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...
@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.
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.
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.
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...
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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
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.
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 .
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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