How Do You Actually Use Your Sick Days?

In an ideal world, we’d rarely (or never) get sick enough to use our allotted sick days at work. It’s long been a tradition to use a sick day when you just don’t feel like going to work, need time off at the last minute or are worried your holidays won’t get approved, but that comes with a risk. How do you use your sick days most effectively?

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Obviously you should be using your sick days when your actually sick. You’re not a hero if you come in to work and infect the rest of the company just so you can get a few more hours in on an important project. But sometimes you need a personal day (or two) for whatever reason and need some last-minute time off. Do you reserve sick days for that purpose and, if so, how do you handle the situation? Are you honest, or do you pretend to have a cold because it’s the sort of lie that’s really just a tacit understanding between you and your employer? Share your thoughts, experiences and strategies in the comments.

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