Well, right now I should be at work with my head down but I am not. I called in this morning and said I was sick. There is nothing particularly wrong with me, I just fancied a day off. Am I a bad person for this?
I'm torn over this, I mean I think that many people take work too seriously and won't take a day off for love nor money. Whereas I personally feel that work, whilst important, isn't the most important thing in life. If you want to call in sick, call in sick. You aren't going to burn in hell for it!
However, there was an alterior motive to me calling in sick for work today. It makes me look like a bit of a wimp. Basically, the team that I work with are going out tonight to have a get-to-know-each-other sort of thing. This involves going out to pubs and clubs, now I didn't want to go out with them because whilst I get on with them all okay at work I do not want to go out and socialise with them. I know, it is my problem but as I was saying I don't want to go out with them, calling in sick has meant that I don't have to explain to them why I didn't want to go - at least it has delayed me telling them until Monday. By then I will have come up with an excuse which I am sure they will see through, but it has given me a bit of time.
I took the easy way out by calling in sick and I do feel guilty but I know if I would have gone in and said that I wasn't going on this night out they would have steamrollered me into changing my mind. Now I do feel guilty because there is a few people in the group that I would like to get to know a little better but the majority of people in the group I don't care for.
I don't want these people to think that I dislike them or anything though, it's me who has the problem. I have a distinct lack of self-confidence which causes me to act extremely introvertly and because of this I don't impose my real personality on new people that I meet. I know that I would have acted the same way out of work as I do when I'm in work - which is quiet and reserved. A night out wouldn't have changed this.
But anyway, when you have a day off from work and whether it's due to you feeling sick or just fancying a day off like me, do you feel guilty or do you just not bother?
What are your feelings on work, do you take it that seriously or are you laid back about it like me?