You're a newly post grad at your first job after college and the flu season is quickly approaching. Coughing, sneezing, and fevers...oh my! It can often be hard to tell if you should stay home from work or push through to get your projects done. Here are some tips on handling sick days the right way:
1. Check your work's policy on sick days. Many companies are very different on this subject. Some are more lenient and others are very strict. I have a friend that gets written up if she calls in sick, no matter what. Find out if you have paid sick days or if you'll have to give up your pay for a day to stay home and rest. If the rules are unclear, talk with your boss or co-workers to get the skinny on calling in.
2. Don't fake sick just to get the day off. This may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure you take days off you need in advance. If an emergency comes up, be honest about what is going on instead of using the fake cough. Most people can tell when people are actually sick versus faking.
3. If you are really sick (think fevers, stomach issues, and other illnesses your co-workers wouldn't want to catch), call the appropriate people at your work. Let your boss, supervisors, etc. know that you're sick, briefly explain your woes, and say you're sorry you will miss work and give an estimate on your return.
4. Lastly, try to avoid getting sick in the first place to avoid any sick day office blunders. Wash your hands a lot, get a flu shot, avoid people who are sick, and take plenty of Vitamin C.
Stay healthy this season and if you get sick, handle your newly acquired sick days well.