Ever call into work when you're "not really sick?"

United States
February 21, 2007 8:56am CST
Okay, don't want to get anybody in trouble here, lol. Do you ever want to call into work and say you're sick just because you absolutely DREAD going in that day or hate your job? I can't say I do, since I'm an at home mom, there's no way I can do that. But I know my husband wants to so many times but he won't because he doesn't want to get fired, but there's times when I feel so bad for him because his job is extremely stressfull. He loves his job but it's just too much stress every single day. I know because I hear about it everyday when he comes home and makes me stressed just from hearing about it! Do you call in alot and say you're sick just so you won't have to go in?
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• India
22 Feb 07
i think there should be dividing line between one's personal and professional life. only then the family can be happy. Almost everybody are stressed by their jobs. But people should try to find peace a their home.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
That is so true. Thankyou much for responding.
@techsam (158)
• India
21 Feb 07
Well.... been there, done that!! There was this once, just woke up and simply couldn't bring myself to get out of bed!! jsut called up and informed i was too sick..... whereas all i had was mild cough and cold!!! acted up over teh phone.... and before i had to put in my word.... i was told to take teh day off adn not turn up at all!! but, yeah haven't repeated it though!!
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• United States
21 Feb 07
Oh my, well that was a call in that turned out wrong! Thank you for responding.
@rlshaw (872)
• United States
23 Feb 07
Yes, I have done that before when I worked outside of the home... I didn't call in a lot but sometimes I just didn't want to go :)
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@jayant76 (59)
• India
22 Feb 07
Yes I have. actually there are times when you don't really feel like going to work. Infact even if you did you wouldn't be very productive. This happens to me when I am drained mentally. But I never do it when I know there is some important and urgent assignment pending. I think if I am resposible towards my work and know I will complete my assignment in time and if I can forgo work for a day without causing any harm and when of course I don't really feel like working I can give myself a break.
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@asish1672 (339)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Feb 07
No not much really. I was always afraid of doing things in the wrong way and am very sincere. It was such that even if I had fever or too much cold or a bad stomach, I use to go to work. But lately, I find that I am not getting due recognition for what I am doing and it seems to be deliberate. So i sometimes feel now to bunk office by giving these types of excuse like you have mentioned. But something stops me, I dont know what.
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@yanple (164)
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
of course, who hasn't? i'm not a perfect employee, and i'm far from being one. i also don't love my work that much to wake me up early in the morning everyday. i always love to just stay at home and play with my baby. in times like this, i just text actually, not call, my boss and tell him that i'm sick and can't go to work. it may not always work out fine, but atleast i enjoyed my day with my family.
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@jolanda33 (720)
• Netherlands
22 Feb 07
no i don't! i don't hate my job so i don't complain! i think your husband realy need to think of another job! if you have so much stress, even you like the job you are going to be real sick and maybe have a burned out or something simular. or he needs to speak with his boss, may be they can change some things so he has less stress!
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
22 Feb 07
No I never have as I used to love working. I really miss it now that I am not able to work anymore. Also I was a Manager, so it would not have been good lol or a good example to the Staff that worked for me. So no I haven't lol.
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• Denmark
22 Feb 07
well yes I did it once a long time ago, reason being that I did not want to take the day off to go to an appointment. So i was not "sick" but I still reported myself as such in order to have the time off ... Where are i worked before, many many people abused it, especially on modays and fridays... a week before their holidays and so on. But out there it was just normal business kind of, and I did not really feel guilty for doing it myself! Stress is also recognized as a disease, I mean you can get many bad consequences on your health because of it, so I would not feel guilty for calling in sick because of that either. in fact, many people in my previous job were on sick leave because of stress, just a common thing, a some point people would get a burn out because of stress... what is the worse for your husbands company, that he takes one day off sick here and there and just call in sick for a long period of time because he's burned out?
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@silentwill (1686)
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
Yeah more than a couple of times I guess and yeah mostly due to stress too.
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
I work once where my schedule was kinda odd, I have an alternate schedule so I have to skip a day and work the next day. I kind of got bored of it, and not to think that I only have to work for four hours. To which I also think is not apprpriate for me, so I tried call my bosses that I would want to resign but they just ignore it and insist me to stay because they cannot afford to look for another new one to replace me. So I decided ti stay and not after a week, I grew tired and got enough of it. But they won't allow my resignation, so I just call them up and always tell them that I'm sick-eventhough I'm not. I guess they do get what I mean about "sick", sick of my work and my earnings. That's when they decided to give me my release and resignation papers authenticated!;)
• Canada
22 Feb 07
I've done a few times. It all depends on how much I hate the job, and how much I need to keep it. I usually wait for days I really need to take for me. Once there was this huge snowfall, I was "sick". Once I had 2 Radiohead shows during the weekend, so monday I was "sick". Once I had to be sick for a job interview. And now there's just plain lies when I was younger, I'm having trouble with the car, or bicycle when I was even younger. I also have to say that to this day I have never called in sick because I was actually sick, I'm always sick on weekends or not sick enough to stop moving so I work anyway...
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@Gwapako_28 (2142)
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
Nah, i did that sometimes especially when im tired because of too much paper works in the office!I want to rest and stop thinking any work for that whole day and just sleep or watch dvd,vcd at home!Lol!
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
22 Feb 07
I don't do that as a rule, but it happened a few times where I did. I don't really dread going into work or hate my job but have had a few times where I just needed some rest. I know we do have weekends to rest, but with the kids and all those two days end up being a flurry of activities instead of rest, so the only time where I can really rest is during the week, when everyone else is at work or at school. Nobody asking me what's lunch or dinner, asking me for help on this or that ...so yeah every once in a while I will call in sick, when I'm not really sick .
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
I have, several times already. When I wake up and I feel really tired, I usually call in sick. Sometimes, after a day's work and I feel stressed out, I sometimes decide not to report to work the following day. But I don't do this habitually. Only when I need a much needed break. Just to relax even for a day and feel refreshed when I go back. I do love my job, but sometimes, you get stressed out and need to take a break.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 07
yes,I usually do that,because the reason of saying"I'm sick"is a very valid reason so that I cant work on that day..
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@jnash_79 (34)
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
I used to have this what i call "My Thursday Syndrome". I got used up with overloaded work every Thursday, so after about of year of working in the company i loose so much money for being absent virtually every Thursday. I do contact my colleagues, telling them i could not come coz "I don't feel good today." way back then, they tend to get surprised when i don't show up to work but later, they get surprised when i go to work on a Thursday.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I have only called in to work when I wasn't sick and said I was once. I was working a lot of overtime and I was just plain tired of working... I needed some extra time to work on my forum and it just wasn't happening. I didn't feel bad though because my boss did it himself the day before!
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
21 Feb 07
Oh yes I have phoned into my work place and told them I was sick just because I did not want to go to work that day especially as I had done so much overtime I was exhausted and needed the day off. But I do not call in all the time to have the day off. But we do also have 10 sick days a year. Also in Australia we have 4 weeks leave per year.
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@defeated (141)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Wish I could afford to - haven't had a vacation in almost 2 years - and working 6 sometimes 7 days a week is wearing me out. We don't get paid sick days so as I said I can't afford it. I think I've missed maybe 5 days in over 6 years at my present job - when my (the younger) daughter was really sick - we didn't have a phone at the time so if she got to feeling really bad she couldn't call me. I stayed home with her a few times....but have never called in because I didn't want to go in....maybe I am the weirdo though?