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Your Take: Sick Day Shenanigans?

The other day, I was reading a Business Week article about companies hiring sick-day bounty hunters [3] to check up on people out on sick leave and 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 statistics in the article, “57 percent of U.S. salaried employees take sick days when they’re not really sick—a nearly 20 percent increase from statistics gathered between 2006 and 2008.” I haven’t taken a illegitimate sick day in the last three years (I work for myself so it’s hardly a feat) but in all my time at previous employers, I think I’ve only ever taken four or five sick days total. I can only 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 actually sick. 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. In the end, you should be rewarded for performance and if you’re able to 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 on a day?

(Photo: tudor [4])