Have you ever "faked it"?

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  1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
    Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years ago

    Have you ever "faked it"?

    For over 30 years I worked in the accounting field, which is a very stressful, sometimes frustrating and highly responsible position. Some days (not often) I just had to get away from it and take a personal holiday to rejuvenate and restore my sanity. So, since I have very sensitive sinuses, I knew that if I rubbed or scratched my forehead too hard, I would sneeze. After several sneezes and getting stuffy sinuses, I would tell my boss I had to go home and rest.  Have you ever "faked it" when needing a day of rest - or were you just outright honest and told the truth?

  2. Jackie Lynnley profile image91
    Jackie Lynnleyposted 3 years ago

    The only place I worked substantially for anyone else we had a build up plan where you could build up off days and I think like 4 a year were paid days and the others not but as long as we gave a 24 hour notice we didn't have to have an excuse so that was really neat. It was like if you went 30 days without missing or being late or going home early; you got a day so by the 11th month you could have 11 days. Great idea don't you think? You wouldn't believe though how many people couldn't do that. Then on the other side you wouldn't believe the ones who had then would not take even one!

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That is a great thing for a company to do for their employees, Jackie. Most of the companies I worked for were not so considerate.

  3. Faith Reaper profile image86
    Faith Reaperposted 3 years ago

    Haha Brave woman. Being I am still working at the same place for the past 20 years, and I have about five more to go, I will bow out of this question LOL ...

    That question surely makes one curious ...

    We will see if anyone is brave enough to answer your question.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I can understand the "bow out". I had to wait till I retired to bring this up. LOL

  4. LoisRyan13903 profile image80
    LoisRyan13903posted 3 years ago

    I have to plead the fifth because like faith I have been working at my job for over 20 years and have 13 more to go at the minimum

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Fair enough - I so understand that, Lois. Congratulations on your 20 years there.

  5. dashingscorpio profile image86
    dashingscorpioposted 3 years ago

    Yes in the past I would call in sick immediately after I awakened  because my voice naturally sounded unlike me early in the morning. More often than not I would attribute my illness to having the "stomach flu" and it always struck me on Sunday night!
    It was easier to call in sick on a Monday than it would be for me to see everyone Thursday and call in sick on Friday.
    I'd also be concerned with coming off as sick the whole day while at work that I might even become sick! smile Nevertheless a few well placed sneezes ahead of time never hurt.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yep, those sneezes always worked. You have a good point on the Monday morning call in instead of Fridays.

  6. MHiggins profile image90
    MHigginsposted 3 years ago

    Great question!  I work in a place where the staff has been severely cut back.  If someone doesn't show up for work, it puts a big strain on coworkers.  I can't bring myself to fake it, (I have been very tempted though), but I do see people who carry some responsibility fake it often.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It is hard on a short staff when someone takes off. The only times I would not "fake it" was during month-end or year-end close. Thanks for contributing to this Q&A.

  7. Uzochukwu Mike profile image60
    Uzochukwu Mikeposted 3 years ago

    I like being sincere and real. I do not like faking. So, I always tell the truth as I believe that honesty is the best option.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That is a way to be.

  8. Marie Flint profile image90
    Marie Flintposted 3 years ago

    When I first read this question, I wasn't thinking of the work place. In the work place, no, I have never "faked it." I seemed to usually be in positions  of one-girl offices, so I often had full responsibility. When functioning with a boss who was often out of the office, stress levels are minimum, unless you really hate the boss and the work. (That was rarely my problem.)

    I worked best in offices as a professional temporary. I liked this because I could size up the work, do it, and know I would be leaving in a couple of weeks. That way, I never plugged into office politics. My productivity peaked with this kind of arrangement.

    In the few permanent positions I had, the maximum time I was able to function in these was eight months. I always did better with part-time or three-quarter time. I never found the 40-hour work week very appealing. I preferred having time for creativity, reflection, and being outdoors.

    So, the one time I actually "faked it" had nothing to do with the work place or my health, but the scenario was lying to a ticket agent at a theater to win one free entry. It worked. I can't say I felt too terribly good about it afterwards, though.

    Interesting question.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for contributing to this Q&, Marie.

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