Work Sick Day Stories
Need a sick day to unwind? Get creative with some of these tales.
Sick Time is for an Actual SicknessOnce long ago a supervisor decided that he wanted to do something about all the staff that kept calling in sick. It seems that the company would give large amounts of sick time per month to staff and some people could not wait to get the time so that they could call in.
Well one day, I knew this was not the proper protocol, but I stopped the boss and asked him point blank what was the problem with trying to put an end to people calling off so much. I told him that when these staff people call off, they put undo pressure on others who are trying to work.
These were his words to me, he said that when a staff person continues to use up his or her sick time, there will come a time when they will run out. When that time comes, they will create and wreak havoc on their finances. He said there is nothing worse than not having any coverage for loss of pay. The car note does not get paid, the house note does not get paid, your regular bills will not get paid because there is no money. Since you did not actually work, you have nothing to cover all this expense.
There has been some improvement, but we still have the problem sometimes.Read 2 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by labtech on 10/17/2011:
... And the Winner Is..! I've been at my company for over 15 years and I've put in my share of unpaid OT, worked my share of Saturdays, and given up my share of vacation days. Yet, every time I need a legitimate sick day, my boss rolls his eyes and gives me a tone like I'm full of crap. You'd have to literally barf up a lung right in front of him to prove you weren't faking. You'd think after 15 years, I've proven my credibility by now.
I figured since I am being labeled as a fibber anyway, I might as well get the benefit of the time off. I called in sick one Monday morning and, because I am a very shitty liar, I stumbled and ended up making up an off the cuff excuse that I had pink eye.. which I didn't realize was a week long 'vacation'.. I only needed one day, but apparently because this is highly contagious, he had to report it to the company nurse, and next thing you know I get a call from health and safety that I have to stay home for a week. Sweet! .... Except.. now I need a note from my doctor. How the heck am I supposed to get that? I know, I'll rub some moistenedsalt in my eye get it nice and red, and then go see the doc for some cream and a note..
(seemed like a good idea at the time), I put a little salt in some warm water except I don't realize it hasn't completely dissolved yet and as I rub the salt water in, I scratch the cornea and end up having to wear a frik'n eye patch for the whole week I had off. Real fun. I'm stuck in the house because I can't drive, and now the other eye is starting to hurt from over compensating and by the time the following Monday comes, I am literally half blind but I have to go back to work.. I'm out of excuses... suck it up dumbass.
Not withstanding the fact that I now know that Salt water won't actually make your eyes red since we are 95% water and Saline, I also didn't know that pink eye doesn't literally mean your eye gets pink...
I have officially earned won the "Retard of Month" Award.
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California ClosetsI have been missing too many days because I didn't feel safe in this workplace since these co-workers do not receive safety training on machinery or other things that are work-related. I have been telling my boss and manager for 4 years that I am uncomfortable about these workers who have 3rd grade education and have no knowledge of mathematical background or safety training since they have been operating on dangerous machinery. There had been accidents ongoing, so that is why I stop "investing" myself in this company. But they fired me anyway because of my tardiness and absences; I was relieved of this. Now, I can start looking for a better job that I would be able to work in more safety-conscious workplace.
My advice for you: If the workplace is not safe, then find another job and get out of this hellhole. You would rather come out of this workplace as a whole person, than be a cripple or an amputee.
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Posted by BonusOnus on 03/09/2009:
Mother Hubbard And The Kid In Her Shoe . . .I don't mean to disrespect what some call the hardest job in the world, but a certain (receptionist) co-worker has broken the last vertebrae in this camel's back!
My co-worker and I are both assistants at a law firm. TOGETHER --- we handle phones, clerical duties, schedule appointments, return calls, and run office errands. If one of us goes missing for a day, things get piled up pretty quickly and creates a lotta late nights playing catch-up.
You see, every now and then, my co-worker likes to sing a tune that goes a little something like this:
"I CAN'T COME TO WORK TODAY. MY CHILD [insert excuse #239].
I bust my ass getting into work Monday through Friday. I'm usually the first to turn the key, pop the lights, cut on the computers, pipe the coffee, prep the switchboard, set up the meeting rooms, and get ready to take calls for the entire office.
I am so grateful to have a co-worker ---- that is, when she is at work. But you can never really rely on her to be there. Just when she's on a good attendance streak, something always comes up with that kid.
If I get sick and miss even one day of work, when I return from my deathbed, I'm treated like a wanted criminal.... and I work for lawyers!!!
I'm even scared to call in sick simply for the fact that my co-worker may decide to clear her throat and sing that damn tune on the very morning that I'm out. That would mean our office would have no one there to handle incoming calls and run of show. Heads would roll!
My co-worker has missed so many days because of the "sick child" excuses that I have gotten a thick skin. And that's just really sad... because I'm a good person and love children. But today, [she called in again].... You can just call me Unsympathetic Missy. I have no sympathy because a lot of those "can't come in today" calls are nothing but a big steamy pile of horsesh*t. Today was beautiful, cool and sunny. I'm sure she just wanted to stay home (just like me).
But I chose to work and earn my paycheck.
Sure.... I know some of you may say that I'm only getting MYSELF out the door in the mornings. I don't have to deal with taking a small child out the door with me. But let me tell you: if I did "choose" to have a child, I would make sure that my ass wakes up even earlier than I do and take care of my responsibilities.
I did not give birth to her child, yet at this moment, I feel like the kid is mine --- especially when my life is impacted by those "sick" little lies.
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Posted by Catbox on 08/13/2008:
Husband SickThat reminds me of a coworker who used to call out every time her husband was sick. And he was sick every other month... all year around.
I just didn't get it. He was not dying (god forbid)... he just had every day fever and oolds.
And when I ask. She said... I have to serve him soup etc. etc. etc.
She was Indian and very proud of her culture. I am sure he was very proud of her as well.Read 4 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by twiz on 03/21/2008:
Dr. DoolittleWe have an employee we semi-affectionately call Dr. Dolittle because she always calls out over an animal crisis, now I love animals but its every other week and it gets absurd. One incident includes a homicidal chicken that liked to kill her compatriots on a semi-weekly basisRead 2 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by Catbox on 03/21/2008:
I lied today and didn't go to work!We had a bit of a snow storm in Chicagoland last night. When my alarm went off this morning I turned it off and fell back asleep. I called in around 8:30 and said I had gotten stuck in my driveway and couldn't make it in. See, I had two neighbors that were stuck, so my story really could have been possible.Read 2 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by Wage Slave on 02/02/2008:
HeartAche LeaveI had to share this story, I want to work for this company!
Japanese firm offers "heartache leave" for staff
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Posted by anonymous on 01/28/2008:
You Deserve An Emmy...I got foot surgery on Dec. 21. The surgery entailed cutting and shaving a bone in my right foot and putting two screws inside of it. Now my job consists of a lot of walking and the doctor recommended that I take 2 1/2 weeks off, wait until short-term disability kicks in and take six weeks. I asked if I could work after the 2 weeks and he said yes and that the only reason he recommended short-term disability is that most people just prefer to stay out even though they can go to work. I opted to go with the go back to work as I don't have enough paid time off to make it two weeks. The doctor OK'd this as long as I did phone work. So I discussed this with my director and they received a doctor's note. I am now considered temporarily handicapped.
My job is a very high-stress job. I work at a mental health/substance abuse facility so this is the time of year where we have been extremely busy. I am unable to work with patients right now but I can do all the phone work. With it being busy, with me being unable to take patients, it does not help the situation. Today a co-worker looks at me and says "You deserve an Emmy." I looked at with him a confused expression and said "What do you mean?" He was like you're saying you can't work with patients so you can just do phone work. Okay, I HAD FOOT SURGERY...I HAVE SCREWS IN MY FOOT. This was invasive surgery, I am on pain medication and I wear a boot. Oh, yeah, I'm really faking it. First of all, he didn't know that I didn't stay the 2 full weeks out that was recommended. I came in to work and I would PREFER to work with patients then sit at this desk and answer phones. Don't worry about what I'm doing and just do your job. I am not about to make matters worse with my foot to make you happy. I am trying so hard not to let people bother me anymore with ridiculous remarks but that was ridiculous. He went on to say that he was starting to feel sorry for me and he even winked like I was really in on the joke. I told him in no uncertain terms that what he said made no sense and went back to my desk.Read 6 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by CK on 01/07/2008:
Ultimate On The Job InjuryAnyone remember the accident with Siegfried and Roy with the tiger? I think that is probably the ultimate on the job accident.
Looks like they may come back to stage.
Read article from CNN
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Meeting 'Him'It seemed like a normal day, but when I woke up that morning I felt a sudden urge...an urge to escape from work and take the day off.
My boss was the meanest boss you could ever imagine of, and I knew he would NEVER let me take the day off, so I knew I had to do it without him knowing. So I called the office and told them I have a serious cough that is highly contagious, they believed me and hung up as if they would catch it through phone! haha. Well, I decided to spend my first hour watching a movie at the theater. when I got into the movie room I decided to sit waaay in the back. I was watching and eating the popcorn when suddenly a bald man comes in and sits right in front of me (and I couldn't see the movie anymore) so I went out. besides, the movie was about to end in like. what, 8 minutes?
I decided to order my favorite flavor ice cream and eat it in the park where I could get a scent of fresh air. when I got to the ice cream bar, there was a man in front of me that haaad to take so long on ordering his ice cream flavor. when he finally left with his ice cream I quickly ordered and went off with my ice cream to look at the little ducks. the man that was in front of me in the ice cream line went on the other side of the pond to look at the ducks also. I didn't want to look at the man, afraid he would think I would be 'checking him out'. so I kept staring at the ducks, but my focus was on him in my head, he stared at me for the longest time...it really seemed like he was checking me out.
heh, well I was wrong, it was my boss! I totally forgot that he announced that he was taking a day off today. I felt so freakin dumb. after that I obviously got fired.Read 6 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by dumber than a catbox full of sh*t on 11/15/2007:
Tell the Boss or Leave Well Enough Alone?I have had to take 7 and a half days off in 8 weeks. All but 2 are "medical" legitimate--have doctor's notes. The other 2--one parent/teacher conferences for my son and the other a personal day for a personal thing--not medically related.
I fractured my foot and had to have surgery on my ear. The fractured foot started with a routine office visit to my regular Doc who sent me for X-rays then sent me for an MRI. My ear was a case of it splitting in 2 due to a pierced ear. I walked around with a fractured foot for almost 4 weeks before I even went to my regular Doc. Things were getting worse so I finally went to the regular Doc who then referred me for the X-rays and subsequent MRI.
My question is: My Boss has not asked me face-to-face for anything--yet. I don't know if he will--he is a new Boss. Should I go to him and explain with my Doctor's notes in hand as proof or just leave it alone? I now need to go to a Podiatrist about my fractured foot and I do not know what will happen after that in terms of medical appointments. Do I go to my Boss or just leave it alone?
I am union (teacher) and have not had any problems come up from the Boss about all the time I have taken off for my medical issues. HIPAA law protects me but I don't want the new Boss to get the wrong idea about me.
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Posted by CK on 10/23/2007:
Crazy BossI called out sick on a monday claimed i was up all night throwing up and didn't sleep all night. Mind you this is the first time in 2 years i've ever called out sick. The next day I show up for work and my supervisor told me the boss asked her if everthing was ok with me i never call out. Then the boss called me into her office and asked me is everything was ok with me they have been worrying about me. "I've been short tempered with people and my handwriting has been shaky in the morning". I asked my supervisor where the heck did she pull this crap from. I show up everyday I do all the work and am always pleasant with everyone. Is the woman nuts or whatRead 2 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by CookieHooker on 07/25/2007:
Typhoid Mary comes to the officeTalk about a scare! Yesterday a young lady left our office early yesterday because she didn't feel good. She'd been complaining of having headaches for the last three days. She mentioned to her manager before she departed that she had to take her roommate to the hospital because it was suspected she had meningitis. After she left, nearly the whole office went bananas, bleaching her desk and everything everyone touches. I would be freaking out too, except I looked up the different types of meningitis and decided that if we should be worried, it would be if she died from bacterial meningitis. I learned the viral version is less severe, and not deadly. I'm not worried, but still! She CAME TO WORK. THREE DAYS AFTER TAKING HER ROOMMATE TO THE HOSPITAL FOR SUSPECTED AND UNCONFIRMED MENINGITIS. HELLO!!!!! Please put us at dire risk! We don't have enough excitement or danger in our lives! Thanks!!!!Read 1 Replies | Add a ReplyUser Feedback:Close Replies
Posted by twiz on 07/13/2007:
Have I got a deal for you!I had gotten a computer free from work. And the boss asked if I'd like to buy a printer that he had never used, "still in the box" for $100.00. It sounded like a great deal and so I wrote out the check.
When I told my girlfriend, she said that I should have checked it out, that a lot of printers sell for as little as $40.00.
At the time I was computer illerate, but a friend helped me to set up the computer and there were no programs what so ever on it. I didn't know what to do with it!
Meanwhile the printer broke at work, and since I wasn't using the free programless computer, I offered to bring my "new-in the box" $100.00 printer for use at work.
I decided to check out printers and sure enough I had purchased a bottom of the line printer. For $79.00 I could have gotten a printer, scanner and copier.
After 6 months of daily use the $100.00 printer suffered a stroke. I mentioned to the boss, that I had never even used it once for my own personal use. He offered to repay me, he never did. So after a month I took the $100.00 from the company and bought the $79.00 model - it works great! And I'd work a hell of a lot better if he didn't try to rip me off!Add a Reply
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