Have you ever pulled a sickie?

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    • October 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm #166

      I have never pulled a sickie and don’t think i could!

      Most of the yard are off to HOYS on Wednesday as one of the girls has Qualified – foolishly i didn’t save a days leave as they weren’t trying to qualify this year (we’ve been the last two years). And now they’ve qualified and i’ll be at work

      Everyone is telling me to pull a sickie and come any way, I just couldn’t do it! I’ve only had 2 days sickness in the last 5 years one being concussion after a fall, so would just feel awful and guilty all day!

      I’d probably also trip myself up afterwards!

      But have you? . . .

    • October 6, 2017 at 1:27 pm #167

      Like you I couldn’t do it. If I did then I would either trip myself up or be the one to stand in front of the camera and get caught that way

    • October 6, 2017 at 1:27 pm #168


      I hated the job, I hated the people there. I was bloody miserable.

      Holiday was outside term time only, students had finished although the term technically did not for another couple of weeks. Other staff were allowed holiday (if the face fitted, the rules seemed to be made of rubber!). I was not allowed to take a days holiday. I didn’t tell them why I wanted the day.

      I called in sick and collected my parents from Heathrow airport!

    • October 6, 2017 at 1:27 pm #169

      No. I feel bad enough taking sick days when I’m actually sick, and I couldn’t deal with the anxiety of being found out.

      My company are really approachable though, could you ask them for a day unpaid leave, or ours allow us to trade in additional holiday so we can buy and sell days on a divisional level- might be worth looking at?

    • October 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm #170


      It was my FIL’s 70th birthday and he and MIL were coming to our house (a 250 mile trip) to celebrate. Unknown to him, we had invited the whole family for a surprise party on the Saturday (his actual birthday). I phoned in ill on the Friday so I could spend the day making all the food in preparation for the party on the Saturday and getting it in the fridge so FIL didn’t see it when they arrived on Friday evening.

      I did feel a bit guilty knowing others would have to cover my lessons, but I had only been at the school less than a term, hated it with a vengeance so didn’t really care.

    • October 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm #171

      No. I’m another who keeps on working even when I’m sick – I work from home so I’m not infecting anyone!

      In your position I’d be able to ask my manager for a day’s leave & make the time up on eves/weekends but my hours can be totally flexible.

    • October 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm #172

      I haven’t- although I am self employed!
      One of the best companies I ever worked for included 3 duvet days in the perks they offered. If you didn’t fancy going into work one day, you could just call the office and say you were taking one of your duvet days. We were expected to be sensible about it – not taking them when we were on deadline, or understaffed, and no-one took the mickey.

    • October 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm #173

      I have added an extra day when have been ill but would never pull one to go anywhere , what a disaster if someone saw you or of anything happened when you were supposed to be at home . Not worth the risk tbh

    • October 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm #174

      Yes on a day I knew I wouldn’t be allowed a day off. Other guy had to pull up his socks and get some actual work done, I didn’t feel very guilty as I was usually the one propping him up!

      Needed for an interview, which went very well and handed my notice in 2 days later.

      We are allowed time off for dentists…I don’t always specify which dentist I have an appointment with. However only ever finish an hour earlier and some people seem to have ALOT of dentist/doctor appointments.

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