Most places I have worked, my absenteeism has not been a problem. Only now (ironically in a union workplace) does it get mentioned. Our "company goal" for absenteeism is 2% or less. However, the average absenteeism for my department is 8-10% (I work in a high-volume, high-stress call centre). So yes, I am below the department average. Still it's considered enough of an issue that it would affect my ability to get other jobs within my department. We get hounded about it because the department average is high.
I was raised to believe that one should never go to work while sick, except perhaps with something not contagious. I realize some people believe they should go to work no matter what, but I believe this idea is totally wrong, especially if you have something contagious. I get really angry when I see people at work with a bad cold (where I work we have full sick pay so that is not an issue).
So, I'm wondering what everyone thinks, and what others experience is.
I am tired of feeling guilty when I call in sick. I don't work in an environment where anyone will suffer much due to my absence (we have LOTS of staff). But in my job, I cannot do a good job if I'm unwell. I can't run to the bathroom whenever I need to. I can't "take it easy" like in some jobs, on a day when I'm feeling unwell.
P.s. I don't always call in sick when I'm not well. If I were to call in every time I felt under the weather, I'd be calling in at least once or twice a month.
Edited by LaurynJcat, 14 July 2012 - 06:50 AM.