So I was doing my typical obsessive compulsive pay stub review yesterday (my pay stub goes online on Thursday, but I don’t get paid until Friday) just to make sure no funny business was going on. As I was looking through my gross pay, net pay, and benefit deductions I decided to take a gander at my accumulated leave. I knew I had a lot of sick time saved, since working from home pretty much means I’d have to be on my deathbed to call in sick (which has happened a few times).
My pay stub told me I had 389 hours of sick time banked. Not knowing exactly what that translated to, I punched in a few numbers in to my handy-dandy calculator watch (yes, I really wear a calculator watch). Turns out, that is 48 sick days. That’s well over two months of work (since the average month has about 22 work days in it) that I could potentially take off.
Someone needs to come over to my house and give me chicken pox, gonorrhea, or leprosy.
It’s seriously so tempting to just want to call in sick every Wednesday for the next 48 Wednesdays. Could you imagine? Go to work for two days, have a day off, go to work for two days, have the weekend off? How AWESOME would that be?!
SUPER AWESOME is the answer I’m looking for. Unfortunately, I wont be doing this for a few reasons:
- It’s immoral to lie.
- I’d get fired.
- I’d burn through my sick leave.
- I’d probably get bored.
- I don’t hate my job so there is no reason to fake sick.
It would be great taking “mental health” days every now and again to recharge the ol batteries, but I know one day Girl Ninja and I plan to produce quadruplets and therefore it’s probably wise to keep accumulating as much sick leave as possible. That way, when I go from Ninja to Dad Ninja, I can take a month or two off. Read some instruction manuals. And teach my newborns how to mow the lawn and do the dishes. That’s a good plan right?
In all seriousness, I have a bunch of sick time accumulated which I am thankful for, and I know I have to do the responsible thing and treat this time off like a nice size emergency fund. It’s tempting to abuse it, but the “good boy” inside me knows better 🙂
Are you living sick day to sick day (kinda like paycheck to paycheck)? How much time off – sick and vacation- do you have banked right now? How often are you ACTUALLY sick when you call in sick (be honest)?