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WIBU to go off sick for my notice period??

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takataka Mon 17-Dec-12 09:55:52

I have worked here for 5 years. have not had a payrise in that time; have had a 10% pay cut for 18 months. No Xmas bonuses.

i have no work to do (which is a large part of the reason for leaving)

I am retraining to work in a different job entirely, so references probably wont be needed

I really want to stay at home and get all ready for Xmas, but my damn conscience wont let me

StNiChaolas Mon 17-Dec-12 09:57:33

Think your conscience is right. smile

WorraLorraTurkey Mon 17-Dec-12 09:58:36

I wouldn't be so sure that references won't be needed.

WeWilsonAMerryChristmas Mon 17-Dec-12 09:59:46

I think you're wrong in assuming references won't be needed. References aren't about 'can this candidate do job A?', more 'this candidate told us she worked with you for 5 years, is that correct and were there any issues with her employment over that time?' Not showing up for your notice period would probably count as an 'issue'.

StuntGirl Mon 17-Dec-12 10:07:37

I despised my last job, and every single person I worked with. I had to give a months notice when I left. I worked every single day of it, even though I woke up every morning dreaming of just not turning up. Sometimes when I got to work I would dream of just getting my stuff and walking out, not a word to anyone.

Towards the end of my notice period the assistant dickhead manager commented on how he was very impressed that I'd worked my full notice, and done my job properly the whole time, as he wouldn't have bothered or cared about dumping his colleagues in it if it was him. Everyone else agreed they wouldn't have worked it. I got this amazing warm, smug feeling when I realised that was the difference between those dickheads my colleagues and me - I'm a decent, hardworking person and they were a bunch of bloody charlatans and I was going to be a million times better off out of it!

Tl;dr - Work your notice and let it confirm to you that you are better than that place to the bitter end!

StuntGirl Mon 17-Dec-12 10:08:45

Oh, and congratulations on the new job! wine thanks

squeakytoy Mon 17-Dec-12 10:10:02

dont be sure that references are not needed. You have been there for five years, which would be a big gap in employment history if you cant get a reference and the new job doesnt work out.

Wolfiefan Mon 17-Dec-12 10:14:42

Your conscience is right. You are not sick.

takataka Mon 17-Dec-12 10:19:47

Oh, you buggers!!

thanks stuntgirl

<maybe I am sick....touches forehead> grin

GreatUncleEddie Mon 17-Dec-12 10:24:41

In answer to the op - if you do, you deserve a shit reference. Sorry.

SarahWarahWoo Mon 17-Dec-12 10:25:07

Be careful that there isn't a clause in your contract saying that if you do this then you will only get SSP, congrats on new job!

Northernlurker Mon 17-Dec-12 10:26:17

I agree with everybody else and your conscience grin

nannyl Mon 17-Dec-12 10:27:54

if you a not sick then you are being very unreasonable to self certify yourself as sick.

MrsKeithRichards Mon 17-Dec-12 10:27:58

I'd go get signed off.

ScarlettsPlantHasTinselHoHoHo Mon 17-Dec-12 10:28:20

If your job requires little work then you can still attend and prepare for christmas, therefore keeping everyone happy that's why the internet was invented

takataka Mon 17-Dec-12 10:32:42

the internet cant clean my house though scarletts

SantasLittleControlGeek Mon 17-Dec-12 10:40:35

Is your job something you could do from home? If you are so unhappy/bored that you are considering calling in sick it may be worth having a chat with your manager and seeing if they can let you do some of it from home, or tweak your hours so that you work over for a few days and finish your notice period early?

RedToothbrush Mon 17-Dec-12 10:50:06

You aren't sick.

That means people who are sick are looked at with suspicion and aren't taken seriously. So you are being unreasonable, not considering how your actions affect others and tbh down right fucking lazy.

I'm currently off work sick due to anxiety which has been at least in part from bullying at work and his attitude to sick leave. Its sole destroying.

I've been to solicitors who say I have a good case for constructive dismissal should I quit because of it (but ironically have advised me to try and settle without their help due to the cost to me, to pay them to pursue it - which is frustrating to say the least). But I have to reach some sort of agreement with this arsehole in order to get the pay I'm due and to get a reference unfortunately.

I have also had no payrise in the last 5 years. Indeed I've also had a pay cut. The idea of a xmas bonus is laughable. I've worked there for over ten years. Don't think you are some kind of martyr as you really aren't. Its pretty damn common right now.

So go to work. And quit moaning. And to be perfectly honest, I'm trying desperately to put that in a polite fashion.

Phineyj Mon 17-Dec-12 10:53:14

Oh, go to work. Nothing as nice as having the moral high ground and leaving everything tidy.

fedupwithdeployment Mon 17-Dec-12 11:02:00

I was in a situation a bit like Red ToothBrush.

Having had about 2 days sick leave in 5 years, I had an operation this year....my boss expected me back at work within 2 weeks, even though I had told him the consultant had said 6 weeks. I actually took 8 weeks off altogether. Went back to work full time - boss was a total bastard and I resigned and claimed constuctive dismissal...but you do know that if you do that, you don't get paid notice money.

That worked for me, but in your situation I would work the notice period, although probably not very enthusiastically.

takataka Mon 17-Dec-12 12:04:53

red sorry you are having a hard time

I have no work to do. My absence would affect no one. It's frustrating when I have so much to do at home, and clearly I have no interest in this company any longer

Have spoken with my boss and he is having a word with HR (I have good relationships with my colleagues and have enjoyed working with them; they understand my position)

RedToothbrush Mon 17-Dec-12 14:26:43

If thats the case, then talking it through with HR is the better option rather than just going sick. Reasonably, if that really is the case, then its not in their interest for you to sit and twiddle your thumbs either. I'm sure that it can be worked out that way, which leaves you with a clear conscience too.

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