Did I make a mistake for asking a sick day off too “early”?

I was working til late evening and didn’t feel well the whole day. Gave my manager a heads up that I’m not feeling well + requested to take a day off the next day - and all she said was to see if I still feel unwell the next day, then yeah I can.

Am I too being sensitive? Is this normal in the workplace? Genuinely curious - this is my first job at a startup

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Not sure about your firm policy, but you can’t plan a sick day. Take it when you need to.

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That makes sense. Thanks for your advice!

I personally didn't like that response. I would expect the manager to say something like "sorry to hear that, hope you feel better soon".

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Haha that’s true! Thank you for sharing your experience, it helps to know I’m not alone in feeling this way 😂

I think what they said made sense. They didn't say, "No" they just said, "see how you feel." As a manager I would appreciate you letting them know.

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Thank you for your perspective! In hindsight I think it does make sense. I guess I just felt like I needed to justify why I felt unwell 😅

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I wouldn't become friends with that feeling. You are valuable where you're at, and that factors into why you were hired. If you're sick, you're sick. Your good health will allow you to bring more value and productivity to your company. Remember your worth!

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Thank you for your encouragement! Actually actively interviewing in the meantime :) wish me luck!

I can see why they'd say that - especially if it's a startup. They probably need all hands on deck. Doesn't sound like she was giving you a hard time. More like 'let's just play it by ear'. I wouldn't sweat it.

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Now that I think about it, it does sound this way. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

I don't think you're being "sensitive." It's a genuine question to ask! Next time, I would probably wait until closer to the end of the day before you want to take a sick leave to avoid something like this from happening again.

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For sure! Also, positive perspective - look at how valuable you are to the growth of the company!

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Idk, her response sounds reasonable. Sick days are used when you wake up sick the next day, not if you are sick today

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Yeah it actually makes sense now that I think about it 😅

I feel like it's a bit ridiculous for her to say anything, honestly. But my company is not like that at all. We treat people like adults.

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Your company sounds awesome! In hindsight I think I should’ve just told her today instead of yesterday. But lesson learnt!

Two things:
- I hate that anyone should feel nervous about taking a sick day, or giving your manager a heads-up that you're not feeling well.
- Trying to extrapolate context and tone from IMs or emails is one of the major downsides of remote work.

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Your second point makes sense! I did not think about that at all. Im a HSP (hyper sensitive person) by nature so I tend to over analyze uncomfortable situations. I’ll learn to adapt! Haha.

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