How long should a person wait after starting a new job to call in sick?
Until that person is actually sick.
— Evil Skippy
I once called in sick seven days after starting a new job and no one thought I was a lying, malingering faker. Of course, I’d come down with the flu at a weekend business retreat and then locked myself in one of only two bathrooms on the ferry trip home making noises no one wants new co-workers (or anyone else for that matter) to hear. Fun times.
Personally, I will wonder if I hired a faker if the new employee calls in sick during the first month of work. I know that is not fair or logical since germs and illness don’t say, “Hey – this human just started a new job. Let’s move on to someone else.” On the other hand, I knew another supervisor who told me that she always believed it when a new employee called in sick because “no one would call in that soon at a new job unless they really needed to”. We called her “Gullible”.
Readers – what do you think when a new co-worker calls in during the first few days or weeks on the job?
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