Motivational Mondays-Post Superbowl Sick Days

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According to a poll conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, professionals reported an 8 percent increase in the number of workers that call in sick the day after a major televised event, such as the Superbowl, and that another 11 percent of people show up late for work. While it may seem harmless enough to take one of your sick days to stay home and nurse a hangover or enjoy a mental vacation, there are two problems with your theory.

First, if Society for Human Resource Management members are giving out the specific numbers on this topic, it means that Human Resource professionals across the nation are taking note of those employees that misuse their sick days or cash them in at unusually ideal times, i.e. following a big night of partying and celebrating, such as the Oscars or Superbowl.

Another reason to stay motivated and focused within your career is because post Superbowl "sick days" do not go unnoticed by other employees. With companies forced to lay off workers in an effort to cut costs and downsize, sick days for anyone become more prominent because there is a smaller work force doing the same amount of work as before. With fewer employees at the office, if one or two people are not there, the gaps in work become more obvious, and it is harder to get certain tasks accomplished. If you take too many questionable sick days, your co-workers will begin to feel like you are not pulling your own weight and that could cause problems of another sort. No one wants to be thought of as the "weakest link."

Dependability Is Key

If you are thinking of declaring yourself "sick" to take advantage of a little mini vacation from work, stop and think again. Being thought of as a dependable employee and co-worker is a valued trait to have, and one that should not be taken advantage of. If you find that you are never sick and feel jaded because you don't get a sick day to heal, then consider yourself lucky. Lucky because you are healthy and lucky because the bosses and other employees will think of you in a positive light.

You will not be the talk of the water cooler and if by chance you are, it will be for good reasons, not bad or negative ones.

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