Questions tagged [sickness]

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

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Is insomnia a valid reason to file for a sick leave? [closed]

Say you had insomnia the other night and were able to fall asleep at 4, maybe 6, in the morning and there is almost no way you could go to work with that and perform. Would it be a valid reason to ...
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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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I am a software contractor and I had to be hospitalized for several days for a mental health condition, now I might lose my job

Basically, past Sunday night I informed my manager via e-mail that I was admitting myself to the hospital. I'd rather not say the exact symptoms but I was not thinking correctly or safely. I have ...
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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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Avoiding handshakes with the sick?

I am an FAE that has to represent our company at various different locations. Last week, I had to do an installation with a customer where one employee was visibly very very sick (sneezing, coughing, ...
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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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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 it common to use sick days for reasons other than being sick? [closed]

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 ...
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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 in a group meeting it's recommended to minimize interpersonal contact as to not spread the cold, but that's a bit more ...
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I got sick and cannot complete a technical test by the given date. How do I explain this to the recruiter?

This past Friday, the heating in my house did not come on at night, and my whole family got sick. I was halfway through a technical test for a job interview. I did the phone screening on Wednesday, ...
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What can I do when another employee is sick? [duplicate]

I am in the situation where I am sitting at a cluster of desks. My fellow employee opposite me is sick as a dog (coughing, sneezing and wiping his nose on his hand.) For some reason he never takes ...
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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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Medical problem causes me to arrive late sometimes

I have a small medical condition which sometimes causes me to be late. I am just starting my career fresh out of university. I don't want my employer and colleagues to get the false impression that I ...
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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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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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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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Is the company wrong for punishing me from my Bradford score?

This year I quite severely injured myself and had to have an operation leaving me out of work for 3 weeks. The company have included this in my Bradford score which makes it much worse. Other than ...
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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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Unsure if employee I manage is abusing “unlimited sick leave” policy [duplicate]

A colleague who reports to me has been taking sick days (back issues etc... and, we have unlimited sick day policy). However, it looks like it has not made significant dent on life outside of work - ...
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My boss requested medical information about a family member

I've been out of the office for 3 days and will be returning the day after tomorrow. The reason I have been out is to watch over my uncle with a serious illness. My aunt is out of town, but is coming ...
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Calling off work for pain *after* dentists' appointment

I visited the dentist today, just after I got off of work. My mouth is now in so much pain, that if it remains, I don't know that I will be going to the office tomorrow. I can work from home, and me ...
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Relocating in few weeks to start new job; family member just diagnosed with illness

During the past month I (Non-EU) have been preparing for my new software development job starting in four weeks. The job consists of relocation to a country in Europe which is a total of 2 hours by ...
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Using sick days and/or vacation time once you’re allowed? [closed]

I started a job in early February of this year- I was granted 3 sick days and 10 vacation days that I could begin using after my 90 day probation period. Not long after I passed this time mark, I had ...
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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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Ongoing Scent Sensitivity Issue

Ok, so my issue has been going on for over a year, with no resolution. I'm hoping someone can provide constructive advice for getting things resolved. I work in a corporate office, and they already ...
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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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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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Is there an appropriate etiquette to ask sick co-workers to work from home?

One co-worker consistently shows up noticeably sick. Consistently throughout the day, I hear coughing, hacking, nose-blowing, and throat clearing. This happens pretty much all day, in very short ...
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Is it appropriate to call in sick if I am physically and mentally exhausted from overwork?

I've been working 9 hour shifts 4 days in a row in a hotel kitchen. I am a kitchen porter and have been on my own for these 4 days. These last 4 days there have been over 200+ people on the restaurant ...
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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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Became very ill on vacation - how to tell manager?

I went on an international vacation for 2 weeks. I went from Canada to the UK. 3 days in I came down with a horrible flu. My flight home is in a couple of days but this flu is still holding strong and ...
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How to professionally handle being unable to complete a request due to getting ill while at work?

Whether it is a customer, a colleague or a superior, what is the most professional and least career-damaging way to explain a shortcoming or inability to handle a short term request due to getting ...
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Sick Leave and Medical Confidentiality in Canada [closed]

Lately I have been on sick leave due to an illness that has yet to be diagnosed by doctors. It is procedure at work that after 3 days of being sick, we must be put on short term disability and get a ...
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What do I write in my sick notice?

Unfortunately for me, I had to leave my job at midday last Monday. I thought it was a normal case of flu, until today I had a fever and infection. My question is how and what should I write in a ...
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What are the work-ethics and conventions for remote-workers' taking sick-leaves? [closed]

I am wondering what is the best way to approach sick leaves when dealing with remote workers / telecommuters. Is there an Additional Stigma? What's the Difference when You're Already Home? I feel ...
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How should I handle hospitalization when I am about to start a new job?

I am supposed to start a job this Tuesday (Oct 29), but I had to go to the emergency room on Friday and won't be able to start on that day. I am really looking forward to working in this new ...
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Providing notes for missed work

I hurt my hand and needed to take time off work to get it checked out by doctors. My boss is super vigilant to make sure I get a doctors note each time (he didn't even accept a nurses note and he's ...
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Should I list my boss as an emergency contact for college? [closed]

I checked around the site and didn't find an answer to this (apologies if there's an answer I missed). Here's the situation: I attend one college as a student while working in academic support at ...
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Paid for sick day, how to proceed? [closed]

I was ill one of the days this month, so should have had that days pay deducted but I havent. I received my payslip today. How do I go about a telling my boss? Unsure how to structure my email to him....
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How to determine if it is acceptable to take medical leave for surgery in hometown/other country?

Currently I am working in another country, and planning to do some surgery back in my hometown, because it is much cheaper there (even after adding the flight ticket). How can I find out if this is ...
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I have been signed off sick but my boss doesnt recognise it , can they do that?

I was recently sexually assaulted at another job that I had to take. On top of suffering from depression and anxiety I have not taken a day off because I was recently off for a kidney infection. ...
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Return to work after sick leave - employer is ignoring my wishes to return

I live in Scotland and I'm having a lot of issues with returning to work. I was signed off work about 5 months ago after being diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression. I never intended to be off ...
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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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“Toughest challenge ” question, mention illness? [closed]

I'm graduating at the end of this academic year and I have a gap of around two years on my resume before I started my Ph.D. at a top 10 program in my field. This was caused by diagnosed illness, which ...
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Can I take a sick leave just to have a check up visit in germany? [closed]

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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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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What are the restrictions for an employee during sick leave in UK? [closed]

I am employed in UK and I am on sick leave, certified by a GP. What restrictions do I have during this period, in terms of things I can/cannot do? I am not talking about blatantly unprofessional ...
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Is it a must to tell company about our own illness?

I have arthritis on my body, thus, it can appear, getting worse, even very hard to walk and need to see doctor out of sudden. Is it a must for an employee to tell the truth of his illness to company, ...
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Being sick working in childcare

I’m a trainee at a day care centre, and I’ve had a lot of time off sick due to the flu I caught from the kids. Work has put a lot of pressure on me to come back to work when I haven’t fully recovered,...
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How to negotiate with supervisor to return to office duties after an operation?

I am asking this question on behalf of my mother, who works in a UK factory. She recently had an operation that impairs her mobility. Situation before the operation My mother had an admin role that ...