How much notice?

United States
May 19, 2007 4:07pm CST
I just had an employee call to let me know that he is sick and won't be able to make it to work tonight. Now, I can understand that people get sick but he just called off only giving me a couple of hours to get someone else to cover his shift. I wouldn't mind covering his shift myself but I haven't had any sleep since three o'clock this morning. When your not going to be able to make it some where how much notice do you give? Are you considerate enough to give as much notice as you can? Or are you the type to wait till the last minute?
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17 responses
• United States
19 May 07
a couple of hours is better than a half hour... look at it optimistically! Alot of places require atleast 30 min prior to the start of your shift! So be thankful you had a couple of hours!
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• United States
19 May 07
Your right I should be thankful that he gave me a couple of hours instead of just thirty minutes. However, our rules state four hours notice is required. I guess that is why I was so upset. He could have given me more notice then what he did. Its hard to find anyone who wants to cover someone elses shift on a Saturday night.
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• United States
20 May 07
i understand that! If your rules state 4 hours then I can understand your being upset! I hope you can find someone... if not management is responseable and you might have to work it :( i feel for ya hon! Hugssssss
@lisado (1230)
• United States
20 May 07
When I was working I tried to call as soon as I knew for sure I wouldn't be in, which was usually the night before. Generally if I was sick, I'd know if I'd be better or not by morning. Maybe he really is sick, but I'd kinda wonder if something else didn't just come up since it is a weekend? Has this has happened before with this person? I always felt bad for calling in, knowing it would leave them scrambling for help or be undermanned for the shift.
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• United States
21 May 07
Yea, this has happened before with the same employee. We have discussed it. He knows that he must call off four hours before he is scheduled to work. I guess this is one of the reasons it upsets me so much. IF you have been already written up for the offense why would you commit it a second time. I have to play by the rules and suspend him. I don't like to have to take such measures.
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
20 May 07
I think people should give as much notice as possible, however I have been in the position where I thought I was ok to work and waited and waited and then I realized I wasn't going to be ok and had to call out. And at my old work, it opens at 630am and there is no answering machine or voice mail, so you have to wait til 630 to call and talk to anyone. If there was a machine or something that would be different, then the employee should call as soon as possible.
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• United States
20 May 07
In your case I can understand not being able to give notice. But we have three shifts so someone is available at all times to take a message. I am able to be reached around the clock.
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
20 May 07
As staff, I used to get time and a half back on any unused sick days, so I rarely called in sick. As management, all hell could, and likely would break loose if I wasn't there, so again, I did not often call in sick. Holidays were booked well in advance, and that was just company policy. Short notice sick days could be that morning, you turn up and a message light would be blinking, or the phone would ring as you enter the building. I was fine with that, people get sick, their kids get sick. It was only a problem if there were several on the same day, then things would get logistically interesting and we would have to get very creative!
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• United States
20 May 07
I think at the time that I posted this I was just fed up. I usually don't mind call offs that much but it hit me wrong last night. This employee has Sunday and Monday off so it appears that he wanted a three day weekend. Now, if he had put a requestin I would have given him the days off. I didn't like how this came about.
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• United States
20 May 07
i really think the respectful thing to do is to call as soon as possible. say you have to be at work at 3pm...most people, if they're sick, they WAKE UP sick. so if i woke up sick, and knew the office or where ever opened at 8am, i would call at 8am. or would call as soon as i woke up and leave a message on my boss' voicemail. you never never should wait til the last minute. it's rude, and disrespectful.
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• United States
20 May 07
I agree with you. Its nice to see someone who cares about the people the work with. Thanks
@GardenGerty (115923)
• United States
19 May 07
In both of my jobs it is important not to spread germs with others. As soon as I know I am more than slightly sick, I call, to give a chance to replace me for my hours. I get better quicker if I take the time to rest, and I do not share it with as many people. If I can work at all, I do it.
• United States
19 May 07
I can understand someone not feeling well and needing to call off . But I think that you should call off as soon as possible and not wait.
@QnAQueen (555)
• United States
20 May 07
i try to give as much notice as possible but most of the time, i wait until the last minute because i try to give myself time to really see if i can get myself to the point where i feel well enough to come to work, then i will. sometimes when you call in sick way in advance, it'll just seem like it was something you planned all along and htat you're not really sick (but on vacation maybe?)
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@cutepenguin (6448)
• Canada
20 May 07
I wouldn't go to work sick. Sometimes I have waited longer, hoping that I will feel better. Usually I just call as soon as I know that i am sick. I don't think it is a very good idea to go to work sick. It just gets others sick, and in these days of superviruses, it's really not good to get other people sick.
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@natalie1981 (2000)
• Singapore
20 May 07
I think you should give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he really is sick and he was trying to see if he actually felt better by the time his shift comes. It's really hard to predict if we're going to come down with something. I know that I usually wake up in the morning feeling under the weather and I wake up around 6 and have to come to work around 8, so I only have 2 hours notice to my boss that I won't be coming in.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
20 May 07
I dont wait till the last minute before I call in sick for work. I mean, I already know that I'm not feeling well by the time I wake up, so why do I have to wait till the last minute to inform my bosses? Unless it's an emergency that no one can really foretell. But if it's just like fever, headache, or colds, nothing life threatening, then have the initiative to inform work early so that they can prepare also.
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@paulick (533)
• Denmark
20 May 07
Well i think there are two kind of people. Those who just calls in last minute because they are lazy and then there are those who are so responsible to their work that they hope to the last minute that they can make it to work. I'm the last kind. But really one should call as soon as one know that one is ill, and let them know that one might not beable to get to work later that day.
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• United States
20 May 07
I feel your frustration. The best advice I can give as an employer is take one step at a time. Things happen in life that are uncontrollable and this may have been one. The job will still be there when you come in. We took our positions knowing that we are responsible for coverage and if they don't come in we can 1) go in and cover the shift or 2)deal with it in the morning. I'm not for sure what type of job you have -- but life is to short to stress about whether the employee is giving you a two hour or six hour notice -
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• United States
20 May 07
It depends what is wrong with him. If he suddenly got ill then maybe he did call right when he knew. Sorry that you have to find someone to cover for him though. It stinks being a supervisor sometimes.
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
20 May 07
I always called as soon as I knew I wouldn't be able to make it in. If I had to be at work at 2 in the afternoon and I woke up that morning sick to my stomach then I would call my boss to let them know that I wouldn't be there. I think that is disrespectful to my employer as well as my co-workers to wait until the last minute to call off. I certainly wouldn't want someone to do this to me so I wouldn't do it to them.
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@Karmalina (647)
• Australia
19 May 07
It honestly depends on the situation. I've thought I was going to make it to work and started vomiting and feeling horrible on the way to the car to go. To wait when you already know you're too sick to go isn't very thoughtful though. You should call as early as you can and let your employer know so they can find another person to do the job.
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@andak2007 (3229)
• Philippines
22 May 07
I call our HRD that i won't be able to come to work that morning since my work is not that complicated. But with the shifting schedule i think the employee should give out the warning way before the shift starts, your 4 hours notice is reasonable but in other circumstances like meeting an accident on the way to work i think you should be flexible enought with the situations.
• United States
20 May 07
Is it even possible that he could hav ebeen waiting to see how he felt in the later part of day? Hey may have not felt good in the morning but decided to wait to call until he was really sure he wasn't going to be able to make it. There have been times when i don't really feel good in the morning and will wait before i decide if its something i should really call in about. After all i wouldn't want to waste my bosses time calling around trying to find a replacement if i was able to go in. I think the other thing to think about is if this is his first time calling about being sick. if so then give a little slack if not well then he should have known better.