The Importance of Sick Days: Taking Care of Yourself and Your Co-Workers

Aiden Starling

Updated Monday, February 12, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

In today's fast-paced and demanding work environment, taking a sick day can often feel like a burden. Many employees worry about leaving their co-workers short-handed or disappointing their bosses. However, a recent tweet from Jason Call for Congress WA-02 reminds us that it is not the employee's fault if they need to take time off due to illness.

The tweet, which has gained significant attention on social media, emphasizes that the responsibility lies with the employer. It argues that bosses should hire enough employees and make appropriate plans to cover sick workers' shifts. Failing to do so puts unnecessary pressure on employees and can lead to a host of issues within the workplace.

One of the main points highlighted in the tweet is the failure to include employees' human needs in the company's calculations. Employees are not machines; they get sick and need time to rest and recover. By neglecting these basic human needs, employers create an environment that is detrimental to both the physical and mental well-being of their workers.

The tweet also sheds light on the fact that it is essential for employers to prioritize the overall health and safety of their employees. By refusing to hire enough staff or adequately plan for sick workers, employers risk compromising the productivity and morale of the entire team. It is crucial for employers to recognize that providing sick days is not only a legal requirement in many places but also a fundamental aspect of maintaining a healthy work environment.

The comments on the tweet further highlight the importance of sick days and the impact they have on individuals' lives. Many users share personal stories of working in demanding fields such as healthcare, where the lack of proper staffing and support often leads to burnout and compromised patient care. Others discuss the need for better planning and understanding from employers to ensure that employees can take sick days without feeling guilty or burdened.

Ultimately, the tweet serves as a reminder that employees should not blame themselves for needing to take sick days. It is the responsibility of employers to create a work environment that supports the well-being of their staff. By providing adequate resources, planning for absences, and valuing employees' human needs, employers can foster a culture of understanding and empathy.

So, the next time you find yourself feeling guilty about taking a sick day, remember that it is not your fault. Your boss should have made the necessary arrangements to accommodate your absence. Prioritizing your health and well-being is not only crucial for your own sake but also for the overall success and harmony of the workplace. You deserve sick days, and it's time for employers to recognize and respect that fact.

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Not only do you deserve to rest at home when you’re sick, your coworkers also deserve to not get sick from you bringing your germs around. Sick days are in everyone’s best interest.


Always be ready with a good excuse. My prostate is swollen up like a tennis ball and I haven't p***ed for 3 days is not going to get any follow up questions.


Meanwhile the depot doesn't bother asking me for doctor notes, because...they usually can hear my coughing across the parking lot, and thus don't question when I call out sick the next shift. On other hand I got a compliment because it's been a whole 6 weeks since I last had a lung infection! Yay for not being proof the dead can walk!


I was a supervisor for a perpetually understaffed airport fueling operation. It was basically accepted that supervisors had to fuel flights while also dispatching, dealing with pushbacks, tailswaps, defuels, overwing fuels, equipment issues, employee issues, etc. I managed to make it work and nothing changed. When I was promoted my former operation lost half their contracts and eventually had to triple - yes triple - their staffing. Point being: don't break your back to make a broken thing work.


I've worked in rostering and hiring. EFT (equivalent full time aka the amount of people required to work a job) is supposed to be calculated with realistic human efficiency in mind aka it calculates a normal amount of human slacking off. It also calculates (though this is easier when scaled up) a certain percent of staff taking off sick as *part* of that EFT. So a well oiled ship should not struggle with staff leave, sick leave or slackness. It's not the 'sailors' fault if it doesn't.


Not entirely true, but you do you. I love the path that the new generation is going'll never come to fruition in my lifetime. But I hope you kids pull it off.


Eh, we don’t have that culture at our work and yes the staff is small. We just accept things won’t get done that day and they don’t need to. We actively kick out our sick coworkers (nicely, to rest) because we want them to feel better. Not every workplace is evil. And yes, we have sick pay.


This happens to my mom. She's over 60 and works in hospice care. Every hospice employer does this. She's so nice. That kind of, "but they need me". I tell her, "they don't need you, they need more care givers".


Look, we don't need to question WHY there's an orphan-crushing machine. We just have to strain ourselves to save one orphan from it.


I don't entirely agree. Should all employees overhire and overschedule? It seems like a waste of money, and while big corporations can easily eat that, and should, what about smaller businesses? (not rhetorical, I don't know) Also, just because you may or may not be leaving them short staffed doesn't make it your fault. You are still the cause, but not to blame, if that makes sense. Sometimes, too, s*** happens. A last minute emergency can f*** things up, but you shouldn't feel guilty.

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