Monday, January 6, 2014

Sick vs. vacation

So here's a question:

Say you get sick unexpectedly and have to take several days off from work. Like, a whole week off. Which come out of your sick days, but still, you're out for a week and everyone has to cover for you.

A couple of weeks later, you have a week of vacation time scheduled, during which time you don't have any travel plans. Should you cut back on your vacation time, due to inconveniencing everyone when you were sick?

I say you shouldn't. But other people I know seem to mumble under their breath differently.


  1. Unless this is ALWAYS happening to one specific person, it'll all even out in the end. No need to cancel a planned vacation because of an unforeseen emergency.

  2. If it's already been pre-planned and the schedule has been sorted out then what's the point of canceling? Won't the schedule just have to be reworked to include that one person? Like Ana said, everyone gets the same amount of days, so it evens out. Other people get sick too and they need people to cover for them, when that happens the person who was sick can be the knight who rides in to save the shift.

  3. If I had no plans, I might consider cancelling my vacation, but only if it was going to benefit ME to do so. Meaning that I needed to save those days for another time when I actually did have plans to do something.

  4. There is a time to be selfish, and thats when you get vacation days. Being sick and needing to stay home for an entire week is not a vacation. To give up your earned days would be ridiculous.

  5. Get your vacation too, of course. Vacation is for resting (and if it is only the mind), sick-days are for recuperating. Sometime people seem to think that sicknesses are really refreshing, just because they have to cover for you.

    I even can top that somehow (Germany). Employer forces employee to take his leftover vacation (accumulated due to pregnancy a year before) in December or forfeit it. Employee grumbling takes that two weeks off, gets sick a day before and his physician puts him on sick leave for ... two weeks. Vacation time thus is transferred to the next year (and the travel insurance at least coughed up 80% of the cancelation charge).