In my job, sickness is taken seriously. We don't have allocated sick days. If someone is off more than 3 separate occasions a rolling year, HR are involved and a formal monitoring programme started. They want any opportunity to sack people...the company (nationwide) must save a huge amount of money in the next year, due to government cut backs. I'm being deliberately vague here.
The issue is that say I was off sick with a stomach bug now, I would be on formal monitoring despite not being off sick since October last year. I was unfortunate enough to in July, contract a stomach bug from DS (just started mixing with other kids). In August, I had an ear infection which was painful and made me feel ill to move (labyrynthitis) which was confirmed by a Doctor. It still counted against my sick record. The third was an explosive stomach bug, again from DS, in October. Believe me, I wouldn't have been allowed to set foot at work in that state, as the rules forbid anyone with D&V going in. You're supposed to remain off work 24 hours after the last episode.
Now if I were to be off sick in 2 weeks time, it wouldn't hit the trigger (the July episode would have passed) but I would be informally monitored for 3 months in case I was faking it, knowing they couldn't do anything (not that I would do that, but people have abused the system in the past). It has been said in meetings that if anyone is off work ill, they need to be very, very careful even going on Facebook. This was reiterated at last admin meeting. If there should be anything remotely suspicious on FB, then it will be investigated as a disciplinary. It really is getting that bad.
It's a bad situation for people that don't abuse the system. I don't like being off work ill at the best of times, even less so now there is this feeling of persecution. Coworkers ask questions..."what's wrong with you?" "Nobody feels well today but we're all working" "is it really bad enough to not come to work?" People who are genuinely off ill feel guilty for being ill. I've gone into work several times when in the past I know I would have stayed at home. My chest infection a the end of August (run up to wedding stress, probably, coupled with exhaustion). When DS went to hospital with a serious enough respiratory virus and we didn't get home until after 2am and I was too scared to sleep properly in case his condition worsened again. You get the picture.
Basically, for all the reasons I've described, to me, it's just not s good idea...I've taken time to read all the replies and understand why you guys feel the way you do. But I guess it's a personal thing here.