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    Hello all,

    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PommieMacGill
    Hello all,

    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?

    Lee
    well one things for sure , if i was going to ring in on a Friaday anytime around now, it would have been next Friday when the test is on!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swervy
    well one things for sure , if i was going to ring in on a Friaday anytime around now, it would have been next Friday when the test is on!!!!
    Meh, I don't mind missing the cricket to be honest. I still get to see an hour or two's play after I finish work.

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    Never skipped school in my life ... I would feel so guilty for doing so


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    Hmm yeah well there's nothing wrong with pulling a sicko. I used do it a lot with school, and I never felt guilty so don't worry about that. As for the going out thing, as far as i can see, you can either keep avoiding it, front up to them or just go out with them one night. I too can be a bit nervous and stuff at first, but surely if you go out with them, you can get to know some of them a bit better, which will make you feel at ease around them and you wouldn't be so shy and introverted around them. Also, you could just go out with them, and if you're not having fun after a while, then you could just 'not feel well' or something and go home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by burkey_1988
    Never skipped school in my life ... I would feel so guilty for doing so
    Yeah, I've never skipped school, but I did extend a sickness (you're always sick on the weekends, aren't you) a few times when I was smaller.

    Has anyone else seen those ads on buses for the buses themselves that give you advice on calling in sick? Quite good I reckon

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc
    Yeah, I've never skipped school, but I did extend a sickness (you're always sick on the weekends, aren't you) a few times when I was smaller.

    Has anyone else seen those ads on buses for the buses themselves that give you advice on calling in sick? Quite good I reckon
    I find them lame ... and you sometimes have to read them if you have nothing better to do on the bus

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    Cheers Andy, good advice that.

    I am hoping that after they go out tonight that will be the end of it. I am sure others in the group were uncomfortable with the idea of going out. I just see it as an excuse for some of them (my boss included) to get blottoed. I don't see how it will improve morale or make us work better as a team.

    It might just be me, but I do get along with them fine at work, but thats mainly because you have to co-exist with people that you work with day in, day out. Even though I get along with them at work I do not want to spend a night out with them. I've better things to be doing, it's not anything personal towards them, I just don't want to go on a night out with them. I don't see how I can tell them that without them taking offence to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burkey_1988
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    Quote Originally Posted by PommieMacGill

    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?

    Lee
    The latter. I just don't bother - nothing to bother about. I can see why you wouldn't want to go out with work people as well...forced socialisation is hardly ever good.

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    As to skipping work... Never done it, have been tempted though. But I wouldn't be able to live with the guilt personally.. I'm strange like that.

    Serious about work.

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    Over the last 34 years (my working life) I have skipped work without an excuse once - and that was in my first job as a trainee manager. I was expected to work 1 Saturday in 3 as part of my contract of employment - and 3 weeks on the trot I had my shift changed, coincidentally to the one where I just so happened to have to come in on the Saturday (no extra money - 'salaried' position).

    The third time it happened, I refused. On the Monday, I was fired (I had 'failed the test').

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