

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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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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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Single parent takes many sick days

We are a small (~20 employees) company in the US. We are a manufacturing environment and most jobs have to be completed on the shift they are scheduled - the work isn't something that can be made up ...
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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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How soon should you return to work after illness?

At the moment I'm off work sick. I imagine I might be well enough to go into work tomorrow, though not fully recovered. Should you be at work whenever you're physically well enough to do so, or ...
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Should I warn my boss I might take sick leave?

Due to reasons mainly unrelated to my job, I've been depressed, get suicidal thoughts, experience tiredness, lack of motivation, face difficulty in concentrating, etc. Due to these reasons, and after ...
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My coworkers think I had a long honeymoon. Actually I was diagnosed with cancer. How do I talk about it?

I work in a large team (~50 headcount) at the head office of a large multinational bank. Last year I was diagnosed with cancer - thankfully a very survivable form of it. I had an operation to remove ...
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Should I reply to urgent emails if I am not fit for work?

Background: I am on sick leave because of my manager: mental issues, specific problem discussed with MD and HR. I am trying to stay away from work-related emails. Meanwhile, I am sick and all my ...
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Approach sick days in feedback meeting

I have a team member who is performing well, but has regular sick days (~1-5 a month). I fully trust him and if he needs those days, there is a valid reason; he follows all the company policies for ...
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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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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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Interviewing with an unmentioned 9 months of sick leave taken during a job

I was successfully working as a developer at a Company X when I got cancer. Treatments and side effects resulted in a sick leave of around 9-10 months. The company welcomed me back and I continued ...
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Pressure to go back to work after heavy surgery

Recently, I underwent under heavy surgery. My doctor said my recovery would take a few weeks. My last week was supposed to be this previous week, but my surgeon gave me an extra week (this week) of ...
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How to approach coworker who has cancer, if I'm not supposed to know?

One of my coworkers in the department whom I know of but don't interact with much has been diagnosed with cancer. I only knew about this because of a confidant who made me promise not to tell. ...
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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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How much information to provide to my boss when taking a self-reported sick day?

My workplace allows employees to take sick leave of up to one week without a doctor's note. Essentially if you think that you shouldn't be around other people or know you won't be able to work you can ...
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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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Should I disclose a colleague's illness (that I should not know about) when others badmouth him

Recently I found myself in a situation where I just had no idea what the best course of action could be. I went back to my old workplace to get some paperwork done. While I was waiting for the person ...
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Is it professional to tell my boss that major illness in my family was the reason for my lack of productivity? [duplicate]

I work in a telecommute position so most of my correspondence with my boss is over email/Skype. Today, I got a phone call that my mom's cancer has spread to the rest of her body. I knew she had cancer,...
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When is it ok to leave work early for the day due to feeling sick?

Yesterday, I was feeling sick. I had a headache and was unusually tired. I wasn't getting any work done, because I couldn't concentrate. However, when I brought this up with my boss, and then left ...
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Might have gotten a coworker sick, should I address this?

This is in the US. Last Wednesday, I woke up feeling under the weather, but it appeared to just be allergies. Regardless, I still took precautions to avoid spreading anything (washing hands, excusing ...
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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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What to do if I am sick and can't drive myself home?

I have celiac, and if I ingest gluten, about 2-3 hours later I will suddenly get sick. I'll spare you the details; suffice to say I will be unfit to drive for several hours, and unable to work the ...
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Protocol on important meetings when you have a cold

So I came down with a bad cold over the weekend. On Monday I have an important meeting regarding the future of our company, and on Tuesday we have an important client coming. Both appointments are ...
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How to react to my superior's demand to come to work when child is sick?

I took two days off because my child is sick and needs to stay home. On the previous week I took half a day off also because of my child's health. On the second day of my absence, my boss wrote me an ...
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How should I reply appropriately if my boss tells me that they are sick in an e-mail?

How should I reply appropriately if my boss tells me that they are sick in an e-mail (the e-mail was sent only to me)? Would "I hope you will get better soon" be enough? Or should I also say something ...
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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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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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Poor management handling of recent sickness and how to approach my return?

I have a chronic condition that my workplace is aware of. For what it's worth I am a developer and have worked at this company for five years. I am in the UK and the condition is covered under the ...
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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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What to do if your boss won't let you go home when you don't feel too well?

I work for a popular grocery store in the deli department to be specific. Today I came to work feeling okay until 2 hours into my shift. I started feeling sick. So I waited for my Deli Manager to ...
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How to handle an injury that happened outside the workplace?

I've had a relatively mild concussion (outside of work). Ideally, I'd like two or three days to recover before jumping back into work, but I've already burned most of my sick days and would like to ...
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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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Told employer I wasn't feeling well and made the mistake of answering truthfully [closed]

I like my job and I like my coworkers, but today my mental illness was getting the best of me. So after some deliberation and my attempts to bring it under control on my lunch, I finally decided to ...
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Best way to react to refusal to honour an unofficial agreement on sick pay?

Firstly, for reference, this is all in the UK, so UK law applies. Here, sickness is not payable unless stipulated by contract, but many employers will offer up to a set number of sick days on full ...
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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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Signed off from work for a month for medical reasons, been suggested I could work remotely

EDIT: To clear up confusion as to the point of this. Travelling into work is a big no as I have a high risk of infection. However, I do feel as though I could do limited amounts of work remotely ...
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Boss Contamination

I work at a small tech company in the US. My superior came in today sick as a dog. I could hear him sniffling and coughing all day. This wasn't a big deal until he came over to my desk to ask about ...
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What are reasonable accommodations for depression

I have an employee who has recently disclosed struggling with depression (in response to being unable to fulfill the duties of his position). He is in a professional position and performs a unique ...
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How to deal with a cold in the workspace

I have got quite a nasty cold. Nose is dripping and such, I will spare you guys the additional details. I work in an open workspace environment. Blowing you nose once wouldn't be frowned upon, but I ...
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Handling excessive absenteeism due to genuine illnesses

I'm on the board of an organization that has recently hired a new employee in a position where attendance during particular set hours is fairly important. The employee used up all her paid time off ...
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Dealing with co-workers who don't want anyone to use sick days

I recently started a new job in a small office. My company offers sick days, and in theory, anyone who's sick is supposed to stay home and recover. In reality, this doesn't happen. Only one of my co-...
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What can I do if I need to attend court as a witness whilst on sick leave? [closed]

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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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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Is it OK to ask colleagues to leave if they're sick?

I can't stand it when someone that sits near me comes in when they're sick. All day long I listen to them sniffle and cough and I just sit there and wonder how long until they pass their germs on to ...
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How to handle an employee/co-worker being contagious if needed badly at work?

I have a co-worker at work today who looks "like death" or fairly close to it, with the flu. She's not working in my direct vicinity, but clearly this situation is not ideal for her nor the people who ...
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Is there a law about sick days without medical certificate in Germany?

Aside of what is written on a job-contract, I would like to know if there is in Germany a general rule or law, that enables a worker to be sick for some days without having to bring to work a medical ...
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Can an employee be expected to find cover for herself when off sick?

A friend has been told that, if she is off sick, she needs to find someone to cover her shifts, and that she can't expect her manager to do that for her. She is a part-time paid employee of a ...
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How can I request accomodation for chronic illness?

I'm asking this question using a pseudonym to protect my privacy. I have been suffering for a number of years from a sort of medical condition that wreaks havoc upon my sleep/wake routine. After ...
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Is it generally appropriate to expense the cost of getting a work excuse/doctor's note? [closed]

The company I work for has a policy in effect where an employee who misses three days of work in a week (or in a row) is required to supply a doctor's note/work excuse upon returning to work. The ...