What happened to sick days?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but the average full-time employee is entitled to a handful of sick days every year, aren’t they?

I’m sure full-timers are entitled to something like 8 or 10 sick days per year. But if this is the case – why does no-one ever have a sickie anymore?!

The grand old Aussie tradition of ‘chucking a sickie’ has done a full one-eighty. In years gone past, it was considered almost noble to have the courage to call your boss and pull a sick day for a reason entirely unrelated to your wellbeing.


However now, people are more likely to go to work when they’re actually sick, than they are to pull a sickie when they’re not.

Of course these days, social media has all but buried the traditional faux sickie. You can’t pull a swift one on your boss and go to the beach or sleep off a hangover, when you have to remember to keep up the charade of illness on Facebook.

But here’s the deal: everyone has germs at the moment. And it’s not over yet, with flu season set to continue right through September!

I’ve gifted myself two full days off on the sofa – thank God for childcare – on my worst days, so I can recover and rest without spreading the misery far and wide.

However, I have still struggled to shake off the cough/sniffles combo that has been lingering for around eight weeks, and I’m certain the reason they keep hanging around is because no one ‘clocks off’ anymore.

Unless it is physically hard to walk or move, people tend to soldier on. They turn up to work and get through their daily tasks – but at the same time, they’re sharing their germs with all and sundry.

This is my plea to you, people of the Gold Coast: for the love of God, chuck a sickie! If you’re not feeling well, take the day off to recuperate in bed – your body (and your co-workers) will thank you for it.

And for anyone who hasn’t been ravaged by flu germs recently, consider donating blood – the Red Cross is facing an “unprecedented” crisis of low stock, due to flu-related cancellations.