The alarm clock goes off and as you’re hitting that snooze button for the first time, you also realize the day is going to be a bad one. In fact, so bad that you don’t think you are going to be able to function at work today.
Just like that day last week when you called out sick. Or was it two days last week?
An occasional sick day or two, or a mental health day, is one thing. But what if your chronic condition results in frequent sick days? Making that call might leave you feeling embarrassed about not always being able to pull your weight at work. Or fearing how the news will be received by your boss. Or maybe concerned that you will be stigmatized in some way by your coworkers.
But on the other hand, you’re sick and you can’t make it into work? So how do you handle these conversations?
I recently posted an article on this topic. Here is the link:
I am interested in knowing how you handle conversations around calling in sick at work. How do you feel emotionally when you have to call in sick? Have you discussed this with your manager in anticipation of having to take time off on a bad day? After missing a day or two of work? How do you handle this with co-workers?
I hope you’ll jump in and share your experiences and advice!