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Cold comfort sick note

Post by Kitkat on Wed 01 Apr 2015, 14:35

What should you do when you have a cold?

Going in to work feels like hell and will make your colleagues hate you, staying home would get you in trouble, and going to get a sick note feels like a waste of time, given than you know what’s happening to your body anyway.

So what’s the solution? This doctor may have found it.
When a Pizza Hut employee in Alberta, Canada, told him of his woes, he sent him this letter to give to his workplace.


http://metro.co.uk/2015/04/01/this-is-the-greatest-doctors-note-youll-see-today-5130053/
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Re: Cold comfort sick note

Post by Jamboree on Fri 03 Apr 2015, 03:24

I guess it depends on the employer's policy, but most workplaces - Pizza Hut included - would not expect a sick note for an employee's absence for one day. A telephone call should suffice. Most common colds wouldn't normally last over 2/3 days. I think this doctor's note is just a fantasy creation, someone feeling bored and just thinking up how they they would like things to be.
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Re: Cold comfort sick note

Post by Kitkat on Fri 03 Apr 2015, 14:03

Jamboree wrote:I guess it depends on the employer's policy, but most workplaces - Pizza Hut included - would not expect a sick note for an employee's absence for one day.  A telephone call should suffice. Most common colds wouldn't normally last over 2/3 days.  I think this doctor's note is just a fantasy creation, someone feeling bored and just thinking up how they they would like things to be.

True that most contracts of employment might state that a sick note is only needed after the second or third day (for example), but large franchises like Pizza Hut would have their own policies in operation, and maybe that's not their policy(?)  I don't know.  This occurred in the US.  Their terms might differ to those of the same parent company here in the UK.  There are other factors to take into account too - like (for instance) whether that particular employee is in the habit of taking regular days off sick from work.  There are people (everywhere) who seem to fall prey of the "Monday Sickness"; that might not apply to Pizza Hut, being open for work 7 days a week though.

Another thing which ought to be taken into account, is that in some countries you have to pay for every visit to the doctor (that's before prescriptions, etc).  In Ireland (Republic), for example, a doctor's visit will cost you 55 Euros, then on top of that you have the travelling expenses.  Prescription charges per item in the Republic of Ireland are ridiculous - a whole lot more than in the UK.  Some people who have to fork out for regular prescription charges will actually travel many miles from their home to buy their prescription drugs over the border - in Northern Ireland (which is in line with the UK).  
See this link:  This man drives from Dublin to Newry to buy prescription drugs ... and he's saving £1,200 a year.

So, "different strokes, different folks".  We don't know what extra complications might be involved in the area where that 'sick note' is supposed to have happened.  Even if it is just a parody, there might be good reason and thought behind it.

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