Ok, this idea has been burning a hole in the back of my mind. I was talking to a person who is retiring shortly and he had accumulated about 300 days of sick leave at his job over a long career of being healthy and going to work most days. Yet in the end he realized there was no reward for not using his sick time. He basically gave away 300 days of his time he could have had off, for no increase in pay. I joked with him that he should go on stress leave until his retirement date to try and use it up.
Yet that story brings up an interesting point, should you try to use your annual sick leave if you are given a set amount? After all it is a benefit of your job, so why won’t you use it if you have access to it.
So out of curiosity I look up my company’s policy and realized it was actually fair. I’m allowed to use sick time to attend medical appointments (including dental and eye) as well as take time off to look after sick children or my spouse.
With those parameters I could see using up my annual sick leave anyway, but I was just wondering what everyone’s thoughts were on this. Is it ethical or just plain smart to try to use up your sick leave every year or not? Is the odd ‘stress day’ a reasonable way to use up some sick time?