Calling out of work has definitely become outdated and not as popular since we experienced the recession, however, it is now more frequent for employees to come into work when they really shouldn’t be. Taking the day off work may not always be an easy choice, but sometimes it’s the right one. So before you make your decision, consider the pros and cons and the impact that your absence might have on your colleagues and your company. We’ve constructed the top 5 reasons you SHOULD give your boss that call, and 5 reasons when you SHOULD NOT make the call.
1) Contagious illnesses like the Flu or Common Cold: STAY HOME! A sick employee is usually not productive at work and poses a bigger threat to the company because you increase the risk of someone else getting sick. Don’t try to be Mel Gibson in Braveheart by proving your dedication to your work, you should dedicate yourself to your body and get better!
2) Mental Day: Sometimes We all get too caught up in what we’re doing and forget to take the time to unwind and relax. Overstress can lead to you burning out, physical illness, or worse…having a break-down. Take a yoga class, lay down or listen to the Zen Garden station on Pandora to cleanse your mind, body and spirit. Just make sure you don’t do this too frequently.
3) Severe Weather: Better stay home and be safe than risk the chance of not making back home.
4) Another Job Interview: Be discreet about it and try and make it in the morning or late afternoon, so you can come in late or leave early and don’t impact your current role and responsibilities.
5) Legal Court Dates: You have no choice!
1) A drunken night now: It happens to the best of us, but it’s not fair to the people who have to pick up your slack. Buy yourself a SmartWater, Gatorade, coffee, and 2 bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches and I promise you’ll bounce back to life.
2) Sports Events or Sample Sales: That’s just wrong, no matter how right you think it is!
3) Beach Day: When it’s beautiful out, the last place anyone wants to be is at work. However, we’re adults, not rebellious teenagers and we’re getting paid to work. There’s a time and place for everything.
4) Inconvenient Weather: of course it’s hard getting out of bed in the morning when it’s raining and looks like it’s the end of world outside. Get out of bed, play something happy and wear something cheerful to get your mind in a more positive state.
5) You hate your boss: Studies have shown that almost half of employees don’t like their managers, but it’s still not a valid reason to bail out of work. Either get a new job, or focus on your behavior rather than your managers.