Dear EFAP: playing hooky
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Below is our response to the next selection – enjoy!
It’s nice weather now. I hate my job, and I don’t want to be at work especially when there is nice weather outside . So…is it OK to call in sick when I am not really sick?
Contemplating playing hooky
Dear Contemplating playing hooky
My friend, oh my, I do hear that you’re not very happy with your job and more on that in a minute, but calling in sick when you are not sick is fraudulent and it is time theft. So, is it ok to do? Simply put – no.
Now let’s look at what the real problem is. Why do you not like your job? The reason for that is something to look at, rather than supporting you to dodge it by taking time off . Ideally, it would be great if you could speak with your supervisor and /or co-workers about what is bothering you at work, and jointly figure out a solution . But if that feels too big to consider as a first step, please know that you are not alone. Consider coming in and confidentially talking it out with one us here at EFAP . We might be able to help you process what it is you are not liking and your feelings around it, and may be able to helping you design a solution, and thus get some resolution. Please know that calling in ill when you are not is not the answer. Let’s instead support you to help solve the problem. Onward…