Like Pharmacy Chick I hate it when people call out sick. I know, I know. People get sick. They should be allowed to take sick days in order to get better. I completely understand, and I'm accepting of it.
Despite being understanding of people calling out sick, I freaking hate it. I shouldn't hate it. It shouldn't bother me because I know people need sick days every once in a while. However, sometimes I just get sick of being understanding, and I'm going to use this space to vent a little.
I've never called out sick for work. I've just never been so sick that I didn't think I could work. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I only get maybe 2 minor colds per year. They usually amount to a sore throat and a sinus headache. That's hardly a reason to call out of work.
In the time span between my minor colds, I have coworkers who get sick a dozen times and use several sick days. It's starting to make me feel like I might have a superhuman immune system. I have coworkers who are such germophobes that they keep bottles of Purell with them at all times and constantly wipe down the counters in the pharmacy with those Lysol wipes. Despite trying to kill every germ in the world, they still manage to get sick all the time. On the other hand, I take absolutely no extra precautions to avoid germs beyond washing my hands after eating and using the bathroom, and I never get sick.
That's part of the reason I can't stand when people call out sick. I never have to call out sick, so I question why they do. A part of me feels like they're faking, or at least exagerrating, their illnesses. Seriously, I'm the most average person in pretty much every aspect. Why would I have a better immune system than seemingly everyone I work with???
Unless you're on death's door step, I think you should drag your ass into work because that's what I do. My philosophy is that I'm very grateful to have a job, and my job pays for my life. Therefore, if I'm scheduled to work, you can bet your ass I'm going to be there. Plus, I take pride in showing up to work every single day. I don't love doing it, but I pride myself on being dependable. I think more people need to have that same sense of pride.