General Chat Thread, Anyone ever feel bad taking a day off work ill? in General; Originally Posted by witch
Up until I dropped a computer on my toe and broke it, I had had 3 ...
26th February 2014, 11:46 AM #31
EduHugs all round @witch
Originally Posted by witch
26th February 2014, 11:49 AM #32
Welcome to Education. Where, if you aren't a teacher, nobody cares if you're injured.
Originally Posted by witch
26th February 2014, 11:50 AM #33
You almost had it right.
Originally Posted by X-13
(Obligatory bootnote that some do care and this is exaggerated satire. But still happens. Sometimes.)
26th February 2014, 11:53 AM #34
That was actually what I put originally...
Originally Posted by Garacesh
26th February 2014, 11:58 AM #35
I'd like to think i'd get something from work if i was off for a while, the admin person who generally is in charge of flowers and get wells etc is a very nice person and seems to actually respect what i do here
be good to see if i'd be correct though...
26th February 2014, 12:04 PM #36
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@witch, Are you employed by the school as in your on there payroll or do you work there in some 3rd party type of way?
Reason I ask is it took me a while for some people to accept me. The old techs were not allowed to talk to the teachers. ?!?
Where as I see myself as approachable and have a bit of a chat when I'm mending things. Some treat me just as someone that mends stuff. While others have now added me on facebook as friends .
I know it sucks as my schools employ me through my business, so I'm technically not a member of staff. Since working in the schools for myself its a case of if I don't turn up I have to make time up else where normally. So if I'm ill I will shuffle my days around this has worked well so far. Think I have done it twice once with the sickness bug and once when we had our baby. The schools seam happy with that.
I'm going in for a op soon, where i cant drive for 2 weeks, the way it turns out is that I will miss a day in one school and 2 in the other. But I should be able to help remotly in that time, or if drastic get a lift in or have someone on call. I feel a bit guilty about this as its just me. If i was part of a bigger team or employed directly by the school where sick leave is allowed i would feel less guilty.
26th February 2014, 12:06 PM #37
The 'More History' quote tells a bit of a story, actually.
Originally Posted by Oaktech
In my case, before they took away the first two days pay of any sick leave, over eight years you could count my total sick leave on the fingers of two hands, because back then, I would drag myself in no matter what. I always believed that I could sit here and do something, anything, and the other guy could do all the visiting deskside support stuff. And vice versa when he's been ill and comes in. So I have virtually no history to speak of, and to expect me to alter my non-working life to accommodate my working life (over and above getting in on time, etc), is an option that's just not on the table.
This whole thread astounds me, really, in that we mostly all work in schools, which are full of young and younger people who are prone to all manner of youth-related illnesses, diseases and random little bugs, and yet, almost universally, we're being taken to task for coming into contact with them, falling ill and needing time off. On top of that, here, we make a Big Thing of student attendance, begging, imploring, almost demanding that kids come in when they're ill. Really, we should be getting Danger Money, of a sort.
This country is, truly, becoming a strange place to live.
26th February 2014, 12:17 PM #38
Agree completly, working in a special school for kids with autism, generally personal hygiene amongst the kids is very poor, there is a high sickness turnaround here, but many parents send their kids in when they're ill, which in turn makes staff ill, but most of the staff will drag themselves in, which makes the situation worse, saying that, we still have an awful amounts of staff absenses, so if they all went home ill, it would be a disaster here, we just wouldn't be able to cope if everyone that was feeling ill was off.
26th February 2014, 01:10 PM #39
Yeah in an old job, I went off with a friend on the same shift and we both picked up some kind of very infectious viral infection. We both felt rotten but went in anyway. I lasted half of our first night back on shift and she made it about 3/4 of a way through that night. We both ended up needing about a month or 6 weeks off ill. In the time we were in we managed to pass on the virus to everyone else on our shift, who passed it to the majority of other people on the day shifts as they handed over to them. Some people were less affected than others but everyone who was infected needed at least one week off to recover.
Originally Posted by unixman_again
Now, when I am ill, I have no issue with staying at home. The alternative is much worse. I had zero guilt when I caught swine flu and needed two weeks off with that...
Last edited by Roberto; 26th February 2014 at 01:12 PM.
26th February 2014, 01:14 PM #40
I feel terrible about it, even more so if it's on the day I come out to support my primaries. Mostly because I know I have to rearrange visits with all involved. But I know I put the hours in so it doesn't worry me too much.
I had an ear off (twice) since starting where I am now for a major rebuilding operation and in both circumstances was back the day after I was home (first op Tuesday, released Wednesday morning, back to work Thursday - second was Friday so back on Monday). Mostly because I'm perfectly capable of doing 90% of my job sat at my desk. Besides, it was funny scaring some of the kids with a terrific (and fresh!) scar around my ear
26th February 2014, 01:22 PM #41
No, I never feel guilty about taking time off sick. I am employed by the college, not owned by them. My list of priorities is as such:
My family and my girlfriend
My own health comes way above the needs of the college. If they don't like that, too bad.
26th February 2014, 01:41 PM #42
I am employed directly by the school. I do have friendly colleagues at both schools and I pride myself on being approachable and helpful. I think it is just that I am not really close to anyone other than the couple of people I know outside school. I just thought that a bunch of flowers from the admin, or a get well card might be sort of standard.But it may be that it is the people who work directly with the sick person who undertake to get the card and flowers and as I don't actually work with anyone, that won't happen. After 10 years though,I would hope they would have thought of me a bit.
Originally Posted by MattDLEA
I have had a conversation with one head who rang to ask me a question about some work (I had stated that I was happy to help where I could ) and he did ask how I was, but I have heard NOTHING from the other head. Not even an acknowledgement of an email I sent detailing my revised working hours when I get back .
26th February 2014, 01:57 PM #43
Likewise, think Alex is doing all my thoughts for the week.
Originally Posted by alexbillbridgnorth
I do my best to avoid the guilt but it still sits there, I really do care about my job and this School to the point I want things to be perfect (even though its a mission).
26th February 2014, 02:02 PM #44
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@witch Yeah I'd also assume that you would have got a card or something then.
26th February 2014, 03:08 PM #45
My Place have been absolutely wonderful with time off, if needed for family or sickness. For random days off or appointment we can make up the time in the holidays, as we get 11 weeks off a year.
I'm awaiting a date for surgery soon and there's been no gripe what so ever with me having time off.
Which after working in the private sector where if you have a hour off you get a scolding for 15 years is an absolute blessing.
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