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« Reply #9045 on: February 07, 2014, 06:30:33 AM »
In your experience/opinion, what would you consider an normal average of days per year for someone to call in sick to work?  Examples: once every month, two months, 5, 10 days a year? What do you consider excessive?
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« Reply #9046 on: February 07, 2014, 08:48:15 AM »
I know what my workplace considers excessive.

We get 6 sick days a year at full pay.  Then we have short term sick leave that kicks in where you only get 2/3 of your pay.  If you end up using STSL for sick days, you generally get called in for a little chat at more than 8 days total off.

And I think for the average person, this is pretty reasonable.

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« Reply #9047 on: February 07, 2014, 09:06:02 AM »
I used a sick day possibly once a year, maybe even less, until I had kids. Now it's not so much that I get sick more (I do, but just colds) but that I have to use sick days to stay home when my kid is sick. Daycare guidelines mean that even minor symptoms will keep her out for 2-3 days because she needs to have been symptom free for a full 24 hours. Thanks to frequent colds, chronic ear infections, and medical appointments, I've used all 12 of my sick days each year since she was born.
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« Reply #9048 on: February 07, 2014, 09:11:08 AM »
In your experience/opinion, what would you consider an normal average of days per year for someone to call in sick to work?  Examples: once every month, two months, 5, 10 days a year? What do you consider excessive?

For a normal, healthy adult--3-5 days a year. If they are required to use sick days for doctor/dentist appointments, at least 5.

But if they have a medical problem, like surgery for appendicitis, two weeks.

If they have small children and their employers requires them to use their sick days to take care of sick children at home, all available sick days that they have.

A lot depends on the expectations of the employer, as well. I've worked places where you were expected to show up unless you were hospitalized. And I've worked other places where if you had a cold or the flu or a stomach bug, they wanted you to stay home so that the entire office wouldn't come down sick.

My brother was hit by a car while riding his bicycle one Saturday. His leg was broken and required surgery, which couldn't be done until Monday. So he was in the hospital from Saturday to Tuesday, released from the hospital Tuesday, took Wednesday off as he still felt groggy and returned to work on Thursday. On Friday, he was called into the big boss's office and counseled on his "excessive" absences. Yes, Monday-Wednesday, the first three sick days he had taken in 5 years of employment at that company. (He was also told to stop riding his bike. Six months later, he had a new job.)

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« Reply #9049 on: February 07, 2014, 05:07:58 PM »
I have a question about streaming video. If I had something like HBO Go which, provides  on demand access to some HBO programs, can I "stream it" and then watch it later when I don't have internet access or do I have to watch it as it arrives on the laptop?  The specific case I am thinking of is streaming content at the airport to watch on the plane.

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« Reply #9050 on: February 07, 2014, 05:58:34 PM »
I have a question about streaming video. If I had something like HBO Go which, provides  on demand access to some HBO programs, can I "stream it" and then watch it later when I don't have internet access or do I have to watch it as it arrives on the laptop?  The specific case I am thinking of is streaming content at the airport to watch on the plane.

If it's streaming, you have to watch it right then.  If it's downloadable, you can watch it later.  Some places offer both, but usually you can only (legally) download content you've actually purchased - not just paid a subscription for.

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« Reply #9051 on: February 07, 2014, 06:00:43 PM »
I have a question about streaming video. If I had something like HBO Go which, provides  on demand access to some HBO programs, can I "stream it" and then watch it later when I don't have internet access or do I have to watch it as it arrives on the laptop?  The specific case I am thinking of is streaming content at the airport to watch on the plane.

I'm pretty sure you can't watch streamed content later. You'd have to actually download it to do that; streaming doesn't save the program onto your computer.
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« Reply #9052 on: February 07, 2014, 06:11:45 PM »
I have a question about streaming video. If I had something like HBO Go which, provides  on demand access to some HBO programs, can I "stream it" and then watch it later when I don't have internet access or do I have to watch it as it arrives on the laptop?  The specific case I am thinking of is streaming content at the airport to watch on the plane.

You can, but you would need to buy some software like GetFLV to do it. I would be weary of using any free software that claims to do it. That may install malware on your computer.

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« Reply #9053 on: February 09, 2014, 09:55:29 AM »
In your experience/opinion, what would you consider an normal average of days per year for someone to call in sick to work?  Examples: once every month, two months, 5, 10 days a year? What do you consider excessive?

It varies but I would consider it excessive if a person uses up all their sick leave and is unable to "build up" a bank of sick leave (if that's how your company works--if you can't build up a bank, I think it makes sense to use all of your leave every year). 

At my work, sick leave rolls over, year after year and it is simply prudent to try to build that bank up.  I had cancer two years ago and had over 800 hours of sick leave in my bank.  After six months of chemo and day off for feeling weak and sick, I still have several hundred hours left.

3-5 days a year seems, to me, to be the average.
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« Reply #9054 on: February 09, 2014, 12:14:36 PM »
When I was teaching, we got 6 days sick leave per year and could accumulate up to 10 years worth.  (60 days)
But beyond that if you didn't use them you couldn't roll them into the next year. 

We also got 2 "personal business days" per year but those did not accumulate at all.  You did have to specifically request them in advance and they were usually used for attendance at funerals or other very specific events, not for a day at the amusement park or going shopping.

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« Reply #9055 on: February 09, 2014, 12:24:55 PM »
The "how many sick days should a person use" is sort of a personal pet peeve. I am a person who gets sick fairly easily (I've had migraines my whole life - diagnosed at 18 months old - and I have a few stomach conditions as well). I've often worked for people who never, ever, EVER get sick, never go to any sort of doctor's appointment (even general check-ups), and show open scorn and disdain for those who do. I can't tell you how often I was questioned on the necessity of a medical appointment (yeah, I know I could go to HR over that, but it wasn't worth it at the time) or told that I should come in and "work through it". At that job, I technically had 10 days of paid sick time, but I was not allowed to take it between October and March (our busiest times) - so when I fell incredibly ill in February, too bad. I had to come in anyway.

So, Dazi, I'm not sure what your point was in asking the question - whether you're on the sick-person side of things or the not-sick-person side of things, but my answer is "as much as the employer allows". If you get 10 days, you should be able to take 10 days without questioning from coworkers, supervisors, or anyone else.

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« Reply #9056 on: February 09, 2014, 01:47:37 PM »
The "how many sick days should a person use" is sort of a personal pet peeve. I am a person who gets sick fairly easily (I've had migraines my whole life - diagnosed at 18 months old - and I have a few stomach conditions as well). I've often worked for people who never, ever, EVER get sick, never go to any sort of doctor's appointment (even general check-ups), and show open scorn and disdain for those who do. I can't tell you how often I was questioned on the necessity of a medical appointment (yeah, I know I could go to HR over that, but it wasn't worth it at the time) or told that I should come in and "work through it". At that job, I technically had 10 days of paid sick time, but I was not allowed to take it between October and March (our busiest times) - so when I fell incredibly ill in February, too bad. I had to come in anyway.

So, Dazi, I'm not sure what your point was in asking the question - whether you're on the sick-person side of things or the not-sick-person side of things, but my answer is "as much as the employer allows". If you get 10 days, you should be able to take 10 days without questioning from coworkers, supervisors, or anyone else.

We were asked on our work reviews to evaluate our own attendance. It was one of those "Your attendance in the past year was _____."  with the scale going from unsatisfactory to excellent. I just wanted others opinions on the matter.

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« Reply #9057 on: February 09, 2014, 01:59:45 PM »
What does one do to find new music when one doesn't listen to the radio or whatch TV?

I used to be part of a music e-zine when I was younger, plus music forums and stuff like that so it was easy to find out about new bands, but now I feel like I never listen to anything new.

Are there sites where you can reference what you already like and they give you similar artists?
I have a suscription to a service where for a couple dollars every months you have access to streamable music so listening is not a problem, finding something to listen is..

I'm a big fan of prettymuchamazing.com  They focus on rap, rock, alternative, and pop genres.  They also keep a rolling playlist of their favorite songs for each year.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9058 on: February 09, 2014, 03:24:39 PM »
The "how many sick days should a person use" is sort of a personal pet peeve. I am a person who gets sick fairly easily (I've had migraines my whole life - diagnosed at 18 months old - and I have a few stomach conditions as well). I've often worked for people who never, ever, EVER get sick, never go to any sort of doctor's appointment (even general check-ups), and show open scorn and disdain for those who do. I can't tell you how often I was questioned on the necessity of a medical appointment (yeah, I know I could go to HR over that, but it wasn't worth it at the time) or told that I should come in and "work through it". At that job, I technically had 10 days of paid sick time, but I was not allowed to take it between October and March (our busiest times) - so when I fell incredibly ill in February, too bad. I had to come in anyway.

So, Dazi, I'm not sure what your point was in asking the question - whether you're on the sick-person side of things or the not-sick-person side of things, but my answer is "as much as the employer allows". If you get 10 days, you should be able to take 10 days without questioning from coworkers, supervisors, or anyone else.

We were asked on our work reviews to evaluate our own attendance. It was one of those "Your attendance in the past year was _____."  with the scale going from unsatisfactory to excellent. I just wanted others opinions on the matter.

Wow, that's a strange question to have on a work review... especially evaluating yourself. Who's going to say that their own attendance was unsatisfactory?!

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« Reply #9059 on: February 09, 2014, 03:30:27 PM »
What does one do to find new music when one doesn't listen to the radio or whatch TV?

I used to be part of a music e-zine when I was younger, plus music forums and stuff like that so it was easy to find out about new bands, but now I feel like I never listen to anything new.

Are there sites where you can reference what you already like and they give you similar artists?
I have a suscription to a service where for a couple dollars every months you have access to streamable music so listening is not a problem, finding something to listen is..

Pandora and IHeartRadio are two free services I can think of.  There is a bit of a learning curve for the programs though.  You create a station (by artist or song), then they will play similar songs or play songs that others who enjoyed similar music have liked on their stations.  Then you can click that yes Yes I like this new song or no I don't...it may take some time for the program to learn your preferences.  I still can't convince it that I do not like The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Have you tried Slacker? It let's you completely block artists.