The Career Doctor™
USING SICK DAYS FOR VACATION?
Dear Career Doctor:
I said I was sick but I really went to Disney.
Is this a confession or a question? If you got caught, then
apologize and tell your boss you will work very hard to earn
back his/her trust. If you didn't get caught, be grateful.
Don't tell anyone what you did, and don't do anything like
If you are a healthy person, it's tempting to use accumulated
sick days for fun. There are wonderful bosses who will give
you permission to take a few and use them any way you want.
If you work for a tougher boss, an occasional "mental health
day" may be ok, if you stay home to field calls from the
office. . But in any other circumstance, especially if you
go out of town on a trip you want to talk about, it's too
easy to get caught. The penalty could be anything from
losing the trust of your employer to getting fired.
The Career Doctor
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