When I started working (a LONG time ago), I never thought of taking a sick day. If I had a low energy day, I went in anyway, thinking I'd power through it. I had some years where I never took a sick day (we used to get a bonus for that, but I continued this practice even after the bonus stopped). Then I met my wife. One day, I was feeling under the weather, and I started getting ready for work anyway. She asked me if I had paid sick days at Ford, and I said that we did. Then, she asked why I wasn't taking a sick day. Funny, but I never thought of it until then: there was a provision all along to account for days when the employee was sick. It's so obvious, but I never processed it that way. All of a sudden, I realized that it wasn't just about getting work done at all costs, but also about taking care of myself (and not getting my coworkers sick, too). So, I started using sick days, but even then it was still a rarity. Things have changed as my office (and many others) have started to allow telecommuting, or working remotely. When you're sick, it's not expected that you work, but many do anyway. This article got me to thinking about that: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/news/are-sick-days-a-thing-of-the-past-3896593/ Here's the text of that article: Remote work has extended the office into the home, formerly the hard and fast refuge of employees taking sick days. Now, many feel compelled to do some work, answer e-mail and even jump on conference call when feeling bad. At the same time, the definition of a sick day has been extended to cover other needs, like having to care for a family member in a pinch. In view of this, and out of respect for employee privacy, some companies are now calling the days off “personal emergency days.” As a result, “no longer does the employee have to ‘sell’ their sickness to the boss with a list of symptoms,” writes The New York Times.