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Sick-day shenanigans?

The majority of workers have taken sick days when they were well. Are you one of them?

By Karen Datko Dec 21, 2010 11:49AM

This post comes from Jim Wang at partner site Bargaineering.


The other day, I was reading a Bloomberg Businessweek article about companies hiring sick-day bounty hunters to check up on people out on sick leave.

It gave me the idea for today's "Your Take" question: How many of you have taken sick days when you weren't actually sick?

According to the article, "57% of U.S. salaried employees take sick days when they're not really sick -- a nearly 20% increase from statistics gathered between 2006 and 2008."


I haven't taken an illegitimate sick day in the last three years (I work for myself so it's hardly a feat) but in all my time with previous employers, I think I took only four or five sick days total. I can remember one of them being illegitimate because I wanted to add another day to a weekend.


Now that I'm older, I don't think it's OK to lie and tell your employer that you're sick when you're not.

With many employers, your sick time and vacation time are rolled into one number -- sometimes called PTO (paid time off) -- so it doesn't matter whether you're actually sick or not.


There's another way to look at this: In the end, you should be rewarded for performance, and if you perform, then it doesn't really matter how much time you actually spend in the office.


Have you ever lied about being sick to skip out for a day?


More from Bargaineering and MSN Money:

Dec 21, 2010 1:04PM

maybe if the culture didn't demand utmost loyalty to work no one would feel they had to take a sick day to themselves, just for their own sanity to stay intact.

Dec 21, 2010 4:38PM

I don't think it's right to lie about being sick.


I usually go to work, no matter what, since my employer does not pay for any sick days, anyway. I can't afford to miss the time, and have to be extremely sick before I would stay home.

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