Calling in Sick

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Under what circumstances have you called in sick. Growing up I was told you don't call in sick unless you're a stones throw away from death. Take some Tylenol, drink some Robitussin, sip some OJ, and get to work. Woke up with a headache? Good, down some pain relievers and get to work. Woke up hungover? Good, get a coupla Gatorades, and get to work. Woke up with a stuffy nose? Good, blow that ish out and get to work.

There was this one time I woke up on a Saturday morning and could barely get the covers off of my head. I was down for the count aching, throwing up, fever, headache you name it. My wife was on the phone with her friends wondering if I'm about to die!? Needless to say I said the doctor ain't happening and I toughed it out. Sunday was worse so I compromised and went into one of those urgent care clinics. Doc said I had some nasty strand of the Flu virus and that I should take it easy for at least a week. I looked at the doctor evenly and said, "That ain't happening doc, whatcha got for this?!" He gave me this attaboy look and wrote me a script for Tamiflu. I took a dose and bam, it was like the flu never happened. I was crisp, lucid, and clear for work on Monday. Notwithstanding chronic terminal severe and serious illnesses; what kind of snowflake takes a week off for the flu or any seasonal illness?!

This new marketing bunny called in sick for having cramps. If it was up to me, I'd tell her to not come back.

Get to work, not Go into work. Obviously you should not spread your illness to others.

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Jun 25, 2019

I once had strep for damn near a month. I refused to see the doctor because I was just going to tough it out and wait for it to pass. I would peroidcally lose my voice and not be able to talk for 30 minutes at a time. Needless to say, that was a dumb idea because after a month I wound up seeing a doctor and after 3 days of taking medicine, I was good to go.

I would say only call in sick for work if you are super contagious and put those around you at risk. At the end of the day, your body does what your mind tells it so if you want to power through sickness, toughen up and do it for a few days

Jun 25, 2019

Right, I never said go into work, just get to work. Work remotely if you are contagious. This marketing bunny won't even do that and is likely watching Netflix, sunbathing, or the like while she is out sick for having cramps...

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Jun 25, 2019

Agreed, similar thing but I had bronchitis and only dealt with it after 3 weeks.

Jun 27, 2019
Edarti:

At the end of the day, your body does what your mind tells it so if you want to power through sickness, toughen up and do it for a few days

This kind of nonsense is why IB is losing talent to tech and consulting

You LITERALLY brought up an anecdote of your own advice failing to work

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Jun 25, 2019

Strep is super contagious, that would classify as a reason to call in sick. I learned my lesson and know better for next time. Powering through was a reference to having a mere cold.

You say IB is losing talent to tech and consulting but clearly consultants such as yourself lack an attention to detail and an ability to interpret beyond what is in black and white. IB is better without you

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Jun 27, 2019

Don't be a pussy

Caffeine pill + ginseng + taurine + green tea extract + l theanine + b vitamins + ibuprofen + Tylenol + adderall

Pop this combo and you will go from feeling like death to feeling like a God in mere minutes

Jun 25, 2019

One morning I woke up and my stomach was killing me. I thought maybe it was a fecal situation so I drank some coffee and let nature run its course. After 30 minutes of nothing but my legs going numb I tried doing some abdominal stretches and eating a banana thinking maybe it was a bad cramp affecting my gnarly 8-pack. That didn't do the trick either so I took a hot shower. After I got out of the shower I started feeling light-headed and my gf said I looked pale as a ghost. At this point I was in an absurd amount of pain so I reluctantly obliged to forgo the commute to work and instead head over to the nearest urgent care.

Turns out I was passing a kidney stone. I went back to work later that evening.

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Jun 26, 2019

Men in a nutshell.

Jun 25, 2019

FYI, some women get really bad cramps with severe symptoms, to the point of vomiting, passing out, migraines, leg/back pain, diarrhea, etc. I will assume this is just your ignorance and you didn't know that. I'm not saying that this specific woman isn't capable of still working cause IDK her, but I'm just saying, cramps can be extremely severe.

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Jun 25, 2019

If you're actually sick, why would you go in to work and risk getting others sick?

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Jun 25, 2019
WolfofWSO:

Under what circumstances have you called in sick.

I call in sick when I'm sick.

If you come to work contagious in 2019 you deserve to be slapped. Take your laptop home with you, work between naps, and keep that shit away from me.

You're not a hardass going into the office when you're sick, you're a dumbass.

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Jun 25, 2019

tl;dr? I never said going in to work, I said get to work.

Jun 25, 2019
WolfofWSO:

tl;dr? I never said going in to work, I said get to work.

"You" in this case isn't that specific

It is a much more general rant

Jun 27, 2019

Calling in sick in any general context means not working. How the fuck is anyone supposed to read someones mind and generate a completely different context than what is generally known.

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Jul 3, 2019

100% agree take your laptop home and get it done

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Jun 25, 2019

I wonder how often "being sick" is being hungover.

"Work ethic, work ethic" - Vince Vaughn
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Jun 25, 2019

Unfortunately, the "marketing bunny" should have lied about the reason for calling out sick. She should have known that some older guy would be insensitive to her issues.

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Jun 25, 2019

Do you who's even more insensitive? Her female coworkers. The venom being spit about her is coming from her female peers.

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Jun 25, 2019

I tried this one time when I had a terrible cough on a Saturday. The urgent care gave me painkillers and cough syrup and I went back to work. Even my folks at work told me to go home. The following Friday I was admitted to the hospital because I was septic and had pneumonia that had spread infection to my blood, skin, lymph nodes and lungs obviously. I guess that fits your "near death" but I was in the hospital for a week and then could not work for like 3 weeks because of how weak I was.

Jun 26, 2019

I've generally only used actual sick days when I had the flu or a virus or something. No point in going to work when you feel like crap and aren't going to be productive anyway.

If I have a cold or feel something coming on I'll just work from home.

My old boss would get pissed off when people came in coughing and sniffling. She'd send people home to avoid getting others sick.

Jun 26, 2019

I certainly echo the sentiment. I am very reluctant to call in sick and have even suffered through (not-infectious-disease) health troubles to physically go to work when maybe I shouldn't have.

Thinking back on it, it seems that maybe this is a symptom of us over-evaluating how important our jobs are and, by extension, how important we are in the Grand Scheme of Things.

I mean, what exactly will happen if I miss a day of work? Unless it's one of those "critical days", the answer is "a whole lot of nothing". Modern society is fairly resilient to this. Knowledge work is not an industrial assembly line.

If Widget Twister #47 doesn't show up for the third shift, I imagine something bad happens. For most jobs now, I'm pretty sure nothing bad happens.

If you have 30 days to do some project, it makes no sense to grind out day 17 while sick and sacrifice productivity in the other days. You're losing out on a net basis.

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Jun 26, 2019
Sasha Lubyansky:

I certainly echo the sentiment. I am very reluctant to call in sick and have even suffered through (not-infectious-disease) health troubles to physically go to work when maybe I shouldn't have.

Thinking back on it, it seems that maybe this is a symptom of us over-evaluating how important our jobs are and, by extension, how important we are in the Grand Scheme of Things.

I mean, what exactly will happen if I miss a day of work? Unless it's one of those "critical days", the answer is "a whole lot of nothing". Modern society is fairly resilient to this. Knowledge work is not an industrial assembly line.

If Widget Twister #47 doesn't show up for the third shift, I imagine something bad happens. For most jobs now, I'm pretty sure nothing bad happens.

If you have 30 days to do some project, it makes no sense to grind out day 17 while sick and sacrifice productivity in the other days. You're losing out on a net basis.

This. 99.9% of us are cogs in a machine and missing a few days isn't a big deal. Health is wealth. It should come first. In short if you are sick, take some time to get rest and work from home if you have to. There will be people who abuse it, just like anything else. You don't have to be one of them.

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Jun 26, 2019

Depends, am I actively interviewing for a new gig?

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Jun 26, 2019

I'm shorting your war story on your sickness like Hedge Funds are shorting bitcoin, but I digress.

If you're sick, don't come in. Work from home, do what you have to and get back to the office as fast as possible, but for the love of god, don't spread that garbage.

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Jun 26, 2019

This is dumb. I'm staying home to watch The Price Is Right

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Jun 26, 2019

Be a hard ass -
I was once an idiot just like you.

Too late I realised I was an idiot all along, why the fuck did I not take more days off. Sick days are basically holidays they give to you. Use them.
If you work for yourself, then sure work from home. If you don't - binge watch some movie, read a book, trade some stock, rebalance your bank accounts. Fuck the MAN.
To the ass holes coming in to work actually sick - go kill yourself.

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Jun 26, 2019

This is the only right answer. When I decide to take a sick day I email me the night before or morning of and say I don't feel well enough to come to work. No one has every questioned it, and 3-4 a year is generally what I use regardless of what is stipulated in my employment agreement. What kind of totalitarian company tracks sick days unless someone is obviously abusing it?

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Jun 26, 2019

I applaud the hardo tone from some of the respondents but seriously dudes... if you're feeling a bit off and want a day, by all means take it. This whole "I'm a badass ass who never misses work and works 100+ hrs a week" mindset is so cliche. I doubt you matter that much. If you do matter that much (ever or on this particular day) you will get your work done. No body who has had success in finance has ignored responsibilities. Take care of your shit and if you want to take a Monday sick day because you got wasted watching your NFL team get blown out for the 4th week in a row then goodonya. Just make sure you don't leave a shitstorm for people that came in.

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Jun 29, 2019
ThatGuyBalls:

if you want to take a Monday sick day because you got wasted watching your NFL team get blown out for the 4th week in a row then goodonya. Just make sure you don't leave a shitstorm for people that came in.

As a Giants fan, this hits home.

Jun 26, 2019

Called in 2 times over 7 years. Both times for food poisoning on bad sushi in NYC

--$$--

Jun 26, 2019

As someone whose imunocomrpised I hope I don't work with many people like you, when you come into work sick you make everyone else sick

Jun 26, 2019

Some of these responses are insane. We work in finance, we're not saving lives.....take a sick day if you're sick, nobody on this forum is changing the world

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Jun 26, 2019

Fuck no. If you're sick stay the hell home. I don't want whatever diseased flu you have.

As for women calling in sick for having cramps, I don't know about your marketing bunbun, but some people have menstrual cramps from hell and are completely justified staying home. Before I started using birth control my cramps did not respond to ibuprofen and resulted in me hunched over crying because it felt like Bruce Lee was roundhouse kicking my uterus to Mars.

Be thankful y'all never have to experience that shit.

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Jun 26, 2019
chicandtoughness:

Fuck no. If you're sick stay the hell home. I don't want whatever diseased flu you have.

As for women calling in sick for having cramps, I don't know about your marketing bunbun, but some people have menstrual cramps from hell and are completely justified staying home. Before I started using birth control my cramps did not respond to ibuprofen and resulted in me hunched over crying because it felt like Bruce Lee was roundhouse kicking my uterus to Mars.

Be thankful y'all never have to experience that shit.

In response to this and another post above...

I think ALL of us MEN need to understand that we have zero concept of women's health and the myriad issues they face. To further the point about that time of the month, having spoken to relatives, friends, women I have dated etc, it seems to me that each person has her own experience with "Aunt Flo" and that we have no idea what it's like and never will. We should be understanding, thank our lucky stars and refrain from judgement.

In short, all I can think is that having a bad stomache (best general analogy I could come up with) for like 5 days a month, every month would just SUCK. And that's before the jokes, comments, lack of understanding not just from us, but much of society in general.

Good Luck

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Jun 26, 2019

I definitely second what @CRE said. I call in sick when I'm sick. If I have an appointment that has shit timing (ex. not the first appointment of the day) and I can work from home around the appointment, I do that. Growing up, my parents always knew when I was legitimately sick and faking sick, so I learned how to tell when I could and couldn't physically make it into work. If I can tell I'm coming down with something, I'll try to cut it off at the pass, but will take the day if I need it. Honestly, a healthy employee is worth far more to companies than one who comes in despite being sick. If it means taking a day off here or there as a curative measure, then, by all means, use it.

Now... if you want to talk about great excuses to miss work, I've got one for ya... Federal Jury Duty. As long as you can provide proof that you have it, no one questions the fact that you are taking two weeks off from work (if not longer).

Jun 26, 2019

No one in this thread does anything so important that you can't take a couple days off. Someone else in the world is capable of covering you a couple days. Lose the hubris, heal up and don't take the chance of making something worse because you won't listen to your body.

Jun 27, 2019

"This new marketing bunny called in sick for having cramps. If it was up to me, I'd tell her to not come back."

I'm a dude, but if you'd seen women that experience bad menstrual cramps you wouldn't downplay them. That shit looks awful, and is a perfectly valid reason to call sick - not like you're gonna get anything done anyways.

Jun 27, 2019

I remembered when I first started on the trading floor, I came in one morning and I started having a stomachache. Went to the bathroom to do my business. But it was almost never ending as I needed to go back after every 15-min interval. After the 6th time and trying to tough it out, I was told my face has became pale. While battling the pain, there was a quant who told my boss that he's not feeling well (a slight cold) and left. In my mind, I was wondering maybe I should tell my boss as well. On second thought, it's only my second month here. Probably not a good idea to ask for an early dismissal. In the end, I was able to stay till the market close and immediately went home to take pain killers and etc. The next day I was completely fine.

The change of attitude now is as someone mentioned before, sick days are meant to be used (doesn't matter if you're sick or not, it's a benefit that's given to you, you might as well utilize them).

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Jun 27, 2019

I once slammed my finger in a car door (Door was completely shut and locked) while grabbing lunch on a Friday, before a big weekend of throwing together a pitch deck. I had to ask the associate on my team to unlock the door, so I could get my finger out. They took me to the ER, got some pain pills, went back to the office.

A more senior person assigned me work to do after getting back from the ER (emailing out CIMs). This particular associate disagreed with what he saw was going on (given the fact that I'd already taken pain pills at the ER) and drove me home and I didn't have to work that weekend.

After this, before every long weekend, I'd always pretend to slam my finger in the door to get out of work :) Can't model without fingers!

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Jun 27, 2019

Fucking ouch

Jun 29, 2019
Dolphins Are Cool:

I had to ask the associate on my team to unlock the door, so I could get my finger out.

Lol geez man wtf

Jun 29, 2019

Wow, I see a lot of people have a poor work ethic. I would literally die in front of my keyboard before I call in sick to work.

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Jun 26, 2019
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