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to call in sick or to not call in sick

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Vintagecrap Sun 16-Nov-14 07:54:19

Was unwell yesterday, sore throat, headache etc. Took paracetamol and worked for 10 hours.

I am due to work today but have woken up and can hardly talk. I've been awake a few hours and it hasn't got any better. If sound does come out I sound like Barry white crossed with a teenage boy.

Don't feel too bad apart from that. Bit tight chested. Problem is today I'm working on a shop floor, so full on engaging and chatting to people all day.

I also know my team are short staffed.

And I called in sick last Sunday and left early Thursday due to issues within my team and my manager was in support of that.

Otherwise it would be a no brainer and I would phone in but I'm not sure on this one..

shushpenfold Sun 16-Nov-14 07:55:26

I'd go in.....your manager might hear you and then send you home but if you feel basically OK, go.

CaulkheadUpNorth Sun 16-Nov-14 07:55:35

How much speaking is needed in your job?

Vivacia Sun 16-Nov-14 07:56:15

left early Thursday due to issues within my team

What were these?

If you're well enough to work, go in to work. If you're not, you can't. You have my sympathies though, I used to hate making this decision in my last job.

SpottyTeacakes Sun 16-Nov-14 07:56:37

I worked when I had lost my voice. I'm a drs receptionist (yes, you all hate me wink).

It was slightly difficult, especially with the elderly patients who struggle to hear, but I managed.

Vivacia Sun 16-Nov-14 07:56:50

How much speaking is needed in your job? confused

LoxleyBarrett Sun 16-Nov-14 07:57:01

Take some paracetamol and go to work. A funny voice is not a reason to stay off work when you otherwise feel not too bad.

minifingers Sun 16-Nov-14 07:57:39

My rule is - vomiting/the shits, stay at home. Everything else, go in.

But then I'm self employed so no work = no pay!

Plonkysaurus Sun 16-Nov-14 07:58:04

If you don't actually feel ill Id go in. Manager may sympathise and send you home. Or they'll be pleased you've made the effort.

But only you can decide if you're well enough to work.

merlehaggard Sun 16-Nov-14 07:58:36

I'd go in. You can always ask later to go home later if you need to. By then everyone will hear you are genuine. That would be my thinking if it was me anyway.

Cornettoninja Sun 16-Nov-14 08:01:59

If you feel ok otherwise go in. They might put you on duties to limit your need to speak to people.

I would be wary of having more time off given your last weeks attendance. Not saying it wasn't justified but if you can work you should.

merlehaggard Sun 16-Nov-14 08:03:09

I tend to think like minifingers. I'm not self employed but my husband is and is rarely off work. I think to myself " would I go in if I wasn't being paid for it?". Usually it then just comes down to sickness/diarrhoea/real flu viruses.

londonrach Sun 16-Nov-14 08:03:15

Go in as you dont feel ill. I have seen patients with no voice (wasnt ill) i just wrote everything down i wanted to say. Hope you feeling better soon x

Vintagecrap Sun 16-Nov-14 08:04:19

I will literally be talking almost non stop for 6 hours. So, quite a lot of speaking. Pretty much no sound is coming out, or if it does its a deep growl sound followed by a squeak.

Again, if I was in an office I could easily go in. My usual job is office based, but on Sundays I'm on the shop floor.

I think I'm going to have to go in so they can at least hear for themselves.

GertrudeBell Sun 16-Nov-14 08:05:07

Absolutely go in.

Vivacia Sun 16-Nov-14 08:05:44

I think I'm going to have to go in so they can at least hear for themselves

I think that's a good idea. If you feel differently in a few hours you could leave early.

Vintagecrap Sun 16-Nov-14 08:05:49

Ha, I can't write everything down. I will see and speak to maybe 500 people today.

GertrudeBell Sun 16-Nov-14 08:06:32

Cross post - it sounds as though you might not be able to do your job as well as you do normally, but you're still not that ill.

ShatnersBassoon Sun 16-Nov-14 08:10:19

Definitely go in. Let the manager decide if you'll be more hindrance than help today. Take some painkillers and have some throat sweets to suck when you can.

Vintagecrap Sun 16-Nov-14 08:12:00

I'll go in..Water and throat sweets are not allowed.
It's very public facing and would be viewed as being unprofessional.

LoxleyBarrett Sun 16-Nov-14 08:12:43

Stop making excuses - I'm sure in such a busy workplace there will be something else you can do.

ShatnersBassoon Sun 16-Nov-14 08:16:06

Save the sick days for when you couldn't get in to work. Your lack of voice will become your manager's problem, they'll have to work around it.

Vintagecrap Sun 16-Nov-14 08:18:46

hmm not really.

It's the fact that it will be so busy today as to why I'm not doing my usual job. It's all hands on deck at the moment, right up to director level.

Water/ throat sweets etc are not allowed on the shop floor as it is not professional.

I've got to speak to about 500 odd people today which is going to be impossible as I can't actually talk. Added to which I'm not sure if any members if the public are going to want a wheezing woman in their face.

Pico2 Sun 16-Nov-14 08:19:03

I wouldn't go in if I had to speak that much. I've done it before and completely lost my voice and ended up with tonsillitis and a week off work. I'm not sure that doing that caused the tonsillitis, but I wish I hadn't tried to work through it as I now get tonsillitis regularly.

Nativity3 Sun 16-Nov-14 08:19:11

I am guessing its a checkout of some sort? Can't imagine where else you would meet 500 people in 6 hours confused

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