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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post
    (When your kid is sick a parent usually has to take a day off to be home with them...PTO)
    I used to have to do that occasionally. If my child was sick then I called in sick and that was accepted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Meaning if one is a parent and their child is sick, the parent uses their own time off to care for the child. So by the time the parent gets sick often times they have no sick time off. For example, I remember my daughter getting chicken pox and I had to take 5 days off, that was all the sick time I had at the time so I had 0 days left when I got sick.
    I guess since I rarely used a sick day that when my child was sick I used a sick day and my employer had no problem with it.

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    This reminds me of the story about the guy that called his boss to tell him that he just wasn't feeling right, so he is going to take a sick day. The boss said that he understood, but when he wasn't feeling right, he would get his wife to give him oral sex which made him feel better and able to get into work. About a little after noon, the guy shows up at work. The boss says, I see that you took my advice. The guy replied, I sure did boss and may I say that you have a really nice house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    It can also contribute to the previously mentioned stigma of somebody who takes a lot of sick time with the appearance of it not being necessary. Even if someone has sick time on the books and they take 5 days off to care for their child then 2 weeks later Take 5 days off for themselves, in a lot of office settings there's going to be sideways glances and doubting coworkers that the time off was really needed.
    I remember about 15+yrs ago we had a meeting with the owner who said that it was kinda amazing that a certain percent of employees are sick exactly 10 days per year while others rarely take any. He then said in order to reward those who aren't taking this time, all hours leftover at the end of the year will be added to your short term disability benefits in the event you need to use them. I don't know what I currently have but it has to be a shitload.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    I do think working from home isnt used nearly as much as it could be. Certainly not all occupations can do this but many nowadays can. It helps numerous other issues as well. Companies should allow more to work from home.
    If there weren't still a stigma about it, the truth is I could work from home nearly every day of the week. Maybe once every two weeks or so there's some sort of event where my employer really benefits from having me in the office, but otherwise, as long as I have a good Internet and phone connection, I could be in Timbuktu. In fact, most of my colleagues and clients are located in other offices, anyway, so it's completely immaterial to them where I am. They're actually better off if I'm at home, because then I haven't been pre-distressed with a commute.

    I'd love to see government create a small incentive to encourage telecommuting. Basically, tweak the tax code just a bit so that employers get a tax advantage if they designate a worker as home-based (capping the maximum number of days per year they can come into the office or otherwise travel for work). Also, make some changes to the law to streamline things when employers have employees working all over the place (rather than, say, requiring an employer to comply with countless states' laws for doing business in those states).

    This would be a decent environmental benefit, since it would cut down a lot on fuel costs. It would also reduce infrastructure spending needs, since existing infrastructure could handle traffic without delays if there were less of a burden from commuters. It would lessen the impact of flu outbreaks and the like, decrease traffic fatalities, free up roadways for emergency services, and so on.

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    When we use sick time, which we get a generous amount compared to a lot of places, we're "required" to put a reason in on our time cards. It's "required" but not policed. 95% of the time someone just writes in "illness" or something a little less vague like "head cold". There's always a few who like to liven the timekeepers jobs up by writing in something like "foot pain felt like it may have needed to be amputated" or "explosive diarrhea."

    Every once in awhile though a time card will come across and the reason for the sick time being taken is "vision problems".

    The standing joke is that you write that in when you wake up and just can't see yourself going into work that day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Thats reminiscent of Barbara Bush's commencement address she gave in the early 90s where she said something like "your bosses and managers are unlikely to be with you at the end to hold your hand, always remember your family at the end of the day."
    Good advice, but to add my prickish two cents here: I find it a bit insulting for someone like her to be giving a commencement address where she offers what amounts to career advice. She was the daughter of a multi-millionaire president of a major corporation, and then a housewife married to another old-money businessman. She never had "bosses and managers." She never had to make her own way in the world. She was served life on a silver platter. She was always in a position to put her family ahead of career, because for her being in good with her family meant living a life of prestige and luxury, from the time she was a girl until her dying day, without ever having to work for a living.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkady View Post
    If there weren't still a stigma about it, the truth is I could work from home nearly every day of the week. Maybe once every two weeks or so there's some sort of event where my employer really benefits from having me in the office, but otherwise, as long as I have a good Internet and phone connection, I could be in Timbuktu. In fact, most of my colleagues and clients are located in other offices, anyway, so it's completely immaterial to them where I am. They're actually better off if I'm at home, because then I haven't been pre-distressed with a commute.

    I'd love to see government create a small incentive to encourage telecommuting. Basically, tweak the tax code just a bit so that employers get a tax advantage if they designate a worker as home-based (capping the maximum number of days per year they can come into the office or otherwise travel for work). Also, make some changes to the law to streamline things when employers have employees working all over the place (rather than, say, requiring an employer to comply with countless states' laws for doing business in those states).

    This would be a decent environmental benefit, since it would cut down a lot on fuel costs. It would also reduce infrastructure spending needs, since existing infrastructure could handle traffic without delays if there were less of a burden from commuters. It would lessen the impact of flu outbreaks and the like, decrease traffic fatalities, free up roadways for emergency services, and so on.
    Agree. I always felt it was green as well since there were less vehicles on the road and potentially less electricity if a company didnt have to have such a large office space. Same thing goes for business travel. Nowadays with NetMeeting and Skype there just doesnt always need to travel as much. We had a piece of office equipment and the tech actually Skyped in and we showed him the problem and he just walked us through the fix. Never had to travel. Thats a big savings in green energy as well. Also since so much software is used and many freelance, I am not sure classifying them as self employed is an answer. Many more would be willing to freelance or do contract type work, but the being self employed status is daunting to many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkady View Post
    I'd love to see government create a small incentive to encourage telecommuting.
    https://www.geekwire.com/2017/employ...s-telecommute/

    Washington state businesses will be eligible for new tax credits when they let employees work remotely if the legislature passes a new bill filed in advance of the 2018 legislative session.

    If approved, the bill would allow employers to collect tax credits for “telework expenditures,” such as equipment that allows employees to work remotely. Companies could also get an annual tax break of $500 per employee who works remotely at least 12 days each month, up to $20,000. The credit only applies to employees of companies headquartered Washington and it can’t exceed the amount of taxes the company owes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkady View Post
    Good advice, but to add my prickish two cents here: I find it a bit insulting for someone like her to be giving a commencement address where she offers what amounts to career advice. She was the daughter of a multi-millionaire president of a major corporation, and then a housewife married to another old-money businessman. She never had "bosses and managers." She never had to make her own way in the world. She was served life on a silver platter. She was always in a position to put her family ahead of career, because for her being in good with her family meant living a life of prestige and luxury, from the time she was a girl until her dying day, without ever having to work for a living.
    True but she by all accounts, was a loving mother and wife. They stood by her at the end. She easily could have passed them all off to nannies but she didnt. She couldnt help what she was born into but I do think she did well by her children.
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