Are you hoping for a sick day in your near future? Well, you have permission from career experts to call in sick – sometimes. With the sky-high unemployment rate, a lot of workers these days are petrified they’ll lose their job if they take even one day off. But experts say sometimes a sick day is the right call. We’ve got a list of when calling in sick is OK and when it’s not. Let’s start with when it’s not OK:
- You partied too hard last night. Experts say it’s not fair to make your coworkers pick up your workload just because you’re hung-over.
- It’s the opening day of “Iron Man 3”! Or a playoff baseball game, or your favorite band is in town. Experts say if you want to go to an important event, schedule the day off ahead of time.
- Your boss is driving you crazy. A new poll found that half of workers don't like their managers. But calling in sick isn’t a fix. Instead, experts suggest focusing on working hard – that way you’ll move up the ladder, and possibly even above your current boss.
Now, here’s when experts say it’s OK to call in sick:
- You have a family emergency, like your child or spouse is sick.
- When commuting to work would be like “Mission: Impossible!” If icy, rainy, or snowy weather is bad enough to close roads, or schools – experts say it’s probably not safe for you to be on the roads.
- It’s also OK to skip work if your water heater floods your basement! Household emergencies happen to everyone. And because plumbers, electricians and repairmen often only work during normal business hours – it’s OK to occasionally miss work so they can make repairs.
- You have a job interview. Experts say an interview is your shot at advancing your career, so you should always make time for it.