I Feel Guilty Filing A Sick Leave

Not all work from home employees or freelancers gets paid leaves whether it’s a vacation or sick leaves. It’s not always the case but definitely not a rare event in the freelancing world. 

It’s been a year since I started working for an SEO company at the comfort of my own home and I seriously can’t remember the last time I took a vacation or sick leave. The main reason is that we don’t get paid time off. It’s unfortunate but I’m still thankful for my current job. It allows me to provide for my family even with the ongoing pandemic. 

I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels guilty for not going to work even though I simply need to turn on my laptop and instantly work. Sadly I’m feeling a bit exhausted and stress seems to have caught up. I took a time off yesterday but I feel like I should have just gone to work instead of thinking about the lost income for the day. LoL! I don’t know if you can call this as being a workaholic or just being silly with the thought of money flying away as I sleep.

I tried searching for ways on how to make sick leave less worrisome and guilt-free. Here are some helpful tips I found out:

1 Don’t Over Share - Your boss will surely understand when you really feel sick. No need to overly throw in details to make him/her visualize or somehow feel what you’re going through. If your boss doesn’t believe you then you really can’t do much about it. No need to stress yourself into making others believe you’re sick.

2 You Work Better When You Feel Better - Now is the time to recover from overworking, stress, fatigue, sickness, or anything that’s holding you back from performing your best. Sure, you’ll lose a day or two worth of money but your performance improving by resting wouldn’t be a bad trade. Health should always be a priority. 

3 Be prepared- It’s always important to let your manager or supervisor know in advance when you won’t be able to work so that they can allocate your workload to one of your teammates and prepare some action plans to make sure no work will be left undone. This not only puts a sudden burden on your company and team but also helps when you get back from your leave. 

With all these said and done the most important thing to do is sleep! Sleep and recover from your sickness, stress, fatigue, and forget all your worries.


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  1. This new territory we are in concerning work from home has many pitfalls to avoid. I have a problem shutting off and switching to family time. I find myself working all hours of the day and being distracted from things I should be focusing on during my down time. It all blends together and gets stressful. Keeping a daily schedule helps. Thank you for your thoughts.

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  2. These are all great points. I always gave it 100% at my job, so I never felt guilty about taking leave, but I knew people who did. They would work themselves into the ground.

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  3. You should never feel guilty taking sick leave. Most employers or I should say good employers understand. You can't do your job very well anyways if you are sick!

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  4. It can be stressful sitting at the pc all day. it helps to take some breaks as you did but sometimes when you have clients waiting for their work, you gotta go to work.

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  5. I'll never get used to calling in sick or taking time off of work and I hate that feeling! This was extremely helpful, thanks for sharing!

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  6. This is so true. I always felt that everytime I am sick. I think I'm wasting a day if I leave.

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  7. Alexis9/17/2020

    Woking from home does have its drawbacks but I appreciate that despite being sick sometimes, I'm able to complete work for my clients as I recover.

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  8. Hmm.. you give some great points here. But I still feel that sick leave is made as a quick relax between days with overwhelming tasks. Or when you truly don't want to go to the office, perhaps it's a kind of sickness too.

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  9. I couldn't agree more with you! I believe that sometime it is totally okay to take a sick leave in case you're feeling burnout!

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  10. I take so much less time off since I started working at home. It is a very difficult balance to reach between work and life. Even if I'm not feeling well, I will still work from my bed, lol.

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  11. Lots of good points here! I don't feel guilty though, everyone needs a break whether that be physically or emotionally sometimes. It makes you a better worker in the end!

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  12. Something to take note of. It's really important to take a much needed break and when we get sick, it's our body telling us that we have reached a point of saturation. When we get the rest we need, we can go back even more energized for sure.

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  13. You definitely should rest when you're not feeling well. I'm sure your boss will understand that employees are NOT robots, and they're not immune to sickness. I'm so fortunate to work remotely for an overseas company that looks after the wellbeing of their employees and don't pressure or judge those who take leaves. :)

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  14. I agree. You Work Better When You Feel Better! You should also listen to your body! Always schedule a good sick and vacation leaves.

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