For me, this is the season when I have a lot of vacation time that I have to burn in order to not lose any or I’ve run out. In some parts of my company, it’s the time when people are asked to work overtime because it’s the end of the quarter and things must be shipped out the door.
However, for some, it’s the time of year to get time off by calling in sick. What I find fascinating about this article is that, instead of trying to discourage people from doing such– it warns of the dangers of doing it and getting caught and advises how you can get away with it!
I find it shocking that, given how serious of an integrity problem this is, we’re giving out a how-to!
One in three workers has called in sick when they’re not in the past year, and the end-of-year holiday season brings a rash of phony absences, experts and studies say.
Harried workers are juggling shopping, holiday preparations and family obligations this time of year, on top of perhaps having run out of the year’s legitimate vacation days, they say. And the mornings after holiday parties don’t help.
But be careful. The same survey showed 27 percent of hiring managers have fired a worker for calling in sick without a legitimate reason.
“The worst part is, if you lie and they see you out at a sporting event or shopping or you run into somebody you know, then it brings your trustworthiness into question,” said Sullivan.
The trick is doing it right, writes Ellie Bishop, author of “The Sick Day Handbook” that is chock-full of tips for taking a not-really-sick day.
She suggests if you’re claiming a migraine headache, know there are two kinds, cluster and classic. Claiming Lyme disease is handy, because one symptom is irritability. Conjunctivitis and irritable bowel syndrome are good excuses because no one wants to hear about the symptoms.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when we equivocate on issues of abortion saying “well, they’re going to have sex anyway– might as well protect them from the consequences.”
What I am seeing, more and more, is a society that doesn’t want to take responsibility for their actions. They live in defiance of the reality that actions have consequences. What do you think could be the causes of this problem?